Al, Author at Albert Lea Tribune

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Al Batt: I heard a muffled cackle at St. Aidan Cemetery

Tales from Exit 22 by Al Batt Joe was dying. But he got over it. The report of his imminent demise had been greatly exaggerated. ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Waiting into a river of proliferating procrastinators

“The Foolish Almanak For Anuthur Year” by Theodor Rosyfelt published in 1906, said, “It is said that nothing is impossible; but there are lots of ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, November 15, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Never gamble more than your beneficiaries can lose

I’m not against gambling. I’ve purchased raffle tickets for good causes, entered a couple of March Madness pools and eaten my cooking. I was in ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, November 8, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: This is not a bunch of dried Bullwinkle for this contest

Tales from Exit 22 by Al Batt A cow chip is no chocolate chip. I don’t see many cow chip cookies where I hang out. ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, November 1, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Feel free to sing along even if you’re not in the shower

 “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime you’ll find. You get what you need.” Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, October 25, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: A Bigfoot saw me but nobody believes him

My name is Batt. I’m a private investigator. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, October 18, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: He didn’t know but he came here to sic ‘em

I’m trapped between two oceans. I often travel by automobile and when I do, I’m partial to roads. There is public transportation here, but only so ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, October 11, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: The vexatious fly nailed the screen test that time

It was the time of the screen door slams. I was trying to spell Czechoslovakia. I’d found a lucky rock and put it in my pocket ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, September 27, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: I can’t part with my emotional support clutter

I can summarize the book in a single sentence. Get rid of things that no longer have a purpose or spark joy and keep only ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, September 20, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: We take odd things and make them our things

Tales from Exit 22 by Al Batt Why are the cardinals the last birds to leave the bird feeders at the end of the day? ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, September 6, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: What did you learn or forget during school today?

I knew it was coming. It was an after-school special. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 30, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: You can look at an eagle for a long time

“Which is better, one or two?”  I wasn’t a jam judge at the county fair. I was having an eye exam. The optometrist asked me repeatedly ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 23, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: By jingles, Oscar, Tony says they’re grrrrrrrrrreat!

I live near a phone. Just as most everyone does. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 16, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: The fair is where any problem can be solved with onion rings

It’s too hot, too humid, too rainy, too cramped.  Too bad. Like moths to a lightbulb, we are drawn to it. It’s the local equivalent of ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 9, 2022 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Pickleball-playing pioneers found no place to practice on the prairie

They discovered the dried remains of a long-dead bird in a keepsake box. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 2, 2022 8:45 pm

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