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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Viewpoint Wednesday, July 28, 2004 Page BETWEEN THE By Tom Merchant Sentinel "IFibune LINES A fond farewell Sometimes we tend to think things will go on forever, but we know things don't go on forever. For the past twenty five years a group of people know as the Wilder Festival (ommittee has been working tirelessly to bring a load of tal- ent and activities to the pageant grounds. I believe I have attended at least one weekend of every one of those twenty five years. I remember a few blistering hot days, as well as some very chilly summer days, but I don't recall any really wet days. Although I am sure there must have been a couple. I recall the broom maker, the photographer that took pho- tos with a ton of costumes peo- ple could deck themselves out with. There has been weavers, basket makers, furniture mak- ers, and many crafters selling their wares. I remember being intrigued by the patience of the wood carving group. I will surely miss watching the kids wading and playing in the creek. I was real- ly happy to see the creek down low enough so the kids could play one last time in Plum Creek much like Laura had done so many years ago. I always enjoyed talking with Ron Kelsey as he showed wide-eyed youngsters how to shell corn with the old hand- cranked sheller. Of course, there was the food, pork burgers, hamburg- ers, hot dogs and brats, not to mention the lefse, root beer floats, hand-churned butter, and in recent years funnel cakes. Yes, I will surely miss all of that even though it also meant work for me, but things like that are a labor of love. Best friend woes It seems my best friend is determined to meet her deductible on her insurance. If you are a regular reader you know she fell and broke her arm and shoulder on Easter Sunday. She has recovered from that quite well. But at the same time it prevented her from going to her scheduled appoint- ment with a intestinal specialist in Sioux Falls. After several tests it was decided she should have surgery to remove a small carcinoid tumor which was constricting her intestines. Friday morning she had her surgery at Sioux Valley Hospital. Her surgery went very well and she is doing fine and I hope to have her home by the end of the week. With all of her extra curricu- lar activities I have become fair- ly well adapted to household chores. Although I will be happy when she is home again, I am not a very good bookkeeper, but I do save all of my receipts. I would like to thank all of those who have prayed for us and those who remembered her with visits and cards. Have a great week! Political JOBZ helps Minnesota agency win Grassley, Coleman introduce bill to national award close ethanol Thanks to its administration of the successful JOBZ (Job Opportunity Building Zones) pro- gram, the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has received an 'Outstanding Achievement' award from ACCRA - a national membership organization of eco- nomic development researchers. "I would like to congratulate DEED for winning the award, and for making the JOBZ program in MN an overwhelming success," said Rep. Doug Magnus (R- Slayton), chief author of the JOBZ legislation. The award recognizes the criti- cal integration of important ana- lytical techniques into the develop- ment, implementation, adminis- tration and evaluation of JOBZ. Magnus said he is not surprised the DEED received the award, as its work with the JOBZ program has contributed to thousands of new jobs across Greater MN. "Now that JOBZ zones are up and running, the state has over 170 deals either in the works or agreed upon - an average of one deal per day since the program began," Magnus said. "This is won- derful news for all of rural MN and its workforce." import loophole MN Senator says bill criti- cal to future of Minnesota's growing renewable fuels indus- try Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman has introduced legislation with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that would close a loophole in the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act of 1983, intended to help Central American nations, that currently permits Brazilian ethanol to be passed through El Salvador before being imported to the U.S. duty-free. This loophole in the law that allows ethanol imports to be mere- ly passed through Central American countries in order to come into the U.S. without tariffs must be closed, said Coleman. Trade preferences intended to give Central American countries some. duty-free access to help them get on their economic feet is a good thing, but recent reports about ethanol being funneled through Central America simply to be imported to the U.S. is a non starter. This bill cuts that effort off. AI Bart... Are we there yet? He moved to the Greater Hartland area from Soso, Mississippi. He came here because life in his Mississippi town was just so- SO. He told us that he was an abom- inable snowman researcher--a man who studies yeti, bigfoot and sasquatch. We believed him. We had no choice. We know that it's not polite to call a man a liar. You doWt make or keep friends that way. He showed us a good number of diplomas that he had received. Most of them had come from some of the finer institutions that advertise regularly on matchbook covers. There were those who conclud- ed that he had been educated way beyond his intelligence. Most of us wrote off such com- ments as nothing more than envy. He liked Hartland and planned to continue his work here. He reckoned he'd be able to break off a big hunk of knowledge in the neighborhood. Hartland was vir- gin territory when it came to yeti study. He set to the task at hand imme- diately. He mentioned that there was the possibility of receiving a ant from Geraldo or Jerry nnger. He believed that there was a tribe of yetis that had an agricul- tural bent. They were sasquatch who preferred ag crops to forests. He became a familiar figure walking corn and bean fields. One day, while hiking through some Pioneer corn after a good rain, he came across a set of large, manlike footprints between the rows. He was sure that they were the prints of a bigfoot. 005tories from the Batt Cave" For some reason, he thought of the words of his mentor; a man who told him that under no cir- cumstances should he ever touch a yeti. He set up a tent in the middle of the cornfield. In the middle of the night, he awoke to the sound of the tent entrance being unzipped. Half-asleep, the researcher looked up from his sleeping bag to see a gigantic 8-foot yeti stand- ing over him. He did what any thinking yeti researcher would do. He let out a bloodcurdling scream and ran. He ran right smack dab into the yeti. He bounced off the creature like a ball hitting a bumper in a pinball game. He had touched a yeti! The yeti let out a deafening howl. Fearing for his life, the man scrambled out 6fhis tent. He ran until he could run no more. He looked back and could see the yeti running towards him. The man found hidden strength and ran until he reached the inter- state highway. A car picked the man up and gave him a ride to Des Moines. The man got a hotel room in the city. Early the next morning, he walked to a Perkins to have breakfast. He was almost to the restaurant when he heard a thudding sound behind him. It was the yeti running towards him. The man forgot all about his breakfast and ran. He found himself in the bus depot and quickly purchased a one-way ticket to Denver. In Denver, he found a roof over his head at the home of a second cousin. After a few days, the man to relax. He began going for walks in a beautiful wooded pI Then it happened. One day while out for a hike, he spotte the figure of the yeti, on the I zon, bounding towards the ma great speed. Horrified by the sight, the ran back towards his cousin's house and had his surprised tive drive him to the airport. He caught the next flight to Dublin, Ireland. He thought that leprechauns would make a much safer than yetis. He found a place to stay--a beautiful bed and breakfast by a jolly widow who seemed favor him. Life was good. Then one day while walking his favorite pub for lunch, he a familiar figure coming down street. He couldn't believe it! The had followed him to Ireland! The man ran and ran until lungs were about to burst and legs felt like lead weights. He could run no further He decided to turn and face what apparently become his With all the remaining he could muster, he stood up tall as he could as the 8-foot ture ran right up to him. He was ready to accept the ishment for touching a yeti.. He stared in terror at the yePl towering over him. The yeti extended a long from his huge hand and the mansquarely in the A rumbling voice came from beast that said, "Tag! You're -AI Batt 2004 71622 325 St. Hartland, MN 56042 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 writ- ers name, address, and day time telephone number. Letters should be brief, up to 250 words, other submissions should be no longer than 500 words. 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