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SENTINEL'TRIBUNE Community Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Page 7 MIRROR OF BYGONE DAYS TEN YEARS AGO December 30, 1998 The Walnut Grove City Council met with Richard Davis at the regular council meeting December 21 to dis- cuss purchasing some addi- tional land for the city ceme- tery. The council agreed to purchase 2 acres of land, with Richard able to farm it for up to 5 years. The visit of the bloodmo- bile Wednesday, December 23, resulted in a total of 50 pints of blood. First-time donors were Emmy Baskerville and Kris Knott. Larry Weber received a 7- gallon pin. After a brief cold snap last week, local ice fishermen were anxious to try their luck. However, the DNR warns that not all ice is safe to walk on and definitely not yet safe for vehicles. TWENTY YEARS AGO December 28, 1988 Bitter cold temperatures and extremely icy conditions hit the area hard on the day after Christmas causing hol- iday travelers to allow extra time to return to their homes. Customers at the Citizens State Bank enjoyed good old English refreshments on Thursday, December 22, when they were treated by bank personnel to old-fash- ioned Wassail and treats. Wednesday, January 4, students at Tracy, Milroy, and Walnut Grove, will be one step closer to their new school as they receive their pre-registration work sheets to sign up for courses for the 1989-90 school year. THIRTY YEARS AGO December 28, 1978 Gasohol, a mixture of 90 percent gasoline and 10 per- cent corn alcohol, went on sale in Windom last week. The product is available at Windom Co-op Oil, who recently joined six other sta- tions in MN to distribute the gasohol. The co-ops gasohol is new selling for 71.9 cents a gallon, the same price as premium, and three cents more than regular. City Engineer Bob Schnobrich gave a report to the City Council on the progress of the 8th St. Co. Rd. 5 project. It appears that now the project is in limbo. There is some ques- tion as to the amount of money that is going to be available. Senior citizens 60 years and over who live in Lyon and Redwood Counties will be able to ride the mini-bus to Minneapolis for medical purposes on Wednesday, January 3. If medical riders have not reserved all of the seats by Tuesday morning, January 2, other riders, such as shoppers, may reserve seats. BUY, SELL, OR RENT in the Classified ads Sentinel Tribune Ph. 274-6136 or 1-800-410-1859 An old-fashioned barn- raising taking shape Tom Conroy DNR Southern Region It's 5 a.m. and cold, dark and quiet outside a western Minnesota motel. Cold and dark it will remain for a while longer. Not so the quiet. In the warm glow of light from our motel room, my brother and I sip steaming coffee and load gear into the vehicle as Charlie the lab saunters off to sprinkle the snowy ground. As more lights come on in rooms up and down the lodge, other sleepy-eyed souls and eager canines begin stepping out into the cold November air. Soon, hunters are barking commands to dogs, dogs are barking at each other. Truck doors open and slam shut, equipment rattles about. The commotion, the banter and laughter, doesn't last long. Engines turn over and vehi- cles begin rolling out of the parking lot. Another day of hunting is about to begin in the prairie pothole region of Minnesota. Ducks, geese, deer and pheasants are on the minds of most who travel here to gladly spend time and money on outdoor pursuits. The vis- itors are good news indeed for the local merchants. Rural Minnesota needs every jolt of economic energy it can find. Agriculture remains rural Minnesota's lifeblood, yet it has changed dramatically over recent decades. Many small-town economies strug- gle now. And as rural popula- tions age and more young people are lured away by the promises of big city fights, the result is fewer people in church pews and classrooms and more empty storefronts on Main Street. Small-town Minnesota is searching for inventive ways to reinvigorate itself. One way to do that is to take a .page from the old barn-rais- ing days, when folks came from miles around to lend a hand. Some were skilled car- penters. Others hauled tim- bers, cooked food, or pounded nails. Everyone pitched in, creating a social contract for the common good. One such present-day example is taking place along the Minnesota River Valleycorridor in Renville, Redwood, Yellow Medicine, Brown and Nicollet counties. There, a diverse group of individuals, organizations, and agencies have joined hands to transform this region of the river valley cor- ridor into a regional destina- tion site. Dubbed the' Tatanka Bluffs Corridor project, the goal is to restore, conserve, and protect both the natural resources and history of the Minnesota River Valley. Last year, that vision moved closer to reality when the Legislative-Citizens Commission for Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) appro- priated $1 million through the Environmental Trust Fund to help finance a major project within the Tatanka Bluffs Corridor called The Minnesota River Valley Green Corridor Land Protection project. The goal is to work with willing sell- ers, from Upper Sioux Agency State Park to Fort Ridgely State Park, to acquire high-quality natural resource or conservation lands not currently under a permanent protection pro- gram. The Southwest Initiative Foundation is the fiscal agent for the project. While the Green Corridor project focuses primarily on acquisition, the Tatanka Bluffs effort is considerably broader, with five focus areas: outdoor recreation; renewable tourism initia- tives; community celebra- tions, gaming and special events: education opportuni- ties; and economic develop- ment (especially 'green' ener- gY). Citizens living m all four il !::/i: !ii$[:::. i , Get the FACTS about AIDS, smoking, drugs, STDs, pregnancy, and sex. Ask your doctor for a Child and Teen Checkup (C&TC). Your doctor can help you find answers to help you get through your teens in good physical, mental, and emotional health. Child & Teen Checkups include: Information about good physical health and nutrition Information about thoughts, feelings and relationships with others ,, Time. to get your health questions answered Complete physical exam n Shots if needed i Hearing, Vision, Height & Weight checks U Lab tests if needed Checks on development and growth Referral to the dentist Use this health check for a sports physical. Be sure to take any forms you need with you! How often should I have a C&TC exam? You should get a C&TC exam at least every other year during your teens or more often if needed. Where can I get a C&TC exam? You can get a C&TC exam from your regular doctor or clinic. How much does a C&TC exam cost?. If you are enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, C&TC is paid for by Medical Assistance or your health plan. It is your choice. Get the facts. Make healthy decisions. Learn how to take care of yourself. For more information call: Get a C&TC exam.' Redwood County Public Health Service 266 E Bridge St Redwood Falls, MN 56283 507-637-4041,us public health, WALNUT GROVE SENIOR NUTRITION SERVICES January 5-9, 2008 Senior Dining serving at Country View Senior Living Community at I1:30 oam, Monday thru Friday. Monday; Bacon wrapped beef steaks, boiled potatoes, green beans, fruit sauce Tuesday: Chili/ crackers, chicken salad sandwiches, bars Wednesday: Country fried steak, mashed pota- toes, green bean casserole, cake Thursday: Roast pork w/gravy, mashed potatoes, spinach salad, fresh fruit Friday: Salmon loaf, mashed potatoes, creamed peas, ice cream For reservations call 859- 2133 one day in advance. Senior Dining is a joint partnership of your commu- nity and Lutheran Social Services, funded, in part, under the Older Americans Act. COUNTRY VIEW WEEKLY By Jason Swanson i ..... !i! i: ;ii!iiii i ........... ii!i!iii:iiT!ii{ii Once again, I miss spoke concerning the movie, It's A Wonderful Life. This time, however, it was not entirely my fault. I was planning on picking up the movie and delivering it to the anxious movie goers Saturda: morn- ing. As you recall, Saturday morning (December 20) was not a good morning for trav- el, so we went without. Anyways, let's talk about the positives, shall we, alright. Monday we played Merry Christmas J-I-N-G-O. We are getting ready for next month's J-I-N-G-O game, which is A Healthy You. That's right, as I told the ladies, J-I-N-G-O is also educational. Tuesday we had Bone Builders and also Po-Ke-No. We did not take the ole bus uptown on Tuesday due to the weather. This week looks a lot better so we hope to get it out and about Tuesday. Let's look ahead to January here at Country View Senior Living Community. We will begin new activities in January, as with a grant from the Walnut Grove Area Foundation we have received a Nintendo Wii, which will allow us to play games and do activities which will keep us physical- ly fit. We will be starting a bowling league, a golf league and doing more. Stay tuned to hear more about this in the future. We will still con- tinue with Po-Ke-No, J-I-N- G-O, Bible Study, Bone Builders throughout the month. Also, the monthly card tournament will be on January 19. Also in January we will be featuring a Magician, by the name of Amazin' Mark on January 7 at 2:30 p.m. This is open to the public as well. Hope everyone has a good week! And that is the "news from the Country!" corners of this corridor, from Sacred Heart, Walnut Grove, :Morgan, and Redwood Falls to Belview, Buffalo Lake and others are invited to partici- pate in town hall meetings to share their ideas and vision for the region. Farmers mar- kets. quilting shops, history of Indians in the area, bed and breakfasts, gift shops, vineyards, parks, cultural attractions, renewable ener- gy sites, museums, cafes with locally grown products, and arts and craft shops are among the attractions either planned or already in place. Outdoor recreation is intended to be a core compo- nent of this effort, ranging from camping, wildlife watching, hiking, and biking, to fishing and hunting. The idea is to leverage funds tp provide more ahd bettdr wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities. Hunting in Minnesota is big business, and with fish- ing factored in, the impact mushrooms. Annual spend- ing by Minnesota's 1.28 mil- lion hunters and anglers is estimated at $3.5 billion, or $9.5 million a day. We rank fifth nationally. Just imagine the potential of creating a place where hunting is but one of the many attractions. For more information on the Tatanka Bluffs project, visit HYPERLINK " m/" This was the 20th year of sharing and caring at the Lamberton distribution site for the annual Redwood County Share-the-Spirit project. We were amazed at the generous outpouring of donated quilts, blankets, food, books, toys, slippers, caps and mittens, and money. The worry of an uncer- tain economy was not a factor in this year's dona- tions. The community support of Lamberton, Sanborn, Walnut Grove and Wanda individuals, businesses, clubs, churches, sponsors and organizations, again was the determining factor of another successful year. The Lamberton distribution site assisted 61 families/individuals with groceries for a holiday meal, and 147 children were remembered with toys and. gifts.. It takes a lot of volunteer labor and efforts behind the scene to ensure a successful project of this mag- nitude. We are grateful to each and everyone who reached out and touched the lives of others. With gratitude we wish you a Merry Christmas! God bless you for caring. Mary Marg Arnoldi Weber