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14 Kimball TO-County News-Thursday, Oct. 3, 1991 Robert T. Smith Coincidence doesn't happen. At least that is what a University of Minnesota writing professor told our class years ago. "Coincidence," he said ma- jestically, "is the crutch of a bad writer." He also was dead against am- nesia. He pointed our, correctly, that it is an extremely rare afflic- tion. And, except in one-in-a- billion cases, it rtever lasts very long. "Amnesia is the crutch of a bad writer," he world say. I often wanted to tell him that the symbolic "crutch" is the crutch of a bad writer. But I was shy. In any case, I am going to risk being bad and write about coincidence. We have been looking for a house to rent for some time now. It is a very difficult thing to find a good place. Too often, the house you love is not only $or rent, but also for sale. So, if you rent the place, you live in fear that it will be sold and you will have to leave a week after you move in. Well, we finally found a iace we love. And it's not for sale. It has all the room we need, is nicely located for our purposes and has a fireplace. Love fireplaces. The landlord, who lives next door, is an affable fellow and we got along well immediately. And then the coincidences began. I happened to mention that I worked for the Minneapolis newspapers for a zillion years. "Well," said the landlord, "do you know my good friend, Dave Wood?" "Know him?" I said, "He's one of our best friends." Dave is book editor of the Star Tribune, and is a former professor at Augsburg College. The landlord was a student of his at Augsburg and after gradu- ation they became friends. Then the landlord named some other people he knew. And I knew them all. OK, so the coincidence might be allowed. That old tmiversity professor may be more mellow now and maybe he would accept one. But then there was this .... The landlord's wife called me a few days later. After a few business details, she asked: "Aren't you the Smith who lived across the street from me on Aldrich some years ago?" Turns out I was. "And your kids and my kids played together," she said. Turns out they did. Take that, old university writ- ing professor. Nutritional Center Menus Men., OCL 7 Salisbury Steak; Mashed Pota- toes/Gravy; Peas; Bread; Choco- late Ice Cream. Tues., Oct. 8 BBQ Chicken; Rice Pilaf; Chicken & Dressing DINNER Every Wednesday Starting Oct. 2 s37s Beverage & Tax Included Serving 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Playland Ballroom Klmball, MN Does Your Fuel Bill Take More Than Its Share of Your Budget? Switch to propane heat this winter. It's than oil ellaent and cheaper than eleclrlelly. Switch now before you bOll Whole Kernel Corn/Sub; Bread; Pineapple Whip. Wed., eel 9 Meat Loaf; Baked Potato; Mixed Vegetables; Bread; Blue- berry Crown Cake w/Topping. Thurs., OCt. 10 Veal Steak; Mashed Potatoes/Gravy; Parsley Cauliflower; Bread; Fresh Fruit. Fri., OCt. 11 Cook's Choice. One day advance meal registration required. Milk served with each meal. Tea and decaffeinated coffee available. Special diet can be met with physician's request. Menu is subject to change. For reservations call 398- 2211 before 1 o'clock the day before. Good teachers explain well, get involved By National Association of Scondary School Principals Reston, VA--What makes a good teacher? If you listen to some of their clients--high school students-- explaining material well and supporting student programs outside the classroom are key. Fifteen hundred student lead- ers attending last summer's National Association of Student Councils (NASC) annual con- ference were surveyed on sever- al educational issues. When asked what makes a great teacher, the students split between two of five possible choices--"explains material well" and "gets involved in pro- grams for students other than assigned teaching duties"--each being selected by 30%. Sixteen percent said the single most important quality is "provides extra help when necessary." "Becoming involved in stu- dent activites makes teachers more approachable," exolained Donna Sartz, a graduate of Chelmsford (Mass.) High School. "It's easier then for stu- dents to relate to teachers in the classroom. Students are less likely to be intimidated and more likely to ask their hard questions." David Cieri, a senior at Holy Cross High School (Delran, NY) agreed that students and teachers become closer when the latter join activity projects. "Many teachers don't under- stand students and vice versa," he said. "It's like they are on two different wave lengths. When they work together in stu- dent activities, they share a bond." On the other side of the spec- trum, more than half of the stu- dent leaders indicated the major characteristic of a poor teacher is that he or she "does not explain material clearly." Twen- ty-eight percent indicated a poor teacher "runs a boring class." Most of the students feel good about the education they are receiving. Fifty-three per- cent awarded their school a B when asked to grade their school. Eighteen percent gave an A, and 22 percent a C. "This is very consistent with how adults evaluate schools in their communities," pointed out Dale D. Howley, director of stu- dent activities for the National Associaton of Secondary School Principals, sponsors of the NASC. "While uestion the quality of education nationally, for years they have expressed positive opinions about schools in their communities in national polls," he continued. The students, however, ques- tion whether declining dollars will hamper school improve- ment efforts. When asked what is the biggest obstacle to improving education, 43% selected "lack of money." Twenty-nine per- cent named "lack of effort on the part of students to do well in school." Twenty-six percent reported financial support for schools in their community has decreased in the last five years, 21 s! it has remained about the sate,. rest of National Assn of priea" pals 20% indicated it has .__; and 20% said they did n0ti. : whether the funding level I! changed. Forty-eight percent that the academic progra their school had been in the last two years financial cuts, and 46% student activities been curtailed. Thirty had not noticed changes m demics, and 35% did alterations in activities Fri. & Sat. Oct. 4 & 5 Guns 9 p.m. - 1 a.m Deb Becker ANNANDALE PROPERTIES, INC. Office: 274-2233 Home: 398-3100 LAKE JOHN: 75' wooded lake lot. Cheap $ 6,000 LAKE MARIE: 3/4 acre wooded lake lot $10,900 MILL DAM: 80' lot with Southerly exposure $12,g WATKINS: 4 BR home, garage. Priced to sell! $27,9gu_ LAKE MARIE: Almost 1 acre with 134' lakeshore $;29,900 PEARL LAKE: 2 BR fum. cabin, pontoon & more $41, 0 LAKE CARNELIAN: Super Sharp 2+ BR cabin $49,000 78 ACRES: Beautiful woods, wildlife, 20A tillable $49,900 LAKE WASHINGTON: 2 BR cabin, 100' sand shore $59,900 LAKE BETSY: New 2 BFSOLD, 1 acre treed lot $59,900 WATICJNS: Newly remodeled 4 BR home $52,g00 COUNTRY HOME: 2 BR walkout w/Lk Sylvia access SCH. SECTION LK: New 3 BR home, 96' level lot Ron Wenzel, Broker - Phone: 398-2272 or 398-3500 Lloyd Schealer - Sales Associate - 398-7487 June Wenzsl - Sales Associate - 398-2272 7 residential lots, City of Kimball. Priced from $7500 to $11# N NSP Building, 16 x 24 sq. ft. w/attncht garage 18 x 30, on 70x9"2 comer lot, City of Kimball ...$19,I Approx. 20A, tillable, Kimball City limits ............................ -$ Two BR rambler on 3 lots, completely remodeled. Townsil  Haven (Broker/Agent's ) .................................................. Approx. 51 1/2 A, tillable, across from Powder Ridge ........  152'# Commercial Building, 1040 sq. ft., completely rem Downtown Kimball ....................................................................... Commercial Building, 1728 st]. ft., Maus Addition. City of Kirnl 3 Bdrm, 1 1/2 story home w/detached double gaxage, ideal home or retired couple home. City of Kimball .......................... 51 7,F" 2 Bdrm home, nice corner lot, City of KimbalL .................... .,1 Hobby farm, City of Kimball. Approx. 35 acres tillable. 28x10 addition to home with central air - new EE LP gas furnace, ly maintained. Owner; may divide ..... Latmdromat in Kimball. Very clean - maintained on lge. corner lot. Contract for Deed possible ............. Ample wrehouse/storage bldg., approx. 22' x 48' w/upper basement plus lean-to, dbl o/h door - load dock, come, /