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SENTINEL TRIBUNE ON RI :00,=ORD Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Page 2 OBITUARIES Sheila Rae Gunderson A Mass of Christian Burial for Sheila Rae Gunderson was held August 19, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood, MN with Father Michael Wolfbauer officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Little Falls, MN. Sheila, 64 of the Glenwood area, died Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria. Sheila Rae Gunderson, the daughter of Charles and Bernice (Williams) Parker was born October 2, 1949 in Springfield, Minnesota. She grew up in Walnut Grove and graduated from Walnut Grove High School. After high school, Sheila furthered her education studying horticulture in St. Paul, Minnesota. On September 30, 1972, Sheila was united in marriage to Wayne Gunderson in Benson, Minnesota. Sheila and Wayne made their home in Starbuck and various towns in Minnesota. This mar- riage was blessed with three children, Brett, Desiree, and Nathan. Sheila was a former member of the VFW Auxiliary in Starbuck MN. She enjoyed flowers, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She will be remembered for her positive attitude, her outgoing personality and her contagious laughter. Survivors include her children: Brett (AlMa) Gunderson of Alexandria, MN, Nathan Gunderson of Alexandria, MN, and Desiree (Charles) Hackworth of Alexandria, MN; 3 sisters, Michele (Roger) Dokken of Starbuck, MN, Pam (Dalen) Negan of Watkins, MN and Brook (Vince) Stamm of Nisswa, MN; a brother, Marty (Kim) Parker of Thief River Falls, MN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents and husband, Wayne Gunderson in 2006. COTTONWOOD CO. COURT NEWS August 29 Sept. 5, 2014 Speeding: $125.00 - Russell G. Butler, Sioux Falls, SD; Nathan L. Christie, Larchwood, IA $135.00 - Brandie L. Swenson, Storden, MN; Habtom T. Debessai, Los Angeles, CA $145.00 - Phyllis E. Steinman, Fulda, MN; Carol M. Pace, Lincoln, MN; Paul A. Ardorf, Ham Lake, MN Child passenger restraint violation: $135.00 Melinda K. Luck, Jeffers, MN Issue dishonored check: $259.22 - Jodi Marie Mau, Windom, MN, local confinement: stayed 30 days for 6 mo; super- vised probation for 6 mo Possession/sale mari- juana: $135.00 - Travis S. Hanson, Butterfield, MN Failure to yield: $135.00 Annette M. Beaulieu, St. Paul, MN Seat belt violation: $110.00 Chandra M. Kipfer, Windom, MN; Martin J. Lager, St. Cloud, MN Noise violation: $135.00 - Marissa E. Westman, Windom, MN Area news briefs Fulda Free Press - Chris Bambrick has been hired to teach 7th grade Science, 9th grade Science and Biology at Fulda High School. He is a native of Slayton, MN, and moved back to that city this summer. His parents are Mike and Julie Bambrick. Lamberton News - Newlyweds Matthew and Sara Ranck have started a teaching career in Konggiganak, Alaska. Sara will teach math and language arts to Kindergarten and 1st grade, and an intervention specialist for the primary grades. Matthew will be teaching a self-contained fourth grade class. The town is very isolated, even from other Alaskan towns. Tracy Headlight Herald - Twelve homing pigeons were auctioned off on Monday afternoon at the annual Box Car Day Pigeon race. Price per pigeon was between $300-425. Larry Zwach's bird was the first to return to its home in Alexandria around 7 p.m. Monday evening which earned Zwach $1,185.00 Tyler Tribute - The RTR Building Committee determined, after looking at the building, that it would recommend the school board work with Banner Engineering to determine what can be done to repair pieces of the building that are fall- ing apart. Some issues were bricks coming loose in the 1994 addition; the third floor, of 1903 portion, cannot be entered due to safety concerns; some standing water in boiler room. Windom Citizen - Three county parks could be sold. The proposal was brought before the Cottonwood County Commissioners. The three parks that may go up for sale are: Dynamite Park, along fiver road and adjacent to the Windom Country Club; Highwater Park, five miles north of Storden; Sara Park, along the shore of Lake Augusta in Amo Township. Sons of Norway Staw Inger Lodge to celebrate 40th anniversary The Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge will host a special meeting on Thursday, September 18, beginning at 6:30 PM at the Cottonwood County Historical Society Museum at 812 4th Ave. in Windom. This meeting will be a celebration of the Lodge's 40th Anniversary as the Lodge was chartered in 1974. The evening of celebra- tion starts at 6:30 PM with a reception in the front lobby of the Historical Society. There will be a cultural dis- play of many Norwegian and Swedish items, cloth- ing, antiques, jewelry, plus many articles and things from the Lodge's history will be exhibited. A vari- ety of Scandinavian treats will be served, too. A visit from King Harald will also be included. The 7:00 PM program, entitled, "Rosemaling and Stave Churches of Norway," will be given by local Sons of Norway member, Loy Ann Nasby, who is from Jackson, MN. As an artist, Loy Ann has been rosemal- ing for more than 28 years. She has taught classes for twelve years and in 2009, received the much sought- after Vesterheim Museum National Gold Medal in rose- maling at the National Folk Art competition, held dur- ing Nordic Fest at Decorah, Iowa. Loy Ann will first share a powerpoint presenta- tion about the history of the beautiful folk art of rosemal- ing beginning with the influ- ence of the fierce Vikings. She will share pictures of various outdoor museums, farm sites, and old buildings with very old rosemaling and wood carvings. In addition she will show photos ofrose- maling in old churches, and then the stave churches of Norway. Loy Ann has studied under Norwegian master painters of different styles in Norway by attending two folk art rosemaling study art tours to Norway in 2003 and 2007, and one Scandinavian tour in 1996, with 10 days in Norway. She paints in many of the special styles. She will have a display table of rosemaling items by some of her Norwegian teachers and work she has done, plus she will have handouts of beginning paint strokes, and a children's coloring sheet. After the program, the original chartering lodge members and past presidents will be acknowledged and then some of the current Sons of Norway members will share their experiences and the benefits of belonging to the Sons of Norway organi- zation. Refreshments will be served after the program. As part of this special evening there will be a raffle which includes a ladies Norwegian sweater, a Scandinavian jew- elry set, a Kubb game and a few more items. Several door prizes will be award- ed to attendees. Sons of Norway members and guests who attend this event are asked to wear any traditional Norwegian or Swedish attire they may have, and bring Scandinavian items along for the display. The public is cordially invited to attend this enjoyable night of fes- tivities for free. New mem- bers are invited to come and visit the Lodge to see what is all involved in the Sons of Norway. Information pack- ets will be handed out. The mission of the Sons of Norway is to promote, preserve and cherish a last- ing appreciation for the heri- tage and culture of Norway and other Nordic cultures while growing soundly as a fratemal benefit society and offering maximum benefits to its members. There are currently approximately 100 lodge members from more than eight towns in SW MN. For more information about Sons of Norway or the celebration, please contact Harvey Pederson, Sons of Norway President, at (507) 445-3188. Fri 9/12 tJ 56/41 50/35 Mix of sun Chance of and clouds, showers. Highs in the Highs in the mid 50s and low 50s and lows in the lows in the low 40s. mid 30s. Sat 9113 t ' :iC "Iili 61/45 Sunny. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 40s. Sun Mon 9/14 9/15 , ,1 66146 Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the mid 40s. tl' 67/49 Showers end- ing by mid- day. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the upper 40s. Notice to Walnut Grove & area subscibers & readers NEWS STANDCOPIES " ' availabie at: i i Th rifty White Pha rmacy Maynard's Grocery ExpressWay Walnut 6rove Hoyt Oil & Convenience Bubai Grocery Store A drop box for various news items is located at the... 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A: The DNR drafts a man- agement plan and allows landowners and local units of government and other interested parties to review and comment on the plan and then holds a public hear- ing. If there is public sup- port at the hearing, the com- missioner can designate the lake via a Commissioner's Order. Also during the pro- cess, engineers design water control structures that will allow water level manage- ment without flooding down- stream properties. The entire process can take more than two years to complete but water level management is complex and many pieces of a plan have to come together for it to work. Q: Does the DNR want to designate all shallow lakes as wildlife management lakes? A: No, designation is consid- ered a tool that is used when needed. Water level manage- ment is not feasible on all shallow lakes. The DNR's priority for designation or some other form of manage- ment is on lakes that have publicly managed wild lands on parts of their shorelines. For example, the Ras-Lyn Wildlife Management Area on Eagle Lake makes it a priority for management for the DNR. Q: Is designation the only thing needed in order for the DNR to manage water levels on a lake? A: No, it is just one of many things needed. Also needed in some cases are easements from private land- owners if the DNR does not own the outlet of the lake, agreements with counties or townships if the construc- tion includes road culverts and several permits are also required, both at the state and federal level. Q: What results are expect- ed from water level man- agement? A: Improvements in water clarity aquatic vegetation are expected. Timing and extent of the drawdown will determine what types of vegetation will respond. Some drawdowns are timed to encourage the growth of both emergent (cattails and bulrush) and submerged veg- etation (for example, sago pondweed) and some are timed to only encourage sub- merged vegetation to grow. Bison being reintroduced to Minneopa State Park Bison will once again roam the prairie at Mirmeopa State Park near Mankato starting next year, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The new herd will come from Blue Mounds State Park in southwest- ern Minnesota and the Minnesota Zoo in late summer or early fall 2015, following the annual bison roundup at that park. During the roundup, calves are weaned from cows, health issues are addressed and genetic testing is done. "We had hoped to bring bison to Minneopa State Park this fall," said DNR Regional Operations Manager Kathy Dummer. "But as we looked at every- thing that needed to be done, the earliest we could move bison to the park would be late November. That just wasn't enough time for them to acclimate to their new surroundings in the event of a severe winter." Dummer said an impor- tant consideration for choosing Minneopa as the second site for bison reintroduction was that it is located within the his- toric range of bison in Minnesota. More informa- tion about the bison rein- troduction project is avail- able in the park's man- agement plan, which can be viewed online at http:// Preparations for fencing of the approximately 350- acre bison range begin this fall, as will creating a year- round water source for the herd. The extra time will also allow for design of handling facilities for bison care and interpre- tive signage for visitors, and additional prescribed burns in the range. Hiking and skiing trails will also be rerouted and extended around the bison range. Bison have been man- aged by the DNR Parks and Trails Division since 1961 when three animals were reintroduced to Blue Mounds State Park. As the herd grew to a sustainable group of about 90 animals, the division began evaluat- ing its long-term direction for bison management. Genetic testing of the herd from 2011-2013 found the herd was largely free of any genetic mate- rial that would have come from cross-breeding with cattle. This makes them very unique. Of the more than 500,000 bison in North America, less than 30,000 fit into this cat- egory. DNR entered into an agreement with the Minnesota Zoo in 2012 to help preserve North American Plains Bison. A target of 500 animals is recommended to maintain the long-term health of the herd. Since no single state park has enough acre- age to sustain a 500-bison herd, smaller herds will be established at several loca, tions. Minneopa State Park will be the first of these. The park was selected for several reasons: *Has a large potential audience with more than 200,000 people within 50 miles of the park. *Numerous nearby edu- cational institutions are potential research partners. *Contains sufficient prairie to accommodate a bison herd. *The reintroduction of bison will help naturally manage the prairie land- scape. The park is located off U.S. Highway 169 and state Highway 68, five miles west of Mankato. For more information on the park, including a virtu- al tour, visit www.mndnr. gov/minneopa. For more information on bison visit mals/american-bison/.