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SENTINEL TRIBUNE On Record Wednesday, Februaw 25, 2004 i • iii i, { COURT NEWS COTTONWOOD COUNTY DISRTICT COURT ASK A TROOPER By Sgt. Kathy Pederson MN State Patrol February 13-19, 2004 Speeding: $110.00 Brian Eugene Aanenson, Coon Rapids, MN; Scott T. Manley, S. Sioux City. NE; Kile Alana Harberts, Worthington, MN $120.00 - Currie Sue Haugen, Brandon, SD: Curtis Robert Fell, Mt. Lake, MN $130.00 - Stephen Douglas Thompson, Mound, MN; Timothy Robert Nelson, Meriden, IA $140.00 - Daniel James Rectenwald, Edina, MN $170.00 - Stacey Ann Noyes, Sibley, IA Smwmble-fail/stp road- way: Charles Robert Ankrum, Eagle Lake, MN - $110.00; Jacob Paul Kirchner, Dundee, MN $110.00 Snow parking: $28.00 - Jim Klasse, Westbrook, MN: Charlotte Cooley, Westbrook. MN; Marlyn Fredrickson, Westbrook, MN ; Curt Villa, Westbrook, MN; Leslie Veigle, Storden, MN; Michael Madson, Westbrook, MN Fail to yield: $120.00 - Gregory Walter Bisek, New Prague, MN Careless driving: $170.00 - Roger William Kruse. Maple Grove, MN DAC: $270.00 Said Dahir Aden, Faribault, MN - Jail/prison: Stayed 10 days for 1 yr., unsupervised pro- bation for 1 yr., pay fine, no mad or > viol for 1 yr. RVS Fail to wear seatbelt: $95.00 - Phillip Roy Davis. Willmar, MN 4th degree D'WI: $570.00 Jesse Mark Peters, Mt. Lake, MN Jail/prison: Stayed 90 days for 1 yr,, unsupervised probation for 1 yr., pay fine. no mad or > viol for 1 yr, ,LCO Ed, CR for ALCI Ed to go against fine W/1 30 days, RVS Disobey stop sign: $120.00 Daphne Ann Comeau,Windom, MN DAS: $170.00, stayed $50.00 - Sandra Carrie Delarose, Jeffers, MN - Pay by 5/1/04; no mad >for 1 yr Fail to dsply crrt regst: $90.00 -Kevin Kent Bristow, Windom, MN - DL suspend- ed on 1/7/04 and reinstate on 2/19.04 Van Loh meets-with legis- lators in Washington, D.C. Around twenty Farm Bureau members from across MN met with their legislators in Washington, D.C. during the MN Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Farmers to Washington trip February 4-8. David Van Loh, Cottonwood County Farm Bureau member, was among participants who spoke with legislators regarding Farm Bureau's position on legislative issues. The trip began with a briefing from the American Farm Bureau Federation on current issues. Participants then met with the following legislators and/or their staffs: Senators Mark Dayton and Norm Coleman and Representatives Gil Gutknecht, Jim Ramstad, Mark Kennedy, Collin Peterson and James Oberstar. During their meetings, Farm Bureau members dis- cussed a variety of issues affecting agriculture. Top concerns include trade issues and negotiations, USDA livestock policies, tax reform, the energy bill and upgrading the lock and dam system of the Mississippi River. "Our elected leaders need input from 'the folks back home' so they can make decisions concerning the many issues affecting our livelihoods," said Van Loh. "Farm Bureau opens doors and our opinions get heard. Any Farm Bureau member considering a trip to Washington, D.C. should join next year's 'Farmers to Washington' trip." Van Loh is a corn and soybean farmer near Westbrook in Cottonwood County. David is a local assessor and serves as the MFBF District III Board of Directors representative. More than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the U.S. travel to Washington, D.C. each win- ter and spring to meet with their legislators. For more information about Farm Bureau's legislative process. contact your county Farm Bureau office. 0000000000000000000000 Trooper Kathy: I drive a large commercial vehicle and am concerned about safety. Could you remind other drivers about our blind spots, wide turns, etc? I would be happy to. Every year in the US. there are more than 200.000 crashes involving at least one pas- senger car and one large truck. The majority of these crashes occur during day- light hours on straight, dry pavement, with good weath- er conditions. In more than 60 percent of all fatal crash- es involving automobiles and large trucks, the automobile driver contributed to the cause of the crash. Regardless of who is later deemed to be at fault, as you might suspect, the driver of the automobile is more often the ultimate loser in a crash with a large commercial vehicle. Because trucks are so much bigger and heavier than cars, the driver of the car is 80 percent more likely to be killed in a fatal car- truck collision. Some handy rules of thumb to consider when sharing the road with any large vehicle include the fol- lowing: Beware of the vehicle's blind spots. Whether an 80.000 pound 18-wheeler, or the school bus that picks up your children, there are usu- all), blind spots at the front, rear. and both sides of the vehicle where the driver can not see you. If you can not see the driver directl): or in his mirrors, it is likely the driver of a large vehicle can not see you. Such blind spots are commonly referred to as danger-zones or no-zones, and for good reason. Stay out of theml Be especially cautious when passing large vehicles. It can easily take twice as long to pass a large commer- cial vehicle. When cars cut in too soon after passing, then abruptly slow down, truck drivers are forced to compen- sate with little time or room to spare. Large commercial vehicles are not as maneuverable as smaller passenger vehicles. The size. weight, and physics involved can limit what even the most skilled commercial vehicle driver may do to avoid some crashes. Large vehicles do not stop as fast as smaller vehicles. There is good reason that large trucks, buses, as well as vehicles pulling a trailer (outside of a business or res- idential area) are required by law not to follow another vehicle within 500 feet. Large commercial vehicles must sometimes swing wide to.the left to safely make a right turn. Cutting between the commercial vehicle and the curb greatly increases your chances for a crash. Having attended several commercial vehicle crashes over the years has given me a healthy respect for their size and weight. The dam- age potential of a large com- mercial vehicle is enormous. My advice is to give them the space the)" require. If you have any questions regarding traffic safety or traffic law, please write to Sgt. Kathryn Pederson at MN State Patrol, PO Box 344B, Marshall, MN 56258. Sgt. Pederson will not offer advice on specific situations or real events, which involve law enforcement. You may qualify to file your taxes online for FREE! 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Box 365 Windom, MN. 56101 831-2027 ot 1-800-332-2027 nw.ed, ardo Ile .cam a Edward Jones Scrriag hdiual  $ia 1871 iiii Frigidaire Americas Premium Quality Appliances ON SALE AT Klasse Sales & Service Westbrook, Mn. 507-274-61.66 OBITUARIES Elmo Wilton Einerts0 Funeral services for Elmo Einertson were February 20, 2004 at Old Westbrook Lutheran ( Westbrook, MN with burial in the church Elmo, Westbrook died Tuesday, February 17, Westbrook Health Center. Elmo was born in Westbrook, MN olh October 1 Alfred and Mathilda (Anderson) Einertson. He and confirmed in the Old Westbrook Lutheran attended country school as well as School. He farmed in Westbrook Township all of his life. on the Board of Directors for the Elevator and was a member of the Association. Elmo enjoyed watching Minnesota ticularly the Twins and the Gophers. He also ciation for livestock, and during his younger hunting and fishing. Survivors include his sister-in-law Alice Westbrook; nephew Gary (Wanda Lee', Westbrook and their children Lori, Ange Lindsay; niece Linda (Bill) Stonebraker, their daughter Alecia; niece Peggy Einertson ter Kasey, Westbrook; as well as several other Preceding him in death were his parents; nephew, Roger Einertson; cousin Lyle Anderson. Attend Yo Precinct Caucu-s By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune A very critical, but often forgotten process in our political system, is participa- tion within local precinct caucuses. Plan now to attend Minnesota's caucuses on Tuesday, March 2, at 7 PM. Precinct caucuses begin the process that political parties use to choose candidates, choose delegates, - and support platform- issues. Precinct caucuses, held in even-numbered years, are open to every mem- ber of the public. You do not need to be a regis- .tered voter-to partici- pate. The party activists who endorse candidates and issues are selected from a few thousand people who usually attend these precinct caucuses. If you are dissatisfied with your elected officials and the deci- sions they make. you need to attend a caucus. A precinct caucus is a gathering of your friends. family, and neighbors to exercise your rights in the American political process. This is your first opportunity- during the election year t5 talk formally about issues, make recommendations for changes to a platform, hear candidates, and gates to re later party This is where it and your what makes the political system Minnesota your employer to to take time off  out pay, to and public agencies, and such as hibited from events, or 6:00 p.m. on Anyone can a precinct caucus to You can in a party's cataCUS be eligible November 2, school students aged to attend, observer or as a When you ),our caucus volunteers later and tions. The precinct caucuses precisely by The caucus begin at and Robert's for parl is used throu ing. Daniel Birkholz & Monica Buying, Selling & Leasing Farms, Business. Preparation of Warranty DeedS, for Deed, Farm & Commercial LeaseS, Examinations, Title Insurance What took you a life time to acquire, planning to pass on to your 32 years of experience to meet your We want you as a satisfied St. James Office 101 S. 7th St. Thurs. 10 a .rn' Call 507-375-3374 Call Redwood County Precinct Caucus TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 7 p.m. in the Lamberton Fire Hall Meetlr For the cities of Walnut Grove, Revere, LambertOn, Townships of Gales, North Hero, Springdale, joBr Lambeon and WaterbUrY