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INDEX PAGE 2 PAGE 3 PAGE 4 PAGE 5 _E 6 PAGE 7 PAGE 8 COMMUNITY SPORTS AREA FOCUS AREA FOCUS CLASSIFIED AREA FOCUS PAGE 9 PAGE 1 0 PAGE 1 1 PAGE ] 2 PAGE 1 3 PAGE 1 4 MIDDLE SCHOOL POPS CONCERT ON PAGE 11 10, 2004 cents entinel ribune VOLUME NO. 19 NUMBER 27 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition at's up with will continue to until we become less ent on foreign oil Ever since the oil OPEC in 1973 this on a roller coast- prices. Gas prices had remained very to 1947. embargo gas prices dramaticallv with Plus dollars a barrel the Iran/Iraq war early eighties. Gas during the Desert 1991. Since that humped along going OPEC announced pr6duction sending in a frenzy another round of increases of 10 gallon in the state. at one of the local Philosophical saying we're- --not in Prices there are over $2.25." It's unfortunate that we don't learn very quickly from past mistakes. When OPEC held their embargo back in 1973 our count' did some things to try to decrease our dependency on foreign oil. Since that time Americans have become increasingly liberal in their use of gas guzzling SUers, recreation vehicles and other fossil fueled machines. In our love affair with driving, we Americans pile up 2.6 trillion miles per year in all types of vehicles. The demand for gas always goes up in the sum- mer when most Americans take vacations and trips. There are many things that contribut to he price of gas, Oil pmand refin- ery capacity has a great deal to do with gas prices. When Service reorganizes 21st century Loh and/or regulations are being consid- the University of open meetings in around the state for extension Others concerned about in the structure of Extension Service. most, residents in have come to take Extension Service for all, they can remem- the county extension they needed infor- for their farming Countless 4-Hers county extension 4-H club programs. participating in designed to help v cooking or sewing statement hasn't Holli Arp, Regional Worthington office. of Minnesota is committed to quality, relevant edu- and information !citizens and communi- rttral Minnesotans are the recent changes an extension service to expect and need. on the extension of claims made officials concerning 29/15 'naindy with es of SUn and clouds, are also con- and new laws ered this session. Just last week three legislative committees met to hear testimony from both the univer- sity and rural Minnesotans. Dean of the College of Agriculture Charles Muscoplat and Charles Casey, Extension Dean and Director, repre- sented the University of Minnesota at the hearing. Other testimony was heard from concerned rural Minnesotans who believe the recent changes in extension service will result in inefficient service. The dis- cussion will continue during this leg- islative session. Two factors are responsible for most of the changes currently taking place in extension programs. The factor causing the greatest concern is money, or rather, the lack of money. When the Minnesota Sate Legislature cuts back on funding for the University of Minnesota, rural extension programs seem to take more than their share of the cuts. While loss of funding seems to have had a negative impact on extension service, technology appears to have a positive impact on those services. Thanks to advances in computer technology and internet services, extension personnel are able to specialize, share high-quality information, and serve a greater number of people. . Each regional office is set up to accommodate spe- cialists from other offices. Extension service Continued on page 14 f Signs of Spring Mother nature is begin- ning to show signs of spring. Above this snow family found on a lawn in Weatbrook Is slowly melting away. At right, road postlngs are always a harblnger of Spring. Flocks of Geese are headlng north already and soon Robins will be moving In the area. Fn Sat Sun 3/12 3/14 \\; xx\\;xxx,\ \\; xx \\;\\\\x\ 42/33 39123 32/21 Mix of sun ,Mostly Snow show- and clouds, cloudy and ors at times. Highs in the windy with Highs in the low 4Os and snow show- low 3Os and lows in the ers. lows in the low 30s. low 20. BoYs LOSE TO EDGERTON IN TOURNEY PAGE 10 oil production goes down the price of gas always increases. Likewise when supplies at refineries dip due to maintenance or seasonal changes, prices can also take a jump. Some of the factors that deter- mine the price of ga include: Crude Oil cost about 43 percent. Taxes 31 percent, refining costs 13 percent, distribution, marketing and profits 13 percent. Regional and environmental formulations account for consider- able differences in pump prices from coast to coast. Globally prices vary far more than in the United States. Drivers in Hong Kong pay an average of $5.38 a gallon, while in Caracas Venezuealans pay about 40 cents a gallon. Since 1973 our government took action to prevent a crippling of our economy if our foreign oil supplies were suddenly cut off. Since that time the government has set up a Strategic Petroleum Reserve of about 645 million bar- rels of oil. The reserve would give the country about a sixty day sup- ply. Marlow Erickson owner of Marlow's Amoco in Westbrook said, "when gas was around a $1.20 a gallon I was making about 7 to 8 cents more per gallon than I am now. We have not passed on all of the increases. It seems that dealers are able to get along on lss margins now." What's up Continued on page 14 Losing teams o are winners By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune In February the Westbrook Area Wellness Center issued a weight loss challenge to members and others in the community. Fitness Center Coordinator Dixie Severson is excited about the response to the challenge.. Since this was something new in Westbrook, she was hoping to get 15 people enrolled in the program. Her expectations were far too small, however, because 45 people enrolled during the first two weeks of the challenge. Initial weigh-in was on Sunday, February 15, for the 10- week program scheduled to go through April. The entry fee includes a pass to the fitness cen- ter during the 10 weeks. Competition is between 3-member teams. Each competitor received a special t-shirt. Sunday, February 29, ended the first two weeks of the chal- lenge. During that time, the 45 participants lost a total of 216 pounds. -Evelyn Smith died Sunday Funeral services for Evelyn Smith will be Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. at the Tracy Area Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Evelyn died Sunday at the Good Samaritan Village Nursing Home, Sioux Falls, SD. i i INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2003 Sentinel Tribune