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FAMILY Focus PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE 2 SPORTS PAGE 10 3 AREA FOCUS PAGE 11 4 AG FOCUS PAGE 12 5 COMMUNITY PAGE 1 3 6 PUBLIC NOTICE PAGE 14 7 CLASSIFIED PAGEPAGE ] 5 8 COMMUNITY PAGE 1 6 9 WATCH FOR NEXT WEEKS AMERICAN PROFILE esday uly 28, 2003 cents entine] ril)une VOLUME NO. 19 NUMBER 47 16 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition rly 7300 people attended the Wilder pageant Weekend aver- led over 2400 trcha t Tribune [,NUT GROVE -- The see-" third weekends had the with the first weekend aout 300 more. weekend had 2,540 in making a total of 7,274, than last year at the museum showed ere busy most of the time l brisl: lusiness in souvenir Wilder Festival had three with terrific weath- It appeared the first Saturdays were the , with the Laura and Nellie drawing a good crowd. Dave and his family presenting war demonstration was a .'event at the festival t of good entertainment and made for a successful Laura Ingalls parade on the first weekend brought a lie to town. Also popular weekend was the flea mar- [craft show in the city park. were a lot of other events to make the pageant a Pageant suppers sponsored o by local groups helped to make the overall event a success. Various group committees will be meeting to assess the pageant weekends and discuss possible changes for next year. After 25 years of success, the Wilder Festival will not continue After a 25 year run, the Wilder Festival committee has decided t o pack it in. For the past two years the com- mittee has been trying to get a vari- ance for the barn which was moved in about three years ago. The DNR, County Commissioners, and FEMA, the barn and other buildings were placed to close to the creek. In talking with some of the com- mittee members it is obvious that they are tired of fighting the battle. The barn and other structures will have to be moved. According to the county commissio. If they allow the variance, they risk losing any assistance from FEMA the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Walnut Grove WALNUT GROVE -- These vistors at the wilder Museum walked on a path through the Continued on page 3 - prairie wild flowers on the museum grounds last Saturday aRernoon. mlth Center Board challenges property tax ruling County Assessoi wants to The Westbrook Health Center (WHC) And, as we all know, the vast majority cf services, and the overall economy of the com- Westbrook Health Center. After two [disc ssion, the issue will be heard in County Court on Friday, July If the current assessment stands, it a real estate tax burden of eighteen thousand dollars per year. "As the smallest rural in the state of Minnesota, this addi- liability creates a significant eco- hardship affecting the delivery of care in the community." comments [ordahl, Chief Operating Officer for ity. has objected to this taxation and is contest- ing the County's position that the Medical Clinic and Peterson Estates Congregate Housing are taxable The hospital, which is tax exempt from real estate taxes by law, and the clinic and Peterson Estates are in fact a single entity fully integrated to pro- vide comprehensive health care opportuni- ties to all persons in the area from infants to the elderly. The mission of the WHC is to meet the health care needs of the communi- ty and contribute to the highest quality of life possible for all residents and patients. people receiving WHC services are part of an aging community of senior residents. Affected by the changes in the health care industry today, it is very difficult to gen- erate sufficient revenues to provide the basic health care services. This tax liability, if allowed, will impact the ability of the WHC to continue to provide and maintain current levels of care and services. WHC Board of Directors Chairman Jim Jorgenson express- es great concern about the long-term impact of this significant tax liability, how it will affect the economic stability of health care munity, for years to come. An Economic Impact Study conducted by David Nelson, U of M Extension Economist in May of 2003 strongly indicated that the Westbrook Health Center and the 40+ jobs created there, is the "economic engine" of the city of Westbrook and the surrounding area. This case is scheduled to come to trial on Friday, July 30, 2004, at 9:00 a.m. at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. dip in the pool -- These youngsters took advantage of the cool refreshing water at the pool during a brief hot spell. 78/54 73/53 Times of sun Scatlercd and clouds, thunder- Highs in the storms. Highs upper 70s in the low and lows in 7Os and lows the mid 50s. in tim low 50s. PAGEANT TIMES 80159 84/62 PICTURE ,,,ow PAGES clouds. High with a stray in the low thunder- ROsandlows storm. 13 & 16 in the upper 5(). i i ,,, ,,, , ,, , r, , , , ,, ,, i Henry Hay and his "kids" Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune Fact: Henry Hay, rural Walnut Grove, has about three dozen kids, the goat variety, that is, on his farm. Fact: The Van Loh grandkids won- der why Grandpa and Grandma don't have animals on their farm. Conclusion: When the grandkids came for a visit in June, Grandma arranged to interview Henry Hay so the grandkids could meet Henry's kids and their nannies. I learned about Henry Hays meat goat production earlier this year and made a note to do a story about his goats for the Southwest Minnesota Farmer paper. What better time to do that interview than whefl Kenzie and Jake, my grandkids from the Twin Cities, were on our farm for a visit. Kenzie and Jake were beginning to doubt whether we would ever see any goats because I n'ade a couple of wrong turns, but we finally fou_nd Henry tending to a pen of Boer goats in a pasture by his driveway south- i Clecubon Jake Van Loh west of Walnut Grove. Both goats and grandkids were curious and a bit shy at first. The grandkids were excited to learn that they were going to see a three-day-old kid. They were even more delighted when Henry had to look for the kid because it was hiding behind a bale in a corner of the pen. Henry Hay Continued on page 3 in ii i I ii CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2004 Sentinel Tribune m m