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SENTINEL TmBUNE Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Page 7 i MIRROR OF BYGONE DAYS WALNUT GROVE TEN YEARS Syverson. SENIOR AGO Members of the WalnutNUTRITION Grove High School Band September8, 1999 and their director Tom SERVICES It was a hot steamy Vondracek, spent last night, hardly football week practicing their weather last Thursday, marching skills for their September 14-18, 2009 when the Chargers faced appearance in the Box Senior Dining serving their first opponent, the Car Day Parade in Tracy. at Country View Senior Lakeview Lakers. The Living Community at Chargers defeated the THIRTY YEARS 11:30 am, Monday thru Lakers, 19-6. Kindergarten orienta- AGO Friday. Monday: Swiss Walnut Grove Class of 1969 tion was held Tuesday September6, 1979 steak/tomato sauce, The Walnut Grove Class of 1969 held its 40th Class Reunion Saturday August evening, August 31, with Charles Reinert is car- AuGratin potatoes,29, 2009 at Jackpot Junction Casino/Hotel, Morton, MN. Seated in front are: kindergarten students, rying on a family tradi- peas/carrOts, fruit sauce Debbie (Koblegard) Martius and Dennis Martius. In the first row starting from parents, and teacher, Mrs. tion. The keeping of bees Tuesday: Meat loaf, the left are: Bob Hahn, Jay Warner, Daris Nelson, David Bauman, Larry Maas, Lynn Bakken, and princi- and the producing of baked potatoes, corn, bars Charlie Churchill, Randy Larson and Jeff Bertchi. Second row: Bruce (Swede) pal Julia Graves. honey which has been a Wednesday: Chicken Benson, Peggy (Noram) Bestge, Terry (Zieske) Nelson, Eric Lantz, Kay Jeanne Kelsey will be family enterprise Kiev, mashed potatoes,(Bakken) Koblegard, Joan (Lessman) Iverson, Mary (Nelson) Leonard, Julie teaching Life Skills and a since1928. Last year, E.V. baked beans, cake (Hoyt) Nelson, Darla (Nelson) Larson, Sandy Boever, Kathy Smith and Lorna pre-school aide at WWG Reinert, estimates they Thursday: Roast (Jacobs) Dibley. Third row: Candy (Pack) Sowers, Kristin (Buterbaugh) this fall Garret Bitker is produced 40,000 lbs. ofpork/gravy, mashed pota- Landuyt, Charlie Knakmuhs, Barb (Friend) Rupp, Alan Leiferman, Luana the new middle school sci- honey, and they plan totoes, green beans, fruited (Jacobs) VanMaanen, Rent (Vagle) Kaluza. Submitted photo ence teacher at Walnut keep right on going. Jell-O Grove; and Dan Anderson Emil Steffen, half Friday: Hamburgers/ -- will be teaching owner of the Steffen elec- onions/pickles,pasta Relay For Life Industrial Technology,tric Service, is retiring salad, freshfruit wrap-up meet- COUNTRYVIEW Advanced Woods, and and turning the business For reservations call ing Building Trades in theover to his partner Oscar 859-2133 one day in It's time for the WEEKLY high school and middleand Oscars son, Lee. advance. American Cancer Society school. Emil started the business Senior Dining is a joint Relay For Life for in Lucan in 1938, moving partnership of your com- Redwood County Wrap By Kim Rolling TWENTY YEARS to Walnut Grove on munity and Lutheran Up meeting. It will be Exec. Director/NurseManager AGO August 15, 1939. When Social Services, funded, in held at the Gloria Dei September 6, 1989 nessWWIIclosedbr°keand°Ut' reopenedthe busi- AmericansPart' underAct.the Older Lutheran Church dining Pastor Brian Fragodt, in June of 1945. At this hall at 6:00 P.M. on Its been another beau-2pm. Bone Builders is and his wife Kim, arrived in Walnut Grove recently, time Emil s brother Oscar lon.aay, September 14. tiful week! The weather every Tuesday and became a partner. Murray a lUCK sup.: couldn't be any more Thursday. and will be serving the Last Wednesday morn- per. rmase can or emanbeautiful than it has been.V We're excited to congregations at English ing, 105 volunteers for the County 4-H Ann by September 10 ifMy apologies for not hav- announce that September Lutheran, and St. Olafmealsites from Tracy, you are coming as sne m ing an article last week, I 13-19 is NationalAssisted Church. He will be Walnut Grove, Mt. Lake,calendar prov=ng the meat and was out of town on compa- Living Week. We have installed officially at St. Marshall, and Redwood neeqs an mea m now ny business and movingseveral special activities Olaf and English Lutheran Churches soon.Falls met in Walnut September 16 -- 4-H much to prepare, my son into his college planned for the tenants Grove for a day of recogni- Livestock Committeeher at 507-627-3757 ordorm. during that week. We'll Homecoming royalty at tion for their services. Walnut Grove High They began with a tour of School are Gent Kolar,the Laura Ingalls Wilder Jean Tietz, Jodi Pageant site and the Boerboom, Tom Ingalls home on the banks Hutchinson, Christy of Plum Creek, followed Baumann, Doug Ankrum, by dinner and an after- Joel Byers, Steve noon of entertainment. Anderson, Nikki Heggerston, and Jenny meeting, 7:30 p.m., email her at Upcoming activities enjoy suppers from the Courts Building annr@newulmtel.net, include Po-Ke-No, J-I-N- grill, ice cream and spe- September 22- "Make This meeting is for ALL G-O, BINGO, Bible study cial entertainment by Your Own Pizza" fall committee and team and cards, both 500 and Emerald Tide out of kick-off at The Escapemembers NOT just team SkipBo. Some of this Westbrook and Arlene Youth Center for 5th and captains, week's winner's are Knobloch from Tracy. 6th grader.s, 6:00 9:00 Let's end our 2009 year Marjorie Bakken, AgnesWe celebrate one p.m. with a good attendance at Seykora, Lana Sheets and September birthday for this meeting. We need June Boerboom. The WiiAlice Trulock. input from EVERYONE continues to be a favorite New tenants are Allan not just a few. of some of the tenants, and Marilyn Farber. Jeane Carter, Ida Carlson Please be sure to wish plans and By Elizabeth Anders Soc. Sec. District Manager Fairrnont, MN If you're a teacher, chances are you know the lessons you're going to teach like the back of your hand, inside and out. That's because you took some time and prepared ahead with lesson plans. But how much time have you devoted to your retirement plan? Whether you're 30 years in, or in your fresh- man year as a teacher, it's important to spend time learning your retirement plan. You may be a teacher or other government employ- ee covered by state or local government retire- ment plans instead of Social Security. And, even if you do work at a second job and pay into Social Security, your benefits would most likely be affected by your other retirement plan. So take a lesson from us and learn about two important pro- visions that may affect you: the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). • Who is affected by GPO and WEP? Government employees who didn't pay Social Security taxes on their government earnings are affected. The Government Pension Offset (GPO) reduces the potential Social Security spouse's/widow's/widow- er's benefit amount some- one could receive if he or she also receives a pen- sion from a federal, state or local government for work on which no Social Security taxes were paid. The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) can reduce a worker's month- ly Social Security benefit amount, if he or she also receives a pension from work not covered by Social Security. What is the purpose of these provisions? GPO and WEP are designed to ensure that all American workers are treated equally under the Social Security program. GPO generally requires that Social Security spouses' or surviving spouses' benefits be reduced by two-thirds of the entitled person's gov- ernment pension, why? Because GPO removes an advantage that some gov- ernment workers once had. Before GPO, a per- son who worked in a gov- ernment job that was not covered under Social Security could receive, in addition to a government pension (based on his or her own earnings), a full Social Security spouse's or surviving spouse's bene- fit. No other workers had this option because Social Security benefits payable to a person as a spouse or surviving spouse must be offset, dollar for dollar, by the amount of that per- son's own Social Security benefit. Similarly, WEP takes away an advantage that the regular Social Security benefit "formula" would give people who have substantial pensions from non-Social Security covered jobs. Without WEP, a worker who spent most of his or her career in employment not cov- ered by Social Security and who worked for a short time to get Social Security coverage would end up with much higher benefits than if all of his or her work were done under Social Security. This is because we calcu- late Social Security bene- fits using a formula that gives proportionately higher benefits to workers with low lifetime earn- ings. Want to learn more? You can dig deeper, and see some examples of just how the two provisions work in real-life situa- tions, at www.socialsecu- rity.gov/gpo-wep. Or you can call toll-free, 1-800- 772-1213 (for the deaf or hard of hearing, call our TTY number, 1-800-325- 0778) and ask for Social Security publications on the Government Pension Offset or the Windfall Elimination Provision. There's no pop quiz now, but the real test will come when you're ready to retire. A little time preparing for your retire- ment now can help you ace your final exam: retirement. To learn more about Social Security, visit www.social securi- ty.gov. CLASSIFIED WORK FOR F_ and Gloria Jacobs are reg- them well with their ree s eecn u,ar for bowling and all recent move. We are ': '. ' do well. The bus will go pleased to have them join :zcreenlngs ..... !'ui~tovcn on Tuesdays at our community. The Redwood- Area Hospital will be offering Free Speech Screenings in September and October. Do you have frequent hoarseness or laryngitis? Do you get pills or food stuck in the back of your throat when you try to swallow? Do you fre- quently cough or choke while eating or drinking? Do you frequently stut- ter? Have you been told people have a hard time understanding you? Is your child a problem or picky eater? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, we may be able to help. Free speech screenings will be offered by Joann Anderson, Speech Language Pathologist at the Redwood Area Hospital. Following each screening, Joann will rec- ommend or suggest future treatment options based on the results of your screening. Screenings only take 15 minutes and will be held on September 15, 22 and 24 from 3:00-5:00pm and October 1, 2009 from 9:00-11:00am at the Redwood Area Hospital, located at 100 Fallwood Road in Redwood Falls, MN. If you would like more information or would like to schedule a free screen- ing for you or a loved one, contact our Therapy Services Department at 507-637-4606. Beginning Expenence of SW MN Beginning Experience of Southwest Minnesota, a peer ministry support group for widowed, sepa- rated and divorced people is offering its Level I Series for eight weeks beginning October 5 November 23. The Monday night sessions begin at 7:00 P.M. at the First Lutheran Church on Church and "A" Street in Marshall, MN. Registration is held the first two Monday nights starting at 6:30 P.M. Registration is then closed for that session. The support group is open to people of all denomina- tions. There is a fee to cover the cost of materi- als. This series is designed for those wish- ing to work through the grieving process following the loss of a loved one through death, divorce or separation. All dialogue is confidential and facili- tators are trained indi- viduals who have suffered a similar loss. If you wish to pre-register or have other questions concern- ing level participation, contact Pat at 507-829- 3148, Jean at 507-530- 4490, Karen at 507-532-0922 or Shirley at 507-768-3514. Level II Series MARSHALL Beginning Experience of Southwest Minnesota, a peer ministry support groupfor widowed, sepa- rated and divorced people is offering its Level II "Rebuilding" series for ten weeks beginning January 1-March 15, 2010. The Monday night ses- sions begin at 7:00 P.M. at the First Lutheran Church on Church and "A" Street in Marshall, MN. Registration is held the first two Monday nights starting at 6:30 P.M. Registration is then closed for that session. The support group is open to people of all denomina- tions. There is a fee to cover the cost of materi- als. This series is designed for those who are past the initial pain of losing a partner and are working to put their lives back together. All dia- logue is confidential and facilitators are individu- als who have suffered a similar loss. If you wish to pre-register or have other questions concern- ing level participation, contact Pat at 507-829- 3148, Jean at 507-530- 4490, Karen at 507-532- 0922 or Shirley at 507- 768-3514. Sentinel Tribune available at: Oleson's Mercantile Hoyt Oil &Convenience Bubai Grocery Thrifty White Drug Maynard's Grocery ExpressWay Shady Drive-Inn Redwood County United Way Annual Tail Gate Kick-off Stephen P. Inglis Field Redwood Valley Cardinal Football Game Watch for our new Fundraiser on October 22 JAIL and Bail Contact any for more details 1747OO