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Editorial comment Late winter is ideal fi)r prunin'g Got cabin fever'? Late winter'is the best time to get out of the house, dust off those gardening gloves and prune most trees. March and early April are ideal for this because the bare branch- es make it easier to decide where to make pruning cuts, according to Master Gardener Esther Filson with the University of Minnesota Extension Service. She adds that exlfosed wounds on the trees will seal quickly when spring warmth arrives. March is also a good time to prune because it avoids some disease prob- lems. Filson adds that homeowners should avoid pruning oaks from April through mid July because oak wilt is easily transmitted during those months. Some trees with freeflowing sap in late winter may lose sap through the pruning cuts, but that doesn't hurt the trees. Maple, birch, walnut, butternut, ironwood and blue beech are among the trees that will lose sap but not be harmed by March pruning They can also be pruned after their leaves are fully expanded in late spring. Early blooming trees should be pruned after they finish blooming. These include apricot, chokecherry, flowering plum, cherry and magnolia. Filson adds that honey locust, apple, crab apple, mountain ash and hawthorn trees shouldn't be pruned in summer because of the risk of disease invading the trees through the pruning cuts. Pruning is easier with good tools. Filson recommends a good pair of pruning shears for small branches and long-handled lopping shears for cut- ting branches up to one and one-half inches in diameter. Hand saws will tackle branches that are more than an inch thick. Hedge shears are intended for hedges only. To reach tall branch- es, a pole saw is useful. Small chain saws are handy for large branches, but Filson warns against using a chain saw while on a ladder or while reach- ing above your shoulders. Call a certi- fied professional tree care service or arborist to handle large projects. Healthy trees will continue to grow for many years if they are pruned properly when they're young. Prune young trees to remove broken or dis- eased branches and suckers that grow at the base of the tree or next to the trunk. Rubbing branches and branches that grow back toward the center of the tree, known as water sprouts, should also be pruned Closely spaced branches and branches with weak, narrow crotch angles should be removed. When pruning, make cuts back to a side branch or to about one-quarter inch above the bud. Cut at a 45degree angle, Filson advises. Make the cut above a bud facing the outside of the tree so that new branches will grow in that direction. When removing large branches, make three or four cuts to avoid tearing the bark. Make the first on the underside of the branch about 18 inches from the trunk. Cut about half way through the branch. Make your second cut about an inch farther out on the top of the branch. Cut until the branch breaks free. Make the final cut carefully beyond the branch collar, which is the enlarged stem tissue around the base of a branch, but avoid leaving a stub. Filson says that wounds will seal more quickly if a flush cut is made into the branch col- lar. Wound painting generally is not necessary. Never attempt pruning near electrical or utility wires. Contact your utility company to do the work. 2002 marks the 25th anniversary of the Master Gardener program through the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Master Gardeners are professionally trained volunteers who provide gardening information and education to their communities through classes, booths at fairs and garden centers, telephone answer lines, e-mail responses and electronic bulletin boards, school gardening pro- jects and work with hospitals and nursing homes. For answers to your gardening questions, contact a Master Gardener through the University of Minnesota Extension Service in your count)'. Tree Care Advisors are trained to focus on urban and community forestry topics. Additional informa- tion sources .include the Yard & Garden Line at (612) 624-4771 or (888) 624-4771, or Info-U, a free 24- hour tape and faxed-back information service, at (800) 525-8636. The Letters to Elissa by the late R=,.  P. Werner D.D. (Edi. note: Following is one of a series of articles by the late son of an Evangelical minister who moved his family to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to 1934. Your're reading his memories of life in a small Minnesota town as written to his granddaughter Elissa Kiskaddon. The author was born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and lived in 81ue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Dr. lhno lanssen, now retired in Walnut Creek, Cal. Some of the memories are from when the author was a volunteer in mission on the island of Sumatra. Rev. Werner passed away late in the year 2000. j=.,i, "MUSIC!" (continued from last week) We walked together down Lexington Ave. to 43rd St. and across to Schrimefs music store between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Here Dr. McKee made a selection of batons, trying many for heft, flexibil- ity, length, etc. When he made his selection we went to the cash desk and I paid for it. We walked back up the avenue with a more sprightly and light step I felt better about myself. (I resolved not to use a baton at all, but with my open hands directed that fine choir of German Baptists through the year that I spent at the Biblical Seminary in New York.) I had a few other jobs at the semi- nary while taking an 18 credit hour course load each semester. On Saturday morning and Sunday after- noon, I was the elevator boy. l also worked at th switch board at the reception desk on Saturdays. But I hated this job because old ladies wanted to stand there and talk end- lessly with me. Some of the rooms in the seminary were rented out to resi- dents and this helped to keep our German. But one of my most enrich- ing jobs was teaching the boys class at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. a truly prestige church in more than name. The music in this church was glorious. After my teach- ing hour I stayed for the first part of the worship service. (I had to be back at the seminary by 12 noon to operate the elevator.) I always remained long enough to hear the anthem by a pro- fessional choir which sang from the choir loft high above the central pul- pit. Again, 1 remember many of the anthems 1 heart in this church, but one of my favorites remains Felix Mendelssohn's "Yea the Sparrow hath Found Her a Nest" from his ora- torio, "Elijah." 1 still can hear that soprano voice floating out and over that transfixed congregation, l walked down fifth Avenue, past the University Club, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Rockefeller Center and Sak's Fifth Avenue, to run on 49th St. past the splendid Waldorf Astoria, sometimes cutting through the lobby, entering on Park Avenue and exiting on Lexington, with a song in my heart, a lilt in my step. I was 21 years  ,I k)) ) O(t ;' i t ] tuition cost down. , became good old. I had completed my undergradu- "- //t   ( (  "i "' ..z  University of Minnesota Extension friends with the regular elevator man, ate college work, a year of seminary ?. " " "-" ;' d Service web site a Greek named George who was and l was in the most exciting city in '" "" ' (www.extension.umn.edu) also pro- short and fat and could speak little the world- how different from today.   vides gardening information. For English. The music of the spheres was in my  W'1' 1///"//,  'Lp\\;l,j.] more information on the Tree Care At irregular intervals and hours I heart. Advisors program, visit their web site would tutor a high school boy in (continued aext week) ' at www.mntca.org.  . Ii  i. i c  ! , II II :, " VanHout, son of the Don VanHouts of Hi and just wanting to touch me and When you go to bed tonight, be Big Stone City, SD, now stationed in , shake my hand. Cute kids, some in thankful that you don't have to worry Hohenfels, Germany: good clothes, some not, but all living about whether your neighbor is going ( !/2 /'l.{,f/z---- " , in fear because they are Albanian or to burn your house down or if the "Hey all, Thought I would tell yoti ' Serb. Luckily, I had four bags of people from another part of town or a little about my trip to Kosovo. I candy bars in my backpack and was another town will attack you because spent about three days there on the able to hand out over two of them. ::I0 -]l '= 6  i  J 12 13 I.iii miI Clues ACROSS 1. Stalk 5. Extent of space 9. Belief involving somery 14. National capital of Peru 15. Pillage 16. Young woman 17. Related by blood 18. Young salmon 19. Artiodactyl 20. Dumplings with filling 22. Opposite to 24. Repel 25. Value 26. Conclusion 29. Active 31. Jamaican popular music 34. Bravery 35. No (Scottish) 36. Vehicle 37. Sour 38. African title of respect 40. Animal groups 41. Small amount 42. Paddle 43. Wife of Abram 44. Kwa 45. Tugs 47. National capital of Tunisia 48. Compel 49. Cain and _ 51. Possibly 53. Abba , Israeli politician 54. Behave 57. Peninsula 58. Projection 60. __ Ekland, actress 61. Religious ceremony 62. Tolstoy heroine 63. Injuries 64. Nervous system, abbr. 65. Ruminant Clues DOWN 1. Stroke 2. Kon 3. Ruler 4. Clergyman 5. Trembling poplar 6. African country 7. Pinna 8. Rural 9. Flattened at the poles 10. Be in contradiction with 11. Ardour 30. Distortion 31. Reject 32. Language spoken in Southern China 33. Unaccented syllable verse 38. French market town 39. Travel on foot 40, Pope John _ 43. Takes dictation 45. Customs 46. Clogs 48. Hotel chain 50. Nestling 51. Be immobile 52. A blue dye 53. Emerald Isle 12. Chanty 54. Skin disease 13. Applies to nonhuman 55. Motion picture mammals 56. Czar 21. Miscellaneous articles 57. The compass point 23, Pact of Calyx that is one point west 26. Unsubdivided of due south 27. Parrot 58: Asian country, abbr. 28. Slur over 59. Blue ground v i s i liltili .A4fai r s office on Candsteel*ltr'ec.ow they do things and if there is aging I can use to tielp -prepe the 6i{Rlhat is here training at Hohenfels that will be going to Kosovo in a few months. Anyway, the first day was just'getting paperwork from them and talking. But on Wednesday, I was, able to walk through the city of Gjilane (jill- on-e) with the KFOR general from France and the American general in charge of the US forces there. road  tffl, " re" ' trash all over, water is short ancLmost of thte houses look ready to fall down. I saw houses that had been bombed, burned, or otherwise destroyed; churches ringed with barbed wire and guarded by US and other soldiers for fear of them being destroyed. I saw Serbian school children being escorted from their guarded school by armed guards back to their houses where they lived in fear of reprisal attacks. People fight Anyway, if anyone ever asks what because of ethnic background, business we have being in Kosovo and  because someone cut wood in their whether or not we should be, I can tell forest so they could heat their home or "you that we need to be there and we are .not wasting our time. Jolly Workers hold bingo and lunch Members of the Odessa Jolly Workers 4-H club held a bingo and lunch Sunday afternoon Feb. 24 for senior citizens of Odessa and the sur-' rounding area. Several prizes were given away by area businesses. The club members also sang songs with all those attend- ing. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Gale Moore J. Alfred Brandt Carol Reiland Carol Lind Gerald Mattke Emma Schwarze Blake DeCamp Roy Bailey Shed Frette Duane Bagaus Marvin Rodvik Mrs. Lowell Hay Shirley Hunt Betty Saeger Gerry Lillehaug Kdsti McLain Jim Sehake Rob Randall Dorothy Jorgenson Mary Schwarz James Wendland Jeanette Bohlman Jon Bohlman Paul Bohlman Mike Dunihoo Tom Kramer Leroy Swenson Marvin Bergseth Mike Trulson Lawrence Millerbernd Gordon Lindquist Glenda Reiffenberger Carl Zadow William Koeckerltz Mark and Kim Muenchow make a living, and sometimes they fight because one is better off than the other. "Do we belong there? Damn right we do! Just ask the little girl I gave a candy bar to when she is old enough " L" of who you are. This little trip drove home'laow]ficly we all ai'e. ....... ' Love you all and God Bless You? ....... Cancer support group meeting The Man to Man Cancer support group will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 in the Library meeting room. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. 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