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Al, Author at Albert Lea Tribune

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Al Batt: Baw boomp ba — are you ready for the arrival of fall?

I tossed the ball against the wall, caught it on one hop and then threw it again. The small, yellow stress ball promoting Iowa Lakes ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: I can still fit into my old school classroom

My primary school class was made of equal amounts of good intentions and mischief. Naps were supposed to settle us down, but just as we’d ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Do UFOs believe in you?

Tales from Exit 22 by Al Batt “A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets, but one man is still ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 31, 2021 10:49 pm

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Al Batt: What part of “uffda” don’t you understand?

Tales from Exit 22 by Al Batt Boy, howdy! I’d been contentedly looking at myself from the inside. Then my alarm exploded at 4 a.m. I usually ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 24, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: The Flatulent Donkeys sang ‘Tears in my goulash’

Tales from Exit 22 by Al Batt “Do you like flying squirrels?” “I don’t know, I’ve never flown one,” I told the inquiring caller. Flying ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 17, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: I felt as lucky as Kentucky on a fair day this season

It was time for me to get my fairs in order. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 10, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: The first motorcycle in all of the township of Hartland

We learn to live in a new way each new day. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Finding fine times during all of the bad times in life

We are experiencing high call volume. That’s what the telephonic voice said. I was wearing a weather-beaten rain poncho as I punched the speaker button on ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, July 27, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: I’ve drawn a line in this so-called sandwich of mine

I was careful to look one way before crossing the road. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Stupidity isn’t an Olympic event yet, though we qualify

I felt like Ninny the Pooh. I’d called a friend by his brother’s name. Twice. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 8:50 pm

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Al Batt: Grappling with complexities of 365 seasons annually

It can’t be summer already. Summer was just here. We’re finding our way back to things. It helps if the weather is a little better ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, July 6, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Life is like a big jigsaw puzzle only way different

I was so tired, I had to do the dishes in bed. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 29, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: A stampeding storm of Yosemite Sams in the obits

I read a newspaper or few every day. I go through each publication in an orderly front-to-back fashion with proper folding. That means I typically ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: I felt as if I were wearing burlap underwear there

It was hot enough to complain about everything. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:50 pm

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Al Batt: Good luck finding good luck

I was talking to a Billiken on a shelf. The Billiken is a chubby, comic, charm doll/figure given to me by a tour group to Alaska, ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:45 pm

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