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Hey mister, what is your name? PDF Print E-mail


jonBy Jon Guttormsson, Mascot Columnist

Just had a real good idea — I’ll rename this column "Odds and Whatever".
Or maybe even "Odds and Nuts".
There — that last one would probably be the most descriptive.
Anyhooo—- I had an interesting experience last Monday.  I had an MRI.  
Don't ask me whatever that stands for — maybe Medical Reflections are Interesting, or Maybe Really Interesting, I have no idea.
How many of you good readers ever had that done?
You lay on that skinny cot, which barely has enough room for you, much less your arms? Then they slide you into this long tube, much like a metal cigar case?
I have a cousin that told me an MRI is okay, if you like culverts.
Myself, I have never gotten very intimate with any culverts, so I let that one pass.
By the way, my cousin is "nuttier" than I am, which may be hard to believe.
So, back to my little tale of life in a culvert — or MRI machine.

Getting involved in the news of the day PDF Print E-mail

FROM MY BACKYARDshaybuysseelake

By Byron Higgin, Publisher

Put a camera in some people’s hands they suddenly discover they want to report the news.
Such seems to be the case  of 15-year-old Shay Buysse of rural Minneota.
The young lady is a Westerheim 4-H Club member and she’s taken the camera seriously with entries in the county fair.
Well last week Shay Buysse’s parents’ farm was suddenly surrounded by water and many of the roads they use were being flooded by the sudden outburts of “Water-Water-Everywhere!” (See photo above taken by Shay Buysse).
Her parents, Caren and Curt Buysse (of Buysse Construction), encouraged her to use her camera and get involved in the sudden water story.
So she took to the roads, bridges and fields to see what was happening.
She came through with flying colors on several other photos as well.
One of her photos shows power line workers fixing a line over a swollen water area on 170th Ave. southwest of Minneota.

All that water didn’t make it easy for the workers to get to the problem. Shay found places all over the area with fields filled with water,  bridges that were in trouble and power lines that needed fixing.
She even found a school bus that had to stop and take a different route because of water on the bridge.
It wasn’t long after the bus took the country gravel road that that road, too, was filled with water and was no longer passable.
Shay Buysse, you did a good jo of reporting. As good as any we did. Keep up the good work.

LAUGH A LITTLE: St. Peter and Satan were having an argument one day about baseball. Satan proposed a game to be played on neutral grounds between a select team from the heavenly host and his own hand-picked boys.
"Very well," said the gatekeeper of Heaven. "But you realize, I hope, that we've got all the good players and the best coaches."
"I know, and that's all right," Satan answered unperturbed. "We've got all the umpires." — Amazon website.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:  As my ole Pappy used to say, “You don’t have to be faster than the bear when you’re being chased by one. Just faster than the guy you’re with.” Ole Pappy had a strange sense of humor.

Not happy about not being young PDF Print E-mail


gaylevanvoorenBy Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor

I came to a startling revelation over the three-and-a-half day wrestling tournament — I am definitely not as young as I used to be. And one thing is for sure, I am not happy about it.
If you are down on the main level of the Xcel Center, all those steps can be daunting if you’ve climbed them several times in one day. That book about the little red caboose begins to run through my head, “I think I can, I think I can...”
Of course, there’s an elevator that I finally found, but that somehow seemed liked cheating when we’re at an athletic event. We should be fit enough to do the stairs.

Questions about rivers answered PDF Print E-mail


By Jon Guttormsson, Mascot Columnist

Just for the "heck of it", I’m going to try and settle a discussion I’ve heard numerous times over a cup of coffee at either the Minneota Senior Center or the Roundup Office.
The topic of the discussion, and especially during the spring time when we have a large melting of snow creating flooding, or even a heavy rain, concerns what river actually runs through Minneota, what area it drains, and just where exactly does the Yellow Medicine flow in this area.
I have a reference manual, the Minnesota Atlas and Gazetteer, which includes topo maps of the entire State.

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