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TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, March 17, 2004 Page 3 a lot of work on bill. but in the VOte of the commit- evenly split so it are passed from committee. It goes to the debate. After is sent to the their approval. both houses it e gOvernor who can or veto it. surprised how on the house like a free for is talking and -- "rules are Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum, James, and Representative Elaine Harden there the pages During the day they ate ers who wish to work as rience and alotoffun, and I of the govern- at the cafeteria in the pages. They get paid sixteen came away with eleven new s including Office. the Transportation Building. dollars an hour but only get friends." lad House Floors. Rupp said "the food was paid a maximum of eight At this point James is Court and the good there and cheap." They hours a day. undecided what he will do Building. received tendollarsadayfor James aid he highly when he graduates from meals, encourages future high high school, but this experi- little over a mile COnnecting all of There is also a program school juniors to apply to be ence might be a factor in his buildings, for college students and oth- a page. "It was a great expe- decision. al Agriculture week Van Loh 'to Celebrate taken on new ae since I was titor for the Minnesota aer. The have reached eight counties of Minnesota. of the time I oven. myself to think When working in so that I could fullest. These aaYself thinking a s I go about my am amazed at of agricultural available and designed of March 14- :ulture 20 is e Day. you ask. agriculture on a daily a few moments changes being agriculture Did you know these general statistics about farming? 1. Today's average farm is 417 acres, compared to 147 acres in 1900. 2. Almost 90 percent of US farms are operated by individuals or family corpo- rations. 3. Farmers and ranch- ers provide food and habitat for 75 percent of the nation's wildlife. Are you aware of these improvements in produc- tion? 1. Biotechnolo' has resulted in better tasting fruits and vegetables that stay fresh longer and are naturally resistant to insects. 2. US farmers and ranchers produce meat that is lower in fat and choles- terol. The result is beef cuts that have 27 percent less fat than in 1985. 3. Plant breeding has resulted in crops better able to handle the environmental effects of drought and dis- ease and insect infestations, resulting in higher yields at harvest and lower costs to consumers. Do you use any of these corn and soy bean products? 1. Ethanol accounts for the largest industrial use of any commodity crop. 2. Resins from corn and soybeans are used in produc- tion of John Deere equip- ment panels. 3. Some crops are being bred specifically for use in pharmaceutical production. 4. Soybeans are used in the five major markets cur- rently dependent on petrole- um products, including plas- tics, coatings and ink, adhe- sives, lubricants, and sol- vents. Farmers comprise just a small percent of our popula- tion, and yet the rest of that population" is dependent on farmers to produce quality tood at reasonable prices. Consumers-in the United States spend about 9% of their income on food, com- pared with 11% in the United Kingdom, 17% in Japan, 27% in South Africa, and 53% in India. Have you thanked a farmer today? BETTER AND MORE EFFECTIVE PARENTS CLASSIFIED ADS CALL 274-6136 OR 1-800-410-1859 Life's Simple From page 1 Finally, on May 4 he was dismissed from the hospital. Alex returned to Mankato University in the fall of 2002, registering for the same courses he had been enrolled in before his hospitalization. At that time, he was working toward a degree in Spanish. During the fall semester, he discovered that he had been away from Spanish too long to catch up. He is now working toward a degree in special education and plans to continue for his master's in special education after earning his bachelor's degree. Even though he had returned to college, he still had challenges to overcome in his recovery. Among other things, he had difficul- ty eating and sleeping. He eventually sought treatment and was diagnosed with depression. Medication helped him overcome that challenge. He says, There's not much that can bring me down these days. I'm different, Alex admits. He has different friends since his injuries, and through his experience, he has learned who his true Area news briefs Fulda -- At a special school board meeting March 4th the main item of concern was the Superintendent posi- tion. The board received 20 plus applications for the position and was able to find two candidates that they planned to interview. One candidate declined to inter- view. The board voted unanimously to give the position to the one candidate that remained, Deron Stender. If Deron accepts the board's proposal he will be superin- tendent/elementary principal. Lamberton -- A new business has evolved in Lamberton under auspices of Rick and Rachel I)eMatini, who moved in June to Lamberton. Rick acquired a truck and equipment and began with the Entirely Seamless Gutters & Downspouts business about 2 months ago. Slayton -- Recognizing the popularity and intrigue of antiques, the Slayton Public Library is holding a special "Antique Appraising at the Library" fund raising ewmt later in March. Four qualified authorities with expertise in the areas of glassware and pottery, military and war souvenirs, firearms, toys, jewelry will be on hand to answer questions, provide identification, and estimate the worth of your antique. Tracy -- If all goes as expected, children will be climb- ing over new playground equipment at Sebastian Park by mid-June. Tracy City Council members have accepted bids for $47,472 worth of playground equipment that will be installed in an open area southwest of the Tracy Aquatic Center. Another bid of $3,998 was accepted for wood chips that will go around the equipment. Windom -- At the recent school board meeting the board was informed they will need to cut another $356,300 from its budget. There are two big reasons: The district is projecting a loss of 39 pupil units for the 2004-05 school year The new teacher contract amounts to an additional $159,500 in salaries. friends are. Alex says that he was cocky when he was in high school, but since the thing in Canada he isn't nearly as cocky. The experi- ence caused him to grow up a lot faster than he would have. He's more optimistic and has discovered what is important in life. Life's simple pleasures, has real meaning for him. It happened to me, but it was much harder on my family, he says. I give them the credit. When he was in the coma, he didn't know what his family was going through. He found out later that his brother sometimes called his cell phone just to hear Alex's recorded mes- sage because he didn't know if he would ever hear him speak again. One of life's simple pleasures that Alex grew to appreciate was living in small-town America. People in larger cities don't have what we have. Everyone was so great, and Alex is grateful for the prayers and support he received from the communi- ty. He experienced his home town come together for him. I thank them very much, he said. What advice does Alex have for high school stu- dents looking forward to col- lege? His first piece of advice is to live in the dorms. Don't party during the week, and don't overdo it on the weekend. Also, have an open mind about a career. Since he can no longer participate in contact sports, I asked Alex how he fills that void in his life. I study more, he replied. 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