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RECORD )tNT & FAMILY Focus INDEX PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE 2 COMMUNITY 3 COMMUNffY 4 SPORTS 5 CLASSIFIED 6 AREA FOCUS 7 PAGE 8 PAGE 9 PAGE ] 0 PAGE 11 PAGE 1 2 COTTOI' Cou FAIR 4H ON PAGES 5&7 esdw ,3' 11, 2004 5 certs entinel ribune VOLUME NO. 19 NUMBER 49 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition , r .... ,' lose Encounter of the Presidential kind youngster has meeting with Bush I Merchant Tribune GROVE -- When Alan amy Nickell got tickets to see George Bush, they never that they would end up hm up close. They never that the president would hold infant daughter Faith in his But that is exactly what hap- all started when the Nickells to Mankato a week ago They arrived at a local a at about 7:30 in the to apply for their tickets. "there were already 300 waiting in line." After a couple wait they finally got their tick- the time we left there was at a thousand people in line. " got VIP tickets by agreeing to phone lines before the rall3:" a bit ironic when they arrived Wednesday they were told the service was down due to a cut optic line south of Mankato. works for Century'Tel Phone that happened they said we right in. We had seats right front. We probably would not ot such good seats if the phone ad not gone down. said he was-impressed with for the event. We were to the site from a parking lot a MANKATO -- Above and right, President George W. Bush held Faith Nickell daughter of Amy and Alan Nickell of Walnut Grove. President Bush seemed to relish the moment, with Faith. mile or so away. The rally was held in utes or so. Then he worked his way a huge stone quarry with agents on along the stage shaking peoples' horseback around the perimeter of the hands and signing autographs. si'L. ..... "When Lhe president came in Close encounter - the energy in that place was unbeliev- able. He spoke for about twenty rain- Continued on page 12 President Bush visits southern Minnesota By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune Dave and I were excited when the call came just five nights before President Bush was scheduled to appear in Mankato. Would we be interested in free VIP tickets to hear and see the President? It didn't take us long to make the decision, and so began the days of preparation and anticipa- tion. Regulations required one of us to get the tickets, in ]erson, at an insurance company office in Mankato no later than Monday. We were scheduled to be in Brainerd for a short vaca- tion/Bible conference Monday through Wednesday, but Dave drove by way of Mankato Monday morning to get our tickets. He encountered a couple snags and stood in line over an hour. While waiting in line, he discovered that he could get general admission tickets for our son Tim, his wife, and two children. We were all set! President Bush Continued on page 12 'tAb brought us together Ehenga gives to Amy Ankrum Van Loh Tribune Ankrum, Walnut native, began her posi- Office Manager of the Museum in April 2000. that year she was one of members who [ Nicole Ehenga, native of York state. Nicole has Collections Manager November 2000. They agree, "Laura (Ingals brought us together." two women have closely together at the in Walnut Grove and to be best friends. did they know that their would find them on next to each other in on June 15, but that Nicole Elzenga, left, and Amy Ankrum, share an office at the Wilder where they were as Museum, but they share much more than office space. watched her friend and percent, a factor that left Amy with two choices. She could begin dialy- sis or she could have a kidney trans- plant. When Amy told her co-worker the diagnosis, Nicole's first question was, "What's your blood type?" They had the same type blood, so Nicole willingly offered to be the donor Amy needed. The wheels were set in motion for the kidney transplant. Nicole's first roadblock was passing the telephone interview during which she was asked countless questions about her personal med- ical history as well as the history of her family.. After passing that step, Nicole spent two days in Rochester for sev- eral tests to further evaluate her physical condition and determine if she was physically able to be a kid- ney donor. May 21, she got the phone call and immediately called Amy with the news, "It's a go!" Laura brOught Continued on page 3 Nicole wheeled into sur- so a surgeon could remove the she was donating to Amy. was wheeled into another room where another sur- right kidney with donated by Nicole. to go back to the week Christmas 2003 to begin story. Amy learned that she blood pressure, but her discovered a much more condition. On December 24 the news that her kid- Were functioning at a mere 11 Tickling the ivories for fifty years Betty Rupp has played the church organ since 1954 Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK Locally Betty Rupp has played for nine different pastors, she has played for countless wed- dings and funerals. In July of 1954 in need of an organist, the Rosehill church council asked Betty if she would like to play the organ for the church. She agreed and began practicing and played her first church service the first Sunday of August. At thc age of ten, Betty who was always musically talented, began taking piano lessons from Alice Johnson. 'rhat's when our mother bought a piano," said Rupp. Rupp said she had to learn as she went, it is quite different playing the organ than the piano. "I really enjoyed the commit- ment of being tied down each Sunday." She servcd both Rpsehill and first Trinity churches. First Trinity was renamed Faith Lutheran in 1960 and the two arishes merged in 1973 to ecome what is now Gace Lutheran. The first pastor she played for was Pastor Eisner. At Rosehill she played on a Hammond electric organ. But she had a fondness for the origi- nal pipe organ at Grace. She said it was a very sad day for me when they took out what is left of the old organ after the fire in 1996. Although some of the pipes were used in the construction of the new organ. Betty remembers one time when she played on a pump organ at the funeral home in Tracy. "That was all tl/ey had, and it was quite different play- ing it." The new organ is wonderful and it has lot of features includ- ing the chimes. She played with many choirs, and she can't remember how many weddings and funerals she has played for -- hundreds of them. Pete and Muriel Gundermann were the first cou- ples wedding that she played for. She said "I should have kept track -- but I had no idea I would have done this for so long." Betty has played in many .places around the state includ- ing the Twin Cities. She also played at a town in southern Iowa. For the past six years she has played every Saturday for the Presbyterian church. "I really enjoy that." She feels thepeople after all this time are usedto the way she lays. "If I have a fault it is that play fairly fast." Tickling the ivories Continued on page 3 66/47 69/48 Partly Mix of sun cloudy, and clouds. Highs in the Highs in the mid (:g)s and upper 60s later in lows in the and lows in upper 40s. the upper 4Os. 74/55 79/59 Mix of sun l)lated thun- and clouds- derstorms. Highs in the Highs in the mid 7Os and upper 70s lows in the and lows in mid 5Os- the 5Os. Watch for Next Weeks American INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2004 Sentinel Tribune m m