All we have to worry about are deer crossings PDF Print E-mail
You know the drill.
You’re driving along minding your own business when suddenly a deer pops out in front of your car.
Then there’s another, and another. My wife says where there is one, there’s more.
You slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the deer, then you breathe a sigh of relief when you pass them without a collision.
“I don’t know how I missed them,” you tell your friends later.
Well, Minneota native Stefan Sontag had an experience like that recently.
Only it was a bit more unusual.
You see, Stefan is at Camp Buehring Kuwait, in the service.
Stefan wrote his family, “It’s nice being out on the road doing missions because the time flies by.  We are stationed in Kuwait, but our missions are all throughout Iraq. We have been putting plenty of miles on our trucks and each mission brings something new to the table. It’s also nice to see lots of the bases throughout Iraq.”
But one night he and his mates saw a most unusual site.
Instead of “deer” crossing in front of them as they drove at night, their lights revealed three camels crossing the road.
Certainly some of the fellows had to rub their eyes in disbelief.
It’s not easy for fellows from the Midwest to even imagine a camel crossing in front of your vehicle at night.
But there they were, in all their glory, crossing the road as if they owned it, and in no particular hurry.
We know how to deal with deer crossing in front of us, but camels, well, now that’s another matter.
Then again, we’re talking Kuwait here ... not Taunton, Minnesota.
By-the-way, Stefan said in his letter that when he first arrived in Kuwait, “It was a huge shock. It was only 8 a.m. and already pushing 100 degrees outside and we landed in a sand storm.  It was definitely an interesting welcome to Kuwait.”
But they were kind and gave the men at Camp Buehring  a whole week to get acclimated to the new environment.  
“Each day it seems to get right around 120 degrees outside,” said Stefan Sontag.

Jason Davis may be here for Bug Days
(Note: Several odds and ends concerning Bug Days this weekend were discussed at the committee meeting last week. These items were written by Editor Gayle VanVooren and not by me ...)
Jason Davis of Channel 5’s “On The Road Again,” has been invited to come to the festival — a complete lineup has been sent to him and he was very impressed with what Minneota is hosting over our three-day celebration. Also noted that it was the 25th Anniversary of Boxelder Bug Days.
The Committee has also been contacted by Pioneer Public TV that they may be coming to cover the Bill Holm tribute on Saturday afternoon.
Community Center will be set up with Memorabilia from the 25 years of celebrations, books and memories from Bill Holm and Icelandic Heritage items.
Chain saw carver Chester Yackly from Watertown will be showing this creative art behind Rick’s Taxidermy on Saturday.
Stages will be set up, the bull arena staging will be coming in, bleachers, tables and portable toilets will be arriving, and crews are being assigned to help in so many areas.
The fireworks display will be exciting. Travis Prill is using a larger area to work from, and will have a 15-minute show to “wow” the crowds.
The Church Service on Sunday morning will incorporate area ministers and volunteers, with the Hope Lutheran Praise Band giving a live performance at 9 a.m., leading into the 10 a.m. community service.

LAUGH A LITTLE: A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party.  Their conversation was constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking the doctor for free medical advice.  After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asked the lawyer, "What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you're out of the office?""I give it to them," replied the lawyer, "and then I send them a bill." The doctor was shocked, but agreed to give it a try. The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepared the bills. When he went to place them in his mailbox, he found a bill from the lawyer.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: As my Ole Pappy used to say, “ If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. Of course, no one would have remembered him either.”