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On The Light Side

November 21, 1988

LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) _ An off-course bull moose nicknamed Bullwinkle was looking for a mate, but probably attracted only camera-toting spectators.

On Saturday morning, Roger Bonsall said the 6-foot-tall, 900-pound moose stopped for a drink at a drainage ditch at his farm about 10 miles west of Liberal, a southwest Kansas town of 15,000 people.

The moose, which sports a hefty set of antlers, spent the day there, lying under some trees and allowing 50 to 75 sightseers to get a good look.

″A lot of neighbors stopped by to take pictures, and he didn’t seem to mind that,″ Bonsall said. ″He’d just sit there and look at you. He did have some dogs bark at him. He got up and chased one of them a little bit.″

By Sunday morning, Bonsall said the moose hit the road.

Officials from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks said Bullwinkle may be the same bull moose that moved through Kansas this fall and was last seen in Texas.

″It sounds like the same one,″ said Mike Ehlebracht, a conservation officer. He said the moose was seen around the Saline River in September, then traveled through Kansas and Oklahoma before being spotted in Texas. That moose, which had a 40-inch rack of antlers, was one of two moose spotted in Kansas this fall.

Ehlebracht said moose visits to Kansas are unusual, but during the fall mating season, a bull moose will take off looking for a place to call home and ″just keep right on going.″


HAMPSHIRE, Ill. (AP) - Most preachers use the pulpit to land converts, but Darrell Tielkemeier is more at home with a trailer and a citizens band radio.

″Remember, truckers, Jesus loves you and we do, too, at the Chapel of the Open Road,″ Tielkemeier’s voice crackles over the airwaves.

The former trucker’s message has become a familiar one on the CB channels west of Chicago. He monitors his CB from the front seat of his pickup, looking for souls to save on a chilly Saturday night.

The 55-year-old Tielkemeier invites truckers to stop by his chapel - a 32- foot trailer parked in the back of a service station on Interstate 90.

Since he set up his trailer chapel, Tielkemeier says he has persuaded about 15 truckers to dedicate themselves to Christianity, and he has counseled many more. The chapel is open Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday mornings.

Tielkemeier says he understands temptations because he was a drinker and a brawler in his younger days.

″Now I know since I’ve gave my life to the Lord that he gave me this big body and these big hands to love people with, not to hurt ’em,″ said 6-foot, 240-pound Tielkemeier.

Since his born-again conversion in 1973, Tielkemeier has remarried his wife after a 10-year separation and settled down to hold a steady job at a General Motors Corp. plant in Janesville, Wis.

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