October 19, 2022

Just My Opinion - by Mary Kilen

When It All Goes Sideways
Things have been challenging at the office the last few weeks. One of our staff, Jada, has been having some health issues and she made her way to Rochester last week in an effort to find answers and hopefully solutions. This week starts the process and she is likely to be gone for a while.
That being said, Christina, Dale and I have been tag teaming a lot of the work that Jada would usually do in an effort to keep ourselves on an even keel until she is ready to come back. It was going pretty well the last couple of weeks. We’ve had our hiccups along the way, but we were handling it.
Then on Wednesday, Amanda texted me she was on her way to the clinic again. She’s been battling sinus infections, colds and bronchitis, but this was something different. I spent the rest of the afternoon waiting for an update and then went to the school board meeting. Even as I left there, we were pretty sure it wasn’t anything serious.
That all changed at about 8 p.m. when I found out it was more serious and she was going to be admitted to the hospital. I scrambled around the house and office trying to get a few things done and Dale and I decided, after being urged to do so by Amanda, to wait to leave until Thursday morning. That gave me a little more time to get things organized to plan for us to be gone until sometime on Saturday or Sunday.

I really owe deep thank you’s to several people. First, to Christina for taking on the load of holding down the fort by herself at the Promoter. She was so efficient that I really didn’t have a lot of extra work waiting for me when I got back to the office on Sunday.
Second, to Kris Halvorson for taking care of our Buddy. He is always so good to us to make sure the little guy is taken care of when we are gone. Frankly, he is one of Buddy’s favorite people, so it makes it easier on him.
Third, to Al Christianson for providing me with football pictures from Friday night. When I texted him that Amanda was in the hospital, he immediately said he would provide me with the pictures. He, too, is one of the people that is always great to pitch hit for me when I have conflicts on my schedule.
All of you made it easier for this mom to be with her daughter, son-in-law and grandkids from Thursday through Saturday. There wasn’t a lot I could do, but Dale and I were able to pitch in and help with the grandkids and make sure that everything was under control.
Fortunately, Amanda was discharged on Sunday and is now on the road to recovery. I’m glad we were able to be there for her and her family for those couple of days.
‘Tis The Season
We’ve been fortunate so far and we haven’t seen the dreaded “white stuff” yet. I guess I shouldn’t say that because some people have reported seeing a few of the white flakes, while the rest of us prefer to live by the theory of “if I didn’t see it, it isn’t true”.
I saw this one on Facebook on Sunday. It was posted by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin on Friday of last week. While it provides some helpful tips for driving as we enter the winter season, it also provides a little bit of humor. That humor always helps a little as we get set for winter driving conditions. The post read as follows: 
“Welp, and just like that, cruise control season is over. Back by popular demand, our helpful winter driving tips.
By now, you might have forgotten how to drive in the snow. Have no fear, for we’ve compiled some winter driving safety tips for you.
1. It’s snow, DON’T LOSE YOUR MINDS!!!
2. Two inches of snow is just as slippery as two feet of snow. You’re gonna have to slow down and increase your stopping distance.
3. Like coloring, it’s important to stay between the lines.
4. Just like middle school, no PDA. NO TOUCHING ALLOWED!!! Cars are forbidden from touching each other. 
5. In case you forgot, ditches still be loving cars. If you have questions, see #3.
6. 4 wheel drive doesn’t equal 4 wheel stop.
7. All wheel drive or 4 wheel drive doesn’t make your suburatank invincible or give you the right to drive like a jackwagon. Just, no.
We can do this people.”