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Westbrook is named in broadband grant

Posted January 18, 2017 at 4:37 pm

By Tom Merchant

Sentinel Tribune

westbrook — last Friday morning, Terry Nelson and Ken Knuth of Woodstock Communications visited with the city council to explain how they will use the grant money to increase the internet speed in the Westbrook area.

Bob Knuth explained the company received grant funding of $412,391 from the State of Minnesota, and the Woodstock Telephone Co. matched that with their own contribution of $504,033.

The project will serve 368 unserved households and 29 businesses.

Please see this week’s edition of the Westbrook Sentinel Tribune for the full story.

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    Ed Fornberg retires but still is teaching art

    By Tom Merchant

    Sentinel Tribune

    walnut grove — Ed Fornberg was raised on a farm near Ellendale, in south central Minnesota. His path to becoming an art teacher was a bit different than most would follow.

    When he got ready to attend college he told his dad he wanted to go to school to be an artist or teaching art. His father told him, “you’ll never make a living

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    Ann Carol Egge Esse

    Celebration of Ann Carol Egge Esse’s life was held Saturday January 14, 2017 at the Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community.

    Ann, 82, Northfield, died January 8, 2017, at The Northfield Retirement Center, Minnesota.

    Ann was born March 9, 1934 to Arthur O. Egge and Florence (Tellefson) Egge in Tracy, Minnesota. She graduated as the Valedictorian from Walnut Grove High School

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    De Lois VanDenTop


    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    January 15, 2017

    De Lois Maureen VanDenTop, 76, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Southridge Health Care. 

    Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday,

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    Sharon Vande Weerd


    Rock Valley, Iowa

    January 10, 2017

    Sharon Vande Weerd, 60, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Funeral services

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    Supervisors meet with Speer Financial about bonding


    At the Monday, Jan. 9, meeting of the Lyon County Board of Supervisors, board members met with Speer Financial representatives to learn more about the process should they approve using general obligation bonds to fund roads and bridges over the next several years.

    The first step would be to determine a pre-levy amount prior to April 1, although board members were told

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    Dr. Blauwet named to U.S. Olympic Committee board

    The U.S. Olympic Committee recently announced the addition of Dr. Cheri Blauwet as an independent member of its board of directors. A three-time Paralympian in track and field, and accomplished medical doctor, Blauwet chairs the International Paralympic Committee Medical Committee, serves as a member of the International Olympic Committee Medical and Scientific Expert Group and, until September 2016, served as treasurer on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency board of directors.

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    Crop fair features relevant topics


    FFA students will get a lesson in livestock opportunities and challenges — away from the classroom. The West Lyon, Central Lyon and George-Little Rock FFA chapters are working with local business sponsors and Iowa Corn Growers Association to bring a crop fair to Lyon County Thursday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids.

    The event

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    Ice fishing is cabin fever cure

    It’s that time of year when the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is past, the temperatures drop, snow piles up and lakes and ponds freeze. Thankfully for Iowans, that means good fishing weather — ice fishing that is. “Where we live, ice fishing is an activity we can do every year, whether there is snow here or not,” said Emily Ostrander, Lyon County Conservation naturalist. The Iowa Department of

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    Lois Berneeta Pietz

    Lois Berneeta Pietz was born Dec 5, 1918, to Willard and Meta (Schmalz) Scrivner in Windom MN. She was born during the great flu epidemic of 1918, and because the hospital was full, Lois was delivered in a make-shift ward, set up in the postmaster’s house. She proved her survival ability that winter and throughout her long life.

    Lois grew up in Rosehill Township, attending country school through 8th grade, and graduating from

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