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/7 " ....... Nrv ll--'L'l[ . PAGE lo3 Thursda, November 28, (continued from page 12) Even though he is the head coach, Strohmeier is quick to point out that his assis- tant coaches deserve a lot of the credit for the team's success. Submitted photo. to happen. That is the only thing Through it all, the family has I will take credit for in what kept apositiveattitude. we have done. I've surrounded "We moved to Missouri with myself with great people who are Emily when she was a little over passionate about coaching and a year old. We accepted the job teaching student athletes, in Mason City when Karla was "Mike, my brother, has been six months pregnant with Anna," with me since 2004 and honestly said Strohmeier, who was about deserves a lot of credit here. He to begin his first head-coaching is offensive coordinator, recruit- stint inless than a month. ing coordinator and placement "So, let's just say, she was stuck coordinator. I get alot of glory but with a young child at home and Mike has been the staple of every- packing'a house. We moved and thing I have accomplished as a she said, 'I will never move again head coach." while pregnant.' Three years And then there is his wife, later we moved to Council Bluffs Karla (Kunkel) Strohmeier, and to start the program here and, their three daughters Emily, Anna yes, while she was pregnant with and Kate. Kate." "You can not make it in this Meanwhile, people back in profession without wonderful Central Minnesota can be proud, support at home: My wife Karla Tri said, deserves the credit, and without "We are proud to see a for- her support and patience.I would mer player have this great suc- not be where I am today." cess, but even more so of how he Karla has had to pack her has reacted to the success. He household belongingsa few treats people the right way and times, gives back to the game. He is will- "We moved from Minnesota to ing to share his knowledge and Missouri to Mason City, Iowa, to experiences with other coaches. Council Bluffs, Iowa," Strohmeier He is still the same humble, soft- said. "Emily.was born in Maple spoken person and remembers Grove, Anna in Mason City, and where he came from." Kate in Council Bluffs." Mike Eveslage Class~Grade~Subject(s): 7th grade history, 8th grade geogra- phy; Jr. High Knowledge Bowl; advisor for Carbon Cutting/ YES team. My family: Wife Sherry, son Grant (6), daughter Josie (4). I grew up in: Freeport, Minn. My high school: Melrose Area High School. College: University of Minne- sota Twin Cities (B.A. History); St. Scholastica (M.S. Education). My academic achievements: Graduating from the U while working full-time as a student. Other life achievements: Marrying my high school girlfriend and raising two pretty good kids (at least most of the time). My favorite school experience (as a student): Getting to study abroad in Ireland for six months as a student at the U of M. My favorite school experience (as a teacher): Getting the oppor- tunity to come back to EV-Wwhere I did my student teaching. Something most people don't know about me: Went into teach- ing after driving truck for 10 year, and I spend much of my free time hunting and ice fishing. sg Deb Univ. of Minnesota Extension On Thanksgiving, many of us thawing in cold water. Place the willtake on the challenge of cook- turkey in its original packaging ing 12-20-plus pounds of poultry, in cold water, allowing 30 min- The basics of roasting a turkey utes per pound to thaw. Change at 325 degrees for approximately the water every 30 minutes. Cook 15 minutes per pound are pretty the turkey immediately after it is simple But, there is more to the thawed. Do not thaw frozen food safe preparation of the turkey, on the counter. Before purchasing the turkey,. To stuff or not to stuff? For assess your freezer and refriger- optimal safety and uniform done- ator space. Is there ample freezer ness, the USDA recommends that space to store a frozen turkey and stuffing be baked separately i enough refrigerator spaceto thaw Stuffing in the turkey may not I a turkey? reach 165 degrees F - the temper- Thawing a frozen turkey takesature needed to kill any bacteria time. In the refrigerator allow present. 24 hours (or more) for each 4-5 Even ifyour turkey has a "pop- pounds of turkey. Hold no more up" temperature indicator, it than 1-2 days after thawing. You is recommended that you also can speed up the process by check theinternaltemperatureof the turkey in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast with a food thermometer. A whole tur- key is safe when cooked to a mini- mum internal temperature of 165 degrees. Consumers may prefer to cook the turkey to higher temper- atures of 170 degrees in the breast and 180 degrees in the thigh. Within two hours, put leftover cooked turkey in shallow contain- ers and place in the refrigerator. Use leftover turkey, stuffing and gravy within three to four days. Cooked turkey keeps for three to four months in the freezer. When using leftovers, reheat the food thoroughly to 165 degrees. For an answer to your turkey preparation- questions, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline toll-free at (888) 674-6854 Mon- day-Friday and on Thanksgiving Day from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. I It's no accident that holidays featuring lights are celebrated in December. This month Venus and Jupiter- and possibly one comet- crank up the wattage for us. In early December, Venus shines as bright Is it ever gets. Hanging like a lmtern over the sunset horizon, ou" brilliant sister planet begins the nonth as a thick crescent, its face about 30 per- cent lit. By the em of the month, the crescent has lmgthened con- siderably and thimed to a mere 5 percent of the planet's disk. These changes h~ppen because Venus is circling in for its next pass in front of the sun; soon it will drop from the evening sky. Over in the east, Jupiter, in Gemini, rises almost three hours after sunset on tke 1st, but cuts the interval to ab,ut 20 minutes by month's end. ts giant globe out-radiates all th~ bright winter stars in its neighborhood, includ- ing Sirius, the brigltest of all. Morning viewcs can watch Saturn angling its vay ever higher above the easternhorizon. Look to the upper righ of Saturn for the bright star Spio, in Virgo, and again to the upperright for Mars. The Red Planet ap)roaches Spica all month long an dwill be high in the south at dawn. On the 1st, a waning cres- cent moon rises b.tween Saturn and low, fast-droping Mercury. After the new moo on the 2nd, our faithful satelte reappears in the evening sk3and glides by Venus on the 5th. In the 18th, a large but waning mon rises near Jupiter, and on the.~9th a waning crescent is back beiw Saturn. But this time Mercury i gone - all the way to the other sie of the sun. December's full'noon, known to Algonquin Indias as the cold moon or the long rghts moon, is the most distant fd moon of the year. Fullness occt's at 3:28 a.m. CST on the 17th. Tb moon vaults extremely high acr6s the sky that night for the simpe reason that when we're near te winter sol- stice, our patch of ae planet tilts away from the sun rid, therefore, Deane Morrison Science and Research Editor, Univ. of Minn. toward the full moon, which is opposite the sun. The solstice occurs at 11:11 a.m. CST on the 21st. At that moment the sun reaches its southernmost point, over the Tropic of Capri- corn. By then, because of irreg- ularities in Earth's orbit, sun- sets will already have started get- ting later, and it won't be long before we begin to notice the days lengthening again. And we may just be treated to a Holiday show by Comet ISON. Don't bet on it, though. As famed comet hunter David H. Levy puts it, "Comets are like cats; they have tails, and they do pre- cisely what they want." ISON, discovered last year, zipped around the sun on Thanks- giving and follows a steep north- ward trajectory on the return part of its journey. That's assuming, of course, it has survived the intense tidal forces trying to rip it apart as it skirted the sun. If it's bright enough to see, it will come into view in both the morning and evening skies. Because it moves so fast, you may need a finder chart to spot it. But if you look about 45 min- utes before sunrise on the 6th, you can use a pair of closely spaced stars to find its position. First find Spica, well up in the southeast, then look down and to the left for Saturn. Look left again, and slightly down, to see two closely spaced stars - one above the other - in the constellation Ophiuchus, the snake handler. They are Delta Ophiuchus and Epsilon Ophiu- chus. Delta's the one on top. ISON will be just to the upper right of Delta. The comet's tail will point away from the sun as the solar wind (a fast stream of particles from the sun) blows cometary dust and gas away from ISON's nucleus. University of Minnesota astrophysicists are among the many worldwide who are studying this comet, using big telescopes in Hawaii and Arizona. ISON moves farther to our upper left each morning as it speeds away from us. It passes closest to Earth on the 26th, when it will be just shy of 40 million miles away. After that it will be goodbye, for good. Comets may forsake us, but at least the stars and planets are perennial. The University of Min- nesota offers public viewings of the night sky at its Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. For more information and viewing sched- ules, see: Duluth, Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium: www.d.umn.edu/ planet. Twin Cities, Minnesota Insti- tute for Astrophysics (during fall and spring semesters): www.astro. umn.edu/outreach/pubnight. Check out the astronomy pro- grams at the University of Minne- sota's Bell Museum ExploraDome: www.bellmuseum, umn.edu/For Groups/ExploraDome/index.htm. Looktng southeast: ~. hour before sunrise December 6 Comet ISQN lust: to upper right of Delt:a OpliluChus I:)elt~ Ophiuchus Epsikin Qphiuchus - Saturn Spica, U hive ~'3r or Nmneso~ 5tat'~tCh