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INDEX PAGE 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 9 PAGE 3 SPORTS PAGE 10 PAGE 4 EDUCATION PAGE tl PAGE 5 PUBLIC NOT+CE PAGE 12 FAMILYPAGE 6 CLASSIFIED PAGE 13 PAGE 7 AREA FOCUS PAGE 14 PAGE 8 MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILY DAY PAGE 3 31, 2004 cents Y entinel ribune VOLUME NO. 19 NUMBER 3O 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Knakmuhs retired Redwood Farmers Mutual thirty nine years GROVE -- After nine years on the County Farmers Company, (Dick) Knakmuhs as it's president, g Saturday; Knakmuhs proba- have continued, had for the by law age g him from who served thir- as the board presi- solace in his son I elected to the board the busi- He had been a bookkeeper and in the Ford Garage began selling to people buying "We used to lity. and property for.aho_ut twen- for six months -- higher now," said Knakmuhs with a wry grin on his face. By 1960 Knakmuhs decid- ed he would never be able to afford to become a garage man. So he pur- chased the Fordham Agency in Walnut Grove from Ogden Fordham. The agency was located on Main street near where the Walnut Grove Dick Knakmuhs at his desk in the Walnut Grove office. personnel. In 1980 they purchased the Bank Agency in Tracy. In 1990 they bought the Duane Peterson Agency in Tracy along with the Garvin Agency in Garvin. In 1998 they expanded Funeral Home now stands. He ran his business there for a few years and then moved it to a spare room in his home. "But that didn't go to good." So they bought the building where the Hmong Food Store is now locat- again purchasing the Real ed. and were there until they Estate business from Duane moved-+o their new buildi m-eterson. the former Olson Hardware In 2001 they purchased the building. Rongstad Agency in Westbrook Over the years the company from Steve Severson. has expanded in locations and Dick's son Kerry joined the bridge tax dollars Van Loh Tribune (Mike) and Inez who live on County Road 7, bridge on their to the county road and Walnut Couple years ago, a three and a half was dug to allow for in the area. SUmmer University of asked the for permission to bridge across the Mike's surprised You're going to Officials wanted in case water ran ditch. They would t the bridge to get water 8o sedimentation and be checked. has lived Bridge over little water, leads to the other side. along County Road 7 all of his 73 years. During that time he can remember maybe six times when high water was a major problem. And those times were long before the drainage ditch was in place. The bridge is something of a curiosity for anyone driving by, and the Timmermans have answered many questions from passersby They have jokingly talked about putting a deer crossing sign at the site. died Lee Busswitz, 65, and formerly of died Monday, .2004, at his home. willbe 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Our " 1 Saviors Lutheran Church, Cz- - Dovray, and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church: e Q'lwiGHT The service will be 11 a.m.   Thursday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, with Rev. Melba Smith officiating. ". - Sunday Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Adrian Cemetery. April 4th firm in 1977 after graduating from college. The following year Kerry became a partner with his dad. In 1994 Kerry's wife Becky started working as agent and office manager in the Tracy office. They also started a trav- el business at the time. _._. l ing J+"+i 1 Knakmuhs Continued on page 3 I I I00aqD$ relens at The WWG Charger Theater Department finished its season under the direction of Garret Bitker with The price of freedom By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune While visiting Washington, DC last week, I was reminded of the great heritage we have as Americans. It is unfortunate, how- ever. that Minnesota is such a great distance from our nation's capitol. A visit to the Washington area should be a requirement for all students, just as the visit to our state's capitol in St. Paul is part of the learning experience for Minnesota students. My first visit to Washington was over thirty years ago. Tourists had relatively few restrictions at that time. They had access to most gov- ernment buildings. Six years ago I noticed a couple major changes. Huge cement planters graced the perimeter of many buildings. The planters were actually barriers to keep motor vehicles from getting close to the buildings. No amount of decorating those objects could dis- guise their real purpose. Tourists were required to go through security checks before entering only a few of the buildings. Last week even more restric- tions were evident. Passing a secu- rity check was the norm before enter- buildings. Freedom Continued on page 14 the final performance of Sununer of Kaos on Saturday evening. Following the performance, awards were pre- sented to students based on their accomplishments during the theater season which included the produc- tions of Return to the Forbidden Planet, America the Odd and Summer of Kaos. KAOS Continued on page 3 Kaos Kamper Jason (Pete Krentz) cajoles Kaos staffer Ricky (Nathan Swanson) about practical joking. __ m 52/28 52/36 53/32 56/37 Sunny. Highs Mix of sun Partly Times of sun in the low and clouds, cloudy, and clouds. 50s and lows Highs in the Highs in the Highs in the in the upper low 50s and low 5Os and mid 50s and 2Os. lows in the lows in tl lows in the mid 30s. low 3Os. uppcr 3Os, GOLF PRACTICE GETS GOING PAGE 10 INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507'274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle ted with Soybased Ink fight 2003 Sentinel Tribune + !ii +