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Page 2 Opinion Thursday, January 14, 2010 Tri-County News * Kimball, MN 2009 in review (continued from last week) B Jill Pe|er .Vvl.-. born in late July to Brian and Me- ,I0111 gan Kiffmeyer. ,, "Slices of Life" A new sales tax took effect in Departures: Bernadette Ber- Minnesota July 1; its now 6.875 nie"Woodford, 74, died July2. The lost cookie, and other percent. ,, ,, Margaret Klein, 77, died July 4. After 20 years, the hands mural CharlieDick, 16, died July 22. adventures in balking on the south side of the laundro- mat building on Main Street was painted over, to the surprise (and distress) of some residents. The brick work was repaired and the entire wall was painted a deep sky blue. Advertising signs were added later in the summer. Sixteen Little League teams competed for the crown in a tour- nament in Luxemburg July 10-12; the Kimball Gold team took first place, and the Kimball Black team took third. In his first race since losing his leg in a snowmobile accident in December, "Monster" Mike Schultz took second place in a mo- tocross race June 11 in Michigan. He would race again in the ESPN X Games in Los Angeles July 31. He has designed his own prosthetic leg for racing. Holy Cross Parish in Pearl Lake expanded their annual festival to two days, July 11 and 12. The Kimball Community Play- house performed "Camelot" July 16-19. Millner Heritage Winery held their grand opening celebration July 17-19. Ostmark Lutheran Church held its homemade ice cream social July 19. The KAHS class of 1979 held its 30th reunion July 24 at the Great Blue Heron in Cold Spring: Old Timers and Old Friends held their annual gathering at Willow Creek Park July 25. A group photo was featured in the July 30 TCN. St. Wendelin&apos;s held their parish bazaar July 26. Hilltop Care Center (former- ly Good Samaritan) in Watkins celebrated its 30th anniversary July 30. A heavy rain storm only slightly dampened the festivities. Kimball's Tom Marquardt was featured in the July 30 Tri-County News after being named one of four men in the state named to the 2009 Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Kimball hosted a. Red Cross Bloodmobile July 30 at the KAHS cafetorium. The 137th annual Meeker Coun- ty Fair was July 30-Aug. 2. The Dennis and Gretchen Kus- eske family of Kimball was named Stearns County Farm Family of 2009. They were among only 73 farm families in the state so hon- ored. Watkins' Kraut n Wurst festival was July 31-Aug. 1. Arrivals: Addelyn Ann Ross- mann was born in May to Adrian and Kelly Rossmann of St. Joseph. Aubrey Elizabeth Pannhoff was born mid-June to Deb Kersten and Spencer Pannhoff of Robbinsdale. Tyler Edward Kiffmeyer was 00ngHs00 Son of a Butcher Bar in Kimball expanded into the adjoining space formerly occupied by Bella's Coffee Shop. The coffee shop had been closed for some months. It took a day or two, but a doorway was cut through the adjoining walls of the two brick buildings. The extra space provides additional dining space. Kimball held its "National Night Out" on Aug. 4 with family events for all ages. Gracie Fox was crowned Little Miss Kimball Aug. 7. Other can- didates were Kaitlyn Decknatel, Hannah Ehlinger, MaKayla Epple, Madison Hurtle, Maicy Vossen, MaKenzie Leither, Julia Zipoy, Lily Voight, and Zya Lueders. Kimball Days were held Aug. 7-9. Grand Marshalls were the retired Kimball firefighters; they rode in the parade on a restored 1948 In- ternational fire truck (originally purchased new by Kimball and re- centaly obtained by the fire dept.). The 21st annual Forest City Threshers Show and the 26th an- nual Rendezvous at the Forest City Stockade were held Aug. 15 and 16 (across the road from each other). It's fun to watch the progress made each year, and it's nice to have a truly family-friendly event to at- tend. St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball held an open house in their new building (in the Greely Edition, in the northeast corner of Kimball) Aug. 15-16. A festival of dedication was held there Aug. 23, followed by a reception. Aug. 17 Kimball's "Old Coots" (KHS graduates from the '50s and '60s) gathered at Triple R. Their group photo was in the Aug. 20 Tri- CountyNews. St. Anthony's parish in Watldns held their "Picnic in the Park" in McCarthy Park in Watkins. This was a new twist on their annual bazaar. Daniel Hansen replaced Joe Welter (who retired in July) as the senior accountant in the Kimball office of LeSage, Reynolds &Welter Co., Ltd. Arrivals: Cadence Marie Novak was born in August to Chadd and Tania (Robinson) Novak of River Falls, Wis. Departures: Genevieve Roth- stein, 87, died Aug. 3. John "Jack" Cooper Jr., 90, died Aug. 15. Louise Linn, 93, died Aug. 17. Robert "Bob" Curtis, 85, died Aug. 17. Donna Jude, 81, died Aug. 25. Alma Peglow, 102, died Aug. 26. Dominic Albers, 15, died Aug. 27. Continued on page 10 We lost a cookie today. This wouldn't be such a big deal; we lose things at our house all the time - things much bigger and more important than cookies. But this particular loss was significant. That is because before we lost the cookie, I baked it. From scratch. This made today different from the rest of the days of the year, and made me very popular on the home front. ("Mom's making cook- ies! Mom's making cookies!") I don't often bake cookies. Let's just say that if today was a cookie day, the rest of the days- all 364 of them - are non-cookie days. Even right before the Holiday season, when everyone else has platter- fuls of homemade red- and green- sprinkled confections, my house is cookie-less. This is because I was born cookie-compromised. You could say that I am cookie-conflicted - and it's all because of one tiny, yet critical, deficiency: I am unable to follow a recipe. I love a good set of directions - when I am driving. But in the kitchen, some sort of creativity gene takes over and inhibits me from following the rules. Before you can say, "add eggs, one at a time," I'm off on a tangent that involves unlisted ingredients and undictated stirring protocol. A recipe might call for one cup of chocolate chips, but I get to wondering: what would an addi- tional half-cup of mint chips taste like? Or, what if I poured in a cou- ple tablespoons of coffee liqueur? Or, wouldn't things taste better if I replaced the cup of vegetable oil with melted butter, or substituted heavy cream for milk? When you are stirring together a pot of chili, or are filling a Dutch oven with a roast and veggies, you can toss in a little of this and a little of that without wreaking havoc on your overall dinner If you are out of Italian seasoning, you can prob- ably add oregano and basil, and things will still taste okay. Cookies aren't like that. You have to measure. You can't substi- tute ingredients. It's like a science project; one wrong move and your Bunsen burner ignites unexpect- edly and your beaker is history. Kaboom! I was never good at sci- ence. The recipe in question - my cookie recipe - was handed down through generations and came to me through somebody's grandma. It originally made delicious sugar cookies (undoubtedly still does). I couldn't leave it at that. The first time I stirred the ingredi- ents together, I took the liberty of adding the zest and juice from a lemon. Small change, but still, I was messing around with a lot of history. Lucky for me, this lit- tle experiment worked out. (Many of my cookie concoctions haven't been so first-rate, which goes a long way to explaining why I only make cookies once a year.) My lemon cookies have become my signature, mostly because they are the only kind I ever make. They are light and flaky, sweet and tart. My kids love 'em. When I make them each year, I can't help but tweak the recipe. It started with the addition of the lemon. Along the way, I swapped out some of the bleached flour for whole wheat. This year, I was whipping the but- ter and sugar together when one word came to mind: honey. I bet honey and lemon sugar cookies would be the bomb - except not of the Bunsen burner variety. Trouble is, I didn't have any honey on hand. So, I went with the addition of orange peel instead; they were like little flecks of sun- shine hidden in my cookies. I fig- ured honey would have to wait until next year. The orange peel was a hit. The cookies disappeared into our mouths. There was just one left when we realized that our oldest son - who wasn't home - hadn't gotten even one bite. We decided to save the final lemony-orangey goodness for him. It was so tempt- ing, that cookie, sitting there on the plate. All alone. Practically crying out, "Eat me!" When my son arrived home, we realized the horrible truth. The tempting plate was empty. We'd lost the last cookie. Oh, the two little brothers screamed innocence and gazed at me with guiltless eyes. The young- est even pretended to look under the radiator in search of the cookie, but I knew the truth. If I'd had the desire, I bet I would have smelled lemon - and a half a cookie apiece - on their breaths. The cookieqess son was upset. What could I do? What could I say? My cookies are irresistible. Finally, the youngest son spoke. He's the daring one. "Maybe you could make some more cookies tomorrow." I thought about telling him that I only bake once per year. I thought about giving them a lecture on the evils of stealing food from your brother. I thought about telling them that cookies don't grow on trees. Then I thought about honey, and how ifI picked some up, I could get creative with my cookies in a whole new way. So I just shrugged at them all, like I was doing them a favor ... "Maybe," I said. "Maybe I'll make cookies tomorrow." 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