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Tyler Tribute - Page 4 nlon Wednesday, June 29, 2016 "It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a [ull tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses." -- Elwood Blues, movie character And thanks to all of whom I forgot to mention How about let's keep it short Off the Mark gladness. this week. You all have to make Mark Every single year. your 4th of July weekend plans WilinesS,-=| Thanks to Alexis, Courtney, anyway. You don't have time to Shelby, Emily, Adam and Lindsay read a 900-word dissertation, for the excellent entertainment. Thank you. I have a lot of Finally, thanks to the lovely people to thank for the past few and talented Courtney Mensen days. for singing with me. Part of the I'll start with last Thursday. The people who actually men- reason I'm involved so deeply in With a heavy dose of skepti- tioned the hue of my hair over Relay is losing my good friend cism I walked into Hair Expres- the past few days were actu- Carol, Courtney's mom, to sions in Tyler last week to see ally quite complimentary. The cancer. It sure felt like Carol was just what would be involved people who worried me were there with us Friday night. with making my hair purple for those who acted as if nothing I invite anyone who has the Friday's Relay For Life event, was different, inclination to join us in the next Kathy had been in and she was In retrospect, thanks to Rob- few months to help plan for happy with her purpleness, so byn for hoodwinking me into2017. It will fill you, too, with I thought I'd check it out. The my still-purple-on-Tuesday hair. gladness. discovery that I could end up It has been great fun. Oh, and one more thank you. sweating streams of purple Thanks also to the scores The Forever ]en team was serv- down my face in the forecast of volunteers who spend time ing chili dogs at their campsite. humid conditions for Friday making our Relay For Life event They were a religious experi- was giving me second thoughts, what it is. From Kathy and ]uli- ence for me. I had two religious The girls in Hair Expressions, I enne Prosch, the Co-Chairs, to experiences (with extra chili) found out too late, are profes- Chris Clarke who so effortlessly when I finally had time to sit sionals, and they can sense the keeps the evening moving...and down to dinner late Friday eve- fear in potential bolters. Before entertaining. Thanks to the very ning. I plopped down at a picnic I could actually bolt, Robbyn emotionally charged speeches table, and strapped on an or- sweet-talked me into The Chair and stories from Jonathan Moe ange towel for a bib in order to with a promise that a vigorous of Avera Tyler, John Schwing of shield my bright red Relay shirt, shampoo rub in the shower af- Sioux Falls and Lynette Madsen while sporting a purple 'do. ter the Relay event and I would of Arco. I've heard there are pictures. be purple-free. Being on the committee withThank you for not sharing Next time she will try to sell all the fine people who put the them. me some land in California. event together fills me with Everyone has someone who has influenced them throughout their life. It may be a parent, a sibling, a spouse, or simply a friend. My someone is my best friend. Since I neglected to introduce him with my other introductions, I would like to write about him this week. At the age of thirteen, I met a man who would become the most influential person in my life. I was going through a dif- ficult time. Like many thirteen- year-olds, I felt ugly, unloved, and completely unwanted. I had entered into a deep depression that threatened my very life. After a lot of pleading on the part of my parents, I attended a church service with them and my best friend was there too. After we were introduced and we had talked for a while, all the lies I had been telling myself had been converted into new truths I could believe and I was a changed person. Early in our relationship, a pattern began. I would get busy with my life and eventually stop spending time with my friend and then, in my hour of great- est need, I would run back into his open, welcoming arms. Even though I may not have realized it at the time, he was never far away. Other people have also been influenced by this man. Some say he performs miracles. Oth- ers say he's always there for them to talk to--that he always has a listening ear and a strong shoulder to lean on. For me, he is all of those things--a miracle worker, a friend to talk to, and someone I can always go to when I need help. My best friend listens when I can't stop the tears or when I'm having the greatest time of my life and I just need to tell some- one about it. He never ignores my calls or hurries through our conversations together. When I'm talking to him, it's as if it is just the two of us, and no one else in the world matters at that point. My best friend walked by my side during the darkest time of my life--when my future hus- band and I were in a car wreck and he became paralyzed from the waist down. My friend held my hand when I had to face my mother-in-law-to-be and tell her that the accident was a result of my poor choices. My best friend stood by me when my endless cycle of grief began at the age of 20. He helped me and my husband's rl Thoughts along the way Shelly Finzen family when my father-in-law passed away. He provided much needed guidance to his grieving mother and widow and chil- dren, as well as to a pair of new- lyweds who were barely adults themselves. After Dad's death, each year, when the death of another loved one comes, my friend has been there--at every funeral, holding me while I say goodbye. My best friend helped me through the trials of a difficult and uncertain pregnancy. After three miscarriages, I was finally pregnant and past the three month land-mark. He was the first one I told. Then, for six months, up to the point of deliv- ery, I dealt with severe morn- ing sickness, not able to eat or drink anything, including water, without throwing up. Because of my history of miscarriages, I was not able to take anything to alleviate the nausea. Needless to say, I lost excessive weight and felt horrible the entire pregnan- cy. Then, six weeks before Kay was born, I was told she would not survive delivery because of a rare birth defect. Fortu- nately, she was born five weeks developmentally premature, but completely whole. Looking back over that time, I see that I would not have made it through the hardships and emotional roll- ercoaster without the strength of my best friend. And, as I look back over our relationship, I can see that he has been with me through every trial I have faced since I first met him, and I am confident that he will continue to be there for me through the trials that come. Up to this point, I have ne- glected to share the name of my friend. His name may surprise you, even though many of you already know him, and have probably figured out who I am talking about. He's not my hus- band, he isn't a family member, and, although I have known him personally for many years, some people say that he died centu ' ries ago. You see, the person I would like to tell you about is my best friend, Jesus Christ. Finzen is news editor of the Lake Benton Valley ]ournal in umm hi This is it. The week of Sum- merfest. You'll see a full list of events in the ad in the paper, so I won't get in to that, and if you want to cut it out and carry it with you, feel free. We had some small copies of the poster made up, but they flew offthe coun- ters in the stores like mad! The only sticky point so far has been the softball - people want to have it, (I've heard I have issues Tammy Mathison about it many times that we ought to have softball, but no one wants to line up teams!) We went ahead and put it on the schedule anyway, so, grab your team or get a team together and show up and have some fun. The ballfield is all yours for the afternoon. Bring your cooler if you want! If you don't want to play softball and there are no teams out there, get a game of kickball or something together. We don't really have a personal prefer- must Question: Isn't there a state law that requires trucks haul- ing loose loads, such as gravel and granite pieces, to have their loads covered? I have lived at my current ad- dress for 40 years and rarely see these kinds of loads covered. The winds combined with the high speeds that some of these trucks travel can make it dangerous for walkers and vehicle occupants along and on a highway. Answer: No vehicle shall be moved on a roadway unless the load is securely covered to pre- vent any leaking, blowing, shift- ing or dropping. There are some exceptions; trucks that distrib- ute sand or salt on the roadway for traction and farmers that may lose grains and such, in small amounts, that would not Ask a Trooper Sgt. Troy Christianson ;_ Minn. State Patrol cause damage to the roadway or vehicles. The Minnesota State Statue that covers this is 169.81 Subd. 5. If you encounter a vehicle that has an unsecured load, safely at- tempt to obtain a license plate number along with a descrip- tion of the vehicle and call law enforcement. We will attempt to stop and inspect the vehicle. When traveling behind a ve- hicle with an unsecure load, give yourself plenty of room to avoid any obstacles that may fall. Pass the vehicle only when it is safe to do so. Working together we can drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths. The Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths program brings area law enforcement, public health edu- cators, engineers and emergen- cy medical and trauma services together to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and severe in- juries to zero in southeast Min- nesota. If you have any questions con- cerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christian- son at, Troy.Christianson@state. ence of what goes on there (softball vs. kickball) we just want you to have fun! So, there is my message for the day, "Have fun!" that's the gist of it. Oh, and don't forget your sunscreen! I did over the weekend and I'm sure paying for it with some tender shoul- ders. One more quick note- if you're going to drink, please don't drive. And don't forget your ID for the dance! They DO check to make sure you're of age! Mathison is editor of the Hendrieks Pioneer 1972 -- Phone andfax ,,-- 507-247-5502 E-mail Editor --- Mark Wilmes $35.00 - )or( A "Snow Bird" rate is available for $3.00 per month extra 50 offto Senior Citizens 62 or older POSTMASTER: Address changes to: MN t USPS 963-720 Letters to the Editor policy The Tyler Tribute encourages readers to participate in the editorial page of this paper. Original and diverse opinions through the form of letters to the editor are encouraged. Due to limited space the Tyler Tribute asks that letters be limited to 300 words or less. 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