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Tyler Tribute - Page 4 Opinion Getting into the Christmas spirit Wow--how Christmas came up quick this year. It doesn't feel like 12 months have passed since last Christmas, but here we are--old St. Nick is knocking on our doors again. You'll see a lot of Christmas greetings in this week's Tyler Tribute. We wanted to make sure those greetings got out before the holiday went past us. There is a chance next week that many of our subscribers will have their papers for Dec. 25 on Tuesday, Dec. 24. That is- sue will feature some New Year's greetings. Both Christmas and New Year's Day will fall on Wednesdays this year--traditionally when our papers go in the mail. That means the papers will be put together and mailed out early. You may still not see the pa- pers until after Christmas or New Year's, that will be up to the Post Office and how their sched- ule works. Christmas is a fun time of year. Despite some of the stresses that come along with the season, there are a lot of things to enjoy. Growing up in the military I always remember watching the American Forces Network and how they would track Santa's flight from the North Pole. That tradition has transitioned to an app on my phone. Yup, I'm tracking Santa Claus on my cell- phone. I can get notifications once the big guy flies over Minnesota. Christmas is also a good time to connect with family and friends. Over the last few days I have From the desk of Robert Wolfington seen a number of cards from family start to fly through the mailbox. This is where I start to feel guilty about not having my cards ready. Not to worry, that will be done by Friday. Merry Christmas everyone, and before you know it, Happy New Year. Wow, time really does fly when you're having fun. Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Me and A.D.D. I was driving to work early this morning and, in front of me, the moon was bright against the blackness of the early morning sky. I looked in my rearview mir- ror and I could see that the sun was slowly coming up in the east. It made me think of a song from a few years ago by the band Panic at the Disco! entitled "When the Day Met the Night." I didn't give it a second thought and I continued on my way to work. That's probably the end of that short informational piece. I arrived at the office around 7:02 a.m. (oddly specific.) You may be thinking, "The of- rice doesn't open until 8:30 a.m., so why did you get to work so early, Steven?" There's also a pretty good chance that you weren't thinking that at all. There's a fair chance that you don't even care why I woke up at 5:26 a.m. this morn- ing with the hopes of getting to work early to finish my work for the week. The truth, folks, is that I am not very good at my job here. Don't get me wrong. I can handle all of the social interaction and being places at specific times and writ- ing and taking pictures and at- tempting to maintain some sort of professionalism and pretend- ing I have my "stuff" together and working on a computer that is the slowest device that has ever come out of a Dell factory. (I have lost a number of write- ups and unfinished documents because this computer stops to think and then never quite starts thinking again). Don't get me wrong--again. I'm not complaining. I'm not try- ing to do anything or make you feel anything. That, perhaps, is part of my problem. I'm here writing this morning because I Hurd's Words StevenHurd J"  happen to be the worst procras- tinator on the planet. I just don't understand the concept of a deadline. It is currently 9:18 a.m. and my deadline was 16 hours and 18 minutes ago. Oops! My employers hate that and 1 don't blame them. I hate it too. A "low disk space" alert just popped up in the lower right corner of my screen and now my computer has taken it upon itself to run a disk cleanup for me. How very thoughtful! If 1 were smart, I would hit save. I'm not going to, though, because after 16 hours, what's it going to hurt for me to be late by another hour. HeyI The problem has been resolved. I have 334 MB of free disk space now. I may be able to save this column after all. You can probably tell that I'm just jumping from topic to topic in the hopes that something will happen that is interesting. (Un- fortunately, nothing interesting is happening here.) So, that song that I was talking about at the beginning of this col- umn just happened to play on my other computer (the MacBook Pro that I brought from home). I had my iTunes on shuffle and now I'm listening to it. I'm going to take that as a sign. A sign of what, though? I have no idea. Sorry for wasting your time. I'll probably talk to you next week. 1963: Dr. Brian E. Williamson takes over chiropractic practice 75 Years Ago, 1938 Tyler's program ofpre-holiday entertainment gets underway tonight when the first of four free shows will be given at the Scenic Theatre. A thrilling West- ern, "Boots and Saddles" with Gene Autry in the hero role, is the feature picture. The skating rink at the public school playground is now ready for use. According to Superin- tendent Petersen, a new warm- ing house is being constructed and should be ready to use very soon. 50 Years Ago, 1963 Dr. Brian E. Williamson, chi- ropractor, announced this week that he will take over the practice of the late Dr. James E Kasper, in Tyler, starting Dec. 19. Martinus Christensen of Tyler was the first winner of a turkey in the Tyler merchants drawing. Other winners that day were Mrs. Rodney Anderson, Mrs. An- drew Sorensen, Lars Mathiasen, Leona Hagedorn, Esther Jacobs- en, Paul Enemark, Allan Ohl, Ar- nold Liedtke and Adeline Howe. 40 Years Ago, 1973 Dale Post and his two-and- one-half-year-old son Chris speared a 16-pound Northern Pike at Lake Shetek on Sunday. The fish was 41 inches long. This is the first year that Dale has done any spearing and th is his Looking Back first catch. Nineteen students, ages 12 to 18, successfully completed the written and driving performance snowmobile tests last Saturday in Tyler. 30 Years Ago, 1983 Nearly 80 Senior Citizens gath- ered Saturday at the Tyler Caf6 where they enjoyed a delicious dinner. Following dinner they went to the Center, where Leo- na Oerter led the program with a couple of readings and Inez Peter sang Christmas songs, ac- companied by Cecelia Andersen on the piano. Later, cards were played and prizes were given. Russell Elementary Letter to Santa--"Dear Santa, This Christ- mas I would like a big stomper 4 x 4 and some more reckord.-- Love, Brian Gifford" 20 Years Ago, 1993 Tyler area farmer Paul "Pudge" Enemark recently returned from a trip to the former Soviet Union where he got a chance to visit with the common people and see some things not on any tour- ist's agenda. Over 40 kids turned out for the Country Western Teen Dance on Sunday. They learned to line dance from Brent Buse and Jen- nifer Terhark. Barbie Ruppert was one of the participants. 10 Years Ago, 2003 Three Tyler city residences and three rural residences were named the winners of the Ty- ler Area Chamber of Commerce Lighting Contest. The city resi- dences were Kelly and Michelle Appel, first; Rick and Angela Dubbeldee, second; and Dale and Kristin Kruger, third place. The rural residences were Bob and Marvie Petersen, first; Frank and Betty ]orgensen, second; and Kent and Deb Mikkelsen, third place. Bob Schueller was named the Tyler Lions Club's Lion of the Year at their Christmas party. 5 Years Ago, 2008 Many gathered at the Danebod Gym Hall on Saturday afternoon to participate in the tradition- al Danish dancing around the Christmas tree at the Danebod Christmas Bazaar. Harold Mad- sen served up Aebleskivers at the bazaar. RTR Middle School students, under the direction of Renee Ma- rtian, performed three one-act plays for the public. The students were Gretchen ]ensen, Luke Wi- ering, Evan Kremin, Laura Erick- son, Lexi Rieder, Derek Hexum, Bryce Weets and BJ Dunblazier. We'recomments?all ears.ideas? " Quesh0ns? Story • We'd 10ve to hear them. , Call us at 507-247-5502 or send an email to tribute tylertribute.c0m , -. 11 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. Tyler Tribute reserves the right to edit or reject letters that include: • Crude or profane language • Personal attacks • Comments that are disrespectful of individual's race, gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation or ethnicity • Endorsements or complaints about commercial products or services • Fiction, short stories or poetry • Issues that don't relate to or impact the region • Letters signed "anonymous" or those we are unable to contact will not be printed The Tyler Tribute will not knowingly publish inaccurate information. Letters intending to address previously published letters should identify the previous letter and address the issues it presented. All submitted letters should be signed and include a phone number the writer can easily be contacted through, the writer's street address for verification purposes. That information will not be included in the published letter. Letters must be received by noon Friday for consideration of publication in the Wednesday edition of the Tyler Tribute. Additional questions can be directed to Managing Editor Robert Wolfington at 507-247-5502. Mail to: Tyler Tribute • PO Box Q • Tyler, MN 56178 or E-mail to: -- Established in 1972 -- Phone and fax -- 507-247-5502 Email Publisher -- Charles R. Hunt Editor -- Robert Wolfington Subscriptions $34.00 - Lincoln, Pipestone, and Lyon Counties $39.00 - Residents with 561 or 562 zip codes (excluding the above named counties) $45.00 - All other subscriptions A' Snow Bird" rate is available for $1.00 per month extra 50’ offto Senior Citizens 62 or older POSTMASTER: Address changes to: The Tyler Tribute P.O. 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