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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Area Focus Wednesday. February 4, 2004 (! Lorraine Steffen's quilting poem published By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune It's all very humbling, said 86-year-old Lorraine Steffen of Walnut Grove. Some 25 years ago she penned a poem titled The Quilting Song. When she started her poem about quilting, she didn't know that the finished product would be a song to the tune of "The Church in the Wildwood." Lorraine was surprised when Janet Lian called to ask permission to print the poem in the Winter 2003 04 issue of SNOW, a publica- tion of the Women of the ELCA, NW Minnesota Synod. Lorraine responded to the request by saying, I would be very honored. It seems that the poem written over two decades ago has been making the rounds of ELCA women around the country. Lorraine says that she has an envelope of let- ters and notes she has received over the years from people who have appreciated her poem. I take them out once in a while to read them, she modestly said. Poetry has been a part of Lorraine's life since she was a child. Her parents quoted poetry to her. She was an elementary school teacher for eleven years and memo- rized poems in her free time. Now she recites one of those poems when she can't sleep at night. Lorraine and her husband Oscar live in their own home in Walnut Grove. She loved to make quilts for LWR, but since a stroke three years ago, she is no longer able to participate in quilting at "linity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Lorraine Steffen THE QUILTING SONG Tune: The Church in the Wildwood Chorus: Oh, quilts, quilts, quilts, quilts, Made from old lunch cloths and bedspreads, Dresses and trousers and drapes; Coats and blankets and jackets and linings; It's a thrill just to see them shape. Verse 1 Go search in the drawers and the closets In attics and basements and trunks We can use every discard- ed garment Bring them in, they may not be just junk. Chorus: Oh, stitch, stitch, sew, sew, Tie them with yarns of bright colors, Yes, 60 by 80's the size, There's a feeling of deep satisfaction This must be precious work in God's eyes. Verse 2 They're used as a cover while sleeping Or a tent in the heat of the day. Or for carrying precious possessions On their backs, as they walk by the way. Chorus: Oh, quilts, quilts, quilts, quilts, Some go to Southeastern Asia Mid-East and Africa, too - Madagascar, Ceylon, South America, Appalachia - the needs are not few. Verse 3 There's a pot-luck for lunches and dinner, Hot dishes, and salad and pie; Also plenty of good conver- sation To enjoy as the hours fly b.v Chorus: Oh. rip, rip, cut. cut Cottons and knit poly- esters, Wools, flannels, and rayons, and blends: Silks and satins and tweeds, also terry cloth All are used - cause the need never ends. Lorraine Steffen MFBF Recognizes Food Check-Out Day By Carolyn Van Lob Sentinel Tribune Register for $25 gift certificate at Maynard's Food in America is affordable. Between January 1 and February 5, the average American will have earned enough income to pay for his or her family's entire food supply for 2004, according to the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. As a result, the federation is celebrating Thursday, February 5, as Farm Bureau's Food Check-Out Day. To mark the occasion, the federation wig donate $500 worth of food to Ronald McDonald Houses in St. Paul and Rochester. The food will be used to help feed visiting families staying at the houses. In addition, the federation's State Promotion and Education Committee will hold events at grocery stores throughout Minnesota. American families and individuals spend, on aver- age, 7.1% of their disposable personal income for food, compared to Japan's 15.9%, according the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. That means it takes just 36 days to pay for a family's annual food supply. USDA s latest statis- ticS, compiled for 2003 includes food and non-alco- holic beverages consumed at home and away from home. That includes food purchas- es from grocery stores and other retail outlets, includ- ing food purchases with food stamps and vouchers from the Women, Infants, and Children's program. The statistics also include away- from -home meals and snacks purchased by fami- lies and individuals as well as food furnished to employ- ees. All grocery stores in Cottonwood County are cooperating with the Cottonwood County' Farm Bureau to celebrate afford- able food. Maynard's gro- cery store in Westbrook is marking the occasion by giv- ing away two $25 gift certifi- cates. The Cottonwood County Farm Bureau and Maynard's are co-sponsoring the certificates. The draw- ing will be held Thursday, February 5, at 6 PM. You need not be present to win. Council approves purchase of new By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- At a recent special meeting, January 20th. Street Superintendent Jeff Christians reported to the council that the city's pay- loader had a head gasket leak and other problems. Christians presented 3 quotes he had received for a new payloader. State bids were received from DMI and John Deere. The council reviewed the quotes and asked Christians to contact the John Deere representa- tive to attend the February council meeting. Todd Gochanour of RDO Equipment Company, North Mankato. Gochanour Read a quote and gave the specifica- tions for a new John Deere 544J payloader. His first quote was a trade difference of $76,671. ,fter refining his quote the final price was $75,681. Gochanour said they would have to decide before the end of the month to be guaranteed the price as the state bid expires the end of February. He said it would probably be a couple of months before they would get a new state bid. and the price would probably increase by about 2 percent. The price includes deliv- ery and the first set of filters along with the first service free at 100 hours. Financing is available on a municipal lease based on 4 3/4 percent. A five year lease would be $18,622 per year starting next year. A seven year lease is also available at $13.916 per year. A 2.500 hour or 84 month power Train and Hydraulic warranty is around $1.100. a full machine warranty is around 2.100. The loader is rated at 3 yards -- and a tip weight of 17.000 lbs. Gochanour said it would easily handle the cities large snow blower. Delivery would be 30 to 60 days. The council discussed whether to purchase the new machine or fix the old one. It is estimated it would cost between 20,000 and 25,000 dollars to fix the old machine. The old machine is a 1992 model with 4900 hours on it. The hours are not considered high for that unit but if you spend $25,000 to repair it you still have an old anything else wrong. |t pointed out that i chase a new have a 7 year a bigger umt. Dennis motion to payloader. decided to use had budgeted up to use as a, for the unit. Thell take the $50.000 on a lease for five The council building permit Harder to build behind his home Street. City Clerk Christians Super Bowl Etkhorn Inn for the repair fund. She is another $300 in. JANUARY REPORT: 1 accident, motorist, 14 open doors, escorts, 3 finger incident bus. 1 hit and ru 1 S One Act Plrany Levi Richards, Pete :, Chris Olsem, Katie Boone acting in "America the Odd". Find it fast in the Sentinel Tribun[00... 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