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TRIBUNE Area Focus Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Page 7 rs' P RSVP (Retired Volunteer Program) County has a Readers' group in Westbrook. )rised of senior vol- who enjoy reading to others. The group shared stories at the Elementary and the Peterson On Wednesday, 9, they read for the at the Westbrook Library. Members of include Eunice Jean Bauer, Thelma Bonnie Knutson, Wahl, Eunice and Joan Former members Benson and Pictured are Eunice Rupp, Jean Bauer, Thelma Carlson, Bonnie Knutson, Bonnie Wahl and Eunice Christensen. ue of voters to tnsor tour of CRP offers alternative to crop drown-outs Jackson Area of Women Voters will a Tour of Gardens on June 27, from 2-5 date: July 11) will be fea- with an area artist each garden. refresh- will be served. will be on sale at ]elmont the day of the Proceeds will be used IS. ray County calendar 21-23 "Fun on Frontier" Camp for & 4th Graders, Lake "Fun on Frontier" Camp for 7th Graders, Lake 28 4-H Families Meeting, Courts Building - tion .hfteting, Courts Building By Tom Conroy DNR Information Officer Heavy rainfalls recently have created small lakes in many fields, a situation that could be easily avoided by enrolling historically wet areas in a program called the Farmable Wetland Program (FWP). Emily Hutchins, a Private Lands Specialist with the MN Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), suggests that, "If you're a farmer and you're looking for an alternative to crop drown- outs, FWP is an option you should really consider." FWP is a practice under the continuous sign-up Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) that auto- matically qualifies for enroll- ment. "All you need to do is sign up at your local Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Office. Contracts are 10 to 15 years," Hutchins explained. Walnut Grove, MN 27th annual outdoor drama based on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder July 9-10-11, 16-17-18, 23-24-25 Pageant Tckets Tourist Information 888-859-3102 888-528-7298 following concerned & responsible 00itizens and businesses support the es, churches, and their activities. Enrollees receive annu- al rental payments plus 20 percent incentive payments, a one-time signing bonus of $100 to $150 per acre (based on contract length), up to 90 percent cost-share for seed- ing, and a $5 per acre main- tenance fee. In addition to eliminat- ing a repetitive problem for landowners, enrolling in FWP can "really help water- fowl and other wildlife species," Hutchins stated. "These wet areas are really Type 1 wetlands in most cases and they are extremely important to migrating waterfowl in the spring. They are also the fastest dis- appearing of all wetland types." t. iXlext Week s American Profile... Greenwood Westbrook / Walnut Grove Funeral aurse00o 'Most complete n& Home Landscape center in S.W. Minnesota" S. 4th Street 629-3485 Tracy 23 Ph. 532-9430 Marshall Westbrook, MN Phone 274-5464 phTracy, MN. one 629-4510 rmers ,c?=PE Clements, Sanborn, orden, Revere, Lucan, Westbrook Avoca -MAIN OFFICE 752-7352 Agency 507-859-2154 00alnut Grove, MN. 507-274-6700 Westbrook, MN 507-274-6700 Westbrook, MN. 507-859-2161 Walnut Grove, MN Maynard's Food Center 274-5555 Westbrook, MN. Sentinel Tribune Westbrook, MN Phone 274-6136 1-800-410-1859 Koblegard Auto 859-2220 Walnut Grove, MN. In Cd. L.w.  h $.,,,..,w- Your local long term provider since 1961 149 First Ave. Westbrook, MN 56183 507-274-6155 A cxmvvntionfor chtmmies %Vith today's ()mputer-gener- ate| animatkm, ventriloquism has alrr..t berJme a 1o trait Or ha it}' lt' making a me- back say. the participants in the x'rlds largest and of&st ventnk|ttist o:mven tkm In Addition... %rna sldn ret Small retailers Success strategies to be discussed at SRDC Annual Meeting The public is cordially invited to attend the Southwest Regional Development Commission's Annual Meeting on Thursday, July 8, 2004. The business meeting will begin at 3 p.m. followed by the guest speaker and dinner. The meeting will be held at the Key Largo Ballroom located on Lake Shetek (north of Slayton, MN on Hwy. 59). Sherri Gahring, U of M Extension specialist will be the Commission's guest speaker. Associate Professor Gahring will report on the findings of a 2003 U of M study on Small Store Success Strategies. Building on previous research by Dr. Kenneth Stone, IA State University Extension economist and author of Competing with the Retail Giants, U of M researchers interviewed small retailers from 3 Minnesota communities to determine whether or not they were following Dr. Stone's recommended strate- gies in marketing, merchan- dising, customer service, and business operations. Consumer expectations and satisfaction with these same retailers will also be report- ed. Advance registrations are necessary and can be made by calling the SRDC office, 507-836-8547, Ext. 114, prior to June 25. BASEMENT WALLS 1 LU00aJCRACKED OR BOWED?I WET BASEMENTS! Wall Anchor Systems 40000g!CA1N Footing Repair Waterproofing Systems Designed For Your WrOlXS Specific Needs *IWIIIBn I1fllll* RIK ESTlilTS gRIlllm URTME WARRANTY 1-800-796-/204 www.amercan-waterworks.com Email:amwaterworks @ aot.com 146.39 Acre Farm for Sale (Galvin Farm) ON SEALED BIDS SEALED BIDS (with the privilege of increasing same) will be received at the office of Murrayland Agency, Inc., 141 Mill St., P.O. 176, Currie, MN 56123 up to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2004. The bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2004 at the City of Curde council office at 901 3rd St. The property to be sold is legally described as follows: 146.39 tillable acres in the Northeast Quarter (NE1/4) of Section 9 in Murray Township, Murray County, MN. This is a very productive piece of unimproved farm land with a Crop Equivalency Rating of 77.20; with a 75.9 acre corn base. I TERMS: 5% of the offer must accompany bid, with the bal-[ ance payable in approx. 60 days when clear and marketable I title will be given; and possession with tillable rights as soonl as present tenant's crops are harvested or a final posses- sion date of Dec. 15, 2004. Seller will receive the rent for the 2004 crop. TAXES: Seller will pay the real estate taxes due and payable in 2004. BID OPENING: All bids will be opened at theIime and place aforesaid, and each bidder present shall have the right to raise his/her bid at that time. The Gaivin Family reserves the right to reject any and all bids. All announcements made sale day supersede this and all other advertisements printed or implied. Inquiries to be directed to Murrayland Agency, Inc. 141 Mill St., P.O. 176, Currie, MN 56123; PH 1-507-763-3599; Toll Free 1-866- 856-4660 ,, Hello Friends, I thought I'd share with you an article that has just been written about our church by one of our regular atten- dees. She is planning on submitting this to the Shimanean, a quarterly newsletter that goes out to the international community of our prefecture along with many former inter- national residents of Shimane. Stay Blessed, Tim Sunday Shopper by Christina Pepper It's 10:54. My train from Matsue has just pulled in after huffing from station to station, veering aside when the sleeker express trains come whipping past. I stuff my empty Mister Donut bag and grapefruit juice carton into the appro- priate bins on the platform, give my orange chip of a ticket to the now familiar stationmaster, and fall into the sunlight of Sunday in Izumo. * It's a short walk from the station to the Palao/Jusco building and an even shorter stroll from the south entrance of this building to the Yomiuri Cultural Center on the north end of the 3rd floor. Yet, I find myself distracted by the sur- rounding sights and activity: a display of remarkably fra- grant strawberries, a particularly energetic Yahoo BB sales- man, racks and racks of new spring clothing. Already late, I stay the course, up the stairs past the second floor of binging video games and print club machines until I see the huge display for the movie Troy. Brad Pitt looms large. In the doorway of the movie theatre, the pro- prietress, a stylish obasan in black stilettos and mini-skirt, greets me in her warm and touching way. But this is only a brief stop. I round the corner and through the sheer curtains of a windowed room I see the shadows of standing bodies. Singing drifts out the door. Although situated in the bustling Palao/Jusco building located on the equally bustling Route 9, not many know that above all the Sunday shopping and game playing lies a place where hymns are being sung, sermons are being preached, and prayers are being offered. This particular shopping cen. ter is like so many pastries here in Japan, what is on the outside is often no indication of what is on the inside. Friendship - the only bi-lingual church out of roughly 50 churches in Shimane - found its home in the unlikeliest of places, a shopping mall. Led by a former Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and current English teacher at Shimane University School of Medicine, Tim Van Loh, and his wife Naomi, a group of Japanese and foreign Christians set out on their own journey of spiritual internationalization in July of 2000. Church services are held in a room that on weekdays serves as a dance studio. Mirrors and dance bars line the walls. Three wooden crosses sit on the front table; a huge placard shows the theme for this year: love. A soundtrack of keyboards, pianos, guitars and sometimes flute fills the flo- rescent-light-filled room. A screen is set up, and on it flash. es announcements, hymns and Bible verses. Bringing their mid-western charm to the small Czty of Izumo, for the past four years the Van Lohs have been mold- ing a church with a strong sense of family. Friendship's bi. lingual flavor has provided a spiritual home and extended family for both foreigners and Japanese- from as far east as Yonago and as far west as Oda. Besides a contingent of for- eign English teachers and university students, a mix of Japanese doctors, policemen, engineers, housewives, secre- taries, factory workexs, businessmen and musicians make up the attendees. Until recently there were members from 11 different countries spanning four different continents. In a country of such homogeneity, Friendship is a bubble of diversity. The church is not only diverse culturally and socio. economically but also is the reasons why people attend. Because "friendship was created to assist foreigners, Japanese returnees, and Japanese interested in English/internationalization in their spiritual journeys," on any given Sunday a mix of Christians, curious non- Christians and non-Christians interested in English com- prise the motley congregation. For each of these groups the church offers a different experience. Those seeking English practice can attend a 40-minute English conversation class before the service, hone their listening skills during the service, and chat with native English speakers during tea- time after service. For non-Christians seeking a better understanding of Christianity a basic theology class is pro- vided after service. And for Christians, Friendship affords a warm atmosphere for singing, praying, strengthening their faith and fellowship. Like the stores below, Friendship offers a wide variety to choose from. The service ends the same way each week, a joining of hands, a circling-up. The last song is sung, as all of them ,are, in a medley of Japanese and English. Some, who know the song by heart, close their eyes and lift their heads heav. enward. Others look into the faces of their friends and fam- ily. And some crane their neck to read the words on the screen. No matter what reasons brought them there, each is now the recipient of the free gift of connectedness. On Sundays, the busiest shopping day in Japan, Friendship is filled with people doing a bit of shopping of their own. The spiritual kind. THIS AUCTION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC U.S. GOVERNMENT VEHICLES PUBLIC AUCTION Wednesday June 23, 2004 Inspection O f Vehicles Wednesday 10:00 to 1:00 Auction: 1:00 pm Approximately 140 or more vehicles: Trucks, Vans, Wagons, Sedans Vehicles are displayed inside NORTHSTAR AUTO AUCTION 4908 VALLEY INDUSTRIAL BLVD. N. SHAKOPEE, MN 55379 (ACROSS FROM VALLEY FAIR) Phone: 952-445-5544 For a listing of Vehicle go to the general services administration website: httn :llwww.autoauctions..uovl NOTE: Children under the age of 16 years old will not be allowed in the auction area. AUCTIoNEER.DARIN PETRICKA LICENSE # 000178