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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Page 8 The Westbrook Walnut Grove Elementary School recent- ly received a grant that paid for virtual interactive field trip equipment. We can now sign up for free interactive field trips from across the United States. The grant paid for a 52" TV and video links that take our WWG Elementary students to many wonderful parks and sites that we could only dream about. Courtney Locke has been extremely instrumental in getting our new interactive field trip equipment set up for our school building. Courtney goes on-line and applies for dates to receive these free field trips. When that day arrives the students come into the room set up for the interactive trip. She usually has the person dialed in and ready to give the tour. The won- derful part about each of these interactive field trips is that the instructor at the other end is live. We can see them and they can see us. We talk back and forth just like we were standing a few feet apart from each other. --Mrs. Pabst and Mr. Kletscher's Kindergarten classrooms will make and share Christmas cards with another Kindergarten classroom from Texas. --Mrs. Quade and Mr. Jenniges' First grade classrooms will make a stop in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. They will tie this interactive field trip into their Arctic animals units. --Other WWG grades will get to go deep sea diving near the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA. We will actually dive with them as they look at coral and fish. --Another class will tour the American Homestead Park located in SE Nebraska. They will learn about what a school day was like in 1872. --We have also virtually toured the Minnesota Zoo. Students loved it as they got to see each animal presented to them and ask questions. The possibilities are endless for these interactive field trips. Mr. Larson said these interactive field trips are a lot of fun. The teachers/presenters at the other end of these trips have been extremely knowledgeable in their areas. They also send hand- outs and worksheets to our teachers to print off so we can work through the lesson together with the instructor while students follow along back here in Walnut Grove. Courtney continues to look for other new field trips that we can view from the safety of our building that we would otherwise never get to do or see. anger season As Minnesotans enjoy compared to four deaths this their last bit of time on water time last year. before the ice, the Minnesota "It's more important than Department of Natural ever that every boater wears Resources (DNR) is warning a life jacket every time they boaters, paddlers and water- step on a boat," said Owens. fowl hunters not to let their She added, a life jacket guard down. will not only keep you afloat, Right now, water tempera- but always keep you warm if tures on Lake Minnetonka you fall into cold water. and the Saint Croix River are The DNR recommends hovering around 40 degrees, these safety tips for late sea- "Forty degrees is cold," son boaters: said Kara Owens, DNR boat *Wear a U.S. Coast and water safety specialist. Guard-approved life jacket; "Cold water can prove dan- even good swimmers need to gerous, or even deadly, espe- wear one. cially if people don't consider *Don't go boating alone; the consequences of falling boating safety increases with into frigid water this time of numbers. year." *Keep an eye on the So far this year, 12 people weather and go to shore if have died in boating acci- the wind picks up. dents in Minnesota, cam- *Ifboat becomes swamped pared to 14 deaths this time or capsizes, try to re-board last year. One person has died and stay with the craft if pos- during the late boating sea- sible and await rescue. son (October to November), LOGGERS 3'0 VOLLEYBALL PARENT/PLAYER MEETING TUesday, NOVEMBER 19TH @ 7:00PM WESTBROOK CAFETERIA 5TH GRADE & OLDER ,If you plan to play :TO volleyball in the spring, you MUST attend the meeting (or make armn9emenfs by NOVEMBER I9TH). NO LATE ADDITIONS WILL BE MADE AFTER NOVEMBER 22NDl!! .Please bring the Following items to the meeting: 1. Completed membership form & medical release i i form 2.Copy of birth certificate (only if tst year in 3"O~) 3.Gym release liability form 4.$100 deposit 5.A calendar, mail, and contact information Email or contact Cothy Baumann @ 507.828.3276 with any questions or if you will be unable to offend on November 19fh. 212249 muslc "Sympathy Jones: The an actress in the show and New Secret Agent Musical," a junior at WWG. "The by Masi Asare, is the pro- music is really different duction in progress in the from other plays. It's really WWG High School Theater fast and syncopated," added Department this fall. Set in Sami Hotzler, another junior the 1960s, this James Bond at WWG involved in set- spoof is full of humor and production and the pit band. heart-pounding action. "It's exciting. It's got Sympathy Jones, secret- suspense-you don't know agent wannabe, is stuck what happens next," said behind a desk as a secre- junior Tessa Busswitz who tary at The Agency until portrays the show's most the day a confidential file dastardly character. "[Kitty] is inadvertently left on her is fun to play, too, because desk. The information in she is so mean and evil and the file becomes the cata- scary!" Tessa added with a lyst for adventure, as she laugh. Pakou Vue, one of springs into action to help six seniors involved, cited thwart a plot to overthrow the wide range of characters the government. Matching as helping to make the show her wits against the bad fun. guys'-and sometimes even Public performances will be her coworkers'-Sympathy held Thursday, November races against time to stop 21 and Saturday November the enemy. From dark 23 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, alleys to exotic locations, November 24 at 2:00 pm. this fast-paced musical (There will be no Friday comedy pokes fun at the show due to the boys bas- spy genre and stretches our ketball game in Springfield.) high school actors. Tickets can be purchased "It's different.It'sat the door but are free with quirky," said Zuag Paj Her, a Charger activity ticket. Randy Knutson Bandy is a lOth grader who has been involved in basketball, FFA, theater and has served as a class officer. ]he most important thing to know about Randy is that he is a very kind and welcoming young man who gets along with just about everyone. He is a great helper and encourages others. 212243 SCHOOL MENU November 18-22, 2013 green salad, fresh fruit, mixed Monday - Chicken fruit, wheat bread, milk Alfredo/WG noodles, carrots, Thursday Lasagna, cole slaw, pineapple, fresh wheat garlic bread, green fruit, wheat bread stick, milk beans, carrots, peaches, Tuesday- HamburgerAVGapplesauce, milk bun, sweet potato fries, let- Friday - WG cheese or tuce, tomatoes,onions,sausage pizza, broccoli/ apples, pears, milk cheese sauce, peaches, fresh Wednesday - Mini cam fruit, milk dogs, baked beans, mixed e By Dave Bau, U of MN Extand soybean prices last year flexible rental rate depend- bean prices. Worksheets What is a Fair & Profitable and record farm land values, ing on prices, yields or both will examine 2014 costs and Farm Rental Agreement? Negotiating a fair rental can share the risk and reward what is affordable rent that This is the title of a program agreement that satisfies both between landlord and farm- a farmer will be able to pay I am offering statewide this the land owner and the farm- er. I have an online Excel in 2014, the rate of return to fall. The simple answer is er is a challenge that can spreadsheet that can help to the landlord at currentmarket in a fair and profitable rental be approached from manydetermine a fair farm land values and examine flexible agreement the farmer makes angles. There are several rental rate for both parties. It rental agreements. a profit and the landlord ways historical averages can be found at the Southwest Attendees will receive receives a fair rental pay- projected forward provide Research and Outreach web- informative worksheets and ment. There will be some trends, projecting 2014 costs, site: http://swroc.cfans.umn, fact sheets that will help to high rental numbers for 2014 yields and prices and a way edu/ResearchandOutreach/ determine what is a fair and that will be hard for farmers to share the projected net rev- FarmBusinessManagement/profitable 2014 farm land to make a profit at the cur- enue between landlord and index.htm. Once there rental rate is. The meetings rent 2014 corn and soybean tenant. The FINB1N data- you can click on the link: in Southwestern Minnesota prices. A rental agreement base is a place farmer's and "Operator'sCash Rent will take place in Pipestone should balance risk versus landlords can look at histori- Worksheet". :on 'Novetnbe 201'3",t ! reward. Is there a rental cal budgets and what rental For more information you 9:30 am at Minnesota West agreement that balances rates were on various crops may plan on attending an College in Room 127 at 1314 both considering yield and and corresponding net farm upcoming meeting in this North Hiawatha, Pipestone, prices? This would describe incomes for prior years, region. Topics covered at MN 56164; Slayton on a flexible agreement. How Many rental agreements the meetings will include November 19, 2013 at 2:00 to reach agreement on what are simply a fixed payment, local historic and projected pm in the 4-H Building on the terms should be in a flex- either paid up front or in farmland rental rate trends, Murray County Fairgrounds, ible agreement becomes the two payments in spring and current farm land values Slayton MN 56172 and in challenge. Farm land rental fall, but with this agree- and sales, a worksheet that Worthington on December 4, rates have never been higher ment the farmer is taking all will help determine a fair 2013 at 9:30 am at Extension and determining a fair and the risk and will get all the and profitable rental agree- Regional Office, 1527 profitable farm rent agree- rewards, but as the rental rate ment. Input costs for 2014 Prairie Drive, Worthington, ment is a challenge in today's gets higher, the amount of will be presented along with MN 56187. economy after record corn the reward diminishes. A current 2014 corn and soy- ~V~} ~.~:~ Department of Educatic n Division of School Finance 1500 Highway 36 West Roseville, MN 55113-4266 DISTRICT REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES BUDGET ED-00110-37 FOR FY 2013 AND FY 2014 GENERAL INFORMATION: Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.10 requires that every school board shall publish the subject data of this report. District Name: FUND General Fund/Restricted General Fund/Other Food Service Fund Community Service Fund Building Construction Fund Debt Service Fund FY 2013 BEGINNING FUND BALANCES $ 74,497.00 $ 2,218,984.00 $ 60,594.00 $ (41,624.00) $ S Trust Fund $ 132,683.00 Internal Service Fund $ * OPEB Revocable Trust Fund )PEB Irrevocable Trust Fund OPEB Debt Service Fund TOTAL- ALL FUNDS $ LONG-TERM DEBT = Outstanding July 1, 2012 $ S $ 2,445,134.00 $ ~ - Plus: New Issues $ Less: Redemeed Issues$ Outstanding June 30, 2013 $ SHORT-TERM DEBT Certificates of Indebtedness $ Other Short-Term Indebtedness $ FY 2013 ACrUAL REVENUES AND TRANSFERS IN $ 850,352.00 $ 4,462,309.00 $ 306,278.00 $ 168,328.00 $ S $ 19,177.00 $ S S $ 5,806,444.00 FY2013 ACTUAL EXPENDITURES AND TRANSFERS OUT $ 729,836.00 $ 4,772 737.00 $ 321,986.00 JUNE 30, 2013 ACTUAL FUND BALANCES $ 195,013.00 $ 1,908,556.00 $ 44,886.00 $ 115,011.00 $ $ S S $ $ 21,175.00 S mm$ S $ S S S S $ 5,960,745.00 $ 11,693.00 130,685.00 2,290,833.00 icY 2014 BUDGET REVENUES AND TRANSFERS IN $ 804,863.00 $ 4,151,072.00 $ 270,000.00 $ 91,849.00 District Number: FY 2014 BUDEiET EXPENDITURES AND TRANSFERS OUT $ 1,293,239.00 $ 3,931,809.00 $ 316,897.00 $ 152,033.00 $ $ $ $ $ 11,250.00 $ $ $ S $ $ $ 5,329,034.00 CURRENT STATUTORY OPERATING DEBT PER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 123B.81 AMOUNT OF GENERAL FUND DEFICIT, IF ANY, IN EXCESS OF 2.5% OF EXPENDITURES 06/30/2013 COST PER STUDENT - AVERAGE DALLY MEIVi~E~SHIP (ADM) 06/30/2013 $ 17,000.00 $ 5,710,978.00 JUNE 30, 2014 PROJECTED FUND BALANCES $ (293,363.00 $ ,2,127,819.00 $ (2,011.00 IS (48,491.00 $ ;$ 124,935.00 $ $ $ $ $ 1,908,889.00 i/ $ TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES $ S,773,713.00 FY 2013 TOTAL ADM SERVED + TUmONED OUT ADM + $ 425.45 ADJUSTED EXTENDED ADM FY 2013 OPERATING COST PER ADM $ 13,570.84 The complete budget may be inspected upon request to the superintendent. Comments: * Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) I