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Jack who was behind her at the time came to her assistance and helped flee her arm. Then they walked to the house and when they got there she was taken to the ER at Sanford Westbrook Medical Center, where she was treated and stabilized by Dr. Koehnan to be taken by air ambulance to North Memorial Hospital Trauma Center in the Twin Cities. Her parents, Jim and Nikki, immediately took off for the cities. They were going through Saint Peter when they got a call The from trauma center to request permission to start surgery. While Kate was in the hospital Jim and Nikki and, after a while, Kate made daily entries on the Caring Bridge site set up for her. There were many ups and downs for Kate and her family. After two weeks of Jorgenson family from left: Nikki, Kate, Jim, and Jack. good news and progress, on July first, it became evident that infection had set into the arm and surgeons said the infection had taken a turn for the worse and they would have to amputate Kate's arm. Jim and Nikki explained to Kate that her arm had to be removed because it had become a poison to her body. Also it would continue to do bad things to the rest of her healthy body. Kate said, "I am so blessed -- I am glad that they didn't let the poison get into the rest of my body -- I don't want to die." She comforts us and tells us "don't worry I will be fine." Her strength comes from our Lord and Savior. ThaJS be to God. Since that time Kate has made remark- able progress and was able to come back home. She was released from the hospital July 7. Kate thought it would be nice to stay close to the hospital so they stayed with her aunt Jo and uncle Gord. The next day Kate made it home and enjoyed sleeping in her bed and just being at home without the hospital routines. On a return trip to the cities, for a check up, Kate thought she would like to go shop- ping at Target. She wanted to try on a pair of jeans -- Nikki asked if she wanted her to help trying them on -- Kate said "no I can do it myself-- she is very independent!" Kate trying her hand at serving in volleyball. Kate 1 on page 3 Homecoming kicks off with Coronation Monday was the kickoff for homecoming week at Westbrook Walnut Grove. Monday eve- ning the coronation was held at the high school auditorium. After player and coach talks, classes presented their skits. The program closed with the crowning of king and queen Dayna Comnick, and Scan McCroskey. Many activities are planned for the rest of the week including: Hippie day on Wednesday; Eighties day and water games on Thursday vol- leyball at Edgerton, Friday is Spirit Day with a parade, pep fest, football game against Mountain Lake Area, and homecoming dance. Complete coverage of Homecoming week in next weeks issue. Dayna Comnick and Sean McCroskey read the Homecoming scroll after being crowned at the coronation Monday night. School board talks dances Mandy Dibble represent- ing the student council asked for direction concerning school dances Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- Student Council advisor Mandy Dibble, asked the board for direc- tion concerning school dances. She thought the idea of formal dances has a part in less than 50 percent of the students participat- ing. She noted there is a significant widen- ing gap in socio economic status of stu- dents. The board agreed that in looking at the number of students on free and reduced status that is very true. Earlier the administration felt that Spring Fling will no longer be held due to the FLY late start - early out schedule. So it was determined that going back to a Snow Week format would probably work better. Also the elimination of coronation and a grand march might help encourage students to take part in a dance. - - Tliebrard felt that the idea of a t'm*aal dance had turned into essentially a prom, and felt it is just too expensive for a lot of our students. The board stopped short of mandating a complete change, but were on record of supporting cutting back on the cost. Dibble also felt other things should be cut out, things like special entertainment. She noted last year they paid about $800 for a hypnotist to perform for less than an hour. She also noted that the high cost has created some segregation of our kids. Sheryl Woelber clarified that statement saying the kids get along fine during school hours, it is only in some extra cur- ricular activities that participation is down. The board also felt they would like to encourage integration of students in after school activities in general. They also felt advisors should emphasize cutting back on expenses, and stressed that all students should be encouraged to attend dances. Marvin Kleven reported on a recent MSBA meeting he and Bruce Jorgenson attended. Kleven said one of the issues was funding of TRA. He said the TRA board is made up mostly by retired teach- ers, that had increased the compensation rate by double digits for about six years in a row. Kleven offered a resolution about TRA contributions. It states that any increases to the TRA should be shared equally by the teachers and the board. He asked the board to support his resolution, which would be proposed to the legislature. The board went on record supporting the resolution. Sheryl Woelber and Mandy Dibble dis- cussed the math program at the high school and junior high. Woelber told the board she will be implementing an accelerated math pro- gram for her seventh and eighth grade students. She also noted since the elemen- tary students have had accelerated math the kids are coming in more advanced. Woelber also teaches Geometry, and noted it is a real plus having the portable computer lab. Dances m on page 3 ON RECORD PAGE 2 EDUCATION PAGE 8 IN SIDE PAGE 3 SPORTS PAGE 9 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 CALNEDAR PAGE I0 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 1 1 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA NEWS PAGE 12 FARM SAFETY PAGE 7 HARVEST SAFETY PAGE 7 INFORMATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-41 O- 1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune