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SENTINEL TRIBUNE C(00mmunity Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Page 6 GLANCES IN THE PAST TEN YEARS AGO December 30, 1998 Steve Goodenow, president of Midwest Bancorporations, Inc., announced today that Midwest Bancorporations has entered into an agree- ment to purchase the Southwest State Bank and the Southwest State Agency of Windom, MN. John and Deanna Amundson, representing Red Rock Sportsmans Club, Storden, accepted their award as the Cottonwood Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Outstanding Conservationists during the annual convention in Bloomington. Carolers at the Senior Home over the holidays included Immanuel Baptist Church of Westbrook; Amo/Red Rock Methodist Church of Jeffers, and Carolyn Enstad's WWG High School Class. TWENTY YEARS AGO December 28, 1988 Jim Marsh of Windom assisted Dorothy Riddell with the sorting of 1078 toys. These toys were part of 7000 toys that Groundswell received for statewide distri- bution. Locally, the toys were distributed primarily in Cottonwood, Nobles, and Murray counties and some in Jackson, Lyon, Lincoln, Pipestone, Redwood, Chippewa, and Yellow Medicine Counties. Crews have been working with the aid of a 25-ton crane hoisting the huge filter tank into the new filtration plant in the north park. The new filter is capable of han- dling up to 150 gallons/minute. If all the remaining equipment arrives on time, the new plant will be in operation no later than the end of January. Alma Klute and Dean Lichty were recipients of $100 checks as part of the Kiwanis Football promotion. Thirty Years Ago December 28, 1978 Leo Gertner and his team of Belgians assisted the Trinity Church youngsters on their caroling route last Friday afternoon. Sheila Byers was one of 27 students from the Alexandria Area Vocational Technical Institute who recently participated in a Fashion Merchandising Market trip to New York City. The six day trip involved a very intense study of the New York fash- ion market and included seminars with several large companies. Sherilyn Clayton is one of 8 students at BSU helping to break in a new security sys- tem at the college. The only woman on the staff, sopho- more Clayton says she is gaining a better understand- ing of her chosen field, and hopes to be a policewoman someday. Buy, Sell, or Rent in the Classified ads Sentinel WESTBROOK SENIOR NUTRITION SERVICES January 5-9, 2008 Senior .Nutrition Services serving at the Westbrook Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. each operating day. Monday: Meatballs/ gravy, paprika potatoes, green beans, bread/mar- garine, pudding, milk Tuesday: BBQ pork chop, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, bread/mar- garine, pears, milk Wednesday: Chicken chow mien, rice, chow mien noodles, oriental vegetables, mandarin orange gelatin, milk Thursday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes/gravy, car- rots, dinner roll/margarine, fruit crisp, milk Friday: Creamy vegetable soup, turkey on bun, three bean salad, crackers/mar- garine, brownie, milk For reservations call Angle at 274-6583 by noon one day in advance. You may also call the Tracy kitchen at 507-629-5547. Lutheran Social Services is funded in part under the Older Americans Act under contract with the Southwest Agency on Aging. Westerc C)K  WS Bring/call news items to the Sentinel Office 274-6136 in Westbrook; mail to the Sentinel Tribune in Westbrook at P.O. Box 98; sent by Fax to 507-274- 6137 or by e-mail at Deadline for social news is Monday noon. Christmas week overnight guests of Steve and Priscilla Comnick were Dennis and Kathleen Thompson of Hermosa, SD, Jay and Karolyn Thompson and daughters of Brooklyn Park. Joining them for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day din- ner were: David and Marilyn Wolfe of Chicago; Gregory and Diane Marshall and family, and Joseph Swan all of Sioux Falls; Randall and Elizabeth Swan of Shoreview; James and Alison Marshall and chil- dren of Marshall; Rebecca Connolly of St. Paul; Coralyn Comnick and Iris Marshall. The Marshall family were home to attend the funeral of their aunt, Edna Hubin Tuesday afternoon. Overnight guests of Iris Marshall were: Randall and Elizabeth Swan of Shoreview; Joseph Swan of Sioux Falls; Rebecca Connolly of St. Paul. On Sunday, Jay and Karolyn Thompson and daughters were dinner guests. Kathleen Thompson, Gregory Marshall, Priscilla Comnick and Iris Marshall visited Merlyn and Sandy Hubin Christmas Day evening. Elmer and Wanda Brandt were Christmas Day dinner guests ' at the Bernice Bashans home with the Brandts furnishing the din- ner. Sheila Hegg and Marie Warwich, Canby and Annie Hegg, Rapid City were Sunday dinner guests of Bernice Bashans. Fulda LaK00 on the road to recovery- Fulda Lake in Murray County is headed toward a brighter future of improved water quality and recre- ational opportunities, thanks to a cooperative proj- ect involving area citizens, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other state and local organizations. The project, aimed at reversing a decline in' lake water quality, began in 2001. It involved replacing a fixed- crest dam with a variable crest structure, installing an electric fish barrier, lowering the water level of the lake and then treating it with rotenone to remove a fish population dominated by undesirable fish such as carp and black bullheads. The DNR will re-stock the lake with game fish in the spring and fall of 2009. Replacing Fulda Lake's fixed crest dam with a vari- able crest structure enabled Murray County to lower water levels to improve the probability of a good fish kill during the rotenone treat- ,ment last fall. The electric fish barrier installed in a culvert beneath Highway 59 is intended to prevent carp and other undesirable fish species from re-entering the lake. Fulda Lake's decline has been gradual but persistent, said Ryan Doorenbos, DNR fisheries specialist at Windom. "Like any lake, it doesn't happen overnight. The volume of tainted water draining into the lake increased, and carp and bull- heads increased turbidity by stirring up bottom sedi- ments. Those conditions limit the growth of beneficial aquatic plants." Aquatic vegetation, Doorenbos explained, improves water quality by tying up nutrients that fos- ter algae growth. It also pro- vides critical spawning and refuge habitat for fish and wildlife. One important key to the project was the willingness of lakeshore property owners to allow Murray County to manipulate water levels. Doorenbos said numerous partners assisted DNR in the project, including MnDOT the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (LCCMR), Murray County and its county commission- ers, City of Fulda, Fulda Fish and Game Club, the Deb Peterson family, Fulda lakeshore property owners, Heron Lake Watershed District, North Heron Lake Game Producers, and Ducks Unlimited. "We're excited about the prospects of Fulda Lake once again becoming a quality fishing and water recreation lake and that's a credit to everyone who supported this project," Doorenbos stated. 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