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snow show- I ers. 11/-1 8/2 Plenty of stm. Mix of sun Highs in the and clouds. low teens and lows 1 to-3F. 12/6 16/7 Times of sun Considerable and clouds, cloudiness. GIFT IDEAS PAGE 'ldh,l,hdh,l,d,J,ql,hl!,dlq,lldhhq,llldqlhhdl, ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09/13/99 SmallTownPapers 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATII]3. WA 98136.-1208 7 Wednesday December 15, 2010 $1.00 VOLUME NO. 26 NUMBER 16 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition m 1 By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL -- This Winter season, even though it is not actually winter according to the calendar, is stacking up to be a doozy of a winter. Certainly it is setting records or near records for snow fall this early in the season. Weather forecasters were talking ahead of the storm warning that it could be a major storm, and in fact they were right The storm started early Friday evening with rain and sleet eventually turning to snow. By Saturday morning the winds became severe with sustained winds in the high twenties and low thirties, with gusts up to 45 miles an hour. Most of the day it was white out conditions, and all the major roads were shut down by the highway patrol. 1-90 was closed from Albe Lea to the South Dakota border, and no travel was advised in the southern half of the state. The bulls eye of the storm was centered just south of the cities Metro, where some com- munities reported up to 23 inches of snow after it was all over Sunday morning: The storm forced hundreds of cancellations throughout a large portions of the upper midwest. Monday were busy end blizzard through the tos on page schools in School, community, and church events were most of the cancellations, dipped below At one time on Saturday, the state highway to 40 below patrol reported they had rePorL -df over':9(30 tr tffic gerous. . incidents. " Inthe area the wind was treet crews in Westbrook snow from the week- ht: This youngster trudged at Walnut Grove. More pho- street crews and citizens con- start, as did most of the of the storm temperatures in the 30 made travel even more dan- of state York Giants ten move their died down and Giants never forced to the it to Minneapolis, and were in Kansas City. * After 32 and 9 half years Krenfz has dec ded fo call it apos a dayServ ceWffhi he United $ a es By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- In her over 32 years as a postal clerk, Rennae Krentz has taken her bubbly personality to several area post offices, with her most recent assignment in Westbrook. She began her career in Walnut Grove July 1, 1978. Krentz's title was a Flex Clerk meaning she would work flexible hours. She took her training from postmas- ter Dorothy Litfin. She would work a couple hours in the morning sorting mail for the box- holders. While she worked in Walnut Grove she also worked as a sub at Revere and Tracy. Among her duties were to fill in as post- master when Litfin took vacation, and on Saturdays. Basically, she worked six days a week most of the time. About a year later Litfin retired, and she worked for Interim post- master Dolores Schmitt for about a year. After that Pat Hansen took over the postmasters job, and Krentz continued to work for her until 1991. When her hours were cut in Walnut Grove she transferred to Westbrook with postmaster Beve Cohrs and clerk Janet Mischke. During her tenure at Westbrook, Krentz also served as a Flex Clerk at Currie, Dovray, Storden, Jeffers, Iona, Lamberton, and back in Walnut Grove. She also worked in Windom on the docks. When she worked on the shipping docks at Windom she learned a Krentz does, lot about how th, routed to differ, of the country. SI "I think all the and postmasters ON RECORD PAGE 2 EDUCATION PAGE 8 . INSIDE PAGE 3 SPORTS PAGE 9 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 AREA FOCUS PAGE ]0 FAITH & FAMILYPAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 1 1 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA FOCUS PAGE 12 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 >ne last sort before retiring from the post office, mail iswork for a week or twoto go." Working tt partson the docks so they in several different post ae said,would understand more offices in one day was retires clerks about how the mail gets sometimes difficult keep- Continued on Page 3 should to where it is supposed ing everything straight. But she enjoyed working with all the people at the different post offices she worked at. After Cohrs retired Krentz worked with postmasters Mary Leonard, Lynn Vandenbroeke, and cur- rent postmaster Gall Rupp. Of course she also worked with several temporary postmasters while she was there. Krentz said, "it was sometimes humorous some of the complaints she got." When she first started in Westbrook a customer called to com- plain that she got his mail in the wrong box he said 'ff have lived here for 25 years and have had the same box the whole time." She said, "'well sir I have only been here for a few months, and I don't know that many people here yet." Winter SpoCts Pag~ 9 INFORMATION " CLASSIFIEDS " ADVERTISING CIRCULATION 507-274"6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2010 Sentinel Tribune