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RECORD )tNT  FOCUS & FAmLY FOCUS INDEX PAGE 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 3 COMMUNITY PAGE 4 SPORTS PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 6 AREA FOCUS PAGE 7 / ( PAGE 8 PAGE 9 PAGE 1 0 PAGE 1 1 PAGE 1 2 PEWTER SMITH VISITS WALNUT GROVE PAGE 7 4,2004 5 cents Y ntinel ribune VOLUME NO. 19 NUMBER 48 A Section - 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition nning author and storian visits Walnut Grove 'n Van Loh who grew up the "Little House" televi- era often learned about Ingalls Wilder when a read Laura's books to students. William (Bill) Lapeer, MI, was one children. His third class waited eagerly for to read the next the Banks of Plum before they ate lunch each If the class was successful and pleading, the teacher would read another chapter later in the day. The Plum Creek book moti- vated Anderson to read all the "Little House" books. "As a child I was always inquisitive, inter- ested in dates and facts," he says. Good qualifications for a researcher! My interest in the Wilder books led to family visits to the sites, meeting friends and relatives of the family, and final- ly writing. My first published writing was The Story of the Ingalls, hich appeared when I was fifteen. Its sales helped raise funds for the Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, MO. I was pleased when Rose Wilder Lane said, "You know more about my relatives than I do." Anderson was in Walnut Grove last weekend as part of the 30th anniversary celebra- tion of the Wilder Museum. He signed books at the gift shop both days and talked about his experiences as a researcher and writer on Saturday afternooon. Award winning Continued on page 3 Grove man on active duty at Fort Dix By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune Travis Davis, Walnut Grove, joined the National Guard in Austin, MN, when he was seventeen years old. After serving nine years part time on week- ends with two weeks training each sum- mer, he h4d not seen extended active service until this spring when the 50th MSB, 42nd Division of the National Guard repoed to Fort Dix, NJ. He isn't certain when he will be sent overseas, but it could be as early as November or as late as February 2005. The Davis family, including Travis, his wife Tanya, and son Jarett, moved to Walnut Grove four years ago and pur- chased the Vernon and Fern Herder home on east Main St. (The Herders are Tanya's grandparents.) Travis and Tanya have plans to make some improvements on their house, but those plans have been put on hold until Travis completes his active duty. Walnut Grove Continued on page 3 Tanya Davis and her sons Jarett and Jerome are adjusting to life without husband/father, Trevis Davis, while he is on active duty. eant planning and luation meeting look for ways to Wilder Festival Tom Merchant Tribune WALNUT GROVE On Tuesday 10th at 6:30 there will be a at the Grove Center. g will be to events for the pageant and to the events this years pag- Representatives all events or attractions are asked to give a report of their activities. Since the Wilder (Pioneer) Festival has conclud- ed its final year, sug- gestions will be sought to find other ways to entertain vis- itors during the pag- eant weekends. Dave and Wanda Hoyt will provide sup- per for the meeting. This evaluation is for everyone who would like to participate. If you would like to attend please make reservations at the EDA office (859-2134) or Hoyt's Oil and Convenience (859- 2552) by noon August' 10th. Council adopts garbage proposal Proposal will save money for residents Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Terry Wulf represent- ing Proctor Sanitation of Slayton presented a proposal which would institute automated pickup in the city. If adopted the proposal would save city residents money on their garbage bills. Wulf said the company would furnish the garbage carts to residents. So,he people are already using the carts but they are being dumped manually. The current service is $4.50 monthly service fee plus 15 gallon bag at 82.3 cents each, 30 gallon bag at $1.59 each. 60 gallon cart 13.17 plus $4.50 = $17.67. 90 gallon cart 15.37 plus $4.50 = $19.87 Average monthly cost now - 1 bag per week. 15 gallon bag = $8.06 month. 30 gal- lon bag = $11.38 month. 2-30 gallon bags = $18.27 month. 3 -30 gallon bags = $25.15 month. Council adopts COntinued on page 12 and 74/53 Abundant sunshine. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the low 50s. 79158 78/60 Parlly Partly cloudy cloudy, with a stray Highs in the thunder- upper 70s storm. and lows in the upper 50s. 8O158 Slight chance of a thunder- storm. DERAILMENT DM&E Train derails at Balaton Derailment causes 14 cars to leave the traclcs, 75 residents" evacuated Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune BALATON -- At about one o'clock Wednesday morning about 75 residents of Balaton were awakened by law enfbrcement personnel, after an eastbound Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern freight train derailed, in the middle of Balaton late Tuesday evening. The residents were asked to evac- uate to the Balaton school library where the Red Cross had set up a temporary shelter. According to witnesses the lead engine jumped the track and came to a halt near the main crossing taking out one of the crossing arms. Behind the engines about 14 tank cars loaded with Ethanol and Soy Oil were piled up like an accordion. Several of the cars were leaking cusing concern for the safety of near by residents. Emergency per- sonnel were called to the scene to contain the spills to prevent any of the flammable liquids to enter the nearby lake. Fire fighters from Balaton and neighboring communities were called to the scene Tuesday night and most of the day Wednesday. It was estimated about 45,000 gallons leaked from two of the cars. Emergency crews cleaned the spills Wednesday morning pumping the ethanol from the temporary holding area. Derailment Continued on page 3 Wednesday morning crews were busy laying new tracks at the site of the derailment Mildred Grapevine passed away Funeral services for Mildred Grapevine (Mrs. William), 74, of Coon Rapids and formerly of Storden, was held on Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at St. Philip's Lutheran Church in Fridley. Mildred passed away Saturday, July 31, 2004 at her home in Coon ids. i i WATCH FOR NEXT WEEKS AMERICAN PROFILE Agnes Schneider services pending Agnes Schneider, age 98, of Westbrook, died Monday, August 2, 2004, at the Good Samaritan Home in Westbrook. Services are pending at this time. i iii L l ln I INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS * ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2004 Sentinel Tribune m m