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INDEX RD PAGE 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 8 PAGE 3 COMMUNITY PAGE 9 PAGE 4 SPORTS PAGE 10 PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 1 1 & FAMILY PAGE 6 AREA FOCUS PAGE 12 FOCUS PAGE 7 ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND SEWER PROJECTS PAGE 5 tdnesda" Y 18,2004 5 cents entinel ribune VOLUME NO. 19 NUMBER 50 A Section - 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition b/WG board votes on kcess levy proposal reviewed options put by financial Merchant Tribune t -- The Westbrook Grove district board special session prior regular meeting evening. thinking the cur- excess levy would after this year, it was they still had one on the current levy. consulting with advisor Joel Sutter & Associates, Inc. reviewed three The first was to wait next year. The sec- is to vote this new referendum of pupil unit, to take in 2006. lhe third i would be to cancel the last year of the existing ref- erendum authority, and replace it with a new authority of $5400 per pupil unit. This option would add an additional $92,000 in rev- enue next year, while option one and two the additional revenue would not be added until 2006-07. The board voted to adopt the second option. The types of property taxed would be residential, apartments, and commercial property. Agricultural property will be taxed on the value of the house, garage and one acre of land. The cost of the levy would be about $10 for a house with a market value of $30,000. A parcel valued at $80.000 would pay about $26, a property valued at $300,000 would pay about $98. These figures are for the referendum levy only, and do not include tax levies for other purposes. Many homestead owners will qualify for a refund, based on their income and total property taxes. This will decrease the net effect of the referendum levy for many property owners. The proposal will be voted on at the general election in November. A lane change was approved for Leo Theisen from BA 30 to BA 45. The board also adopted policy 704 Development and Maintenance of an Inventory of Fixed Assets and Fixed Asset Accounting System. Superintendent Loy Woelber reported summer projects are going well, Tuck pointing on the old Westbrook building is going well. Windows and doors have been completed in Walnut Grove. Central air in both offices has been done and is working well. WWG Board Continued on page 3 tree fresh lemonade GROVE -- These girl scouts were serving lemonade and cookies morning on Main Street for Crazy days. Although the lemonade and were free the girls did accept donations. They are from left, Angel Kelsey Steichen, and Maddie Hemp. sses at Grove blic School classes at the Grove Public School on September 13, There will sessions see- from 8:00 - If your child is 3 years and 6 months to 5 years old beginning September I, 2004, and you would like them to be involved in our pre-school program, please call the school at 507-859- 2141 for more information. Lawrence Fogel died Monday Lawrence J. Fogel, 92, Westbrook, died Monday, August 16, 2004 at the Westbrook Health Center. Funeral services will De held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church,. Westbrook. Visitation will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the Westbrook Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Interment will be in the Westbrook Cemetery. i:x 73/53 70148 Partly Partly cloudy, cloudy. Highs in the Highs in the low 70s and low 70s and lows in the lows in the low 50s. upper 40s. 68/52 Ocasional showers pos- sible. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low 50s. 73152 A few thun- defstornls possible. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s. eel oyale I Double M Ranch hosts 38th Beef Royale By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune Westbrook farmer Maurice Mitchell was 81-years-old last week, and he has lived in the same house all of his life. He was born in 1923, the youngest of 7 chil- dren. Farming has been his whole life. His father raised Shorthorn cattle, and Maurice has followed in his footsteps. Maurice married his wife Hilda, now deceased, in 1953. Together they named their farm the Double M Ranch, the name it still has today. For as long as he can remember, Maurice worked on the farm with his dad. That meant doing farm work with horses until 1944 when they got their first Ford Maurice Mitchell, Westbrook, was one of the Cottonwood County beef pro- ducere who planned the first Beef Royale, 38-years-ago. tractor. "My dad was slow to get a tractor," said Maurice. All the original buildings are still on the farm, but they are nearly 100 years old. A couple of the barns don't accommodate modern equip- ment, so horses are still used when cleaning those buildings. Visitors enjoyed a fine supper of grilled beef hamburg- ere, potato salad, and baked beans. Beef Royale Continued on page 3 i ill J. , i Dave Hove named Interim CEO at Tracy, Slayton and Westbrook Hospitals David Hove, CEO at Jackson Medical Center, will serve as the interim CEO at Tracy Area Medical Services, Murray County Memorial Hospital and Westbrook * Health Center. Hove began his duties on Friday, August 13. He will serve in that capacity until a permanent CEO is hired and in place. Sioux Valley spoke with board leadership at each site and they approved Hove serving as interim CEO. As with the Tracy, Slayton, and Westbrook medical centers, Jackson Medical Center is also a member of Sioux Valley Hospitals and Health System. Hove will work closely with Rick Nordahl, COO, and Jeri Schons, Assistant Administrator, who serve in these capaci- ties at all three sites. "Rick and Jeri have had additional responsibilities during the past few weeks," said Ed Weiland, President, Sioux Valley Regional Health Services. "We've asked a lot of them and they have excelled. Now with David Hove being available on-site a couple days each week, Rick and Jeri can again concentrate fully on their administrative duties and the continuance of excellence in patient care." David Hove brings over twenty-five years of healthcare leadership experience to the three hospitals and their related entities. He has a successful background in strategic planing, organizational devel- opment and development of community partnerships in the complex and rapidly changing environment of healthcare. Hove will retain his position as CEO of Jackson Medical Center in Jackson, MN. Prior to coming to Jackson in 2001, he served as President and CEO of St. Joseph's Area Health Services, Park Rapids, MN and CEO at Hillsboro Community Hospital and Home in Hillsboro, ND. He earned his MBA from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN and his 'Health Care Administration Degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. "Having David here with us will help tremendously in moving forward with our respective and cooperative healthcare delivery plans to insure access and quali- ty healthcare to everyone in the region," said Rick Nordahl. "I've worked with David and welcome his expertise and 'assistance. I know he will be an asset to the organizations." WATCH FOR NEXT WEEKS AMERICAN PROFILE INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2004 Sentinel Tribune