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SENTINEL TRIBUNE .00rea :us Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Page 10 Minnesota Americanism Essay Contest winner From left: Rennae Krentz, Americanism chairman; Orion Knakmuhs; Marlys Pemble, current president; Gloria Doubler, last year's president. Submitted photo Orion Knakmuhs was cho- sen as the first place win- ner in class one (3rd and 4th grade) of the American Legion Auxiliary Dept. of Minnesota Americanism Essay Contest. Orion was one of several students from WWG Elementary School who wrote a short essay last spring on what it means to be an American. Local Officers presented Orion with a certif- icate and a monetary prize in his classroom at Westbrook Walnut Grove Elementary School. Essay follows: To be an American is to respect other people no matter what skin color they have. And not to bully other Americans. To be an American is to respect the law and the government. And to not commit crime. To be an American is to be a great person and to respect older people. And to help older people with their lives. And to be a great person to every- one. And not to hurt other people. And to be an example of freedom. And to respect God. To be an American is to be free. And to respect other peoples beliefs. To be an American is to love your country. To be an American is to honor the armed forces. And to stand up for others. To be an American is to help those in need. And to work for your country to prevent war. I love being an American! By Orion Knakmuhs Buy, Sell, or Rent in the Classified ads Sentinel Tribune Ph. 274-6136 or 1-800-410-1859 Van Lohs meet with members of Congress Over 35 Farm Bureau members from across Minnesota met with their members of Congress and Senators while in Washington, D.C. dur- ing the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Farmers to Washington D.C. trip, September 11-14. Dave and Carolyn Van Loh of Westbrook in Cottonwood County were members of the delegation. Dave serves as the district III director on the MFBF Board of Directors. Farm Bureau mem- bers met with American Farm Bureau Federation staff and received a brief- ing on current issues. Attendees also toured the U.S. Capitol, participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture market lock- up and took a night tour of the national monu- ments. "If I ever wondered about how reliable the monthly USDA Crop Report is, I learned that the report depends on the accuracy of the farmer's answers and how precise the on- site field evaluation is," said David Van Loh. Participants met with Senators Amy Klobuchar and A1 Franken; mem- bers of Congress Collin Peterson, Tim Walz and Erik Paulsen; and staff members from the offices of John Kline, Michele Bachmann, Rick Nolan, Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison. During their meetings, Farm Bureau members emphasized the need for immediate action on the farm bill, agricul- ture labor reform and waterway transportation improvements. "This experience pre- pares our farmers with the skills they need to become strong advocates for agriculture and rural Minnesota," said Paul Lanoue, MFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Chair. "It also brings the political pro- cess to life for our Farm Bureau members, and instills the importance of discussing the issues that are important to us. If we are not providing our perspective, then some- one else will be." Trip attendees includ- ed county and state Farm Bureau leaders, a representative of the top county YF&R program in Minnesota, state YF&R committee members and YF&R contest partici- pants. YF&R contest finalists earned this trip by com- peting in the 2012 MFBF YF&R Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture or Discussion Meet contests. These contests were held dur- Dave and Carolyn Van Loh. Submitted photo ing the MFBF Annual Meeting in November 2012 and at the MFBF Leadership Conference in January. In addi- tion to the Washington, D.C. trip, state contest winners receive a $500 cash prize, a trip to the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers national lead- ership conference and a trip to compete in the American Farm Bureau contests. For more infor- mation about the MFBF YF&R program, contact your county Farm Bureau offices or visit www.fbmn. org. Minnesota Farm Bureau represent- ing Farmers o Families o Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureau associations across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general pub- tic. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm man- agement. Promotion and Education Committee members work with pro- grams such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www. fbmn.org. Sentinel Tribune available at: Hoyt Oil & Convenience Bubai Grocery Store Thrifty White Pharmacy Maynards Grocery Shady Drive Inn ExpressWay Area Community Events Calendar The calendar is printed the last week of each month for the coming month's events. If you have an item you would like included please drop it off at the Sentinel Tribune Office in Westbrook or Bubai Food Store in Walnut Grove by the Friday prior to publication. We would like to have brief announce- ments of general nature. Some of the items we use are taken from sources previ- ously printed. If you know of changes in these events please let us know so we can correct them. Please take note of the sponsors who bring you this month- ly calendar. Sunday Monday ;i    :i !:,';  iii i   ,,i !, ! i! :  !i ii:i  ii  : iii :i i,!  WB-TOPS,8:30a.m. WB-Library. 10-6pro WB-M&M Pantry,l:30-3pm WB-City Council, 6:30 p.m. n 6 7 WG-Micawber Club October 2.01 3 Tuesday WB-Library, 10-6pm WB-Sunset Club, l:30pm WB-Museum, 7 pm WG-Legion Auxiliary WG-Keenagers= o WB-Library. 10-6pro a WB-Library, 10-6pm Wednesday WB-Library, 1-6pm [] WB-Library, 1-6pm WB-Sen. Cit. Fun time, m WB-Library, l-6pm Thursday i WB-Library, 10-5pm :WB-Kiwanis club, noon ;n 3 WG-Lions Club 0 WB-Library, 10-5pr WB-Kiwanis club, noah WB-Womens Club, 7:30pro 9 10 WG-EDA mtg.,6 pm Friday WB-Library, 10-5pm WB-Library, 10-5pro WB-Library, 10-5pro 11 Saturday 13 WG-Legion Post WG-City Council WB-TOPS, 8:30 am WB-Library, 10-6pro WB-M&M Pantry, 1:30-3pro WB-Firemen's mtg. Dovray Boosters, 5:30pm WB -City council, 6:30pro WG-Amicus Club a 14 WG-Keenagers 15 WB-Library, l-6pm 16 a WB-Library, 10-5pm WB-Kiwanis club, noon WB-Ambulance squad mtg. 17 WB-Library, 10-5pm WB-Library, 10-5pm 18 2O 27 WWG School board, 7 pm t} WB-TOPS, 8:30 am WB-Library, 10-6pm WB-M&M Pantry, l:30-3pm WB-Lion's club t n 21 WB-TOPS, 8:30am WB-Library, 10-6pm WB-M&M Pantry, l:30-3pm WB-Sen. Cit. potluck, 6pro Z8 o WB-Library, 10-6pm WB-Library, 10-6pm 22 29 WB-Library, 1-6pm a 23 3O WB-Kiwanis club, noon WB-Library, 10-5pm WB-Kiwanis club, noon 24 31 25 12 19 26 Countr00 View Senior Living "Top quNi/living and care" Walnut Grove, MN 507-859-2133 Westbrook - Walnut Grove Funeral Home Nathan & Valerie Stephens Westbrook, iN Phone 507-274-6700 Walnut Grove, iN Phone 507-859-2161 1595 '@Good . sa.mantan 00ocaety- " 507-274-6155 " The place where care, quality and love go hand in hand. t Security Bank Storden, MN Phone 507-445-3417 Westbrook,N 507-274-5555 I iiii00 Serving communities in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa I .... , '"='