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TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, August 4, 2004 Page 3 causes 14 cars to leave the tracks, 75 residents" evacuated Walnut Grove man --frompage 1 Page 1 detoured 14 traffic for sev- hours until it was safe for the road to Wednesday morn- with heavy equip- moved the three to a siding on the end of town and the remaining tank along side the right of a v on Wednesday the crews had replaced of the rafts with pre- sections of track. railroad official said hoped to have the open for service by end of the day. one was injured in incident. Officials from railroad along with fed- are look- the cause of the Damage is expect- one million dol- Workers were busy Wednesday morning bolting the new sections of track together. Tanya says that she keeps busy with Jarett, 10, and Jerome, 4. She works for Aegis Therapies as an occu- pational therapist assistant, a job that requires travel to nursing homes in the area. She has found it difficult to keep up with yard work since Travis left, but she is determined to carry on her responsibilities as a tempo- rary single parent. Thanks to modern tech- nology, the Davis&apos;s can rely on computer email and cell phone conversations for communication. Tanya and Jarett are adjusting to life without Travis, but Jerome, who is too young to under- stand their circumstances completely, has had a harder time. Big brother Jarett is in the process of painting large figures of Jerome's favorite superhero, Spiderman, on Jerome's bed- room walls to keep him com- pany at night. An American flag attached to the Davis house and a large "We support our troops" sign in a flowerbed by the house proclaim their support of our troops. Joanna Sykora, daugh- ter of Gary and Sarah Sykora, is another Walnut Grove resident stationed at Fort Dix awaiting further orders. The Davis and Sykora families are just two of many families in our area directly affected by the war in the Middle East. They can be assured that their home communities haven't forgotten about them. We are grateful for the sacrifices they are making and for the commitment their family members have made to serve our country. looked over the crash site aftermath. ill Anderson like I've spent my life researching he told his audience Community C e n___ter. Anderson's first visits to Grove date back there was a museum. first research was done Walnut Grove news- with the help of the Everett Lantz. In 1971, visited the dugout site, by Harold and Della In his acknowledge- in the The Walnut Story of Laura Ingalls he said, 'q'he good-natured gen- has made possible of thousands of admirers to the Creek." He also expressed his to Shirley who "deserves for urging me to focus i the Plum Creek connec- with the Ingalls family has been an force in the of this book." Anderson stated that his in Laura Ingalls played an important in his becoming an He was the first per- t to research the collection and manu- )ts at the Hoover His reputation as award-winning historian author is world-wide. years ago he visited six in Japan, where Laura Wilder is very popu- One of the highlights of He has the ultimate recipe for safe grilling. Enjoy propane grills safely all year long. For a list of safety tips, visit or stop by the Exceptional Energy at the Mirlnesota State Your Professional MN Propane Dealers 1-877-252-O171 Wheels and rail were piled along the right of way. from page 1 CLASSIFIED ADS CALL 274-6136 oR 1-800-410-1859 I Magnus announces local government aid fix Minnesota Houses law- makers joined with Gov. Tim Pawlenty recently in announcing a breakthrough that could lead to a fix in the Local Government Aid (LGA) formula. Without the intervention, many Greater Minnesota cities were poised to absorb thousands in lost state aid. "Small rural cities would be especially hard hit if we hadn't acted," said Rep. Doug Magnus (R-Slayton). "These cities would have had a harder time trying to make up the difference since so much of their budgets rely on LGA. I'm pleased we were able to broker a solu- tion." Gov. Pawlenty indicated he is prepared to fix the LGA glitch after receiving written assurances from legislative leaders from both the House and Senate agreeing to per- manently fix the error in 2005. He also is seeking written assurances from city organizations such as the League of Minnesota Cities and the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities endorsing his action. The Governor had earlier feared that by acting on the "intent" of the LGA law as he did before, the sate could be subject to litigation from some Minnesota cities. If all sides agree, cities will receive the full LGA amounts as promised. "Without the Governor's intervention, many commu- nities would face double- digit percentage reductions in aid," Magnus said. "It was important to take care of this problem now." ,}NKMII Author William Anderson and Illustrator Renee Graef signed autographs in the Museum gift shop Friday afternoon. his career as an author/his- torian was an invitation from Barbara Bush to the White House in 2002. He had breakfast in the presi- dential house and sat in on a symposium for writers of pioneer history. Also in attendance at that sympo- sium were Ingalls and Wilder relatives Anderson had met earlier in his research. Anderson is continually writing when time allows with his teaching schedule. He has traveled widely, and has appeared at seminars, schools, libraries, and con- ferences. Currently he is a director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association in Mansfield, MO. Although the audience gathered to hear Anderson in Walnut Grove wasn't large, all ages were repre- sented. Anderson enjoyed interacting with a couple of aspiring young writers that were in the audience. Steven Ourada's seven-year-old twin grandsons from Missouri, the youngest ones in the audience, talked about stories they want to write and illustrate. We are fortunate to have easy access to the pioneer history of our area. Laura's books portray the strength of those who settled here. They faced countless hardships, but when the times were tough, they got stronger, not weaker. Laura learned to do the best with what she had. She also demonstrated that age couldn't keep her from launching a new career. Although she was a writer/p(et from the time she was young, Laura was 65 years old when her first "Little House" book was pub- fished. NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Dear subscriber; please check the due date on your address label of your paper. In order to avoid a lapse in your subscription, please remit your renewal two weeks prior to the expiration date. 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