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July 27, 2016 $1.00 Y ;HADY NOOK SCHOOL REUNION PAGE 12 217W C Ta INC IIILli! UIJIJII]!!l! l!l!ll I1. Volume No. 31 NUMBER 49 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Serving: Walnut Grove, Westbrook, Currie, Storden, Dovray, and Revere areas e Despite having two "Little House" stars at two of the pageant week- ends, attendance dropped below 4,,000 for the first time By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- Despite having weather complications the people of Walnut Grove and the area still put on great perfor- mances, and welcomed visitors from around the nation and even from for- eign countries. All three weekends pro- vided many activities for visitors to see and do. From visits to the Wilder Museum, Family Festivals, to pageant performances there was a lot going on in Walnut Grove the past three weeks. Visits by Charlotte Stewart (Miss Pedal in the television series) and William Anderson high- lighted the first weekend. The two of them making appearances at the muse- um, Family Festival, and Stewart at the Wilder Pageant that Saturday eve- ning. Weather was. very nice for the opening week- end. The second weekend Karen Grassle (Ma on the television series) made appearances at the muse- urn, and gave a presentation at the Saturday night per- formance of the Wilder Pageant. Unfortunately pageant officials were forced to call off the perfor- mance due to rain and light- ning in the area. Over four inches of rain pelted the area that evening. Luckily, since Grassle was able to give her presen- tation at the pageant, the committee only had to offer exchanges or refunds on the pageant portion of the tickets. The additional. amount that attendees payed for Grassle's appear- ance will not have to be refunded. Also the pag- eant committee has per- formance rainout insur- ance, but it is not known how much they will receive for that perfor- mance. The first weekend of the Laura and Nellie Look-alike contest was down a bit with just 10 Lauras and four Nellies competing. The second weekend was the largest with 30 Lauras and eight Nellies competing. The past weekend there were 14 Lauras and three Nellies competing. Nine year old Amelia Nyberg daughter of Eric and Amy Nyberg, was this week's Laura Look-alike winner is from Plymouth, Nellie look-alike winner Kira Walker, and Laura look-alike winner Melia Nyberg. One of the Wilder Pageant's scenes is the Prairie Fire scene where Fleck Nelson helps Ma Ingalls put out the fire. Minnesota. Nyberg, who is home schooled, is in the fourth grade. She attended the Wilder Pageant Friday evening. She said, "I really liked the way they turned the housearound, that was really neat." She also really liked the museum saying "it was really cool." Eleven year old Kira Walker was selected as this week's Nellie Look-alike. She is from Watertown, Massachusetts. Her parents are Indra Reinbergs, and Mike Walker. Walker says she has read all of the Wilder books and is watching all of the television series on DVD. Appropriately, she and her mother were staying at the Wilder Inn at Tracy. Kira says her favorite character is who else -- Nellie Oleson! As a final touch she gave a couple of the prizes she won to the other two Nellie contes- tants. Of course there was again food and many activi- ties for the kids at the Family Festival. Vendors also were on hand to sell their crafts and other items. The museum was espe- cially popular, since ]t main buildings are air .c4 - ditioned, with the dew points topping out at 80 which is tropical. Another popular thing was the pageant suppers sponsored by different com- munity churches and orga- nizations. The totals for pageant performances was 642 for Friday night, and 649 for Saturday night. Total for all three weekends was 3,652. If you count the ticket sales of just under 1,200 for last Saturday (rainout) the total would have been 4,852. Next year will be the 40th year of the Wilder Pageant, so we will have to wait and see what type of celebration will happen to commemorate its anniver- sary. Storden to celebrate "Town Day" Folks from Storden will be hosting their "Town Day" this Saturday, July 30, with many activities from 11:00 a.m. through the evening By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune STORDEN -- Are you ready for a fun day at Storden? That is what's in store for you if you head to Storden for a day long event featuring activ- ities for young and old. Activities get going at 11:00 am when a three on three bas- ketball tourney begins. A ven- dor fair also starts at 11:00 a.m. and runs through 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Appearances by the Zoo Man will be held at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 12:45 p.m. Of course what's a celebra- tion without food? At 12:00 noon there will be a hog roast, and at 5:00 p.m. there will be a burger feed. There will be activities in the park for kids, with a bean bag tournament starting at 1:00 p.m. Starting at 4:00 p.m. there will be a classic car Roll In, bring your classic cars or just bring your favorite ride. Dean Fishel will be provid- ing music during the Roll In playing from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Later you can top off the night by attending the Storden Fire Departments Street Dance starting at 9:00 p.m. "The Nectorines" will be providing the music for the night. The events are sponsored by Storden Community, Storden Fire Department, Storden Area Men's Club, the Baptist Youth and the Cowan Family. e ,Installation of air conditioning in high school gym nearly complete, summer projects going well . By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- If you think the school locks its doors at the end of the school year, you would be wrong. A good portion of the summer is devoted to scrubbing, polishing, painting and repairing all three buildings. That also includes some work by outside services. At the top of the list, admin- istrator Loy Woelber presented a 10 year Long-term Facility Maintenance plan covering 2017 through 2026. The state legisla- ture put in place a long term plan to help districts who have expen- sive infra-structure, and health and safety needs. There is a complicated for- mula used to calculate the amount each district will receive. However, according to the pro- jected expenditures in these areas, the district will likely receive an additional $50,000 per year for the next ten years. Another good thing, for the dis- triet, is that the district can bud- get deferred maintenance funds which can be carried over from year to year. The board passed a resolu- tion adopting the Long Term Facility 10 year expenditure and revenue projections. Woelber says that summer projects are going well. Andy Foster completed the remodel- ing of the kindergarten bath- rooms. Carter Concrete Construction completed a new sidewalk going up to the big gym in Walnut Grove. Trent Baker is in the process of redo- ing more of the west wing of the elementary school. It will have foam insulation installed along with metal siding. Woelber noted that the west parking lot of the high school needs some work done to improve it. As high school principal Woelber told the board he will come up with some new guide lines how to handle detention for tardiness and truancy. "I think we need to have kids complete their detention time sooner," Woelber said. School on page 3 ~!" 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