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Vlewp(. lnt Wednesday, November 5,200 ..:::),-::::i]:::::: :..-:: • bETWEEN THE ..... ' ...... -.:,:::::::.::: ,. By Tom Merchant lINg Sentinel Tribune "-' ' • '="" ler thirig= go wl :mGI something wrong with our connec- As soon as I got up this morn- tion as it was taking way to long. I tried resetting the various pieces of equipment and was able to eventu- ally send all but 1 of the pages. So just before I left for the city council meeting I tried sending the final When things go wrong ing (Monday) and looked outside I had a strange feeling that things might not go well today. Well I was wrong or at least partially wrong. Things actually went quite well for the biggest part of the day until it came time to send our peach pages over to the printers in Slayton. It seems things there had not been going well at all, as their image setter, the device that inter- prets and develops our pages into negatives which in turn are used to burn the plates for the press, went down earlier in the day. I should have known, earlier Nancy's computer started to lock up every time she printed out any- thing. Then through some mystical means the computer actually fixed itself and started working again. I'm thinking hey maybe i was wrong, but I was wrong in that assumption a.s things began to happen for the worse. As I began sending the pages over to Slayton it became apparent there was page on the FTP site and also via e-mail. About an hour later I got a call from best friend saying they had not yet received the last page. Fortunately I had already burned the page on a CD and was able to drive it over to Slayton and deliver it in person. And it was good. For those of our faithful read- ers who might be reading this a day late I apologize because with the problems they are having at Slayton and the ones I am antici- pating here, the paper probably will not make the news stand on time. On the other hand if you are read- ing this on time then you will know life on the planet is good and things went OK. Have a great week Harder helps save small town hospices Minnesota House leaders and the MN Department of Health (MDH) have reached a compro- mise that will give regulatory relief to many small-town hos- pices, thanks to the hard work of Rep. Elaine Harder (R-Jackson). The MDH had proposed a rule that would have added bur- densome staffing requirements and regulatory costs on end-of- life facilities in Greater Minnesota. MDH bureaucrats had told Health Department Commissioner Diane Mandernach that the hospices had asked for this regulation. This revelation was opposite of what Rep. harder had been hear- ing locally. "As a hospice volunteer, I've spoken with many in the hospice community that said these changes would be costly and ridiculous," Harder said. "I'm pleased Commissioner Mandernach took their concerns seriously." Following a recent summit meeting with lawmakers, hos- pice staffers and stakeholders in New Ulm, Mandernach pulled the proposed rule back to work in issues raised by the 'hospice lead- ers. "I'm pleased that the agenda for a few career bureaucrats has taken a back seat to the real life needs of small town hospices," Harder said. "I thank commis- sioner Mandernach for taking quick action, and local hospice leaders for bringing this issue to my attention." Gutknecht announces $470,000 for Tallgrass Prairie First District Congressman Gil Gutknecht recently announced the inclusion of $470,000 for the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in the Interior Appropriations Conference Report. The Conference Report passed the House 216 to 205. The Northern Taltgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1999, extends from Northern Iowa through West Central Minnesota. The Refuge will receive $470,000 in taxpayer dollars for land acquisi- tion and administration. "In these times of tight budg- ets, I appreciate that Congress recognized the importance of the Tallgrass Prairie Refuge," said Gutknecht. "Conserving our nat- ural heritage is one of the most important things we can do for future generations." Land will be acquired from willing sellers. Gutknecht is the chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry," vice chairman of the house Science Committee; and member of the House Budget Committee. 00 O 00 e e-O 00000000000"00000 • Sentinel Tribune Tip Line • • If you see news happening or have a story • • idea call our News Tip Line. . • 274-6136 or 1-800-410-1859 •. • Due to staff limitations we may not always be • • able to respond to your tips or ideas. However • • we will do our best to give every call full regard. • • Thank you for your help and consideration. • 00•00000••000000000000 • -i AI Bart... ChLM DOWN. At4000T--# 00LLO00F_--F--U CO£T00NE. "Stories from the Batt Cave" THE INCIDENT WITH THE BED- PAN I am one of those men who likes to live on the edge. I do not fill my pickup with gaso- line until the needle of the fuel gauge has dipped well into the red area. I know that running a vehicle with little fuel in the gas tank makes the vehicle lighter and that means better gas mileage. This habit does not go unnoticed by my wife. My wife is a leaner. When she rides with me, she leans to the left. She leans not for the mushy reasons of days past; she leans so she can check out two things-the speedometer and the fuel gauge. She is forev- er telling me that I am going to run out of gas one day and then rd be sorry, I know that I would be sorry only if she found out that I'd run out of gas. I listen to her and then wait until that needle ventures into the red before fueling up. I realize that a pedestrian is just someone who didnl know how to read a gas gauge properly and that I am able to drive a 1OO miles on fumes. One day, my wife went shop- ping, leaving me to my own devices. I had read in the newspa- per that the gas station in Hartland was having a special on pizza and pop at a price much lower than I would be able to stay home for. So I found myself on a pizza run to Hartland when my old pickup sputtered and ran out of gas. It wasn't my fault. I think the fuel gauge went bad. I could hear my wfe's voice telling me how sorry I would be if I ran out of gas, "Honestly, if brains were gasoline, Allen, you wouldn't have enough Mission Statement The Sentinel Tribune serves the residents and business community of Cottonwood, Redwood, Murray and Lyon County and southwest Minnesota by applying its available resources to accurately and consistently produce a quality newspaper which thoroughly covers the news of the area, stimulates thought and conversation, delivers advertising mes- sages in a timely manner, and provides information of general value to its public. In so doing contributes to the overall quality of life and economic health of its readers, advertisers, and community in general while stimulating the professional development of its employ- ees. to prime the lawn mower!" My pickup was resting right at the end of Pat Pending's driveway. Pat is our neighborhood inventor. He has more patents than Carter used to have Little Uver Pills. Pat's wife was once the runner-up in the Miss North Dakota contest. She would have won, but her trac- tor broke down during the talent competition. I walked up the drive and knocked on the door of Pat's shop. Pat came to the door. He greeted me and then showed me his latest invention, a lawn mower engine that runs on toenail clippings. I asked him for some gas and he told me to help myself. Pat wasn't surprised by my predica- - ment as my wife had warned him that it would be happening. I told him that I was sorry to bother him, but not as sorry as I would be if my wife found out that I had run out of gas. I asked him to kgep it our little secret. He understood. I didnl have a gas can. Pat did- n't have one either. All of his went into building the world's largest lock washer. Pat and I searched his junk piles and the only promising thing we found was what looked like an old bedpan. It looked like an old bedpan because it was an old bedpan. I asked Pat if the bedpan would hold gas. He told me that it had . held a lot more than gas in its day. I took that bedpan and filled it with gas from Pat's barrel. I filled the bedpan right to the brim. I told Pat that I'd be right back and began hoofing it back to my stalled truck. The Pending's dog, Phideaux (pronounced "Fido,") has the kind of a bark that gives toothaches. I hiked as man can who is filled bedpan of, irritating little dog his steps. Phideaux of stealing an old bedpan gas. I got to the pickup, gas cap and began tc gas from the bedpan I was hurrying to get before my wife ishness. Phideaux had convinced of my begun to chew on the ankle. I was pouring bedpan while trying to leg free of the gnawll While doing this, I sound of a car coming behind. Normally, I see my wife, but not said a little prayer, not be her. It was one of Hartland'S, ministers, Reverend Buick. I nodded at the car, quite happy that it wife. The good Reverend far past me when he hit brakes. He put his car reverse, backed as I poured the bedpan into the gas pickup. Reverend Pastor rolled window of his car and that is what I call faith." ©AI Batt 2001 71622 325 St. Hartland, MN 56042 SnoEowl @ aol.com .71i_ -t '_% = ,i *t - ' ' P'- 1 llIll i . 1 i Sentinel Tribune Thomas Merchant Roxy Soil Wayne Rue Junette Merchant Nancy Goring Joan Spielman (ISSN 875O-3905) Managing Editor Ad Layout & Office Manager Advertising Sales Westbrook Office & Production Production Production Carolyn Van Loh assignment reporter Ted Herder Walnut Grove news correspondent Published every Wednesday at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 Periodicals Postage Paid at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE FOR THE SENTINEL TRIBUNE WILL BE: In the following counties: Cottonwood, Redwood, Lyon, Murray and Nobles $25.00 Per Year - $17.00 6 Months (includes Peach). Elsewhere in Minnesota $29.00 per year. Out of the State $34.00 per year. 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