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byron higgin-newtifFROM MY FRONT WINDOW

By Byron Higgin

I had the misfortune to say, “I’ve never seen as much rain as we’ve seen this year.”
All of a sudden the opinions on that subject ranged from, “In 1993,” or even back into the 1950’s and the 1940’s.
Fact is, we got a whole lot of rain in these parts.
The next area of concern will be, “Can we get the crops out of the field.”
And ... “Will we lose some of the harvest because the corn and beans will rot in the extra moisture and the muck?”
No doubt, we’re going to need some super drying weather to get this great harvest out of the field.

There’s a story about four farmers who recently bought four huge combines.
Then, when it started to rain they all took them back and paid $80,000 more for each combine to have tracks put on them.
Of course, they were expecting wet fields and wanted to increase the chances of harvesting a great crop.
Despite all those who claim, “I’ve seen it worse than this around here,” ... I’ve heard plenty of people say they’ve never seen a fall with so much rain.
If I recall correctly, we were waiting last year to get into the fields and farmers were getting pretty nervous.
But they harvested a tremendous crop just the same.
So, with a little help from mother nature, let’s hope we can once again get into the fields and make a killing in the fields.

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE ....
One of the most interesting times I had during the flooding was to take time to go with Fuzzy Downing on a tour of the “reservoirs” to the northwest of Minneota.
He was one of those who helped build the reservoirs many years ago. It was amazing how well they worked, slowing down the water  and diverting it into the creeks.
It came out into the creeks with a lot of force. But it was obvious without the reservoirs, and without the dike near Hope Lutheran Church, the community of Minneota would be dealing with water in a much different way.
I’m sure the football players and fans of the Vikings enjoyed diverting the game to the wonderfull football field at SMSU so that turned out to be a plus.
However, because it costs the school district to rent the facility, that’s not something we should count on.
Officials will be waiting to see if the water goes down in time to play the homecoming game against MACCRAY at K. P. Kompelien Field on Friday.
No word on moving it has come yet and indications are it might be ready to use come Friday.
Water, water everywhere!

LAUGH A LITTLE: I had a problem yesterday, so I called Eric, the 11-year-old next door,  whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over.
Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.
As he was walking away, I called after him, ‘So, what was wrong?  
He replied, ‘It was an ID ten T error.’
I didn’t want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired,
‘An ID ten T error? What’s that? In case I need to fix it again.’
Eric grinned.... ‘Haven’t you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?
‘No,’ I replied.  
‘Write it down,’ he said, ‘and I think you’ll figure it out.’          
So I wrote down:
ID10T   
I used to like Eric.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:  As my Ole Pappy used to say, “Always laugh when you can. It’s the cheapest medicine you can get.”
Ole Pappy knew what he was talking about. Try laughter whenever you feel like crying and you’ll see how well it works to cheer you up.
Thanks Ole Pappy!