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SENTINEL TRIBUNE o int Wednesday, June 16,2004 BETWEEN By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune THE LINES Wet enough for you? It does not seem that long ago that weather people were telling us we were in a drought. Then all of a sudden the skies started to open up and the next thing you know we are no longer in a drought but many places are having floods or mud slides. Up until a couple of years ago I do not recall hearing of mud slides on Highway 169 between Mankato and St. Peter. Now there have been two times in the past three or four years where the highway had to be closed because of the mud slides. The past few weeks there has been reports of 6 to 9 inch- es of rain fall in places all over the state. A couple of weeks ago there was over six inches of rain measured near Currie. It rained so hard that the water flowed backwards over the dam for about a day. That same week there was reports of 8 inches of rain near Redwood Falls. A week ago Sunday about an inch and a half fell at Walnut Grove, and last Friday after- noon another inch or more fell at Walnut Grove. The good side is we needed the rain, it can stop now for a while. For those of you who enjoy gardening it has been a mixed blessing, it is nice to have the moisture but it also seems to make the weeds grow at a rapid pace. Why don't the things you plant grow that well. Maybe horticulturalists could find a way to splice the growth capabilities of weeds into the genes of flow- ers and vegetables. Weeds are almost impervi- ous to any conditions. They grow when it is too dry, they grow when it's to wet, they grow in the cracks of any kind of pavement you put down. They even grow in landscape mate- rial designed to keep the weeds down. The so called maintenance free gardens. Ha. Of course if it actually has been dry enough to plant the mosquito's make it so miser- able you can't stay out long enough to get anything done. = I did finally figure that one out. When I replaced my fur- nace several years ago I saved the blower and mounted it on a home made cart made out of an old golf cart. I can pull it around the yard plug it in and voila no mosquito's. What a smart boy I am. Not really, I got the idea from a miniature golf course at Okoboji which had these giant fans to help keep the mosqui- to's away. Have a great week! LETTER TO THE EDITOR Hope that compromise rules Legislative leaders and the gov- ernor are working to find agree- ment on an agenda for a special session. It is my hope that com- promise rules the day and common ground is reached so the Legislature can pass a bonding bill. A bonding bill is important because it will provide much-need- ed construction, 10,000 jobs across the state, as well as new buildings and repairs to buildings at state col- leges and universities, veterans, homes and state parks. The bond- ing bill also includes a number of important environment-related projects and repairs to roads and bridges. The Senate's bill during the ses- sion included funding for the Dementia Unit at the Luverne Veterans Home; Casey Jones Trail; and damage caused by Minnesota River flooding. While I cannot guarantee that a special session bill would have these items, I will work hard on behalf of Southern Minnesota. Sincerely, Jim Vickerman State Senator, Dist. 22 Find us on the Web at www.lyon- NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Dear subscriber; please check the due date on your address label of your paper. In order to avoid a lapse in your subscription, please remit your renewal two weeks prior to the expiration date. 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Sentinel Tribune Thomas Merchant Roxy Soil Tom Merchant Junette Merchant (ISSN 875O-39O5) Managing Editor Ad Layout & Office Manager Advertising Sales Westbrook Office & Production Nancy Goring Production Joan Spielman Production Carolyn Van Lob 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 III AI BAH... THE VACATION I stop at the cafe for breakfast. A crowd gathers, baffled by my presence. I eat most of my initial meals of the day in the friendly confines of my kitchen. The crowd and I are not unfamiliar with one another. We know grandparents. We know strengths and weaknesses. We know who owns the yellow dog. We could dine, but we choose to eat. The food smells so good that we could eat it without opening our mouths. We eat until we could bounce a coin on our stomachs. We share facets of our lives. We tell of rough childhoods. One relates the fact that when he was born, the doctor advised him of his rights. We bring up the cost of gas. I disclose the fact that my car has a rotating gas tank. It's always on the wrong side when I pull up to the gas pump. There was mention of newspaper articles that said that gasoline was one of the cheaper liquids we buy. Bottled water is more expensive per gallon than is our gasoline of choice. Milk is twice as expensive as gas. While this is true, I think that I'm gboing to stick with milk on my raisin ran. Per gallon pdces for some prod- ucts were indicated as follows: toi- let cleaner $11.65, dandruff sham- de 168.98, chicken broth 12.00, laundry detergent 12.29, Kraft Ranch Dressing 31.00, Drano 15.20, Nyquil 97.92, Starbucks Espresso 112.00 and Chanel No. 5 Perfume $33,280. f LoW oN"r0000 %0 5END OVER HeRtZ.,, We welcome your participa- tion, whether in letters or com- mentary. If possible, please make your submission by e-mail to sen- Conventional mail address is Sentinel Tribune, P.O. Box 98, Westbrook, MN 56183. Our Fax number is 507- 274-6137. We require submis- sions be exclusive to us in our market area. All must include writers name, address, and day time telephone number. Letters should be brief, up to 250 words, other submissions should be no longer than 500 words. Original items can not be returned unless the writer would pick them up at the office or send self addressed stamped envelope. No items will be kept longer than 30 days. We reserve the right to refuse publi- cation of any submitted letters or stories. Peach). Elsewhere in Minnesota $29.00 per year. Out of the State $34.00 per year. Canada and foreign countries inquire at the Sentinel Tribune Office "Snowbirds" may put their paper on hold at no extra charge while they are gone, or pay $6.00 extra to have it mailed out of state. Missed copies cannot be furnished because the cost of mail- ing single copies is almost $1.50. Any request for a back copy must include $2.00. Newstand price is 75 cents per copy. Copyright 2003 Sentinel Tribune a Lyon Sioux Press Newspaper Mail Change of Address Notice to: P. O. Box 98, Westbrook, MN 56183 CALL WESTBROOK OFRCE 507-274-6136 FAX 507-274-6137 TOLL-FREE 1-800-410-1859 "5tories from the Batt Cave" I'm glad my Pontiac doesn't run on perfume. The difference is how long a prod- uct lasts, of course. A gallon of dandruff shampoo should last a few more months than a gallon of gas. Ifyou're using 20 gallons of dan- druffshampoo a week, you have a real problem. You might want to consult a physician and contact the Guinness Book of World Records Ple. And keep a snow shovel dy. On the other hand, if you buy a gallon of Hartland's Holy Cow Hot Sauce, it should last your lifetime, plus the lifetimes of your great- grandchildren. You can't talk about gas without talking about vehicles. Andyou can't talk about vehicles without talking about driving them. Any discussion of driving leads to tales of marathon driving, usually while on a vacation. The horror stories are told. Finding the smelly fish under the seat three weeks after you caught it. The youngster who would become victim of motion sickness just by seeing a car. The highway patrolman who for some reason nored all of the real speeders to give a citation to the only driver in the state who was obeying the post- ed speed limit. One of the crowd states unequivo- cally that he is need of a vacation. He needs a week without a fence around it, but he frets about leaving his job for any period of time. He wonders how the business would manage without him. Our collective wisdom tells him to take the vacation and to not worry about the job. This seemed like reasonable advice as the people back at his place of employment wouldn't be It doesn't make your vacation worrying job that you need a They are getting you. They might be your absence. You may be invaluable, are not irreplaceable. After we told him that worry about his job efforts to be supportive He realized that he is able. We tell him that at least he .be able to enjoy a tion thanks to the none of his co-workers are call him on his vacation is getting along without One of the wisest of our! (he's the chief butterer at al lutefisk feed) tells about tions. He says that left on a vacation, his wait until they were 100 the road before saying, think I left the iron on!" They would have to turn and drive back home the iron was never still on. One year, they had point where they were miles away from home on to another vacation, sure ! His wife said she was she had left the iron on. He pulled the car over shoulder of the road, trunk and handed her the He says that the first thing packs each year is that iron. :o --AI Batt 2004 71622 325 St. Hartland, MN 56042 i VVI.IO LIBF_00L_.P \\; \\; E-mail OR DROP NEWS ITEMS AT THE _..: OLESON S MERCANTILE WALNUT GRO=; Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 I).111. Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. DEADLINES Local news NoOn School news 2:00 p.m- Articles and other news 12:00 p.m. All Peach Ads 9:00 a.m- Sentinel Ads, & Classified Ads 4:00 p.m. WESTBROOK SENTINEL TRIBUNE OFFICE Monday, Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 1 Thursday, Friday 8:00 a.m."