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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • TROY'S COLUMN — My home away from home

  • If you have been to the Krause office at the Gazette recently, you probably recognized the change in decor — rather than office chairs, a floral-patterned sofa is being offered to visitors.
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  • If you have been to the Krause office at the Gazette recently, you probably recognized the change in decor.
    Rather than office chairs, a floral-patterned sofa is being offered to visitors.
    While the comfort of guests is important for me, that is not the main reason for the addition.
    No, I’m not taking naps every afternoon no matter how tempting that idea has become.
    So what is the reason?
    Tuesday.
    After far too many experiences of getting my vehicle stuck in the snow or wondering if I would make it in to work to accomplish my required tasks, I decided to take a proactive approach.
    Now, if the weather gets bad I have the option of staying in town and catching a few Zs on this relatively comfortable, makeshift sleeping option.
    I have to offer thanks to my sister’s family who made the donation. (Chris and Keegan even delivered it.)
    I really appreciate that.
    I have been dreading this coming winter season for months, and when Tuesday hit I got that uneasy feeling.
    After attending the Cardinal football banquet that night, the Krause clan headed west on the venture home.
    My better half led the way with the Krause van, which has a much better clearance than the Oldsmobile. I followed.
    The roads were slushy and driving was slow, but we made it home. I ate a little bit of supper and began to stew.
    As an early riser, I planned to get up the next morning long before the world wakes up, but deep inside that “what if” kept gurgling. So, I did what I felt I needed to do.
    I got back in the Oldsmobile, having packed my toothbrush and clothes for Wednesday, and ventured back into town.
    The driving was even slower, but in about double the normal drive time I rolled into the parking lot, turned off the car and headed to my snow home.
    Sleeping on a couch is not ideal, but it definitely beats not sleeping at all.
    So, if the snow begins to fly and you see the Oldsmobile parked by the office or in one of the nearby lots late at night, you can be sure I am trying to sleep on the “bed” in my office.
    As the old saying goes, “there is no place like home,” and in my case that place for the winter is a home away from home.
    I hate winter.  
    I want to extend my condolences to the family of Orrin Madsen. I have gotten to know Orrin fairly well over the years, as I had the privilege of meeting and talking with him at various venues including Memorial Day programs and Reede Gray school patrol installations.
    Page 2 of 2 - Orrin was a good man, a strong supporter of the community and a veteran.
    He always had a good story and was one who seemed to know everyone. I am going to miss not seeing him this coming Monday at the Veterans Day program. Thanks, Orrin, for what you did for your community. You are definitely one of those people who made your world better.

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