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mllmmlll SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Page 3 The compound they stayed at was mainly a church compound with a school for disabled chil- dren, community garden, a clinic, and a craft center. Carrie helped plant 2500 beet plants in one morn- ing. Their extension agent for the area was very happy to receive new ideas to try and help them develop their agriculture. Ron said, "One of the things we did was to bridge the gap between the blacks and the whites. For the most part, the blacks have been ignored by the white community. Even after Apartheid ended, it is still there to some degree." They were surprised to see some modern farming in the area but it was all done by white people. "I can only assume that God has called us to go there to help teach the black people about how to .use modern farming methods, because the white people of South Africa will not do it," Ron said. Vfhen they visited a vil- lage called Hoffenthal it was probably one of the poorest areas. They were trying to set up a garden and next to it was a ceme- tery with at least a dozen fresh graves. They were told they were all Aids vic- tims. "There are very few peo- ple there my age," said Ron. "There are lots of orphan kids there. They were trying to figure out how to get water which was about a mile away. I was really frustrated that I could not help them because the job would require much more time and resources than we had to give." Many of the men old enough to work had to go to Johannesburg to get jobs. because unemploy- ment there is over 65 per- cent. With the high unemployment everything there is fenced in with razor wire as there is a lot of theft there, At the Emangweni site they were helping to dam up a small creek when a tractor they were using fell into a deep rut and overturned trapping two of the men under it. Both survived with scrapes, bruises and a few missing teeth. Several people lift- ed the tractor off and they were taken by ambulance 45 minutes later. "It was a miracle that neither was seriously hurt or killed," Ron said. It was amazing when you would start a project people would come out of nowhere to help with the work. While working on one of the irrigation projects, they were burying a pipe about a foot under the ground. Ron told one of the fellows he was work- ing with, "In Minnesota we would be burying these pipes six feet." The man asked why so deep? Ron told him it was necessary because the frost goes so deep. The man replied "Why do you people live there??" Carrie told of a black servant girl where they stayed. She spoke no English, and she was pro- vided a job, for room and board. She did mostly household chores of clean- ing and washing and so forth. "Even though our hosts were also black they more or less told them to ignore her. This bothered both of them. I hope our stay there might change them," Ron said. While they were there Carrie tried to interact with the young woman as much as she could. "When we left we gave the four 'children and the servant girl a souvenir key chain. When we left the servant girl gave me a warm embrace -- it said so much even though she could not tell us. It was uplifting to see the joy on her face with a huge smile as we left," Carrie said. Ron said, "since I have returned, there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about those people. The people there made us feel so welcome. Just being there was a blessing for both of us." They both said they would go back in a heart beat if they could. "It was tremendous the' support we received from our church, Grace Lutheran, and the rest.of the community," Ron said. While there they were able to do two irrigation projects, refurbish a chicken coop -- using materials they had avail- able. They used a lot of bamboo because wood is scarce and they have a large termite problem. Their only regret was that they simply did not have enough time to spend with their African friends, but it was a great trip. From Page 1 The landscape of the area where the Horkeys visited was similar to the western Dakotas. Submitted phot.o Manual labor was the means of performing work on most of the projects the Horkeys worked on in South Africa. Submitted photo IS OFFERING THE FOLLOWING LAND FOR SALE Area news briefs Fulda -- Snow forecast for Friday night into Saturday was not good news for farmers in southwest- ern MN as several days of wet weather has prevented much of the soybean harvest. Snow showers fell over the area Friday night into Saturday, Monday morning, i farmers awoke to see a layer of heavy wet snow blan- keting the ground and hanginging onto the plants in the field. More wet weather is predicted throughout the week. Lamberton -- Trina Dammann was crowned Homecoming Queen at Southwest MN State University's Homecoming activities for 2009 held this weel . Trina is the daughter of Jolene and Gerald Dammann. She is a former RRC graduate. Slayton -- Murray County Central fourth grade stu- dents enjoyed their annual campout Thursday, October 8. The campout was to have been a two day, overnight trip, but the weather didn't cooperate, so it was turned into a day trip. Students in fourth grade have been enjoying this annual tradition for over 35 years. Traey -- Tracy and Balaton fire department members gave fire prevention and safety presentions to children at St. Mary's and Tracy Elementary schools last week. Firemen stressed the importance of having working smoke alarms in every home, and having two escape routes planned from their bedrooms. Windom -- The flu outbreak came down upon the Windom school district in full force Monday. District-' wide, 18.5% of the student population was absent Monday, about 168 students. At Winfair Elementary, numbers were higher, woth 29.5% of the enrollment gone -- largely due to illness. ONKEN BACKHOE SERVICE Complete Farm Drainage Ditch Cleaning Dozer Work Basement Digging All Types of Trackhoe & Backhoe Work Septic System Design & Installation Mike Onken Westbrook. Shop 507-274-6649 507-734-3150 Lyle Onken 507-836-1049 Carol M. Zurn died Saturday Carol M. Zurr/age 69 of Windom, MN died Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the Sogge Good Samaritan Center in Windom. Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22 at the American Lutheran Church in Windom. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Following the luncheon at the church, a graveside committal serv- ice will take place at Westbrook Cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.almliefh.com CLASSIFIED CALL 274-61 36 OR 1 -800-410-1859 Tribune available Oleson's Mercantile Hoyt Oil &Convenience Bubai Grocery Thrifty White Drug Maynard's Grocery ExpressWay Shady Drive-Inn Buy, Sell, or Rent in the Classified ads Sentinel Tribune Ph. 274-6136 1-800-410-1859 CLASSIFIED ADS - SMALL PRICE - ~t -_. ,-% =.L ' t,.o A Holly Township LEGAL: The Southeast Quarter (SE1/4) of Section 15, Township 108, Range 39, Murray County, Minnesota; EXCEPT a tract therein described as follows: Commencing at the NE comer of the SE 1/4 of section 15, Township 108 Range 39; thence due south along the East line of said Section 15 for a distance of 800 feet to the point of beginning; thence continuing due South along the East line of said Section 15 for a dis- tance of 38 rods; thence at right angles due West for a distance of 21 rods and one (1) foot; thence at right angles due North for a distance of 38 rods; thence at right angles due East for a distance of 21 rods and one (1) foot, more or less, to the point of beginning containing 5 acres, more or less TERMS OF SALE: (1) Interested Buyers shall submit a sealed bid to the Birkholz Law Office at RO. Box 461, St. James, MN 56081, by 12:00 o' Clock noon on the 16th day of November, 2009.- (2) The sale shall be held at the Birkholz Law Office, Westbrook, Minnesota at 10:00 o' clock a.m. on the 19th day of November, 2009. (3) All bidders should be present. The sale will be conducted in the usual auction manner. All bidders will be given the opportunity to raise their bids. (4) The successful bidder shall be required to enter into a Contract for Deed on the date of sale. (5) There shall be a down payment of Twenty Percent (20%) of the sale price due and payable on the date of the sale. The remaining balance shall be due and payable without interest on or before the 1st day of February, 2010. (6) On the date of the closing, the sellers will deliver a Probate Deed with necessary documents and a current abstract of title conveying good and marketable title, (7) The buyers shall pay all real estate taxes and assessments due and payable in 2010 and thereafter. (8) Possession shall be given to the buyer on or before the date of closing. (9) The property is being sold "as is" and the sellers make no warranties as to the acres, tiling, or condition of the property. (10) The CER Value is $74.80 (11) Approximately 148.8 tilllable acres. (12)The sellers reserve the right to reject any and all bids. (13) The sellers reserve the right to waive any irregularities in the sale and to modify the terms of sale on the day of sale. Birkholz Law LLC, P.O. Box461 St. James, MN 56081. 174892