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Minnesota Boychoir assists Keeping up the Kourage foundation

Posted February 20, 2019 at 6:28 pm

Minnesota Boychoir assists

Keeping up the Kourage foundation


Westbrook’s Community Center was the site for a large crowd Sunday afternoon, February 17.The Minnesota Boychoir, invited by the Keeping up the Kourage Foundation, performed an entertaining and inspirational vocal concert.

Mark Johnson, Westbrook High School 1987 graduate, was active in music as a student. He started as accompanist of the non-profit Boychoir and is now in his twenty-seventh year as the choir’s director.

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    Walnut Grove Area Foundation Grant recipients announced

    The Walnut Grove Area Foundation received 6 grant applications this year for their annual grant selection process. Grants were due on February 5 and become available to local organizations in the fall on an annual basis. Grant requests received for this grant cycle totaled nearly $17,000.

    Congratulations to the recipients of a Walnut Grove Area Foundation Grant this year.

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    First Robotics 2019, Team 5991

    Industrial Technology teacher for Westbrook Walnut Grove, Doug Lee, is again coaching the WWG Robotics Team for the 2018-2019 school year.  The team will go to competition in Duluth from March 7th through the 10th. Eight students in 8th through 12th grade comprise the team.. Five mentors this year are Doug Kleeberger, Bruce Byers, Craig Carter, Doug Lee and Lori Lee. During late evening work sessions, various families feed the team to give them an added burst of energy.

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    Board hears purchasing kickback plan


    WWG — Superintendent Loy Woelber opened the meeting by having Maydra Maas re-elected as board chair. With Maas presiding, Greg Madson was named vice chair, Jim Kleven was named treasurer, and Becky Foster was re-elected to the clerks position.

    Elementary Principal Paul Olson told the board over $14,000 has been raised to supplement the elementary art program.

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    WWG/RRC Speech performs in Minneota

    WWG/RRC attended our first speech tournament of the season hosted by the Minneota Vikings.  This year is shaping up to be very exciting.  Nineteen teams attended the event.  Students from 7th grade through 12th grade competed in thirteen categories.

    The team performed well.  Twelve students competed in the event. We had two first timers and one veteran earn ribbons in their perspective categories. Alexis Starnes received 6th place

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    Merchant wins photo award

    On January 24 Associate Editor Tom Merchant attended the Minnesota Newspaper Association Awards program. Merchant won second place for Best Photo Story in the under 1,500 circulation category. There were 3,915 entries from 179 member publications comprised of all sizes of weekly and daily newspapers. Merchant’s Photo Story entitled Jam the Gym featuring the Tim Orth Memorial Event at Wabasso last spring was one of the 660 winnning entries selected, there were 26 categories for newspapers and individual awards. There were also

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    Former Dovray natives sister and brother publish books

    Sheldon Schmitt and Pamela Bastien, brother and sister, grew up and their roots are from Dovray. They are two of eight children of parents, Dolores and Bob Schmitt, both deceased. Their love of reading came from both parents. Bob received 8-9 newspapers and read them avidly, and Dolores read every book she could get her hands on. The brother and sister dreamed of writing books and getting published someday. Their dreams finally came true.

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    House on the move

    Posted January 24, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Last Friday morning the Goldschmidt Moving Company of St. James began the task of moving the former home of Tony and Kelly Quade to a farm site of new owners

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