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SENTINEL TRIBUNE On Record Wednesday, February 11, 2004 COURT NEWS COTTONWOOD COUNTY DISRTICT COURT Jan. 30, - Feb. 5, 2004 Speeding: $105.00 - David Khounsanthone, Mt. Lake, MN, DL suspended on 5/27/03, reinstate on 2/3/04; $110.00 - Max Carol Riefer, Sioux Falls, SD; Bambi Dale Moss, Elk River, MN; Kathleed Sweeney Shoemaker, Edina, MN; Wade David Cannon, Bingham Lake, MN; Rachel Renee Ketterling, St. Paul, MN; Darlene Sarah Macklin, Worthington, MN; Dean Charles Syverson, Trimont, MN; Laura Ann Wendt, Sioux Falls, SD; $120.00 James Lester Drege, Eden Prairie, MN; Allison Marie Gohr, Mt. Lake, MN; Gary Philip Trierweiler, Brooklyn Park, MN; Alisa Marie Nickel, Odin, MN $130.00 - Ryan Thomas Olson, Faribault, MN; Non current registra- tion: $90.00 - Gall Linn Barlow, Windom, MN; Thomas Michael Curley, Windom, MN; David Terry Lentz, Windom, MN NSF/NSF CK: $170.00 - Chad Jerome Christopherson, Brewster, MN, funds from bail remain- der due 1-30-04 Issue dishonored check: $170.00 - Tambra Elaine Steadman, Casa Grande, AZ, pay as ordrd, no misd>viols 1 Y Snow parking: $28.00 - Heath, Krick, Westbrook, MN Criminal darn. to prop: Joel David Peterson, Cyrus, MN, $370.01 restitution, jail/prison stayed 30 days for 1 yrs., pay within 60 days; ASK A TROOPER By Sgt. Kathy Pederson MN State Patrol Trooper Kathy: How long does a speeding ticket stay on my Driving record? Moving violations stay on your record for a minimum of five years. Many times DVS doesn't have the oppor- tunity to remove your viola- tion so you may have to make a phone call if you wish it to be taken off your computerized file. Many insurance compa- nies have different stan- dards depending on your age when you get the violation and which violation you are charged with. They also are concerned with the frequen- cy of your violations. Please check with your local agency to see whether they "forgive" a 1st time ticket or not. Ask them how long they keep track of your violations. Insurance companies may vary but an insurance record is not always the same as your driving record. Many people come to the State Fair and get a copy of their driver's license and wonder why they're traffic crash does not show up. We explain there are many kinds of records and unless you received a ticket from your crash it will not appear on your driving record. Alcohol violations, revoca- tions and tests now stay on your driving record forever. It was ten years, but changed a few years ago. If you have any questions regarding traffic safety or traffic law please write Sgt. Kathy Pederson at MN State Patrol, PO Box 344B, Marshall, MN 56258. Sgt. Pederson will not offer advise on specific situations or real events, which involve law enforcement. Snowplow crashes prompt warning to motorists charges can elevate. Mn/DOT snowplow opera- tors, and especially the left lan drivers, are fully aware of the danger of being hit from behind. They practice the ultimate in defensive driving. There are instances when snowplow operators intentionally drive their trucks into the median or ditch to avoid getting struck by another vehicle. In most situations, unfortunately, there is not enough time to get out of the way. Most of the rear-end crashes with snowplow trucks are caused by one or a combination of these factors: 1. People driving into a snow cloud or tailgating a snowplow truck. Some motorists take their chances and literally drive into a cloud of snow not knowing if something is in or creating that swirl of white stuff. Snow clouds can be gen- erated by the wind and vehi- cles, especially semi-trucks and snowplow trucks. Never drive into a snow cloud, espe- cially when attempting to pass another vehicle on a two-land roadway. 2. Motorists driving their vehicles faster than road conditions warrant. It is common knowledge that motorosts nowadays are driving their vehicles "'to the limit" -- and beyond -- when it comes to speed. As the snowplow trucks make the roadways more driveable, the traffic goes faster. Drivers take more risks and become more impatient. 3. Drivers do not realize how slowly a snowplow truck is moving. Depending on the snow and ice conditions, snowplow trucks may'be traveling an)ehere between 5 and 35 mph. If the truck is spreading sand and salt mix, its speed is usually around 10 to 20 mph. 4. Not paying attention to what lane the snowplow truck is in on a four-lane roadway. Motorists may not think about or understand The onset of heavy snow- falls and several crashes involving snowplows prompt a warning from the MN Department of Transportation for motorists to use extra care when driv- ing near plows or in any weather or roadway condi- tions that can affect driving safety. Over three-fourths of these rear-end crashes occur on four-lane, divided high- ways. Snowplow trucks clearing the left lane or pass- ing lane run almost twice the risk of getting hit from behind as do trucks plowing the right lane. Most of the occurrences happen in day- light hours and during "clean-up" operations -- not at the peak of a snowstorm. State Patrol will take appropriate action against drivers who have rear-ended snow plows or struck their plows from behind. Offenses can range from inattentive driving, driving too fast for conditions to careless driv- ing. If injuries occur, Official Weather Station -2004 Precip Cumin. Precip Daily for 2004 (in.) in Current Historic 0.03 0.70 0.68 0.00 0.70 0.69 0.01 0.71 0.70 0.07 0.78 0.71 0.01 0.79 0.71 0.00 0.79 0.72 0.02 0.81 0.75 SW Research and Outreach Center University of Minnesota Lamberton, MN 56152 Daily Soil Temp (F) Cunt HDD Snow Dai!v. Average (since 10/1) m. 2" 4" 8" Current Historic 1.00 28 28 28 4616 4727 0.00 28 29 29 4686 4777 1.00 28 29 29 4740 4828 2.0028 29 29 4787 4879 0.00 29 29 29 4847 4930 0.00 29 30 29 4908 4979 1.00 29 29 29 4956 5029 Air Historic Date Temp (F) Air Temp Max Min Max Min 2-3 10 -11 23 3 2-4 4 -12 2.5 4 2-5 17 4 25 3 2-6 23 13 25 4 2-7 14 -3 25 4 2-8 14 -5 27 4 2-9 25 9 26 5 Readings are recorded at 8am for the previous 24-hour period Historic Records are for Lamberton, MN 1961-2003 Notice to Walnut Grove area subscribers & readers A drop box for various news items is located at the... Oleson's IWlerantile 507-859-2600 next to the Walnut Grove Post Office. Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. I 1.800-410"1859 how the driving lanes get cleared of snow and ice on a four-lane divided highway. Mn/DOT and the Department of Public Safety also asks motorists to observe the state's new "move over" law when they encounter emergency vehi- cles to give them an extra margin of safety. The law requires that motorists move safely a lane away from the emergency vehicle on a four- land. If you are not able to safely move a lane away, slow down. Roadways are the work- place of law enforcement per- sonnel, medical first respon- ders, tow truck drivers, transportation personnel and other professionals. Births Sophia Kae Warner Matt and Colleen Warner announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Kae, on Friday, January 30, 2004. She weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces and was 21 inches long. She is welcomed home by her sister, Grace. Grandparents are Jack and Sandra Knowlen, Minneapolis, Jim Oliver, Zimmerman, MN and Jay and Diane Warner, Revere. Great grandparents are Elmer and Ruby McIntryre, St. Francis, MN and Howard and Ferne Warner, Revere. CLASSIFIED ADS CALL 274-6136 OR 1 -800-410- 1859 Find us on the Web at www.lyon- sioux- Frigidaire Americas Premium Quality Appliances ON SALE AT Klasse Sales & Service Westbrook, Mn. 50%274-6166 OBITUARIES Myron Albert Swenhaugen Funeral services for Myron Swenhaugen were held on Saturday, February 7, 2004, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church south of Walnut Grove. Myron Albert Swenhaugen, Westbrook passed away Monday, February 2, 2004 at the Westbrook Health Care Center. Myron was born July 1,,1919 in Murray County to Ole and Clara (Hanson) Swenhaugen. in the European Theater during WWll from Myron received numerous medals and the Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantrym the Purple Heart while he served in the Airbom divisions. He was also a paratrooper ited with 12 jumps while in the service. discharge, he returned home to farm with his On February 1, 1946, Myron was united in Mary Louise Atkins in Walnut Grove. near Westbrook in 1948 where they have loved farming, carpentry, and welding. He was St. Olaf Lutheran Church, the Westbrook and the Westbrook VFW, where he sewed Commander. Survivors include his wife Mary, WestbroOk; (LaCinda), Walnut Grove; grandsons: Duane and Paul, Currie; granddaughter LuAnn, great grandchildren: Skyler, Ethan, Lisa, and ter Lilian, Tracy. Preceding him in death were his pare Clarence, Orville, Alvin and Albert (in Annie and Eleanor. Tips to reduce frozen septic sy By Ken Olson U of Mn Ext. Service Unfortunately; it's just like last year: Lack of snow and cold temperatures are causing some septic systems to freeze. But there are some precautions you can take to avoid the problem, says Ken Olson, an educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service. "Not many have frozen yet," Olson says. But if your system has frozen, Olson says you should contact a professional sewage pumper or installer who can" help determine the cause of the problem and offer solutions. The U of M Onsite Sewage Program Web site at HYPERLINK "http://sep- t i'c . .u, m.n . e d u / .homeowner/index. ht ml" owner/index.html has detailed information on sep- tic system freezing prob- lems, and can also help you locate a professional in your area. Many pumpers and nstallers have "steamers" and 'ligh-pressure jetters" to unfreeze system piping. "Unless the cause of freezing is corrected, the piping will m-freeze," Olson says. There are many things you can do to reduce the chances of your system freezing yet this winter. Here are some precautions if- you've had a problem or are concerned about having one. It's not necessary to do all of these, but pick and choose based on your situation: Add a layer of mulch (8- 12 inches) over the pipes, tank and soil treatment area to provide insulation. A mulch of loose, fluffy hay or straw works well. Use normal amounts of water; the warmer the bet- ter! If freezing is a concern, increasing from normal use 75 gallons per day) can help This includes your laundry possibly one per day, using washer and bath. DO NOT running all will the 'stem. add If you kno going to be than a couple accordingly. and use of water in the lady. If you gone for an (weeks or the tank befo be the best Fix any fixtures or your home. prevent freezing and help your better have a high nace that a drain, collect a large it periodically Keep all cles--including fic people system. This is a follow Make sure inspection holes have Sealing them insulation is a Keep an system. If anY ponding occurs, onsite determine the remedy. For tion, talk to tractor or septic Web. site. 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