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L~nco]~n, ::eb. 6~bL~ . # choir performs in Christmas program evening the Westbrook Walnut Grove Concert Choir performed in the WWG gym at along with the Senior high band, the girls chorus, and vocal jazz ensemble. More Inside. ST Photo. New band uniforms The WWG concert band sported new black, red and silver uniforms at the high school Christmas Concert Monday evening. The black and white photo does not enhance the snappy new uniforms. ST Photo. @ Serving:. Walnut Grove, Westbrook, Dovray, and Revere areas 35 Volume No. 7 Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1990 Issue No. 12 ALNUT GROVE--Rusty assumed the position of it Grove Police Chiet on December 3rd. He and Elizabeth, and miniature Oscar, moved to Grove on Thursday, '6th and are preceding to to the community. Grove is quite a distance of Babbitt, he has been working in for the past year and one Snnce graduating from law enforcement. He a part time policeman in Morgan, Sanborn, and Walnut Grove time. He and Elizabeth with Walnut Grove to make their home here y. As Rusty put it, he to settle into a home and not have to tying around. He likes and hopes to develop of a helpful officer, need arises, he does 3roe the laws and of the cities where he has been a member fire department squads in his and hopes to serve on organizations in WALNUT GROVE--Rusty and Elizabeth Miller are settling into their new home in Walnut Grove, after moving to the city on Thursday, December 6. Rusty took over duties as Walnut Grove Police Chief on Monday, December 3. Oscar, the couple's purebred Dachshund, was not sure he appreciated being in the picture. ST Photo. is a native of Elbow Valley Bank in a long commute Y. She hopes to find employment closer to Walnut Grove now that they are in this area. Oscar?. Well, he's a friendly little guy who is happy to have a good home after being viciously abused before he was rescued by the Millers. He can also challenge strangers, however, if they don't toe the mark. IT GROVE--At the school arrangement to date. ber Board of Mrs. Graves presented a plan for on Monday a one half day meeting of the 10th, board elementary staff of Westbrook and adopted the proposed Walnut Grove once a month. of $587,843.83 thatMeetings have been held after in August. This .00 lower than -hum levy limitation the However, al and state changes in formula for the taxpayers in see a 15% increase local level in school tax statement. had levied the full 30%.the increase report from Nester and was approved and to enter into a contract and Nester as auditors in the 1990-91 school hours previously this year but in such a short time slot, not much can be accomplished in coordinating the two schools and facilitate preparation of the students to enter the Middle School at the fifth grade level. A half day session once a month would be helpful in realizing the aim of Outcome Based Education in the combined Westbrook Walnut Grove Schools. It would be necessary to hire substitute teachers for the half day period, and Mrs. Graves estimated the cost of substitutes at $562.00. A suggestion was made to dismiss school one day a month for one half day for the meetings, but it and Middle School was pointed out it is unlawful to Graves, reviewed dismiss school for teacher Program fort he workshops. After a lengthy and reported on discussion, the board moved to conferences and of input from parents he reported a good mrents in the t with only attending the conferences. :)ns from parents as an in the elementary and were: organizing a group, a snack at younger students, between parents For the from parents rive on the new approve the half day with substitutes for the month of January. The matter will be discussed with Westbrook at the joint board meeting on Wednesday evening. Approval was quickly given to hire Sue Doubler as asstmnt 7 & 8 grade girrs basketball coach; Greg Dallmann, assistant 7 & 8 grade boy's basketball coach; and Robena Bakken as 7 & 8 grade cheerleader advisor. Salaries for the three positions will be worked out by the negotiating committee. A request was made by the I State.grants $28,000 to retrain Westbrook Egg Co. employees Word has been received from Emily Kleve, area director of the Worthington Job Training Office, that the Private Industry Council of Minnesota has awarded a grant of $28,000 to her office to be used to help former employees of the Westbrook Egg Co. The Westbrook Egg Company, a part of the Milton G. Waldbaum Co of Wakefield, Nebraska. was shut down this fall putting 26 local employees out of work. Two former Westbrook employees have been hired to work in Wakefield. Kleve says that they have been ing to contact former employees to let them know what kind of help her office could furnish. Apparently the money can be used in several ways, on job training, either vocational or college training, night classes, career counseling and funding for relocation. She says local employers should be aware of the fact that the state will offer subsidy pay for employers in another field up to 50% of wages for 4 months. Any former employees who have not been contacted by the Worthington office are urged to contact the Worthington Job Training office at 800-262-1441. music department to provide additional music instruction in the elementary and middle school. Individual lesson time is not adequate and a request was made for an additional 4.4 hours for the instruction. This would amount to about a 1/4 teaching position. In that line, it was pointed out by Supt. Wiemers it will probably be necessary to add staff after Mr. Richards moves to Westbrook to assume the principal's position in that school. It was suggested the possibility of a staff member that could assist Mr. Wiemers and also take over some class time. Approval was given by the hoard to hire the equivalent of one full time staff member for the middle school to fill in at any position to be worked out. The proposal will be recommended to the joint Westbrook Walnut Grove board members at the next meeting. Chamber of Commerce meeting WESTBROOK--The Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly meeting Wednesday, December 12, at Wester's Corner Westbrook Elementary School Program, Monday, Dec. 17 The Westbrook Elementary Students will present "New Elves for Santa" at 7:00 p.m. in the Elementary Gym. The Kindergarten through 4th grade will be featured. Admission is free. Cafe at 12 noon. We encourage eptio ALL members to have Retirement rec n representatives attend. Anyone interested in being a member is welcome to attend. It is time to collect membership dues which is $35.00 and can be brought to the meeting. WESTBROOK -- Tuesday November 27th the Westbrook Avoca Farmers Elevator held their annual meeting. The meeting was held at the community center and started at 10:00 a.m. Interim manager Dennis Frette reported that sales for the year topped the 18 million mark at 18,056,000. He noted that over all, sales were good in the grain, feed, fertilizer and lumber division. Net margin for the past year was $154,932. A 20% dividend was declared to be paid to the stockholders later this month. Frette said that the overall condition of the Co-op is sound. He also said that he is looking forward to another good year of serving the customers with their needs. Lumber manager Harold Lamb gave a report, and thanked the patrons for their support, and helping to make another successful year for the division. Orville Grime of Grime & Bergerson explained the annual report. Three directors terms were up for re-election. Clayton Isder chose to not run for reelection. Replacing Isder was Dave Schrier of Currie. Re-elected were incumbents Jay Takle, and Kenneth Anderson. At the close of the meeting several door prizes were awarded before adjourning to the lunch. About 95 stockholders were present, and about 160 meals were served to patrons. The board is also in the process of selecting a new manager, and hopes'to have one by February 1st. Elementary Concert, Thursday, Dec. 13 WALNUT GROVE -- The Walnut Grove Elementary Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7:00 p.m. in tic Walnut Grove Auditorium. The K-1 singers will begin the evening with a folk favorite "Over the River and Through the Woods" and adding "Gather Round the Christmas Tree and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." Grades 2-4 will present a one- act musical pay entitled "The Runaway Snowman" which was written by Jill Gallina. This musical has interesting characters such as Happy the talking snowman, Freddy the con man, Robin -- Happy's creator, and all of Robin's family and friends. The musical combines excellent song writing with a wiuy story line. Admission to the concert is free. Refreshments will be served following the concerk Directors are Mr. and Mrs. Tom Vondracek. Hope to see you there! Santa will visit Southwest Bank Friday WESTBROOK -- Santa will visit the Southwest State bank lobby this Friday December 14th. The jolly elf will visit the bank between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. He will visit with the kiddies and give them a treat. WALNUT GROVE-Postmaster Pat Hansen hOsted a retirement reception for retiring rurzd mall carder, Bob Alcorn, on Friday, December 7 at the Post Office. Bob as of November 30 after a total of 37 years ov service. He has been full time rural carrier since v, arcn of 1983: Prior to that, he substituted on the'rural routes and his military service also counted towaro retirement. Bob and Joyce visited with ;'former'' route patrons during the day's receipt, iz r He has no plans for retirement but says ne is not a candidate to Just sit back In an easy cna . He plans to remain active in the Marshall Area Men s Chorus, the Walnut Grove Legion and the Knights of Columbus to keep from "rusting". ST Photo.