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ETERANS DAY PAGE 1 0 ,lllhhI,llq.lllql,hlll,H,.lhlq,hhhfl,IIh1'lhI,'l' ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09113199 SmallTownPapers lnc 217 W COTA ST IH SHELTON,.WA 98584-2263 2 6 Wednesday November 9, 2011 $1.00 Volume No. 27 NUMBER 11 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition WWG continuing to look at geothermal options Board members met with architect at Walnut Grove Wednesday By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- Wednesday noon several board members and a custodian met with architect, Steve DeCoster to discuss putting together a meeting with two or three geothermal compa- nies. DeCoster gave the committee some insight about running a project using a project manag- er. Using a project manager helps manage proj- ects with someone on sight five days a week. Another good thing about it, is it allows the use of local contractors for general construction work. Kerry Knakmuhs commented, "we sure want to use local contractors as much as possible." DeCoster gave the committee brochures from several companies showing different types of geothermal and hybrid applications. He said, "there are some differences between shallow and deep systems. Deep systems are generally more efficient and take up less space than shal- low systems." DeCoster and engineer ToddMcInerney sug- gested at a previous meeting that a feasibility study be done to provide the board with credible information to make decisions. Degoster and McInerney will be preparing a proposal which will include Geothermal options for each school and up front estimated costs for each school. It would also include an estimate of current utility bills and maintenance for each school over a 20 year period. Estimate of energy savings for each school over the next 20 years. DeCoster recommended a meeting be set up with two or three companies to get their ideas about different types of system that might fit the needs of the district. At this meeting the committee can ask ques- tions to each of the companies. DeCoster will be keeping in contact with those present with e-mail updates. He hopes a meeting with companies can be set up later this month or early next month. Local Vets on Honor Flight Harold Lohre and John Bass were members of the last Honor Flight from southwest Minnesota to World War II Memorial John Bass Harold Lohre By Tom Merchant pretty nice. We toured on bus- Sentinel Tribune One of the highlights for the ses, but it was fairly long daYs. group was their visit to When we got out to see the dif- WESTBROOK -- Last Arlington National Cemetery ferent sights, I used a wheel month World War II Navy where they placed a wreath at chair. Because just days before Veterans Harold Lohre and the Tomb of the Unknown I was hospitalized with a prob- John Bass were part of a group Soldier. lem with my leg. I really didn't of veterans taken to Washington They visited the Washington, know if I would be able to go, D.C. to see the World War II Lincoln and other main monu- but I am glad I was able to." War Memorial. ments in Washington. They "It was good to see the The two were escorted by a also toured other military mon- memorial with other guys from son and son-in-law. Lohre was uments and memorials, the war," he said. escorted by his son-in-law Rick Lohre said, "it was fun, but Nordahl, and Bass was escort- tough as they had us going ed by his son Marvin. from 3:30 in the morning until They stayed overnight at nine at night. They treated us John Bass and Harold Luverne, then took a bus to like royalty, and we were fed Lohre tell their individual Sioux Falls where they board- very good while we were there." ed a plane to Washington D.C. "It was a great experience World War II stories on While there, in addition to but it was tiring for most of us," page 3. visiting the World War II he said. . ........................................................................................................................................... Memorial, they visited many John Bass said, "he thought Bass, Lohre Page 3 other memorials, the World War II Memorial was Walnut Grove to lose Main Street Icon Cindy Wahl owner of Oleson's Mercantile will close her doors around the first of December By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune Cindy Wahl WALNUT GROVE -- It was not an easy decision for Cindy Wahl to close her business, Oleson's Mercantile, after owning the Main Street fixture since 1997 when she partnered with Lois Hansen. Wahl has been trying to sell the business for the past three years and has had several serious inqui- ries, but the time a person has to put in factored out most of the buyers. "For 12 years I worked six to seven days a week during pageant and Christmas season -- it really ties you down," said Wahl.. She said, "the business has done and continues to do well, but the time has come when I want to spend more time with my family and grandkids, so I decided to just sell out and close the store." The store has a long history, and is probably one of the longest continuous operated store in town. The Oleson's Mercantile as it looks today. store was built as one building back in 1900 by Christian Ellefson and Fred Schauer. Although there were actually three separate businesses located there. The store known as the Boston General store was run by Ellefson's son. A year later it was sold to Fred C. Swoffer, he dropped the dry goods at that time and ran it until his death in 1906. After that his wife ran it until 1909. Then it was leased to Carl Hallum and C. John Fossum until 1910. Several owners operated the store between 1910 and 1947, but Fred Schauer ran it as a variety store for many of those years. In 1947 Maurice and June Weber operated the business until 1963 when Butson bought it and oper- ated it until 1976 when George and Marge Hoffman purchased the business. They continued to run the store until 1988. Originally the main part of the store was a general store selling dry goods, harnesses and other items. Icon Page 9 ON RECORD PAGE 2 SPOR.TS PAGE 9 INSIDE PAGE 3 VETS DAY PAGE 10 VIEWPOINT ' PAGE 4 AREA FOCUS PAGE ] 1 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 PUBLIC NOTICE PAGE 12 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 13 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 AREA FOCUS PAGE 14 EDUCATION PAGE 8 HOLIDAY FLAIR PAGE 14 INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2011 Sentinel Tribune