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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, December 15, 2010 Page 3 From page 1 O O O When Tammy Mischke started work- ing here, Beve fell and broke her leg on the sec- ond day on the job. So Krentz ended up having to train Mischke in as Cohrs did not return to work for six to eight weeks. She said, "that was a little scary because clerks usually don't train in new clerks. I hoped I wouldn't teach her some- thing wrong. Luckily Beve was easy going so when she got back it was OK. It was sort of like the blind leading the crippled." Krentz feels one of the biggest changes she saw was when Westbrook got the IRT Computer system. It would weigh the letters, parcels, and figure the cost including insurance and type of shipping required. These units are connected to a central system and at the end of the day, daily reports are sent over the phone. "Back when I started at the Post Office we did everything by hand," she said. "I always enjoyed doing the book work." The past several years Krentz worked a lot of extra hours filling in at area post offices. She sometimes won- ders how the smaller post offices will be able to get along with all the cuts in personnel, espe- cially at Christmas time. November through January are also heavy volume months. She misses the peo- ple that stop in to pick up their mail, "I miss that a lot," she said. Krentz admits some- times the job gets a little stressful getting every- thing done in a specified time. "It was rewarding when you could help someone with a problem and were able to solve it," said Krentz. Over all she said, "I really enjoyed working there and I will really miss the comradery of the people I worked with." Now that she is retired Krentz said she will be able to spend more time with her fam- ily. Her husband, Doug, farms and her three chil- dren are all grown so now she and Doug can get away more in the farm slack season. Their son Peter is still in col- lege at Madison, SD; Victoria is at Chicago; and Rustan is at Westbrook. Krentz is not worried about keeping busy as she is active in American Legion Auxiliary, Micawber Club, Library board at Westbrook, WELCA and Extension group. She also likes to read, and go to school activities. Students heading for Westbrook waited outside the Walnut Grove School Monday morning to board the shuttle busses. The school had a two hour late start due to the weekend bliz- zard. People were busy Monday morning blowing This skid loader was busy moving snow at snow around their residences, the high school Monday morning. By Jochum Wiersma U of MN Ext. Minnesota's crop econo- my, which totaled over $12.7 billion in 2009, depends not only on corn and soybeans but on a vari- ety of other crops, including wheat, sugar beets, dry beans, alfalfa, sunflower, potatoes, oats, and barley. These crops are important in Minnesota in large part because our climate is con- ducive to their growth. Minnesota's cli- mate trends, however, may affect some crops. Long-term observations across Minnesota provide evidence for higher average temperatures (particularly at night), higher summer dew points, and higher total pre- cipitation. This raises a question about whether the productivity of individual crops and cropping systems will change. To determine whether changes in climate have had an effect on the productivity of barley, a group of researchers from the University of Minnesota, including University of Minnesota Extension, ana- lyzed three decades of 'Robust' yield trial and weather data from the uni- versity's Research and Outreach Centers in Morris and Crookston. 'Robust' barley is one of the most successful variety releases fromthe Universit y of Minnesota. Developed 30 years ago, it has domi- nated the six-row malting barley acreage for nearly as long. The recent analysis showed that climate has had an impact on yield from 'Robust' over this period, with a stronger impact in Morris than in Crookston, Minnesota. The group concluded that barley was still within its climatic tolerance at Crookston, whereas barley at Morris is growing in an environment that is closer to its climatic limits. However, if growing-season tempera- tures are to increase further, as some of the records are already pointing toward and as has been forecasted by climate-change models, the expectation is that the south- em edge of the barley grow- ing region will move north because barley is no longer well-suited for Minnesota. For more information about agricultural produc- tion of small grains, visit, a collaborative Dave Th omas waved while blowing snow in Westbrook. This couple in Westbrook took a team approach shoveling out the windrow at the end of their driveway Monday Morning.. Y the ell,.--- Classified ads Sentinel Tribune Ph. 274-6136 or 1-800-410-1859 pieces in Call Lisa Miller for informati 712-472-2 email Imiller@n ub 184731