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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Page 4 Mn/DOT snow plow. c:rews n for winter we tdy Motorists encouraged to stay away from snow plows The MN Department of Transportation's snow plow operators are trained, experi- enced and ready to assist motorists in facing another win- ter driving season. "We have the equipment, tech- nology and experienced crews to do an excellent job of keeping Minnesota's roadways clear," said Susan Mulvihill, Mn/DOT director of operations. 'eWe have great confidence in our crews, and we are asking motorists to help us keep the roads safe dur- ing winter driving conditions by giving our plows room to work." Last year there were 103 snowplow/vehicle crashes in Minnesota and 27 of these crashes occurred when vehicles crashed into the back of snow plows. The crashes are typically caused by inattentive drivers or by motorists driving too close. Snowplow trucks can be twice as wide as a semi truck. They are rigged with a plow that extends 12-15 feet out from the front of the truck and an 8-10 foot-wide side wing plow. Operators have much to moni- tor and control and their ability to see behind them is limited by side mirrors. Their vision can also be hampered by the snow clouds they create while plow- ing. "I can't stress enough how important it is for drivers to approach winter driving with caution and patience." Mulvihill urged. 'fib keep themselves safe and the highways open, motorists need to stay away from snow plows." Mn/DOT urges drivers to fol- low these safety steps this win- ter: * Keep a safe stopping dis- tance between vehicles and stay at least five car lengths behind cloud. * Give yourself plenty of trav- el time; don't put your schedule before safety. * Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, head- lights, brake lights and direc- tional signals. * Accelerate and decelerate slowly on icy/snow-covered roads to retain traction and avoid skids. * Don't "power up" hills which may cause wheels to spin. Build momentum before reaching a hill and don't stop while travel- ing uphill. Reduce speed going downhill. * Adjust speed to road and weather conditions. Lower speeds help drivers avoid crash- es and minimize those that Occur. * Avoid using cruise-control. * Turn headlights on when it is snowing or sleeting. * Give driving your full atten- tion; do not talk on cell phones or text while driving. * Always wear seat belts. *Stay home if possible; avoid unnecessary travel. *Watch for pedestrians-espe- cially children-who may be walking on the street to avoid walking on impassable side- walks. *If your vehicle stalls, stay in your vehicle and call]wait for help. Mn/DOT is working with sev- eral other state agencies and a group of safety organizations to sponsor Winter Hazards Awareness Week. For winter driving tips and more winter safety information please visit http://www.winterweather.state .mn.us/WHAH_Home.asp For information about road closures and current road condi- tions call 5-1-1 or log onto www.511mn.org. The Minnesota Department of &}cpreSs- "Stories from the BaH Cave" "ll A good day I was walking around my house in my bare feet. Who else's bare feet would I be walking around in? I walked by a hard-cornered hassock. It jumped in front of me, allowing me to stub my most often stubbed toe against it. I paused, waiting for the pain to hit. Something strange happened. There was no pain sent to my brain to forward to my mouth for vocalizing. Somehow my toe had been dealt nothing more than a pain- less, glancing blow. One of the best ways to start a morning is with a stubbed toe that wasn,t truly stubbed. I REMEMBER YOU I talked to a nice man in the store. He looked like someone I company. It revealed a station filled with strident voices. I decid- ed to wait until I was stopped before finding one more to my lik- ing. I was going through a busy intersection when I heard a loud horn. It scared me. It was a realistic horn on a radio commercial. It was so lifelike, I almost became less than lifelike. YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN I rarely leave the house on the first try. I usually forget some- thing. I need to check that the burner of the stove was turned off, the radio was quiet, and the toilet was not running. I need to grab a book, a mug of tea, or a printout from MapQuest. I get into my car and back out of the garage. I stop the car, get out, BB rifle from Einar's Hardware. It was a cool looking firearm, but offered little power. I poured BBs into the barrel of the rifle and was ready for a shooting marathon. The problem was that 1 could cock the rifle only once. When I fired it, the BB came out with an arc. I could see the BB fly through the air. If I changed my mind as to my target, I could warn the intended victim with a "Look out!" even after the BB had been launched. YOU GET GOOD MILEAGE BEHIND A TOW TRUCK I had car trouble. It was a Sunday, but I found a garage that would tow my vehicle and get it ready to repair when the parts arrived the next day. I rode in the tow truck with the driver. He wore a shirt with the name "Bob" stitched above the knew That was because he was and, walk back into the house. I breast pocket. equipment.Snwplows or other removal onTransprtatinFacebook, is now available somebng T knew. I. khew his,;;dor),:t think of ita beipg fQrgetf t When he dr0ppedme off t,my Never drive into a snow : Ird Rhown him for a Iona' I,think of it as exercise: .... hotel, i said,' anksl BobP iT - time. I knewhis name like l kne ' MINNESOTA WEATHER RUEES "My name ain't Bob," he ....... the name of old whatshisname. I A visitor asked me what a nor- responded. just couldn't remember it. mal Minnesota winter is like. I "Oh, I saw the name on your I could remember other answered that I did not know. shirt," I stammered. names--Dick Cavett, Andy "Haven't you lived in Minnesota "Ain't my shirt," he replied. Granatelli, Engelbert all your life?" he asked. IT WAS OFF THE PIE CHART November is Prematurity Awareness Month Our family was forever changed when our twin boys, Lincoln and Austin, were born too soon. They were born weigh- ing just 1 lb. 12oz. and 1 lb 14 oz, and they were merely the size of a soda bottle. You can never for- get the moment that you first see your baby and hear them cry for the first time, this moment was much different for our family than for most, yet we got to experience many amazing moments along our way. We will never forget the first moment that we seen our children for the first times-we got to see Lincoln right after he was born and got to see his tiny eyes look at us--we can close our eyes and that image of our little boy "looking at us" brings tears to our eyes--we cannot even describe; Austin had other diffi- culties as he was whisked away and our first looks at him were hooked up to tiny wires and tubes and his micro small body, he was beautiful and amazing. Much like they are today!! We endured many ups and downs along our journey of 79 days in the hospital, but those days are so meaningful and pages in our lives that we lived and that we continue to get to live every day thanks to the March of Dimes. These are the reasons that we fight for all babies who are born....because we don't get to choose how our babies are born, but we can help support, as the March of Dimes has helped so many through their research and support that they offer to all families. November is Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17 being Prematurity Awareness Day. It is when the March of Dimes focuses everyone's attention on the impact that premature birth has on babies and fami- lies. Our family is not alone when it comes to facing prob- lems of prematurity and/or diffi- cult pregnancies. More than half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year. With one in eight babies born too soon, our country lags behind many other developed nations. March of Dimes researchers are focused on finding the caus- es of premature birth and devel- oping preventions. The March of Dimes also pushes for access to healthcare for all women of childbearing age to reduce the number of preventable preterm births. You can join the effort by going to www.marchofdimes.com. For over 65 years, the March of Dimes has saved millions of babies and children from death and disabilities through our life-saving research, innovative programs, and dedicated volun- teers. The March of Dimes was founded in 1938 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to defeat polio, a dreaded disease that claimed the lives and limbs of America's children in record numbers. Within 17 years, the Salk vaccine was developed and polio was defeated. Humperdinck, Ken Starr, Henry Gibson, Boz Scaggs, Gary Hart, Leonard Nimoy, Don Mincher, Ross Perot, Henry Cabot Lodge, Durward Kirby, Harold Stassen, Norman Greenbaum, Yosemite Sam, Boog Powell, and Sam the Sham--although I couldn't remember the names of all the Pharaohs. Unfortunately, rve never run into any of them in a store. THE PERILS OF PEREGRINA- TION I picked up a rental car in Florida. I was unfamiliar with the model. As I pulled out of the air- port, I turned on the radio for "1 have," I replied. "But in all that time, we've never had a nor- mal winter. The Native Americans didn't tell anyone about Minnesota. They didn't think any- one would believe the weather." I did offer some rules. Spring will arrive a little later than hoped. Summer will begin a little earlier than expected. Fall might not show up at all. Winter will sur- prise us. TO BB OR NOT TO BB I wanted a BB gun. My mother wanted me to avoid putting an eye out. My father was on my side and one Christmas, he bought me a Daisy lever action I was having a piece of sour cream lemon pie at the Crazy Mountain Inn in Martinsdale, Montana. rve never had a bad pie, but this one was exceptional. A pie that was impossible to eat without making some "mmmmm" sounds. The waiter stopped by my table after 1 had finished my pie and, acting upon habit, asked me if rd saved room for dessert. I ordered another piece of pie. AI Batt 2009 71622 325 St. 1-1, MN 56042 http://albatt.net/ The March of Dimes benefits our community through: Funding research to find the causes of premature birth Encourages investment of public and private research dol- lars to identify causes and to identify and test promising interventions Educates women about risk-reduction strategies and the signs and symptoms of pre- mature labor Provides information and emotional support to families affected by prematurity Advocates to expand access to health care coverage to improve maternity care and infant health outcomes Helps health care providers to improve risk detection and address risk factors Generates concern and action around the problem Prematurity is something that families and babies don't ask for. Daily we are reminded of the amazing support and research of the March of Dimes as we look at our two boys who amaze us every day with their strength and drive to "grow up." Not all families are as fortunate as we are, as many families have their hopes and dreams crushed when their baby arrives too soon, too small and very sick. A healthy pregnancy and a baby are a blessing and we need everyone to help. How can you help? You can offer your help and support through participating, volun- teering and partnering with the March of Dimes. Premature birth is the number one cause of death during the first month of life; each year in Minnesota 7,718 babies are born prema- turely. Babies who are born too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for life long disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, lung problems, and vision and hearing loss. Please, help support the March of Dimes and their mission to give every baby a healthy start. Thank you for reading about our story and helping to give all babies a fighting chance. 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