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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Aret0000 Focus Wednesday, August l 1, 2004 Page l President Bush-- Frompagel Some visitors waited to see the president but were turned away To allow enough time to get parked and into the quarry where the rally was sched- uled, we had to leave our meeting in Brainerd early. No problem. As I was driv- ing from Brainerd to Mankato numerous thoughts raced through my mind. Some of those thoughts focused on how I would write my experience for the Sentinel/Tribune. Other thoughts concerned what I would say and/or do if I got to meet the President. My anticipation slowly grew to eagerness and excitement the closer we got to Mankato. Driving through St. Peter, we saw major intersections with security people in place, presumably waiting for the President's caravan as it traveled from Le Seur to Mankato. People were beginning to gather with their lawn chairs along Highway 169. My excite- ment was escalating. We had arrangements to meet Tim and his family in the Home Depot parking lot so we could drive to the rally together. Shortly after 3 PM the Highway 14 exit ramps to the quarry exit were backed up with cars. By the time we got in line, several cars were lined up on the highway before the exit lane even started. When Naomi realized that we would be in line for quite some time, she made use of the time to paint Lily and Isaac's faces with patriotic designs. For most of the next hour and a half we merely sat and waited to inch for- ward another few feet. There was no parking lot or quarry in sight. Then we noticed more cars meeting us on the road, and a couple that were ahead of us in line turned around and headed back to Mankato. The gates to the quarry were closed. and it was nearly time for President Bush to arrive. We had inched along in our van for over two miles. We agreed that we had missed our once-in-a-lifetime experi- ence to see a President, and we turned around and head- ed back to Mankato. I was disappointed. What about my news story? Dave was disappointed. We both felt sad that our grand- children wouldn't be seeing the President. Their sad- ness, however,- was quickly erased when they got to ride the carousel at the mall. We could easily point a finger and put the blame on someone for spoiling our plans. What I do know is that 8,000 tickets were issued for the event. News relSorts indicate that 5.000 to 6.000 people attended. The parking lot was about a quarter mile from the entrance to the quarry, so shuttld buses transported the people. The gates were open for less than two and a half hours. You do the math. With only one entrance into the quarry, that means shut- tling about 3,000 people an hour from the parking lot to the quarry. Rumor has it that pro- testers had a part in the traf- fic tie-up. Yes, protesters were there along the road, and they had every right to be there until it hindered our right to see the President. This is America, where polit- ical candidates have the freedom to rally supporters to their cause. We don't agree with all candidates. but they all have a right to campaign for office, be it President of the United States or chairman of a local board. The next day both Dave and I talked with friends of ours who were more fortu- nate. One friend had some pictures of President Bush, even if he was a little too far away for a good closeup. Another friend shook hands with Bush. Our only memo- ry is sitting in line while traffic merely inched for- ward. We were fortunate, however, to be able to spend that time with Tim and his family, who recently returned from Japan. In fact, it was the first time that we had been with Tim since his return to Minnesota. By the way, Governor Pawlenty had difficulty get- ting to the quarry because of traffic, but his position as governor was a definite advantage that day And President Bush? He arrived by helicopter from the farm rally, so people who waited in St. Peter to see him were also disappointed. CLASSIFIED ADS SMALL PRICE BIG RESULTS Area news briefs Fulda -- A tour of Maplewood Court revealed that con- struction crews have made great strides toward com- pleting the facility. Pat Onken is the Housing Coordinator for Maplewood Courts. She and her hus- band, Luther have moved backed to the area from Lake Center, MN Lamberton -- Kalli, 4. lost two fingers and her thumb on her left hand in a lawn mover accident at the home of her parents, Scott and Sonia Mattison, rural Lamberton Thursday evening. She was airlifted from the farm by the Redwood Falls Helicopter to North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis. Slayton -- Residents Opposed to the Central Sewer (ROCS) turned in a list of signatures to the Murray County auditors office July 30th. Spokesperson for the group, Steve Harms. director of the Baptist Bible Cam on Lake Shetek said the 640 petition signatures repre- sent more than 70 percent of parcels that will be affect- ed by a centralized sewer proposed by the county. Tracy -- At the recent board meeting Supt. Marlette told the board that the district my be able to receive as much as $120 in integration money per student of us in immersion programs for non-English speaking students. The district could receive as much as $100,000. The dis- trict has already added new staff and are creating a more specialized program. Windom- Nearly 2,000 candle-lit white bags blazed through the night, providing the path for the annual Cottonwood County Relay for Life. The Relay wound up raising just over $33,000 to help find a cure for cancer. Last year's total was $24,000. Close Encounter- Find itfast in the Sentinel Tribune(; e ;rh:pa:elgot near us I Service and Business D cto reached out with my daugh- ter Faith, and asked him to autograph her shirt. Then he surprised us when he picked her up and held her face to face for about half a minute or so. It was just a great moment. After he handed her back about 40 people wanted to see her. KSTP television taped the encounter and interviewed Alan and Amy for a news cast. They were also given a copy of the tape. Afterwards Nickell said it was a thrill to watch the hel- icopters lift off while they were waiting to leave. You can't describe what it is like to be that close to the president. Faith will-have some great keepsakes to bring to her first show and tell when she starts school. 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Duane Ourada. owner State Bank of Lucan Sewing the area since 1936 106 Main Street, Lucan, MN.56255 507-747-2214 or Phone toll free 888-747-2214 MemlSer FDIC Fax: 507-747-2160 Tracy Service Center Tom Hahn, Owner 410 Craig Ave, Tracy, MN. 56175 507-629-9243 G & R ELECTRIC 168 4th St., Tracy, MN. 56175 Maytag, Magic Chef, Jenn Air RCA & GE TV's & VCR & DirecTv We service all makes and models Residential & Commercial Wiring Phone 507.629-4250 e-mail: elect@am-media.com Verona Herbst passes away Funeral services for Verona Herbst, age 82 of Storden and formerly of Jeffers, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 12th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers with Pastor Barbara Jewell offici- ating. Burial will follow in the Jeffers Cemetery in Jeffers. Visitation will be held 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August llth at the LaCanne Family Funeral Service in Jeffers and on Thursday for one hour prior to services at the church in Jeffers. Verona Herbst passed away Monday afternoon at her home in Storden. Agnes Schneider funeral set Agnes Schneider, age 98, of Westbrook, died Monday, August 2, 2004, at the Good Samaritan Home in Westbrook. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, August 13, 2004, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Prior to servic- es, a visitation will be held at the church, beginning at 10 a.m. CLASSIFIED ADS CALL 274-6136 OR 1-800-41 O- 1859 If you would like to have your message appear on this directory, please contact Diane Dick 274-6136 or 800-410-1859 Julie's Studio 10 Family hair care & nail design. Hair, Nails, Tanning & Waxing Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 12 - 8 Wed. & Fri. 9:00 - 5:00 Sat. 9:00 - 1:00 341 6th St. Walnut Grove, MN. 507-859-2000 Revere Auto Body & Glass $25 Gift Certificate at T-Tommy's, Key Largo, or the Med Club with a windshield replacement or $500.00 Body Work. FREE pick up & delivery. Loaner car available. 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