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Al Batt, Author at Austin Daily Herald

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John “JD” Hill, 70

John “JD” Douglas Hill, age 70 of St. Ansgar, Iowa, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020. John was born October 15, 1950 in Austin, Minnesota, ... Read more

by Al Batt, Thursday, October 22, 2020 1:32 pm

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Al Batt: Winter’s insistent nature

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting What are you smiling about? I wore this when I was in high school and it still fits. It’s ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 6:30 am

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Al Batt: Keep what you know close

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting My wife threw a surprise birthday party for me. Were you surprised? I sure was. I’d forgotten it was ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:30 am

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Al Batt: Congrats: you made it another day

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting Where are you going? I’m taking part in a virtual play practice. Well, break a digital leg. Driving by ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 6:30 am

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Al Batt: Offer me something of interest

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting How is your job going? It’s going really, really, really, really well. Really? Not really. Driving by Bruce’s drive ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:30 am

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Al Batt: A parking lot serves body shops

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting Do you ever talk to yourself? Sometimes. I wasn’t talking to you. Driving by Bruce’s drive I have a ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:30 am

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Mary Weis, 86

Mary Arthur Weis, age 86, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday afternoon, September 15, 2020 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin. Mary was born ... Read more

by Al Batt, Monday, September 21, 2020 3:57 pm

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Al Batt: It’s raining something most fowl

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting I entered a 5-mile run, but it didn’t go well. You didn’t finish last, did you? Not yet. Driving ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:30 am

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Al Batt: Strange days have found us

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting Well, I’m still insufficiently crazy. That’s your opinion. When will this pandemic be over? Be quiet and eat your ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:30 am

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Al Batt: The consequences of unforwarded emails

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting For over 37 years, I’ve been going to the same barber. And how does he reward my loyalty? I ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:30 am

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Al Batt: Conspiracy theory = internet

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting You’re eating your tomato soup with a fork. I know. Why are you doing that? I don’t like tomato ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, August 26, 2020 6:30 am

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Al Batt: The right size for grocery shopping

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting A sweater I bought was filled with static electricity, so I returned it to the store. Did you get ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, August 19, 2020 6:30 am

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Al Batt: I’ve been told my mask is inside out

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting I put cow manure on my strawberries this year. I’ve heard that’s a good thing to do. Maybe so, ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:30 am

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Al Batt: A good stick is a multi-use tool

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting I tried your advice on fixing my lawn mower. Did it work? No. That doesn’t surprise me. It never ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:30 am

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Al Batt: You can drive a lot of smoots while in Texas

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting What’s wrong? I called my eye doctor, but he can’t see me. Sounds like he needs glasses. Driving by ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, July 29, 2020 6:30 am

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