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III i e of American eek is "Educating Everyone Takes Everyone!" This is the 61st anniversary of American Education Week that runs from November 11 thru the 15th. Teachers, Administrators, support staff and community leaders all over the country are recognized for their hard work in preparing our youth for the challenges of the future. This years Theme "Educating Everyone Takes Everyone!" is particularly appropriate. It serves to high light the work that has been done by the communities of Walnut Grove and Westbrook, in forming a new school cooperative. Many many hours of hard work has been done by the staffs of both schools along with citizens from both communities. Through their efforts programs have been built to add many challenging courses for our students. Along with setting up a middle school with completely new curriculum the high school curriculum was also revamped giving our students more choices than have been practicable in the pasL To those people who have met the challenge of educating our children for the future. We offer our praise and gratitude, //- /7, /990 Serving: Walnut Grove, Westbrook, Dovray, and Revere areas 35 Volume No. 7 Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1990 Issue No. 8 &NUT GROVE--Walnut School Board members the annual financial presented by Nester and at the regular November on Monday night. balances on June 30, were $265,790.00. This a balance in the debt nent fund that will be to the general fund the bonded indebtedness district is now at zero. The decrease in fund balances year in all funds but in spite of the in the balance, the budget for the past school right on target with the expectations. The district is approximately $10,000.00 the state allows in and that will result in a of state aid in the coming : Woodruf from the Redwood DAC the board whereby workers come into the and microfilm the records. surveyed the amount of and board minutes that are deteriorating over the long period of time they have been stored, and recommended those records be preserved on film. The school has approximately 23,000 documents and those documents would require filming both sides resulting in about 47,000 actual microfilming shots. Wo(xtruf gave a dollar amount for the project at $1,363.00 maximum and that figure could be less. Some of the records such as blueprints would not be included in the quoted cost as those records require a more sophisticated filming process. It would be advisable for the district to purchase a viewer and printer if the program was approved. Action was not taken on the matter and will be considered at a later meeting. Fran VanDeWiele reported to the board on a meeting he had attended concerning Pay Equity and Comparable Worth as mandated by the state for all government employers. The law has been in force for several years, but it was necessary to change the language on the rules and the meeting was held to explain the new regulations. The district does have a policy in place and it will only be necessary to review and update it on a regular basis. Wages that are negotiated through contracts apparently do not come under the regulations. Some concerns on the subject matter and level of instruction material in the Middle School were discussed. There have beeri concerns about no recess or other physical exercise espe ally in the fifth grade. Also, some of the subject matter seems somewhat advanced for the level of ability of the student. It was suggested that any parent who has concerns on student mauers, should contact the teacher and administration for action. It is difficdt for the school to make adjustments without contact from those affected. In other business the hoard modified the contracts of Leonard McLaughlin, a lane change for a BA plus 30 classification; Kathy Vondracek to a full time position; Bill Richards for a one act play advisor to three act play; and Randy Markuson from a 1/2 time contract to 71%. Chargers runners up in District 7 Volleyball JACKSON --- As they fought back the tears of losing in a heartbreaker match Charger girls accepted their trophy last Tuesday night a week ago after losing in 5 games to the Windom Eagles. Tim Eagles since have won the Region and will be appearing in the State Tournament this weekend. Congratulations girls on a super season! ST Photo. f -- Dennis Jutting worked on one of the banners putting up the flags honoring our veterans. " Hanson, new Mayor- Anderson, Anderson win Council seats WALNUT GROVE--A record number of voters turned out for an off presidential election year to elect city officials on Tuesday, November 6th. Greg Hanson, who had declared himself a candidate for mayor on a write-in, received the most votes for mayor with 99. Close behind, was Bill Heinrich with 76 votes. students shine at Veterans day program WALNUT GROVE -- Westbrook Walnut Grove Middle School students prepared the Veteran's Day Program that'was held at the Walnut Grove School Bruce Thoma, outgoing mayor,Auditorium on Monday afternoon, who had declared he would not November 12, and it proved to be accept the position again, received one of the best programs ever 14 votes. The names of fifteen presented for the occasion. other local people were in mayor With the Middle School Band write-in columns, under the direction of Kathy The four year council term was Vondracek, and the 7th and 8th a three way race for two positions Grade Choir, under the direction of with incumbent, Dave Hoyt, Tom Vondracek, providing well receiving the most votes at 231. rehearsed and stirring musical Dale Anderson was second with selections, and the Alfred Nelson 181, and Nail Johnson with 128. American Legion Post and WALNUT GROVE --Betty Bannlck was one of the featured Dale Anderson and Dave Hoyt will Auxiliary advancing and retiring speakers at the Veteran's Day Program presented on Monday, be the council members for the the colors, those who attended felt November 12 at the WWG Miooie SChOOl. lneprogram was coming four year term. There were a swelling of patriotic pride in our arranged by students from the Middle School. STPhoto. two write-in ballots. Apparently, county and appreciation for the someone misunderstandssacrifices all the men and women geographical limits for council have made over the centuries to members, as one ballot was cast for win and keep our freedom. a man not living within the city. The program was well organized The two year council term that by the students with Jennifer will fill out the unexpired term of Horkey and Jolyn Weis leading the Ron Beans went to appointee, Pledge of Allegiance, Chaplain Vince Anderson, who received 266 Donald E. Johnson giving the met in O special session WALNUT GROVE--Council members met in special session on heavy in city votes. Anderson was the only prayer, and Legion Commander, Wednesday, November 7th to WESTBROOK --- Voters candidate to file for that position. Robert Alcorn, commenting on the canvas and certify the election showed Ul: in large numbers for the There were, however, a spattering meaning of the day. - results and conduct other business, off year c : ction. 407 votes were of write-ins for that offtce with Tara Horning ana Haley Jeff Olson presented four cast even l ough there were not eight people getting votes. There Johnson gave a reading on "The options for heating units for the any local c -tests. were 82 blank ballots on the Unknown Soldier." Paul Mathiason new city shop building for the lnco".mb nt mayor Harold mayor s position and eighteengave a well researched and council's consideration. Water and Schmidt returned with 375 blanks on the two year councilprepared introduction to thesewer were dug into the building votes, Incumbent council person position, speaker, Rev. Huchel, who related on Thursday, November 8th and A total of 302 ballots were cast. some of his experiences during the building would be ready for by residents of Walnut Grove in service in the wars for freedom he installation of the heating unit after the off-year election. In the general election, Walnut Grove went as most of the state did in their balloting. Wellstone received 159 and Boschwitz 137 votes for US Senator;, Weber 178 and Stone 121 for US Representative; Kamrath 161 and Fredericksen 136 for State Senato,Welker 144 and Berry 137 for State Representative; carlson 197 and Perpich 81 for Governor. In the races m county government, received 135 and Tiffany 197 for County Attorney and Vollmer 101, Redmann 197 for County has participated in. Betty Bannick, representing the Legion Auxiliary, gave a talk on the flag and patriotism as the closing part of the program. Fortunately, it was one of the better attended events from the general community. Quite a number of adults attended in addition to the students, and that tiWmaSesgrafi fY ':gt bserve" S many we do not take enough time out from our busy days to stop and reflect on what others have done for our benefit. " Recorder. The Constitutional Amendment won in the city with All School 241 yes votes and 56 no. In all the fair a success ballots there were many blank Reunion Books GROVE--The annual Micawbar Federated Women's votes whe no selection was made WESTBROOK--The All Craft Fair was once again a succeu with for a candidate. School Reunion Books have and "lookers" wandering through the many booths arrived and they will be available aay. The usual delicious lunch was served all day Walnut Grove to be picked up at the Southwest Jb and local Girl Scout Troops had tables set upBoy and Cub Scouts state Bank on Friday, November You Could purchase chances on their craft Rams. It 16, from 3 - 6p.m. and also Friday, a .busy day In Walnut Grove with Open Houses being . Pol?corn can be picked up on November from 3 - 6 p.m. Little House Antiques, Mr. & Mrs. D'a Crafts andMonoay, November 19th, at Floral in addition to the Craft Fair. ST Photo. Knaknmhs Insurance Agency. Extra books have been ordered so its not too late to buy one. that. The council decided to take the options under consideration and make their decision at a later date. The resignation of police chef, Bob Axford was presented to the council and was duly acted upon. The resignation was accepted and clerk Karen Erickson was instructed to place advertisements in the Minneapolis paper for a police chief replacement. Discussion was held on purchasing a new tractor for the city. Specifications of a Case industrial tractor were studied and it was decided to table the matter until further information on other makes of tractors could be obtained. The public hearing on the proposed property taxes for 1991 will be held prior to the regular November meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 19 at the Community Center. The proposed 1991 taxes show an increase of 24.7 from 1990. Donna Goehring was returned with 252 votes and Craig Jans was elected with 329 votes, to fill the council seat vacated by Bud Carlson. In area races senator Jim Vickerman was returned over Ron Harder. Representauve Ted Winter won handily over challenger Dave Pail. In county races challenger Doug Storey unseated current county attorney Dan McDonald. Voters m the county also overwhelmingly passed a referendum to build a aew county law enforcement center. In the senate race county voters went with Boschwitz over Wellstone. In the governors race the county went with Ame Carlson over Rudy Perpich. The Lottery question also passed by a 4 to 1 margin in the cotmty.