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This year gas prices are much high- er than last, that with a stubborn econo- my is affecting a lot of people. People are watching their money closer th Ma Ingalls looks astonished when she finds out she and her family will be staying in a dug out on Plum Creek after their arriv|n Walnut Grove. :og,, The city park was over-run with a num- ber of little Lauras and Nellies. Again this year the contest was divided between two weekends. Still 21 , Laura's competed in the contest, with Six Nellies vying for the title. They came from several states to par- tic, ipa,;e. Registration began at 1:30, and the contest start- ed at 3:00. After receiv- ing instruc- tions, the lit- tle Laura's and Nellies were asked a question about the Ingalls fami- ly by Missy Erbes. Erbes Laura's and Nellies. Erbes then gave the group ort scripts they could use to acf out a pot, ; tion of one of the scenes from the story, The youngsters all performed well as they gave their performances. Eleven year old Ruby Wegner of Rosemotmt was named the Nellie Look a Like for 2011. She is the daughter of Brad Wegner. 3:hey arrived Friday and saw the pageantiMday evening. She said her favorite scene was when Willie Oleson put his pet snake around his sis- ter Nellie's neck. Ten year old Grace Evens, the daughter of Jack and Crissy Evens of Fridley was chosen as the 2011 Laura Look-A-Like. Grace and her family also came down on Friday and attended the opening performance of the Wilder Pageant. She said her favorite scene was when Laura pulled the leeches off of Nellie Oleson. Pageant -- Continued On poge 3 Laura Look-a-Like winner Grace Evans (left) strikes a pose with Nellie Look-a-Like winner Ruby Wegner. ever, and unemployment continues to be quite high. Again this year committee members were pleased with the turnout for the first week. Friday night had 1,087 peo- ple, and Saturday night 969 people showed up for the annual event. Those numbers were almost the same as last year only reversed for Friday and Saturday. Overall there were 20 more people that showed up this year over last year. Saturday. moming the Family Festival kicked off at 11:00 a.m. with a variety of things to do and see. The big event of the day was the Laura and Nellie Look-a-Like Contest. and her mother Deb Saxton of Tracy were the original organizers of the event which is supported by the Walnut Grove Community Club and Wilder Committee. Contestants were interviewed by Erbes and asked a question, about Walnut Grove and the Laura Ingalls Wilder book On the Banks of Plum Creek. Three Lauras and three Nellies were picked by the judges to be in the final group of WWG Music Department sold ice cream cones at the Family Festival last Saturday afternoon. Westbrook Pool problems solved To Buzz or not to buzz -- the council discussed mosquito spraying schedule for city By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK- Recently the city began spraying for mosqui- toes. With the increased threat of West Nile Virus the city discussed increasing mosquito spraying. Currently the city sprays about once a month. City Street Supervisor Dan Joel thought the spraying should be increased as he conditions for mosquito hatch hasbeen high. i. The council felt he should con- tinue spraying on an as needed basis. Joel also reported on the swim- ming pool. He told the council that : one!= the heaters has been L repaed and is worng fine. They are i;ing for parts for the other one. The problem with the kiddie pool has been fixed and it is work- ing fine. Joel also reported the pumps are turning over 65 gallons of water beyond what is needed to use Sphagnum peat moss for filter- ing. He said that and converting to a cartridge type chlorine dispenser will greatly reduce daily mainte- nance of the pool. The council is in the process of -reviewing the city ordinances to see if any of them need to be changed due to updated state ' cos. Mayor Rocky Kolar said he is almost done comparing the ordi- nances:with the new codes. He also asked ff anyone else has seen any- thing that needs to be changed in the city ordinances. There was some discussion about parking ordinances on First Avenue. Also a reminder that bike riders should walk their bikes on the sidewalks of First Avenue, particu- larly during daytime business hours. Council member Dave Moriarty asked about adults pulling a baby cart behind their bikes going to the grocery store. The council expressed the law says no bike riding on First Ave., however they agreed this is a com- mon sense law. In other words persons riding bikes at a fast pace on First Avenue willprobably be cited if they are caught. 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