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Larsen on board as EMS director

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Jerry Engler / Free Press

Larry Larsen, now on the job as permanent director of Marion County EMS, said knowing so many people in a small town makes ambulance duty tougher for volunteer EMTs: ?You wonder if you did everything you could do, and you feel like others wonder, too.?

Larry Larsen has made Emergency Medical Services so much a part of his life that it was almost no wonder that the Marion County Commission named him head of the EMS department in mid-February.

Larsen, 56, even met his wife, Karen, because of EMS. She is a paramedic and nurse who is the education manager for Midwest Life Team, a helicopter emergency airlift service for this area. They met in paramedic class.

When a tornado approaches….

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  • In homes or small buildings. Go to the basement or cellar (if
    available) or to an interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet
    or bathroom. Upper floors are unsafe. If there is no time to descend,
    go to a closet, a small room with strong walls, or an inside hallway.
    Wrap yourself in overcoats or blankets to protect yourself from flying
    debris.
  • In schools, hospitals, factories or shopping
    centers. Go to interior rooms and halls on the lowest floor. Stay away
    from glass-enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs such as
    auditoriums and warehouses. Crouch and cover your head. Don't take
    shelter in halls that open to the south or the west. Centrally located
    stairwells are good shelter.
  • In cars or mobile homes.
    Abandon them immediately. If you are in either of those locations,
    leave them and go to a substantial structure or designed tornado
    shelter.
  • If no suitable structure is nearby. Lie flat in the
    nearest ditch or depression and use your hands to cover your head. Be
    alert for flash floods.
  • During a tornado. Absolutely avoid
    buildings with large, free-span roofs. Stay away from west and south
    walls. Remember: lowest level, smallest room, center part.
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Dale and Loretta Snelling are finally approaching their “Lake Limit”

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As part of their livelihood, Dale and Loretta Snelling have operated the lake bait shop, and are often the first folks lake visitors meet. Dale?s retirement officially takes effect April 22.

Dale and Loretta Snelling will do more than retire in the usual sense of the word when they leave their home at Marion County Lake for a farm home near Wonsevu in April.

First, they?ll have an auction March 31 to sell years of accumulated possessions.

Dale has been park and lake superintendent at the county lake since 1964. That means 43 of their 46 years of marriage have been spent living at the lake in a job that usually has Dale up by 6 a.m. and many times out doing law enforcement duties around the water until 2 a.m.