Al, Author at Albert Lea Tribune

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Al Batt: We kitchen-tabled everything

The wind gained speed as it blew through the cracks of the old house. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: They cut off heads of birds at the drugstore near here

I couldn’t find a short pier as someone had suggested I do. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Living in the middle of the country’s frozen food section

January is the perfect time to get a good deal on a Christmas tree. January is when we realize Canada’s major exports are cold fronts. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, January 5, 2021 8:20 pm

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Al Batt: How I love you, how I love you, my dear old Swami

I opened the door and a robed visitor accompanied by sitar music walked in out of the dimming twilight. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, December 29, 2020 8:25 pm

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Al Batt: Santa wasn’t watching, but Aunt Ingeborg sure was

Tales from Exit 22, By Al Batt I don’t care if we have a white Christmas. There, I’ve said it. Such an utterance is nearly ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 8:33 pm

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Al Batt: This isn’t fake-effect snow

What’s your favorite part of living where you do? Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:47 pm

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Al Batt: What did Merriam and Webster name their dogs?

I put my car into reverse. That took me back. I thought about dog names. I’d been listening to an audiobook that mentioned a dog’s name. Bella ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:09 pm

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Al Batt: The junk drawer that just couldn’t seem to hold it all

I woke up one morning. That was the good part. I woke up and realized I had too much junk, and I’m the only one who wants ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:10 pm

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Al Batt: Enjoy your cranberry sauce, watermelon pickle sandwich

Tales from Exit 22, By Al Batt This year it’s turkey, stuffing and masked potatoes. I remember another rough patch at Thanksgiving back when Grandma ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:00 pm

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Al Batt: When Googling was nothing more than just goofy giggling

The first vehicle I fell in love with wasn’t a Corvette or a Mustang. It was a bookmobile. I miss libraries. I know some are open, ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 8:10 pm

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Al Batt: Get your anti-virus protection installed in the drive-thru lane

“Yeah, well, you know, that’s just like, your opinion, man.” The Dude said that in “The Big Lebowski.” I enjoy movies that make me laugh. Read more

by Al Batt, Monday, November 9, 2020 8:08 pm

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Al Batt: Make saying ‘thank you’ great again for everyone

“Much obliged.” I said that as I paid a big bill that caused me to clench my teeth. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 5:11 pm

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Al Batt: I don’t know beans about anything related to coffee

It’s not rated “E” for everyone. I’ve been told the world runs on coffee and bad decisions. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 8:14 pm

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Al Batt: An eerie yearie is 2020

I looked for toad feathers. The unexpected is expected in 2020, so this might be the year to find toad feathers. The year has provided a ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:14 pm

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Al Batt: Making good time while going home from a good time

We took no vacations. We had to make good time going home from a family gathering because we didn’t have a good time taking vacations. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, October 13, 2020 8:12 pm

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