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,% Pa00e 24 DODGE BOOSTER CLUB FUNDRJ00ISER ity Thursday, August 2, 2012 C OlllLl[l Tri-County News- Kimball, MN Biking couple paused in Kimball at 00mball Area High School $20 per test drive taken, maximum of $5,000, donated to the Kimball All-Sports Boosters supporting a number of community projects and events DO,:----,r/ Roo00,eer noatS & hotdOgS .......... A.M. Maus and Son Inc. Jeep00 eo m-  iot rat m ss.swam Tom- ms v, s=: ms ,==.=.==/ (320) 398-3210 800-510-1732 t Ilatglia WWWJIm/llMtlt.00m By ]ean Doran Matua, Editor It must have been bike-through-Kimball week last week. Just days after a young Brit- ish man stopped on his way from Seattle to New York, a couple from Madison, Wisc., stopped for breakfast at Triple R in Kim- ball. They're on their way from Anacordis, Wash., back to Waunakee, Wis. (Jeff origi- nally is from Hutchinson.) Sue Rather and Jeff Tewes own a com- pany that provides in-home elder care and support. They met 11 years ago on the Min- nesota MS Tram Ride, which Sue has done 13 years and Jeff 19. They've been in busi- ness together 6 years, married 7. The couple is riding to raise money for Alzheimer's Association. Jeff's mother died of Alzheimer's, and it affects many Of their clients. "We'd sure like to find a cure," Jeff said. Riding a tandem bike, thez travel about 70 miles a day. They have a few rest days scheduled, and plan to be home in Wauna- kee by Aug. 2. Their GPS is essential both for planning their route and keeping statis- tics of miles and elevation They'd planned to have lots of free time along the ride, and downloaded lots of books to their iPads. They shipped those home, along with all their warm clothes. They now do their blog by iPhone. They also thought spending so much time together would be easy, since they work together every day. "It's almost like we're in survival mode," said Sue. They spend most of their non-rid- ing time setting up camp, getting provi- sions, planning the next day's route, and sleeping. Their 700-mile trial run last sum- mer didn't completely prepare them for this year's trip. , Perhaps their biggest surprise was the 12-foot snow banks at the top of the Cas- cade Mountains. A pass had to be cut through them. They're burning 6-6,000 calories a day, they said, so stopping for a hearty breakfast has become very important. They've enjoyed stopping in local caf6s along the way (Triple R doesn't quite count). Theylook for the "cur- mudgeon table" and start up a conversation. They say they've heard lots of great stories. Come See Us For Your Home Loan STATE BANK OF KIMBALL P.O. BOX 70 KIMBALL, MINNESOTA 55353 (320) 398-3500 www.itatebankafklmball.oam Universe in the Park Aug. 10 & 24 Lake Maria State Park will host Universe in the Park programs beginning at 8:30 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 10 and 24, at the park's nature center. Following a presentation by astronomy graduate students from the University of Minnesota, participants will observe the sky from the adjacent parking area, weather permitting. "Those attending should bring telescopes and binoculars, although a small number will be provided," says Mark Crawford; park manager, "In addition, per- sons should carry flashlights for walking to and from the observa- tion area; we/r caps, long pants and long-sleeved shirts; and bring insect repellent." The Friday evening programs are free, but a $5 vehicle permit is required for those without an annual permit. For more informa- tion and directions, call the park at (763) 878-2325, or visit its web site at We welcome your submissions! by phone, mail, e-mail, at our Kimball office, or our Watkins drop box. We' re here for youl