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.... i ,J <,: Wednesday August 15, 2012 $1.00 MURRAY Co. FAIR COTTONWOOD Co. FAIR START THIS WEEK TALENT SHOW PAGE 6 ENTINEL ,Ihq'"",'",'l,",,.l",lqh,',h'h,','",h','",,,.,,',, ADC S00LLTOW.PAPE.S I.C ogn00 2007WCOTAST IO SHELTON WA 98500-z200 5 RIBUNE IIILIILIJl!Jlll!!l!r!l!llll. Volume No. 27 NUMBER 51 10 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition City looks at upgrading clty sirens Council discussed drivers not stopping for pedestrians in the cross walks on First Avenue By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Police chief Alan Wahl told the council he has completed updating the City's Emergency Operations Plan. The council will have to pass a resolu- tion to approve it. Also, a drill will have to be run to test the plan. Wahl talked about updating the city's warning sirens. He has done GPS mapping of the present sirens for Emergency Management. Wahl commented it is possible the city could get by with two sirens, also two of the sirens the city has can be upgraded. According to Wahl, the new sirens, which are narrow band compliant, can cost as much as $20,000, but they might be able to pick up good used ones for less money. Wahl is working on getting a grant to help pay for the siren upgrades. Wahl said, "I will keep digging to find cheaper options." It was noted the sirens must be upgraded by January 1, 2013. Wahl will be contacting dog owners of unlicensed dogs for compliance. City Clerk Katie Steen, and council person Dave Moriarity complained to the council about drivers not stopping for pedestrians in the cross walks. The council talked about putting up signs stating vehi- cles must stop for pedestrians in cross walks, although the members did not know where to put them. If they were put in the middle of the intersection they thought they might get run down, also it would create a problem for snow removal. No action was taken on the matter. One council member stated, it is a state law that drivers must stop for pedestrians in cross walks. Street supervisor Carl Conrad told the council he will start crack filling on the city streets. They need four people to do the job, and it will take less than a week to com- plete. Conrad stated the speed limit signs have been installed on First Avenue. The new filters for the swimming pool will be installed at the end of August, so they will be ready to go next spring. Council Page 3 Author, Robin Madson of rural Westbrook wrote stories influenced by her family By Tam Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- "Back in high school I would have told you I wanted to write children's books, she noted." But sometimes a person's dreams and aspirations have to be put on hold for many reasons. For Robin Madson her desire to write children's books was delayed about 28 years. After graduating from Westbrook High School she wed her high school sweetheart Mick Madson. After that she got involved with the family farm operation, and the couple raised their four children - Dominic, Danielle, Alexia and Anthony. "After rais- ing the kids I was able to concentrate on hobbies," said Madson. Several years before she began writing her books, Madson used her writing skills working for the Sentinel Tribune, the Tracy Headlight Herald, And the Southwest Minnesota Sailor." She also worked for Sanford as a ghost writer for medical arti- cles, and worked in Outreach for several years. Madson is also a fi'ee lance photogra- pher specializing in wedding photography. Undaunted, Madson published her first children's book The Grandfather Tree in 2009. Shortly after publishing that Madson went right into "-itingher second book "AO More Crackers Please." Her first book The Grandfather Tree was spawned from her experience growing up on a farm just three miles up the road from the Madson with the two books she penned. home she now lives in. The roots of this book go back over a hundred years. Robin's grandfather Ole Nelson was born in 1901, and a Cottonwood seedling was left growing in a field on the west side of tt, Today the large Cottonwood still stands tall in the middle of the field. "Only God will remove that tree," she mused. The story draws a parallel to the grand- children and their granddad. "Just as any grandfather would, the branches stand guard over the little ones like strong arms that hug his children," reads from the pages of her book. Madson Page 3 Back to School This week teachers are busy preparing their rooms for the influx of kids who will be filling the desks next Monday morning in ele- mentary school, junior high, and high school. Left: Pre-school staffers were busy setting up their space, from left, Whitney Frank, Kathy Filter, and Angie Taylor. Holiday deadline changes Because of the Labor Day Holiday the Sentinel Tribune will have early deadlines. Deadline for all classi- fied ads is 9 a.m. Thursday, August 30. Display peach ad dead- line will be 12 noon on Thursday, August 30. Display ad and news copy deadline for Sentinel Tribune will be Friday noon, August 31. Aerial sprayers have been working through- out the area spraying for Aphids. Aphids have been showing up around the state both in small graln and soybeans. Although the infestations do not appear to be as heavy as in recent years, the infestations are appearing later than usual. This sprayer was working along Highway 30 between Dovray and Currie. ON RECORD PAGE 2 WG COMMUNITY PAGE 7 INSIDE PAGE 3 EDUCATION PAGE 8 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 9 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 AREA FOCUS PAGE 10 WB COMMUNITY PAGE 6 Aflention Westbrook area 4.H Fair winners... WESTBROOK -- To all livestock and non-livestock, champion and reserve champion winners - the Sentinel Tribune photographer will be available for pictures Saturday, August 18, from 1-3 pm during the Cottonwood County fair. INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2012 Sentinel Tribune ; 1