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Page 2 Mark Anthony Chief Meteorologist, KSAX Severe weather July 10 Severe weather pushed across the state of Minnesota Sunday. Tor- nado watches along with severe thunderstorm watches and warn- ings were issued across a good share of the region. There were several reports of tor- nadoes in Meeker county around the Grove City area. Radar indi- cated that there was strong rota- tion northwest of the city. In addi- tion, there were damaging winds from Douglas, Traverse, Pope, Lac Qui Parle, Stearns, Lincoln, Yel- low Medicine, Aitldn, Meeker, and Renville counties. West of Alexan- dria, for example, large trees were downed. In the Starbuck area, large trees of up to 30" in diameter were downed. In the Brandon area power lines were downed along with many trees. Also, many trees were snapped in the Sauk Centre area along with large grain equipment and some trailers were flipped in and around that city. Power was also out in the Renville area. Thankfully, the area received a break from the severe weather on Monday and Tuesday. The severe weather threat pushed south and east of Minnesota. By the midweek, severe weather will organize out in Wyoming and Montana. That system will even- tually arrive in the Upper Midwest and could bring some additional severe weather to Minnesota by Thursday and into the weekend. Have a safe week and upcoming weekend and keep an eye and ear to changing weather conditions. Weather history:. In 1933 a heat wave swept across the state. Most of Minnesota was in the 100s for day-" time highs. Weather fact: Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region and last for several weeks are defined as extreme heat. Humid or muggy conditions, which add to the discomfort of high temperatures, occur when a "dome" of high atmo- spheric pressure traps hazy, damp air near the ground. Excessively dry and hot conditions can provoke dust storms and low visibility. St. Ben&apos;s free outdoor concert series begins July 14+ The CSB/SJU Fine Arts Series presents Sunset Stages at St. Ben's, a free outdoor concert series fea- turing three of Minnesota's most popular performers held on three Thursdays in July at the Darnall Amphitheater at the College of St. Benedict. The concert series begins with an evening of Latin jazz with the Nachito Herrera Trio at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14. Herrera is rec- ognized as one of the world's great Cuban pianists as he combines the rhythms of his native country to create a sizzling sound that has been hailed as "jaw-droppingly good" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper. Monroe Crossing returns for another evening of fantastic blue- grass at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21. The band has been a crowd favor- ite for the last three summers at the series. Monroe Crossing plays a dazzling blend of classic bluegrass, gospel and heartfelt originals. Minnesota songstress Pru- dence Johnson will perform an evening of toe-tapping, sing-along standards at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28. A regular guest on Garri- son Keillor's A Prairie Home Com- panion, Johnson's career has taken her from honky-tonks to Carne- gie Hall as she has honed her craft and her love for the Great Ameri- can Songbook. Make the most of the brief Min- nesota summer by enjoying this relaxed outdoor series with a pic- nic and a bottle of wine on your favorite blanket or lounge chair. Thanks to generous funding sup- port by the Minnesota State Arts Board and Gustavo Pefia, this con- cert series will be free. Seating is available on a first-come basis. For more information, contact the Box Office at (320) 363-577.7, or visit These activities are made pos- sible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the. Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minne- sota Nov. 4, 2008. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays _v..00,00Inlon Thursday, July 14, 2011 00-County News Kimball, MN /11 "Slices of Life" Turtles on the road Why did the turtle cross the is supposed to help proliferate, not road? This isn't one of those takes desecrate, a species. " POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. on 'the classic chicken jokes. My question is quite serious. It's summer, and for our high- ways that means one thing besides construction zones: roadkill. We all witness our share of birds, squirrels, raccoons and deer. I've even seen - make that smelled - a dead skunk in the middle of the road. But, by and large, the unfor- tunate victims of late have been a different sort of critter: turtles. I've come upon at least a dozen or so turtles, either trying to cross the road, or lying still and quiet after making what I assume was a valiant attempt to do so. My family even encountered one instance of turtle migration up-close and personal. We found a four-inch painted turtle trying to cross the road near our lake cabin. Being the ecologically-oriented group that we are, we rescued him by Carrying him back to the pond from which he came. He seemed to swim offeagerly, and we figured he'd just lost his way. What a surprise it was the next day when we found him in exactly the same spot as we had 24 hours earlier, trying to cross a busy road. Again, we were rescuers, but this time our turtle didn't escape with- out a nickname. We decided to call him "Mr. Wrongway," because of his obvious lack of direction. The third day, we didn't see Mr. Wrongway until it was too late. A car hit him, and his shell was irreparably cracked. He went from being Mr. Wrongway to Mr. Bad- luck, and we mourned his pass- ing, which left us with the burning question: Why did the turtle (try to) cross the road? After much (interesting and diverse) family discourse on the matter, we decided reptiles are not suicidal, and in nature there's only one word to describe an act that on its surface appears to be somewhat similar to a death wish: instinct. Instinct can make us do some pretty wacky stuff. Just look at the piaying mantis and black widow spider; the females eat the males after mating. There's a death wish of the worst kind. But, back to turtles. By and large, instinct has to do with one key factor: proliferation of the species. In other words, "animals do weird things so they can have babies. Still, the turtle's behavior seemed counter-intuitive. Instinct I needed the truth, so I did a lit- tle research. As it turns out, turtles do cross the road because of instinct. In early summer, they leave the com- fort of their aquatic homes to seek out nesting sites to lay their eggs. This often involves crossing the hot, tarred road, which is not nearly as ancient as a turtle's egg- laying behavior. Turtles have been laying their eggs a lot longer than we've been traveling at 50 miles per hour with the windows down. In other words, instinct outdates the Interstate. - My research also told me that our Mr. Wrongway/Badluck wasn't a Mr. at all. Only female turtles lay eggs. He was a she. Predation on turtle nests is extremely high. Even if a turtle does make it across the road (and back) there is a good chance that a predator will find, and eat, the leathery-shelled eggs hiddafl in the earthen nest. Despite the haz- ards, some turtles beat the odds and hatch from their eggs late in the summer. They are tiny and vulnerable. After a time in the nest, they emerge to (you guessed it) cross the road in search of a watery home. And the cycle begins anew. In three or four years, they'll be ready to mate, which in turn means.laying. eggs, which in turn means cross- ing the road. Many will not make it. Some will. Turtles have been around for thousands of years. They've faced surly predators, treacherous cli- mates, and even hot, tarred roads. Through it all, they've persevered, slow and steady. It mightot always win the race, but it certainly counts for something. At least it does with my family. We've realized, a little too late, that things aren't always what they seem. A turtle trying to cross the road may not be headed in the wrong direc- tion. Most likely, instinct is tell- ing her exactly where to go. And the next time we see her plodding along, we've decided to do just one thing: help her get to the other side. Jill Pertler, award-winning syn- dicated columnist and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" is collecting fans on Facebook on her Slices of Life page. E-mail her at pertmn@qwest. net;, or visit her website at ht:// marketing-by-design.home.mchsi. corn. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Steams County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimball. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday through Fri- day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000. E-mail can be addressed to <news@tricounty news.IHN>. Our Web site is <www. tricountynews.MN>. We also have a drop site at EFt[ Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. RATES: Subscription rates are $36/year ($26 for age 62 and older) in Minnesota; S46/year ($36 for se- niors) elsewhere in the U.S. Single copy price is 75 cents. STAFF: Jean Doran Matua, Editor and Publisher Sue Hughes: Creative Designer Maxine Doran: Admin. 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