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90166 Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the mid 60s. 87/65 Sunny. Highs in the upp6r 80s and lows in the mid 60s. 85165 Partly cloudy with a stray thunder- S tOVITI. 82/66 Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 60s. 89166 Plenty of sun. Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the mid 60s. HEALTHY LIFE STYLES PAGES II, h,h,h ll,lh,lh lh,l,lll,h,h,hhlh,l,ll Wednesday July 26, 2006 $1.00 ent VOLUME NO. 21 NUMBER 47 0 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition E-mai l Toy museum awaits visitors-- Bob Nelsen's lifetime collection on display This scale model threshing machine in Bob's col- lection was made for just one year. By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys. Readers are no doubt familiar with this adage, which comes to mind when visiting Bob Nelsen's newly established toy muse- um. Bob has been collecting toys all of his life, starting with the toys he had as a child. "I was the youngest in my family. I played in the woods with my toys," he said, while his older siblings helped their dad in the field. "I plowed a lot of furrows with these l lows." He kept those toys, and they were the start of his collection. "I was always interested in them back when they were cheap," he said. The collection continued to grow piece by piece until Bob decided it was time to build a 20 x 40 foot room onto the back of his garage to display his treasured col- lection. Toys of all shapes and sizes vie for a spot on the shelves along two sides of the room. Pedal toys stand on the floor under the shelves and also form a line down the center of the room. Bob's toys date back as far as eighty years, but he has no toys from 1942. Because of World War II, materials and manufactur- ing plants were dedicated to the war effort. Every toy is special, and Bob can tell the story behind many of the toys as well as the story about his acquisition of individual toys. Regular auction-goers have probably seen Bob bid- ding on yet another toy for his collection: "I don't care about the color," he said, referring to the tractors. He has trac- tors from all the major implement brands. Back in the 1940s and 1950s kids would receive a toy tractor just like the one their dad bought Trom the implement dealer. Toys t Continued on page3 Wilder Pageant 2006 Family Park Event had great weather final week By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- The Wilder Pageant has wrapped up another suc- cessful season. For the cast and crew it is always with mixed emotions, when they put on the final show each year. Many volunteer hours are spent by those involved. It takes a huge commit- ment of time, nearly two months from .first practice to the final curtain. But when it is all done everyone involved can take a big pat on the back for all of their hard work. From the director Anna Belle McKenna, down to the youngest cast members, they all deserve a huge amount of praise for their efforts. Behind the scenes there are virtually dozens of peo- ple that help to make this community event so suc- cessful. Concession work- The prairie fire scene at the Ingalls homestead is always an exciting and popular scene for the Pageant audience. ers, program sellers, sou- venir sellers, ticket sales, lights, sound, props, park- ing attendants, those that put on the pageant suppers, museum workers, and those involved with the Family Pal;k Events, they are all a huge part of the success of the Wilder Pageant. Last year attendance was down slightly dipping below the 7000 mark, this year the attendance topped 7000 with 7038. It is always hard to tell what might effect pageant audiences but last year's extreme warm weather might have affected the outcome. This year the weather was more favorable overall and each night was very comfortable for the audiences. Last Saturday many visitors toured the museum grounds walking through the wildflower paths to other museum buildings. Wilder Pageant Continued on page 3 Relay For Life Cancer Walk The Redwood County Relay For Life Cancer Walk was held July 14 and 15 atthe Gillfilan Estate. Walnut Grove area had two teams walk- ing this year. The Walnut Grove Walkers completed their 8th year attending the event. The Otto- Matics were at the relay participating for the first time this year. People wearing the dark shirts are survivors of cancer. A total of $103,234.50 was raised that night. Otto-Matics: Front Row: Matt Otto, and Jacob Otto. Back Row: Jeff Otto, Monica Otto and Zach Otto. 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