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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Viewpoint Wednesday, May 26,2004 BETWEEN THE By Tom Merchant Sentinel 7}'ibune LINES 0000r00I00CTF-.12 f It's a long season Professional basketball is one of the longest seasons there is, especially this year with the T- Wolves having a great season and finally moving beyond the first round of the Playoffs. After winning the series against Denver and then Sacramento the Wolves face their biggest challenge in the Western Conference finals, The L., A. (formerly Minneapolis) Lakers. I must confess I am not much of an everyday Pro basketball fan, but when the local good guys get into the ptayoffs and act like they belong there, it is easy to get on the band wagon. Although I can really do without those late night starts when they play on the west coast. Of course it's all worth it when they win, but not so hot when they lose, It seem like you get a lot more tired when they lose. I was quite concerned when the Wolves faced the Lakers in game one, especially after playing a draining seven game series with the Kings. I thought maybe they might have used up everything they had facing a talented, well rested Lakers team. And I think that was the case in the first game when the Wolves looked very tired. Then Sunday night the Wolves stepped it up a notch without their point guard Sam Cassell who had to leave early in the game. Darrick Martin did a great job of filling in and the Wolves seemed to keep L A off balance the whole game evening up the series at one a piece. Now we will see what the Wolves are made of when they face .the Lakers on their home court for the next two games. No matter how they do and what the final outcome the Wolves have given the fans their moneys worth, that is'if you can afford the price Thank goodness they televise the games for the rest of us I guess it would really be nice if the Wolves were to beat the Lakers just shut up Charles Barkley. It is beyond comprehen- sion why Fox sports would hire someone who would alienate so many people with so few words. On the other hand looking at a lot of Fox's programming it is quite understandable. Have a great week! GUEST EDITORIAL Manufacturing*.The Forgotten Careers Dr. Ronald A. Wood, President Minnesota West Community and Technical College We have all heard, from the President and his key economic advisors that the sky is falling when it comes to the manufactur- ing sector of the United States econom While it is true this facet of the American economy has downsized in recent years it cer- tainly isn't about to disappear, as many would lead you to believe. Manufacturing is the foundation of our economic success and will con- tinue to drive and identify the United States as an industrial nation and leader among the world. Manufacturing is transforming into a broader and more complex sector, which desperately needs new employees that possess multi- ple skills and who have the ability to multi-task. Employees need to be a part of a team within the organization possessing numerous skills in areas of fluid power, CNC machining, robotics, business, corn- " puter programming etc. Manufacturers are looking for employees that can fit where need- ed, rather than proficiency in a sin- gle operation. Today's manufactur- ers offer stable employment in high-tech, high paying careers. The rewarding nature'of a career in manufacturing may be one of the best-kept secrets in the coun- try. Unfortunately, manufacturing is a relatively invisible process and we. the consumer, see only the end product. It is hard to visualize how these products are produced and manufactured." As Americans, we seem more concerned about their availabilib, rather than howthey were produce& Unless we see a dramatic shift in the mind set of tomorrow's work force we'll experi- ence more outsourcing to other nations with regard to manufac- turing and a decrease in our posi- tion as a nation of innovation and production. The current work force contin- ues to grow older and it is antici- pated that over the next 5-10 years thousands of manufacturing tech- nicians will retire..many more than the number projected to grad- uate'from manufacturing technolo- gy programs across the country. The US Department of Commerce predicts most new jobs will be for technicians, and that 70-75% would be for Associate Degree graduates from two-year communi- ty and technical colleges. The fact of the matter is, many high-skill, high paying manufac- turing jobs go unfilled each year. This trend is apparent and one only has to look at the Fluid Power, Robotics, Machine Tool, and Renewable Energy Job Posting Boards at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. The Fluid Power program alone could place more than 130 techni- cians m positions that start any- where from $12.00 to $17.00 per hour. The real money is in manu- facturing. But for some reason, parents don't want their children working in careers that pay $30,000 to $50,000 a year if that job is in a factory. High school stu- dents continue to hear the message that career success is tied to.a four- year degree. If a Bachelor's degree is the ticket to career success, why then are so many four-year gradu- ates coming to community and technical colleges across the coun- try for specialized instruction in automation, manufacturing, and high-tech career fields? I think the reason is simple; they need practi- cal application to the real world technology that compliments their general education knowledge. Employees armed with these skills will command some of the highest paying and most rewarding careers Manufaxaxring careers are the forgotten careers, however, they are the careers with one of the brightest future. Opportunities are plentiful for motivated young workers who want to utilize their already sophisticated computer and mechanical skills. They'll find a rewarding career that challenges them utilizing high-tech equip- ment, while working in a clean, air- conditioned work environment and earn wages and benefits at twice the level many other sectors pro- vide. Sentinel Tribune Thomas Merchant Roxy Soil Tom Merchant Junette Merchant Nancy Goring Joan Spielman (ISSN 8750-3905) Managing Editor Ad Layout & Office Manager Advertising Sales Westbrook Office & Production Production Production Carolyn Van Loh assignment reporter Ted Herder Walnut Grove news correspondent Published every Wednesday at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 Periodicals Postage Paid at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE FOR THE SENTINEL TRIBUNE WILL BE. In the following counties: Cottonwood, Redwood, Lyon, Murray and Nobles $25.00 Per Year - $17.00 6 Months (includes AI Bart... "Stories from the Batt Cave" Hartland News Here is the latest news according to Hartland Harold. Hartland Grocery arranges its goods alphabetically in order to appeal to the literate,shopper. Hartland's telephone book lists patrons by first name only. The local Taco Buffet offers a senor discount. The Hartland Diet Clinic offers free clothing alterations for patients. A local telephone company becomes the first to put its entire phone book on tape--an 8-track. The City of Hartland drops its police protection. "The police have weapons. Let them protect them- selves," says the Mayor. Man charged with attempting to strangle his wife with a cordless phone is found not guilty. Local city passes ordinance pro- hibiting Bertha Bigg from wearing stretch pants within the city limits. Hartland builds a fake trailer park outside of the city limits. The artificial park is expected to divert any tornado headed towards Hartland. Luke's AII-Lutefisk Diet guaran- tees rapid weight loss. Motel Five opens in Hartland. They won't keep a light on for you. You'll have to turn it on yourself. Local sewer expansion project is nearly finished, but city officials are holding their breath until it is offi- cially completed. Buford's Stump Chipping, Hoof Trimming and Video Rental regrets to inform that they are out of "That movie with the guy, you know, the guy who was in that other movie with what/s-her-name." This business continues to take all major credit cards--occasionally giving one back. Hartland Township official announces that due to increasing criticism about excessive governmental spending and bloated bureaucratic budgets, the Township would be cut- ting back to the essentials. Therefore, effective immediately, the light at the end of the tunnel would be turned Off until further notice. The Internet Cafe opens. Its spe- cialty will be SPAM sandwiches. Temperatures hit 104 degrees in the shade. Everyone is advised to stay out of the shade. Every sock that has ever been lost has been found in a clothes dryer in Geneva. Hartland Driving School offers crash course. Compass factory opens in Hartland. Each compass comes with a mirror so the owner can see who is lost. Local travel business is a going concern. Hartland Township to switch to Pacific "time. Local newspaper columnist has body louse named after him. Paoic subsides after all local lady beetles are tested and found to be free of rabies. All night bakery opens in Hartland. It's run by a real dough nut. Beware of the letter "G." It's the end of everything. Bath Dry Cleaners offer new stain transfer procedure. A seminar at Hartland College was held on destructive pests A large . number were in attendance. "Curl Up And Dye" beauty shoP opens. Psychic wanted. You know where to apply. Local gang seen wearing colors prove to be FFA members. Tired of fighting with thistles, farmer puts up a sign warning peo- ple to stop digging up the-thistles and using them as hallucinogenic drugs. Within 3 days, all of his thistles were stolen. The Hartland International Race Track has been dropped from the NASCAR circuit until all the stop signs have been removed from the track. Research shows that are useless in Hartland they only point one direction at The We're Out of Grocery Store offers would give you a run for your money. Scooter Jones makes lutefisk. It's promoted as perfect wine for a Dewey, Cheetam Hartland's largest law firm, ited their fees to no more than cent. Butcher loses finger dent. Sausage sales Local gas station offers of unleaded g The Bath Bakery doughnuts. They are doughnuts that theye only with bigger holes. Ego-tourism mayor and tell him that yoO; town. Senator Olson lutefisk. =Let's legalize take it out of the Norwegian Mafia The Bath large that theY i are able to take naps meals. Flushed With began by making wine Motel Sticks opens in Their motto is, "We'll keep torch on for you." A van-carrying ten on the way to a film location control on Highway 13, nine times, crashed into a and burst into flames. no injuries. 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