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Al, Author at Albert Lea Tribune

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Al Batt: The contents had burned but the structure was unharmed

I remember it being the year after all the needles had fallen off the tree three days before Christmas. I was at a family reunion smaller ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:12 pm

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Al Batt: It’s fall when even my feet smell like pumpkin spice

Fall is when we give serious thought to winter. Winter is when we begin looking forward to spring. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:12 pm

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Al Batt: I stole a car that wouldn’t start

You picked up the phone and you hoped for the best. That’s how it was before everything went to voicemail. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 8:12 pm

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Al Batt: A neighbor votes for whoever he dislikes the least in elections

Sanctimonious senators! It’s that time again. I’m taking a break from a life of unbridled ecstasy to make this important announcement. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 6:53 pm

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Al Batt: Making a to-do list is easy when you’re doing nothing

Back in the days when everything was nearly copacetic, we made hay and ground feed. Not all of the hay went into the barn nor ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 25, 2020 8:12 pm

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Al Batt: My dear little chickadees

I dreamed of chickadees. My favorite bird is the chickadee. There are things that turn frowns upside down. A chickadee does that for me. It’s not a ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 18, 2020 8:09 pm

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Al Batt: A swagger isn’t far from a walk with a limp in reality

His ancient pickup had undergone more oil changes than any vehicle in Iowa. That’s what legends are made of. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:15 pm

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Al Batt: The music drowned out the sounds of many clarinets

Tales from Exit 22, by Al Batt “You live in the middle of nowhere.” The visitor who said that was from a big city. That ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:03 pm

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Al Batt: Rummaging around the last  place I’d ever look for item

I rummaged around. It’s life on the planet Batt. I wasn’t chewing on life’s gristle or on a quest. I wasn’t looking for the truth. I wasn’t ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 8:12 pm

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Al Batt: He’s still using rabbit ears

Once upon a time, long before “The Andy Griffith Show” went into reruns, there was an eastern cottontail with a dream. He had a name, but ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:11 pm

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Al Batt: We can’t help it; eating is simply just in our DNA

I spit sunflower seeds for distance. It was a contest. I did OK. I’d have done better, but it had been a dry year. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 8:16 pm

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Al Batt: The attack of the fine fescue

“I want to sit up front with the adults!” I said that aloud while pushing a lawn mower this week. It didn’t matter. Nobody could hear ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:10 pm

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Al Batt: It’s summertime and I hear that the living is uneasy

Stay near the flyswatter. It’s summer. When is it truly summer? When there is no sign of winter anywhere. It’s a beautiful summer day here at the ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 8:11 pm

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Al Batt: Some call her poor Mrs. Batt

“Nothing!” I’d asked a friend what he’d gotten his wife for Mother’s Day. “She’s not my mother,” he added as an explanation. If his words had ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 23, 2020 8:11 pm

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Al Batt: I was his favorite youngest child and memories of Dad

Even when I didn’t want him to be. My father was there for me. He believed I’d go a long way and gave me a used suitcase ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 8:10 pm

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