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~( !, ,2 Serving: Walnut Grove, Westbrook, Dovray, and Revere areas cents Volume No. 7 Wednesday, Nov. 21, 1990 Issue No. 9 -- Members of School Board night listened to a by Gordon on a proposal to do a energy analysis kudit) of the,Westbrook :ldings. LeBoutillier, a superintendent at Creek is retired from and nosy works for who would do the explained that the which determines the ,f savings that could be would cost $10,320. r, a state grant of 80% of of the audit would leave for the school to Maxi-Audit does not savings of at least per year, the audit may be by the school. If adequate savings can be identified through the audit, and the board agrees to go on with the program, Energy Masters will make the necessary energy saving improvements which will ultimately be paid for out of the resulting savings. The board voted to go ahead with the ~axi-Audit. In a pairing-sharing report, Supt. Steve Kjorness noted that there will be a meeting on Dec. 12 between the athletic committees from the three schools. Also, regarding sports, a request from Storden Jeffers to be included in the Westbrook Walnut Grove golf program next spring for boys and girls in grades 9 thru 12 was approved by the Westbrook board, and will be brought up at the joint meeting with the Walnut Grove board on Monday, Nov. 26. The board approved hiring C. John Amundson as coach of the golf team again plus an assistant golf coach if the numbers warrant it. Ralph Merchant agreed again this year to raise the necessary funds for transportation for the golf team. Elementary principal Julia Graves reported that the new scoreboards have been installed in the gymnasium, donations totaling $6,000 were received to pay for them. Another S3,400 has been raised for a new wrestling mat which will cost S5,200. Also she reported that new report cards are being used in the elementary schools and kindergartens The students grading on the new cards in all subjects will be S Satisfactory, G - Growth Shown and N - Needs time to develop. High School principal B. W. Wiecks reported that the painting at the high school (red and silver) has been completed, carpeting has been installed in the choir room and the auditorium has been rewired to take advantage of the special lighting effects now available. The seniors have been in touch with a travel agency in New Ulm and one in Jackson regarding the proposed senior trip. The board approved the seniority list of certified personnel. It was noted that Westbrook superintendent Steve Kjomess was named communications chair- person for the State Tele-Media Association. = A request for a mid-year transfer of a student from Storden- Jeffers to Westbrook under the open enrollment program was denied by the board. On Monday, Nov. 26, the Westbrook and Walnut Grove school boards will hold a joint meeting at the Walnut Grove School starting at 7:30 p.m. m~ WALNUT GROVE--Possibly the oldest building in the city is destined for demolition in the near future. The council passed a motion to advertise for bids on the demolition of the, now known as the city shop, but to the long time natives of the city, known as the Fire Hall and Jail. Most of the equipment and materials that can be salvaged have been removed from the old building and transferred to the new city shop. The only major item that remains in the building are the jail suggested the company send a representative out to explain the system a bit further. Brad also reported there have been some thefts from vehicles parked in the back of the building. Mention was made there have been thefts of gasoline from automobiles in other parts of the city also. Councilman, Vin Anderson, raised the question on a bill that had been paid to Lamberton Construction in amount of more than $19,000.00 that had not been reviewed by the council before the Christmas spirit WALNUT GROVE--City engineer, Sonny Nissel and helper, Randy Schultz were "up in the air'' last Thursday, November 15 putting up the Christmas decorations on Main Street. The mild weather of last week does not indicate a Christmas feeling, but the weatherman is promising all the nice weather could be leaving us before the "big turkey day" on Thursday. ST Photo. Ecumenical Church Service at Methodist WALNUT GROVE --- The Thanksgiving Ecumenical Church Service will be held at United cell and the "solitary confinement" check was written. Usual Methodist Church tonight, cell. The city has agreed to donate "-t ,ocedure for the payment of bills Wednesday, November 21sL the jail cells, barred windows and is reviewed by the council and The Cemmunity Choir will the jail door to the Wilder approval at a meeting by the full perform once again. Those Museum, and work is progressing on removal of those items. The museum will be arranging for the jail to be on display in the future. In other business at the Monday night council meeting, PeopleService representatives were present to report on the sewer and water system. The disposal plant tests have been excellent, but there have been no major rains to cause the storm sewer to overflow into the sanitary system. Investigation council. The bill in question was approved by only one council member without waiting for a meeting. Council members Greg Hanson and Dave Hoyt stated they thought the payment was all right without a prior council review because the extra work on the city shop above and beyond the bid had been approved at a previous meeting. An additional bill from Lamberton Construction for attending may bring non perishable food items for the Food Shelf. The collection will be used for the local food shelf (1/2) and 1/ 2 for the host church's selection for hunger relief. If checks are designated for a special purpose, that designation will be honored. Non-perishable food items may be brought for the local food shelf also. $5,296.69 was approved after Auxiliary to sponsor "Light a Tree" The Westbrook Hospital Auxiliary will be having a lighted Christmas tree this year at Schmidt Memorial Hospital. The lights will be in memm of loved ones and may be purchased with a $5 donation. Call either Dolly Phelps (274- 6512) or Judy Lichty (274-6121) to purchase a string of lights. The tree will be lit at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 3 during the open house at the hospital. The open house is hosted by Unit 17 during the hours of 5 to 7 p.m. At 7:30, the regular meeting of the Auxiliary will be held either at the hospital or the Westbrook Elementary Lunchroom. WG Eagle Scouts Hardware for an air exchange problemsystem to in the correct liquor the store, smoke All Hospital considering building program, WESTBROOK -- The Schmldt Memorial Hospital board has recently.been discus.sing efforts have failed so far in remedying the problem. The updating the hospital facility. Three of the Items being considered are rno.vmg t he amD ra .; system proposed by Olson at a cost garage to the hospital, adding a family conference and day room sng p of $2496.00 could be expanded in Pdctured above architact Steve Young of Young & Wilz Architects of Minneapo=m the future to include air me lical desi n offered imggestlons for the future Young noted that the trend for rural conditioning and heat. Council hospitals Is to ;go from in patient services to more out I) lent-eervlcaL He toM the board members were interested in the they must develop a plan and decide where they want to be in the next 5 or lO years. He role proposal but would like further reformation on the installation and the board that he would be happy to assist them in any way he can. ST PhotO. review. Council members voted to purchase the kit at a price of $90.28 and they also approved the purchase of a compressor for $575.00 for the new shop. Liquor Store Manager, Brad Knakmuhs, reported on business for the past month. Sales were up about $900.00 for October in comparison to October of 1989. He presented a quote from Olson '-" ;t year at the up to and it has been year, but wmter and ty of a wet year, the to handle the "l~e of the city so an on provement plan is in council hopes with the was explained. The increase on the statement increase in funds city of $30,000.00 year. Cities notify the dollar amount needed Operation for the year computes the mill city from that figure. of $30,000.00 for upgrading of that is many must be updated to With new Minnesota ulations. The a grant for in a large part, user fees are very low to other cities of the WALNUT GROVE --- Boxes will be in place at all Community Club member's places of business next Monday, November 26th for the annual Christmas drawings. A $25.00 gift certWcate will be awarded each week to a lucky winner and those certificates may be redeemed at any Community Club member's place of business. Drawings will be held each Friday until Christmas and the winner's names will be posted in the window at J & L Variety. WG Community Club Christmas drawings include the local fire department, ambulance squad, and scouting programs. You can also specify any other charity that is not listed and your donation will be given to the proper charity. Expect to be contacted soon. If you are missed, contact Kerry Knakmuhs at Knakmuhs Insurance to make your donation. be read on the exterior of the home. City Engineer, Sonny Nissel, reported on the street and part work that has been done the past month. He also presented information on a wire terminal kit for the new shop for the council to begins in Westbrook whereWill be the ng ingextra toflowdetermineinto justthe by all members of the addresses needed sanitary system is coming from Police Chief, Bob Axford, WALNUT GROVE -- The Ambulance squad --- After spending the morning picking up In when heavy rains occur. The attended the November council names and addresses of Eagle needs members and Jeffers Dave Stresemann and Darnel Christians council was also informed they meeting for the final time. He has Scouts who have earned their scout afternoon in Westbrook picking up recyclable should be aware of projected new resigned his position and has position from the Walnut Grove WALNUT GROVE---Are you . p, ecording to Stresemann and Christians, were rules from the legislature that could accepted a patrol officer position area are being sought. Anyone who interested in helping people? Then I by the amount of material set out and said it was taking possibly be in force by 1992 on the for the City of Minneota. He will has" knowledge of residents past the Walnut Grove Ambulance ger than expected People have been saving for some disposal of sludge from the be taking over that position the and present who have gained that Squad needs you. Due to ) tt~. amount might ~ larger than normal. ST Photo. disposal plant. No action is needed latter part of the month, distinction, are asked to contact AI retirements and members leaving at the present time, but the council Farber and give him the necessary our community, we are in "need of should be aware of the talks. All information, new members to keep. our squad ax Hearing steady replacement ot worn parts new regulations will affect local peopleStr ng" inS theirif yoUtimelakeoftOneed,help [ondav ni ,ht and other improvements, me need plants in some way, but until the contact Gary Kassel (859-2752) or " to construct a new system that actual action is taken on the state IUT GROVE - New wouldco m level, no action can be taken All school reunion books available Karen Erickson (859-2135) for ~s on info st the millions could be locally. Cities will just have to play more information. llili;ltlon to me avoid . ee been put in motion theed a waiting game. The All School Reunion Books pick your book up last week, you concerning tax levies by Water meters will be read by the have arrived and are available ,m may do so on Friday, November tOwnships, and cities in L;omDIneo tsnarilles city employees for the end of the the Westbrook Bank. If you didn t 23, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. "ca. Statements sent out D " " year statements. In the past citizens ounty Tax Assessor rive begins Sunday have been asked to read their own very confusing. WALNUT GROVE -- The meters and report the reading, but to the statement, the Walnut Grove Jaycees are in this year, the city will be doing the eve appeared to charge of the Walnut Grove readings. Meters that are old and tax increase for Combined Charities Drive for 1990 not functioning properly will be and they will be starting the annual replaced with new meters. held on Monday drive on Sunday, November 25th. Eventually there will be 19th, with about Jaycee members will be installation on each home so it will !terested local citizens contacting each household this not be necessary to go into homes :, the confusing Sunday or sometime soon after, to read the meters. The meters will The list of fourteen charities