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TRIBUNE Local News Wednesday, March 10, 2004 Page 7 i!  show b-'hool students displayed their art projects at the pops concert last Friday Progress WESTBROOK -- Progress is being made on the Peterson Estates addition. Siding is going up to match the siding of the former building. The project is scheduled to be completed this spring. City Songs Concert at SMSU March 29 clay sculpture was one of the projects middle school pops concert last Friday 16th Ben Love Dad, Nate g concerned & responsible and businesses support the churches, and their activities. n& Minnesota" 4th Street Tracy Ph. 532-9430 Marshall Be le MN 274-5464 MN. 629-4510 PULMONARY/LUNG SCREENING rs mvoca - MAIN 752-7352 mhs Y 154 Grove, MN 962 MN Westbrook I Walnut Grove Funeral Home 507-274-6700 Westbrook, MN. 507-859-2161 Walnut Grove, MN Maynard's Food Center 274-5555 Westbrook, MN. Sentinel Tribune Westbrook, MN Phone 274-6136 1-800-410-1859 Koblegard Auto 859-2220 Walnut Grove, MN. In Ch, isCs/.,s =',m Is ,$smr- Your local long term provider since 1961 49 First Ave. Westbrook, MN 56183 507-274-6155 March 1 Dear friends and family, Four Costco stores have recently opened in Japan. In November we had our first chance to visit the one located between Kobe and Osaka (about 4 hours and $80 in gas and tolls away by car -- one way?). It is a huge warehouse full of American products which all seem gigantic compared with the products available in regular Japanese stores. It was SO much fun choosing American products and reading all the labels that before we noticed it, FIVE hours had passed? We also learned that even the yakuza (Japanese organ- ized crime) like shopping at Costco? Tim was the first to spot them. He saw an obviously wealthy, elderly gentleman wearing shiny gold glasses and holding a silver cane while being pushed in a wheelchair. Surrounding him were four bodyguards all equally well-dressed in classy suits. One bodyguard pushed the wheelchair, one was constantly on a cell phone, another one helped the crime boss' lady friend as she shopped, and the last one had a black earpiece in his ear so he could keep in touch with other bodyguards posted around. At the end of each aisle the bodyguards would care- fully check to make sure the way was safe for the boss to keep shopping. The crime boss' lady friend seemed completely oblivi- ous to any stares and instead focused intently on shopping. The whole entourage stopped every time she wanted to taste a sample. She was especially interested in the garlic bread sample and asked the clerk many questions about it. Tim and I noticed that all the other Japanese shoppers seemed to suddenly vanish. We thought that was probably wise, so after that we tried to make ourselves scarce, too. While in the Kobe area we stayed at the Amagasaki Central Hotel. Tim liked it because it offered a wireless hookup for his computer along with a free breakfast for the whole family. The breakfast buffet included: lettuce/cabbage salad with dressing, rolls and butter, miso soup with sea- weed and mushrooms, salmon, fried eggplant, boiled bam- boo, pickles, rice and seaweed, eggs, coffee and juice? How is that for variety? I was surprised to find out that the boiled egg on my tray was NOT actually boiled. Unfortunately, I didn't find out that information until I ended up getting my fingers all gooey trying to figure out why I couldn't get the eggshell to crack properly so ! could peel it? Tim said that some Japanese people enjoy eating raw eggs on top of white rice. As Tim was wrapping some dried seaweed paper around a clump of white rice he said, "Seaweed is SO good for your body?" Lily nodded and said with equal enthusiasm, "Yes? I love it?" Did you think that anyone could ever feel that way about seaweed? The other day Lily (7) asked me this question: "If the high school you attended is still standing, do you think I could be a student there, too?" STILL STANDING? It makes me wonder how old she thinks I am? One of Isaac's favorite things to do is use educational CD Roms on the computer. He has CD Roms about Moses, Noah, Jesus, Paul and David. They have stories and ques- tions along with puzzles and easy games related to the Bible. After Isaac finishes using one of his programs, he tends to use a lot of computer talk when he speaks. He uses a computer-type voice and says things like, "If you want to drink milk, click on the glass of milk. If you want to sleep, click on the bed." Now we all speak computer sometimes. I like to say, "If you want the boy to eat his vegetables, click on Isaac!" Isaac goes to kindergarten every day now even though he won't formally enroll until April. His teacher's name is Hino Sensei. Isaac's description of her includes things like: "She's Japanese. She has black hair." He also says she is pretty, which I take as a good sign. Isaac likes the enormous amounts of free play structured into a normal day of kinder- garten. He often uses that time to paint, and on many days comes home with a variety of colors added here and there on his school uniform. He also likes playing in the sand piles and pretending to be Ultraman (a Japanese super hero) with his friend Akira. When Tim was in junior high he made a photo story for 4-H about how to process chickens. That's the nice way of saying how to butcher chickens. This past summer Tim brought that photo story board from America to Japan. He was showing it to Isaac the other day when Lily took a look at it. Bold letters on the top of the poster spelled out CHICKEN PROCESSING. Lily looked closely at the pic- tures of chickens in various stages of being dismembered and then tried to read the title for Isaac. She said, "Isaac, it says CHICKEN PERSECUTING?" I suppose it all depends on your perspective! Peace, Naomi City Songs, a diverse group of young singers from the Twin Cities area, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29 in Charter Hall 201 on the cam- pus of SMSU. City Songs is an after- school music and develop- ment program for youth in grades 4-through-& Through artistic expression and inclusive support for growing the 'whole child,' City Songs fosters strong, resilient children who see the value of education and the need to make the whale world a better place. City songs' staff and vol- unteer college and high school students help the chil- dren with their homework, steer them toward leader- ship opportunities and find ways to increase their com- petencies and sense of self- worth. Since 1992 City songs has given over 250 public performances and released a pair of CD's. City Songs is jointly sponsored by the U of M School of Social Work, the U of M College of Human Ecology, Rondo Community Education Program, Hallie Q. Brown-Martin Luther King Center and the Southwest MN Arts and Humanity Council, with funds appropriated by the state Legislature. City Songs' appearance is co-sponsored by SMSU and the SMSU Office of Cultural Diversity. For further information, contact the Office of Cultural Diversity at 507-537-6018. Buy, Sell, or Rent in the Classified ads Sentinel Tribune Jessica Schultz, daughter of Douglas Michael Schultz, has been selected to represent MN in the Australia Down Under Sports Bowl. She is a cross-country run- ner for Jackson County Central. She, along with other selected run- ners from MN will be going to Australia this summer to compete against Australians and runners from other countries. She will be doing many fund raising events to help raise money for her trip. If you would like to help Jessica out, send donations to First Security Bank - Storden; P.OBox 129, Storden, MN 56174, where she has an account exclusively for her trip savings. Thank You. What if..... Shortness of breath kept you from playing with your grandchild? You were forced to carry an oxygen tank everywhere you went? EARLY DETECTION is the BEST PREVENTION WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17 1 to 5 p.m. at the Westbrook Clinic o-u-sfi6u|d-ke a di;ang-e- of ili]-S- :rlii-n-g- |: .... * You're a smoker or former smoker. * Farmer * Fireman * Anyone exposed to environmental smoke or irritants .... * If you have persistent cough, mucus, wheeze, or shortness of breath Pre-registration is required. Cost: Call to schedule your screening. $20 Karen Fay 507-274-6815 ) Westbrook Clinic Health Care Close to Home! l