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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Area Focus Wednesday, January 14, 2004 Besides family and friends he sai!c! '7 missed milk and steak the most" Continued from page 1 In all they transported 25 plus million gallons of fuel and racked up over a million two hundred thousand miles of driving. Brandon's uncle Warren Dibble had sent him some grain dust masks. Brandon said he wore them while sleeping to help keep the sand from his face. The temperatures in Iraq are very warm most of the year but in August the ther- mometer can climb as high as 140 degrees in the day- time. Dibble said "it gets down to about a hundred at night." We drank a lot of water, usually about 6 liter and a half bottles a day." His mother Ruth Ann would send him ice tea and lemon- ade mixes to put in his water. When asked if they had ice ]ae said "we could buy ice and pop from the locals along the roadside." He said they slept on top of their trucks when they were away from camp. It was a good flat place to lay, and it was better than on the ground or in the truck. Dibble said they had got fired upon occasionally but none of their units people were seriously injured or killed. "We were very lucky, although a few of our people were wounded." He and his 140 comrades were based at Cedar base near Nazaria for most of their stay. "That's near where Jessica Lynch was captured." The many sandstorms made for very hazardous driving. There were a few times when you couldn't see the vehicle in front of you and sometimes they would run into the vehicles ahead of them. Ruth Ann said he gained weight while there in spite of living mostly on MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat) and MKT's (mobile kitchen transports). While at the base they ate in a regular mess, but while on the road they ate mostly MRE's. When he first got there he had to go about forty days without a shower. They all smelled the same, but even after you got to shower you would sweat so much it was almost like not having one. Brandon said "I really enjoyed all of the letters we got from the local school kids, and I even received a batch of letters from Shelley (Benson) Keeler's fourth grade class in Federal Way Washington. During the war they often were the last to find out about progress when major objectives were achieved. People back home found out sooner than he troops. He said it was nice to go to Kuwait for R & R, "they had air conditioning and good ice cream." When asked what he missed most other than fam- ily and friends, Brandon said, "milk and steak." At Thanksgiving while at Arifjan base in Kuwait they had prime rib, turkey, ham and all the fixings. Brandon's family Donn, Ruth Ann, Jordan and Westin welcomed him home December 22nd just in time for Christmas. Now that he is home Brandon said he will go to work for a while and help out with the farm work. Then next fall he plans on returning to St. Cloud Tech to complete his education. Brandon said he really was thankful for the support of his family and friends and all the letters he received while in Iraq. After returning he received a special commen- dation medal for his duty in Iraq. The certificate read: to: PFC Brandon J. Dibble 353rd Transportation Company. For: Exceptional achievement while serving as Wheeled Vehicle Driver for the 353rd Transportation Company, PFC Dibble's motivation and dedication to duty contributed greatly to the success of "Iraqi Freedom". Your achieve- ments reflect great credit upon yourself, your unit and the U.S. Army, from February 26 2003 to June 15th 2003. Melvin R. Frazier Col. QM commanding. Brandon Dibble, upper right, with some of his buddies in their tent in l Below is an Iraqi farmer combining grain. These photos were off of a web site featuring photos from Iraq. For more photos go to crazy ed.nQt. r ....... i;i  71  ill! Extension Service opens Regional Centers Youth U of M Extension Service staff throughout the state moved into their new offices in early January, while continuing to deliver the educational workshops and classes that Minnesotans have counted on for nearly 100 years. Under a new plan, Extension continues to offer workshops, classes and pro- gra/ns on topics such as 4-H youth development, farm financial management, lead- ership and nutrition educa- tion to all Minnesotans. More than 140 Extension educators now serve the entire state from 18 regional centers funded Alyce L. Peterson died Monday Alyce Peterson, 93, died Monday, January 12, 2004 at the Good Samaritan Center, Westbrook. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at the Almlie Funeral Home, Westbrook. Visitation will be from 4- 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 13 with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Almlie Funeral Home. Marvin Mischke died Monday Marvin Mischke, 85, died Monday, January 12, 2004 at the Worthington Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 16, 2004 at English Lutheran Church, Walnut Grove, MN. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Thursday, with a 7:30 prayer service at Totzke Funeral Home, Fulda, MN and from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Friday at English Lutheran Church, Walnut Grove. by state and federal dollars, freeing counties to use their Extension budgets to fund specific programs, services and positions. All 87 coun- ties are funding local posi- tions that meet their coun- ty's specific needs. "The nev plan gives counties choices in how they spend their county dollars with Extension," explained Charles Casey, Extension dean and director. "County commissioners told us that funding local 4-H staff was a first priority, with technical advisors and educators in agriculture being a second priority. They have made that happen. Eighty-four counties have funded local 4- H positions and 48 have funded local agriculture positions." "I have heard many posi- tive comments about the new regional plan from our staff during the last weeks," said Casey, who visited several Extension centers the first week of January. "I am con- fident that Minnesotans will continue to have access to the Extension programs they have come to count on." In January alone, over 250 workshops and pro- grams are scheduled around the state. Extension's pro- gram schedule already shows nearly 1,400 educa- tional programs planned for 2004. Many more will be scheduled in the coming months as Extension staff work with citizens and com- munity leaders across the state. CLASSIFIED ADS SMALL PRICE BIG RESULTS tc WE: Saturday the Women's and Club will hold wrestling the high school. begins at wrestling 10:30. Pre School ! grade. Concessio able. 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