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hlU,l.i,,11,,llill,,dllh,,llhlll,1,,i,,ll.mllh,",,lq, IXED ADC 50902 SrnallTownPapers Inc 09113199 217 W COTA ST 1 SHELTON, WA 98584-2263 6 lilt,! J,UIIl! !l!l!i! II I1. Wednesday July 24, 2013 $1.00 Volume No. 28 NUMBER 48 10 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Pageant Week Two Young Laura and Nellies com- peted for Laura and Nellie Look-a-Like contest, round two By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE Numbers for the pageant dipped again this week, but actors were happy with audiences getting into the scenes. Attendance was very good Friday night with 971 attending, numbers dipped a bit on Saturday with 853 watching the show. At the Family Festival, Author Scott Thoma filled in for one of the musical acts that cancelled at the last minute. Thoma talked about his book "Out of the Blue" a book of recollec- tions of the Tracy Tornado in 1967. Many area residents recall the day the F5 tornado ripped through Tracy late one afternoon. He also showed pic- tures of the devastation that followed. It is not unusual for the weather to really heat up around pageant time. However this year we have been Laura and Nellie Look-a-Likes struck a pose Saturday afternoon. Left: Cecila Bilbe (Laura} stuck out her tongue at Kalea Appel (Nellie}. Lafayette Bedal was making a point at the firsttown council meeting of the fledgling community of Walnut Grove blessed with very comfortable weather both weekends. Both weekends the dew points and temperatures were much closer to normal with tempera- tures in the high 70's and low 80's with a bit of breeze blowing at times through the park making the Family Festival fairly comfortable. Beside the usual events in the park, including craft activities and many games for the kiddies there were yam spinning, and woodcarving demonstrations and kids making corn husk dolls. The Laura and Nellie Lo0k-a-Like 6ontefffalways draws a big Crowd of spec- tators. This week 25 girls competed for the Laura Look-a-Like, and only two girls signed up for the Nellie Look a Like title. After interviewing all of the contestants, the judges pared down the contestants to six Laura's and two Nellies. The remaining con- testants then performed short skits based on Laura and Nellie. The judges then announced the winners for the second Week. Nine year old Cecila Bilbe of Austin, TX was named the Laura Look-a-Like. She is the daughter of Mitchell and Tiffany Bilbe. Cecila is going into fourth grade, and will be seeing the pageant for the first time. She mentioned she has enjoyed being in Walnut Grove and especially the Laura and Nellie contest. She and her family have visited Wilder sites in Independence, MO, Burr Oak, IA, and Pepin, WI. They also plan to visit DeSmet and Mansfield. Eleven year old sixth grader Kalea Appel of Worthington was the winner of the Nellie contest. She is the daughter of Troy and Kristin Appel. She has family in the area so she has seen the pageant about two years ago. Appel and her family attended the pag- eant th it nighL Her cousin Makenna Takle is in the pageant so she is excited about going to the pageant to see her. She said, "the Laura and Nellie contest was fun. I wasn't nervous because there were only two of us compet- ing, but I was more nervous for my sister." One of the highlights of the day was Dave Doubler who, along with his crew, performed several civil war demonstrations including a re-enactment of a battle field amputation, and demonstration of civil war weapons including firing of a civil war can- non. Visitors also were able to look over Doubler's extensive collection of civil war period items. Pageant m on page 3 Bethany Lutheran Church of Storden will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary on Sunday, July 28th The choir will practice at 9:30 a.m. fol- lowed by the Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. The theme "How Great Thou Art" was selected through a hymn bracket that we did as a congregation. Hymns were paired against one another just like a NCAA Basketball Toumament bracket. Instead of having a final four we had a top five. People are asked to bring items to be put in a time capsule that will be sealed later that day. Pastor Cole McCormick will lead the ser- vice, Pastor Andrea Degroot-Nesdahl, from the Southwest Minnesota Synod will deliver the message. Former Pastors, Alan Buresh, Bill Ingolvoldstad, and Marlin Johnson will also take part in the service. 100 red bal- loons will be launched at the closing of the service, followed by a catered meal and fel- lowship. Bethany m on page 3 Pastor Cole McCormick, present pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Storden. Due to budget cuts, the Cottonwood County 4-H will present fewer after school programs at elementary school Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- According to the administra- tion summer work projects at both sites are going well. Superintendent Loy Woelber told the board the bathrooms near the high school gym have been updated to give a fresh look. He also talked about the new fitness center at Walnut Grove. Work is progress- ing and the center should be ready some time in August. A new sidewalk has been installed in front of the high school between the science wing and the district office. According to Woelber, the new sound system has been installed in the high school gym. The new system is program- mable and can be "programmed for differ- ent types of events, such as sporting games, lyceums, or concerts. Paul Olson told the board the Cottonwood County 4-H has had their budget cut, and will be having fewer after school programs. In the past they have had 12 programs during the year, but now will have about nine programs. Athletic Director Leo Theisen talked about the participation numbers in regards to declining enrollments. He noted that some of the numbers are up and some are down. He reported about 20 kids went to football camp at Vermillion. "It was very hot but good -- we lucked out and were able to play in the dome during the hottest time of the day," he said. They are still working on future foot- ball scheduling to accommodate teams leaving and coming, but this years sched- ule is set. Paul Olson gave the elementary school report. He told the board they are looking at joining a targeted service project as a satellite school with Worthington. The program will help save money for the elementary after school academy and sci- ence programs. The board approved join- ing the consortium. He also noted the walk in freezer has been installed and is up and running. Principal Bill Richards gave a second- ary report. The Arts and Humanities Council awarded the school a $2,000 grant. It will be used to help pay for individual lessons in the Magnet Arts program. These les- sons have been eliminated by the Perpich Center for the Arts grant. The FFA leadership team is spending a week at a leadership camp at Lake Itaska. Richards received word from Cottonwood County that allows the school to have more le,erage in dealing with truancy. In some cases students will have to have doctors notes when a student does not attend school due to illness. Board -- on page8 ON RECORD PAGE 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 IN SIDE PAGE 3 AREA NEWS PAGE 8 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 CLASSIFIED ADSPAGE 9 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 AREA NEWS PAGE 10 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 STORDEN CLASS REUNIO PAGE 6 INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-I 859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune