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!&apos;ll"lhlql%"llll'lli,HiJllqlh,H,vll,llhhl%hll ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09/13/99 SmallTownPacers lnc 217 W COTA ST 171" SHELTON, WA 98584-2263 } 6 Wednesday Augus 31, 2011 $1.00 Volume No. 26 NUMBER 1 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Dan Peterson pens second book Peterson put together a comprehensive history of Walnut Station and Walnut Grove By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE --As Ed McMahon of Tonight Show fame would have said, everything you ever wanted to know about Walnut Grove is in this book, no stone was left unturned in the making of this book. Perhaps that is over stating it just a bit, but for the most part it is true. Dan Peterson first assembled a his- tory of Walnut Grove businesses in 2006. He began working on that book in, the late nineties and has since contin- research history of all facets in Waint Grove. He admits, by comparison, his new book which sports over 600 pages is a far cry from his first effort. He said, "technology today has really improved the production process." The book is titled "The Chronicles of Walnut Station and Walnut Grove." The city was known as Walnut Station prior to it's incorporation in the late 1800's. The book also has over 2500 pictures. Dan Peterson held his new book behind the counter of his gen- eral store front porch. of binders with information and photos of Walnut Grove. His basement is full of books and other documents of Walnut Grove historical items. During his research Peterson said he was lucky to talk to several old timers in the community to get some first hand information about the community. In the process Peterson has collect- e d thousands of files pertaiin to. ...... As Peterson .thumbed the ve, It includes: his'toe '- book=n gavetittle mterestmg Ud bits- Then there was the time the Harlem Globe Trotters came to town and played a local team called the Independents. The newspaper promotion said, "they handled the ball like a monkey handled a peanut -- it will make you laugh until you cry." In those days no one had heard of being politically correct. It was not known who wrote that statement. Pctrson noted there is a 'large sec- tion about sportsA, n-Walnut Grove. Not too many people around recall when Olympic Gold Medal Winner Jesse Owens came to town in 1939 after winning four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and embarrassing Adolph Hitler in the process. Owens had his own touting basket- ball team and toured around the country to make money. "Imagine a gold medalist going around to small towns to make money today!" Peterson chuckled. files on families, businesses, the school, and much more. Peterson is probably the only person who has read every edition of the Walnut Grove Tribune, and the Rural Center the newspaper which eventually became the Walnut Grove Tribune. Peterson also is a collector of Walnut Grove memorabilia, and has over 500 Walnut Grove collectables in his house, Peterson's front porch is set up like an old time general store, with all sorts of items you would find in an early twentieth century store. Peterson has a walk in closet full about a variety of things that happened during the early years. He read an account where the Klu Klux Klan tried to start a chapter in Walnut Grove. According to a Tribune news account, there was an anonymous cross burning at the end of Main Street designed to attract attention to a movie about the clan that was to be shown at the local "Rex" theater. A lecture was given after the movie and literature about the Klan was given to those pres- ent to learn more about the organiza- tion. Of course the KKK never really took hold in the area although there was some interest. Peterson -- on page 3 Redwood County to purchase radios for city City released liens on 1998 housing grant By Paula McGarvey The city council met in a regular session on the 15th day of August, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the council room. Greg Hansen, Todd Harrington, Leonard McLaughlin, Jeff Harnack, Xiong Yang, Tom Hansen, Mike Zeug, Herb Krueger (PeopleService) were present. Mayor Hansen presided at the meeting. Redwood County will be purchas- ing new radios for the Walnut Grove Ambulance Service, Police Department, Civil Defense and Fire Department. The county board' approved the purchase of equipment for the Emergency Responders in Redwood County as part of the implementation of the ARMER sys- tem. Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) is the 800 MHz trunked <http://en. system> public safety radio SystenS used in the State of Minnesota < Minnesota>. The system was devel- oped to improve communication amongst emergency services during natural < wiki/Natural disaster> and man- made disasters <http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Man-made_hazard>. The Water/Wastewater report was presented by Herb Krueger with PeopleService. The new wastewater treatment operator will start the end of August. The Maintenance Report was given by Tom Hansen. The gate valve has been ordered for the ponds. Budgeted items were discussed for 2012. The city will once again bud- get $2500-3000 for tree trimming. Discussion was held on the repairing of the basketball court and tennis court at the City Park. Tom will get :quotes for replacing or repairing these. The city budgeted $15,000 in 2010 and $10,000 in 2011. The Police Report was given by Chief Zeug. Discussion was held and the council approved the bud- geted expense for Mike to get the laptop and have it programmed for use in the squad car. Discussion was held with the city clerk regarding electronic billing for utility bills and Direct Deposit for payroll. The program allowing direct deposit for the payroll system will be $795.00. The council approved going to Direct Deposit. Discussion was held and the council approved the budgeted expense for a laptop computer for the city clerk. The council accepted donations from the Ed Ourada family for the Ambulance Service and from Alliant Energy for the Fire Department. Discussion was held on the Small Cities Housing project from 1998. The grants that were given for that project were to be forgiven over a 10 year period. All leins on the projects that were done for that project should now be released by the City of Walnut Grove. The City of Walnut Grove will be applying for a phosphorous reduc- tion grant with PFA. The council approved the Grant Application Resolution. Discussion was held on the 2012 Budget. The council will hold a Special Meeting Monday August 29, 2012 for a budget workshop and to review the 2011 budget year to date information. The council approved the minutes for the July 18, 2011 regular meeting and claims 33413 through 33522. New teachers at WWG Claire Stich Home Town: Fergus Falls, MN. College and Major: Bemidji State University, B.S. Social Studies Education. Previous Experience: Two years serving in the AmeriCorps in Fergus Falls, MN. SUbjects teaching and location: Social Studies, Journalism and Charger Learning Center (high school and middle school) at the Tech Campus in Westbrook. Family: Zach (husband), Dave and Susan (parents), Tim and Eddie (siblings). Hobbies and interests: The outdoors and camping, music and cooking. Claire Stich Laura Brandt Home Town: Eau Claire, WI. College and Major: University of MN Duluth, Teaching Spanish major. P/-ev|ous Experieni:e: Student teaching at Hennantown High School in Hermantown, MN. Subjects teaching and location: Spanish I, II, III - WWG High School. Family: Mom and dad who live in Eau Claire; two older brothers: Paul - mar- ried with 4 children ages 4-13 and John - working and living in Eau Claire, also dog Sasha. Laura Brandt Hobbies and interests: Travel, outdoors activities. Hannah Holt Hannah Holt Administrative Assistant Home Town: Pelican for Pelican Rapids School Rapids, MN. District. College and Major: Subjects teaching and Jamestown College, location: This is my first Jamestown, ND, History year of teaching World secondary education with History, MN History, middle school. BOLT, 7th & 8th grade Previous Experience: I reading, personal finances. have been employed as an Teachers --- Continued on page S Revere reunion A Revere Reunion will be held Sunday, September 4, 2011, beginning at 1 p.m. in Revere City Park. Refreshments are provided. All past and present town and country residents are welcome. Holiday deadline changes -- Because of the Labor Day Holiday the Sentinel Tribune will have early deadlines. Deadline for all classified ads is 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Display peach ad deadline will be 12 noon on Thursday, Sept. 1. Display ad deadline for Sentinel Tribune will be Friday noon, Sept. 2. News copy deadline for Sentinel Tribune will be Friday noon, Sept. 2. ON RECORD PAGE 2 EDUCATION PAGE 8 INSIDE PAGE 3 SPORTS ROUNDUP PAGE 9 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 CALENDAR PAGE 10 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 1 1 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA FOCUS PAGE 12 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 FALL PORTS PAGE 8 INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS * ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2011 Sentinel Tribune | 1