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5 ay September 21, 2016 $1.00 "LADY PIRATES OF CAPTAIN Be ff' PAGE 12 Ilnlllhh,,trlhhllhlilnU,qll,,Itll,,allP,ll,l,lllv,!l. ADC 553 SMALL TOWN PAPERS INC 217 W COTA ST SHELTON, WA 98584-2263 JIP !!lLJIIl! !1 ! Ill ! b I lb. Volume No. 32 NUMBER 5 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Amy Herder WWG -- Amy (Nelson) Herder was born and raised in rural Westbrook. She attended Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall where she received her degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. This is Herder's first year of teaching, doing her student teaching in Tracy. She is teaching fourth grade at WWG Elementary School. She is married to her husband Jarett Herder. Her parents are Jan and Steve Nelson of Westbrook. She has three siblings, Tasha, Luke and Beth Nelson. Herder enjoys listening to and playing music, camping, hiking, biking, and fishing. Jamie Olson Jamie Olson was born and raised on a farm south of Dovray. After gradua- tion from Westbrook Walnut Grove High School Jamie attended South Dakota State University for her degree in Early Childhood Education. Olson says this is her first, taardti a - ob, but "I have worked at Jenny Herding's Day Care in Westbrook for several years." She also has had two student teaching experiences in Brookings, South Dakota, including teaching pre school and second grade. Her parents are Butch and Sherry Olson, she has a younger sister Mariah. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. Crystal Sonsalla Vorderbruggen and she has two sisters, Kelsie Jensen and Hannah Vorderbruggen. Sonsalla says, "I love reading and music; enjoy playing video games, swimming, baking and hanging out at home with my husband and cat Additional comments -- I grew up on a dairy farm just north of Wadena and my husband is from a town of about 500 in Wisconsin, so we are both 'small town' people. I believe music is for everyone and gives life WWG Coronation Monday night Emma Woelber and Jared Crystal Sonsalla is a meaning - after all, Sanchez were crowned homecoming native of Wadena. After marching band is the rea- king and queen. King Jared and Queen son I met my husband!! While with the Saint Cloud schools, I helped make a video game with our art teacher at South Junior High called "Save my Dragon". Emma read the scroll proclamation of the beginning of homecoming activities. high school in Wadena She attended Northwestern - Saint Paul Educational Studies and Special Education (4 years). She also attended St Cloud State University in Instrumental Music Education for a year. She previously taught at St. Cloud Area Schools as a substitute in 2014- 2015 and sixth grade band and General Music Education (1 year). She is teaching at the high school - 7-12 band and 8th grade music; Walnut Grove 5-6 band and choir and 4th grade vocal music. Sonsalla is married to her husband Dwight Sonsalla. Her parents are David and Beckie The sophomore class presented their skit parady on a WWG staff meeting. ii- Inut Council passed a resolution to rename the City Park "Leo Thorsness Memorial Park" By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- Last week a special hear- ing was held at the city hall to discuss and get input on the Walnut Grove Bar and Grill. About a dozen citizens were on hand to listen to the council and offer their input. Two out of the last three years the bar and grill had shown a net loss. According to Minnesota Statutes, publicly owned liquor establishments must hold a public hear- ing when this happens. City Clerk Paula McGarvey gave some information for one of the reasons the bar and grill is losing money. She explained the deprecia- tion of the business assets has to be shown as a loss in the business audit. It is different than how private business depreciation is accounted. For private business, depreciation is treated as a tax deduction. Since the bar and grill is publicly owned it does not pay income taxes, so they cannot deduct depre- ciation. Bar and Grill to remain open In the city's case the depreciation amounts to in excess of $20,000. McGarvey went on to explain, "even if we break even, we still lose money due to the depreciation." She also noted for 2016 we are projecting a loss. Of course there are several other factors that influenced the losses. In 2013 extensive remodel- ing was done on the facil- ity. In 2015 a lot of repairs were made in the facility adding to the losses. Cost of insurance, and mini- mum wage increases have all had an effect on the bottom line. Bar and grill manager spoke about some of the things that have also con- tributed to the losses. She said they have had less sales; have lost the happy hour crowd. A lot of the younger crowd is having kids, so they just are not coming in. They probably have too large a menu for the grill, however the food is doing fine. Mayor Greg Hansen said "the big issue is our sales are down." The council sees the bar as a service to the community and area. Hansen talked about the importance the bar is to the community and what it provides. Profits from the bar have contributed a lot to their fire and ambulance departments. The price of drinks, which have not been raised for some time, will probably have to go up. In a recent survey of other bar drink prices for regular bar drinks, the bar is lower than most other places. Hansen noted the should be OK. Hansen also noted they are hoping this is just a bump in the road -- we are not selling as many drinks as we used to, but some of the things Deb council was looking for has proposed we feel will ideas from the people -- make a difference. we have not decided to do The consensus of the any thing specific, attendees seemed to be in McGarvey noted she favor of raising prices at had received a couple of the bar. They also felt emails stating "we cannot afford to lose another business in Walnut Grove," the other one said, "please keep it open." Hansen commented in his opinion it will not close. They do have reserves to cover the loss- es. As long as they do not have to use general fund money to cover them it most of the community is very supportive of keep- ing the bar open. A motion to keep the bar and grill open with some changes to reduce expenses and increase revenue was made and passed. .................................. 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