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2018 in review

Posted January 9, 2019 at 7:06 pm

cvanloh@ncppub.com

2018 has gone down in the record books as one of the wettest years recorded in our area. Farmers often had to plan their fieldwork around rain and the resulting wet soil or water holes. Road maintenance workers were kept busy keeping roads passable. Frequent rain showers or downpours were topics of conversations. Then the storm system that passed over the area on July 3 wreaked havoc with the Wilder Pageant and related activities, as shown in the two photos accompanying these comments.

Most readers can recall special memories experienced throughout 2018. They may find photos of those

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    A fun ride with lots of laughs

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    Have you ever said “I can’t do it”? Ever get discouraged because the job was beyond your abilities? Chris Koch, closing speaker at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Convention in November, challenged attendees to live by the motto “If I can.”

    An outstanding motivational and inspirational speaker, Koch was born nearly 40

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    Lamberton hunting accident injures one

    The Lamberton State Wildlife Management Area was site of a hunting accident on Saturday morning, December 22. Redwood County Sheriff’s Office, the MN State Patrol, Lamberton Ambulance, North Memorial Ambulance and the MN DNR responded to a firearms-related hunting accident.

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

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    WWG graduate recognized for coaching and teaching

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    WWG Graduation day, June 2, is five months from today, Jan. 2. Parents, grandparents, and other family members aren’t the only ones who will be proud of the Class of 2019 graduates. The WWG school staff members and community residents have their own sense of pride in the accomplishments of the graduates.

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    Police Chief Alan Wahl retires after 30 years on police department

    WESTBROOK — Westbrook Police Chief Alan Wahl was honored at a retirement party at the senior center last Friday afternoon. Wahl served as a police officer and police chief for the past thirty years. Above Wahl (center) visited with fellow law enforcement officers from the Cottonwood County Sheriffs Department. Photo/Tom Merchant

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    Destination: Panama

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    Dr. Rafael Estevez, a Panamanian physician, was dubbed “The Best-loved Man in Panama” in a September 1959 Readers Digest condensed article from Latin American Report. He was born in Spain (1896), grew up in Clifton,

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    Iowa’s population grows 3.6 percent since 2010

    The population of Iowa has grown by 109,273 people, or 3.6 percent, since 2010, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2018 estimated overall population of Iowa is now 3,156,145 people, ranking Iowa at 31st in the nation for size.

    “Iowa’s increase in population since 2010 can be attributed by both positive natural change, or more births than deaths, as well as continued increases in international migration,” said

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    Reminders to teens for safe driving

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    Winter has arrived and with it came the increased need to practice safe, focused driving, especially for new, virtually-inexperienced drivers. Fortunately, there are safety laws and options set in place which parents of new drivers can take advantage of.

    “The most important thing that a new driver and all drivers can do is

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    New growth in the new year

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    The city of Larchwood will be seeing some changes in the new year that will expand housing options, ultimately growing the community.

    “The Larchwood Economic Development Corp. is working with the City of Larchwood to develop a residential housing development on 31 acres on the northeast side of Larchwood,” said Noah Kerkvliet, corporation board chairperson. “The Larchwood Economic Development Corp.

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    Secrets of the mask

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    Fifth grade students at West Lyon had an opportunity to learn about African mask societies in art. They had a special guest speaker who was able to educate the students about these secret mask societies. The Rev. Francis Makwinja, pastor for the Catholic

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