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TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, March 31, 2004 Page 3 uhs has been selling insurance since 1958- FromPagel Dick's Grandson the firm work- in Walnut Grove offices. In 2002 a second Nate who works i the Westbrook Said the business changed over the was no home- .isurance when I m the business." first start- Shirley would in the afternoon the office while go out and sell to clients. He collect bills and business. A lot of back then him to come out the bills. in his career served as city all the city "Back then g was done by entries." aoted, insurance changed dras- Over the years. "Back in the sixties there were very few homes over $30,000. now you have homes over $250,000." Reflecting on the changes in the Farm Mutual Knakmuhs said when he started they had about 67,000,000 in cover- age, today we have $750,000.000. "most of that is written in Redwood and surrounding counties. Today the average farm is worth about $600,000, with some up to a million or more. On health insurance, Knakmuhs said "It has really gone through the roof, a lot of people really can't afford the coverage especially young couples." He feels the medical The recently remodeled offices of Knakmuhs Agency in Walnut Grove. profession and prescription drug companies are forcing the government to get involved. Prescription drugs are really driving the cost of healthcare. Today the agency boasts offices in Tracy, Garvin, Westbrook and Walnut Grove and has a staffof fif- teen people working. Dick acknowledged it was a tough job starting out the first few years building the business. But he said, "I have been very happy in this business and it has been good to our fam- ily. I want to continue working -- I really enjoy" coming in and meeting with people. Dick has also been involved in the community serving on several boards including the school board and development board. Dick said he would miss serving on the board but it is nice to have a son follow- ing in his footsteps, .e School family day at Walnut Grove Day focused on g and reading to her family group as Joan Zieske rest of the group listened. Workshops on Making Meetings Work ::};/ Hass emphasized a point in one of the sto- read in her family group. You've attended meetings, both good and bad. And you've probably seen and experienced how challenging it can be to lead a group, committee or organization. "Making Your Meetings Work" is a workshop series from the University of Minnesota Extension Service for anyone who needs to lead or participate on a team or group. The three-part series focuses on 1) Managing Group Interaction 2) Making Group Decisions and 3) Dealing with Group Conflict. "Managing Group Interactions" centers on helping participants learn how to build positive rela- tionships in groups and accomplish group tasks bet- ter. Positive dynamics include a comfortable, pro- ductive work climate and guides for members to inter- act with their team (ground rules, norms) as well as an understanding of how groups change over time so that productive growth may happen. Poor dynamics have a negative impact on group Last Friday student families got in the swing of things dancing the polka with the "Polka Dots" playing the music.  m m m m ,COUPON m ,m ,,,, ,m m m m m IDueber's .... I l00aa Sale Appreciation Coupon Reg. Price THE MERCHANDISE YOU CAN FIT INSIDE OUR SALE BAG. UNG THIS COUPON TO RECEIVE YOUR BAG AND DISCOUNT. ONI,Y- .April I, 2, 3, 2004 All the merchandise you can fit inside our sale off Bag is 12'. Discount applies to No rainchecks or special orders. Bags may be time only. Products up to twice the height of the bag will fit inse the bag. No staddng Items must be in original packaging. THIS COUPON. Paper, Facial T'sues, Paper Towels, Pop, Letter  and Sa Reins. Friday, Saturday. Apdl 1.2. 3, 2004. Westboo MN. m m -., "COUPON m ,,,, m m m .-, m I I I I I I I i I I I I I I ,, I I I I J Spanish teacher Nikki Jorgenson read to her group in Spanish. The Red Rock Sportsman's Club would like to thank the following for donating to,the Wild Game Feed/ It was a huge success// Wester's Locker Keith Burns Jim Patterson Gels Farms Randy's Meats Double M Ranch Dick Burns Construction Nickel & Associates Insurance, Worthington Elk Horn Inn C & K Construction Westbrook Public Utilities R. K. Metal Designs AMD, Dovray Prairie Grain Partners, Dovray Jerry Earl Roger Haar, State Farm Insurance Westbrook VFW Club John's Matting & Framing, Westbrook Runnings, Windom Maynards, Westbrook Lampert's VBC, Windom Westbrook Mutual Insurance, Storden Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation National Wild Turkey Federation Duane's Body Shop Town & Country Feed Meadowland Lumber CLASSIFIED ADS WORK FOR YOU members, hindering their ability to work together, often resulting in little progress and poor relation- ships. Managing the stages of groups over time is an important team task. The focus of the "Making Group Decisions" session is that critical part of all group work: decision making. Learning a variety of decision making methods can benefit a group's work. Having a variety of decision- making tools to draw from is fundamental when the goal is to make the best decisions possible with the informa- tion they have, quickly, with a high level of agreement among members. The third session, "Dealing with Group Conflict" addresses the expe- rience some teams and groups have when they become "stuck" in conflicts. These conflicts may be root- ed in previous situations, or they may be newly develop- ing as people work together for the first time. Sometimes just one or two group mem- bers have "problem meeting behaviors" that distract the entire group. While conflict is a natural aspect of teams and groups, it must be man- aged productively. Understanding and building skills to avert and handle conflicts in groups is the goal of this session. Workshops in Worthington are scheduled as follows: Managing Group Interaction April 7th, 2004 9 a.m. - 12 noon Managing Group Decisions April 7th, 2004 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Dealing with Group Conflict April 14th, 2004 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. There is a fee. If you're interested in workshops at different times or other parts of the state, check our website: HYPERLINK "http://www.extension.umn. edu/leadingandworking" www.extension.umn.eduflea dingandworking To regis- ter, or for more information, contact Mike Liepold, Regional Extension Educator at 888.241.3214 or email HYPERLINK "mail-" Request for Public Participation Redwood County 5-Year Plan for Proposed Highway Construction PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD AS FOLLOWS: TIME: 7:00 p.m. DATE: Monday, April 5, 2004 PLACE: Public Health Building 226 E. Bridge St., Redwood Falls, MN. 56283 Any interested citizen is invited to attend, to receive information and offer suggestions on the construction plan for the period from 2004 through 2008 which has been given approval by the County Board. Ernest G. Fiala, P.E. Redwood County Highway Engineer