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Pa00e 2 Opinion 2010 in review (Continued from last week) July Ki a ahys00dc00eilteSb r2a00tiho hA. n Thomes Insurance Group of events were added this year, like Kimball moves from the bank base- the lip-synching contest, and many of the usual "park" events were moved to St. Anne&apos;s; the changes worked out well for all. Hannah Ehlinger was crowned Little Miss Kimball at the begin- ning of Kimball Days festivities. Marlowe Lexvold becomes the youngest Kimball Boy Scout to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. Hallie Arnold cut and donated her hair to Locks of Love in mem- ory of her grandmothers who both died of cancer within a year of each other. Mike Schultz, a former KAHS graduate, wins another X Games gold medal, this one in adaptive motocross. He was also at Kimball Days and was in the parade. Fair Haven Lions honor three members with awards. Scott Kuechle, Debbie Fischer, Dave Mackereth, and Dewey Schuster received the Melvin Jones Award. KES replaces part of the play- ground because of safety con- cerns. Alex Thurber wins the Triple R Grill and Bar first-ever pancake eating contest. Pearl Lake Babe Ruth took sec- ond at the state Babe Ruth Tourna- ment. They finished with a record of 17-3. Kimball Class of 1975 cele- brated their 35th class reunion Aug. 21 at Triple R Grill and Bar. Twenty-five classmates were able to attend the evening. Arrivals: Ryan Henry Donnay was born in August to Kevin and Erin Donnay. Connor Matthew Gannon was born in August to Matt and Jenni- fer Gannon. Cody James Hendricks was born in August to Joe and Blair Hendricks. Isabelle Ann Voight was born in August to Rachael and Clint Voight. Departures: Stanley Snabb, 85, died Aug. 1. Dr. Marjorie Ramsey, 89, died Aug. 15. Craig VanNurden, 54, died Aug. 25. Rita Jansky, 80, died Aug. 28. Evelyn Ranniger, 65, died Aug. 28. Margaret Coon, 90, died Aug. 30. September Kimball Area School Dis- trict hired seven new staff mem- bers for the 2010-2011 school year. The women who were hired were: Kathryn Winkelman (High School F.A.C.S), Hannah Wruck (ECFC School Rediness), Stacy Helgeson (Kindergarten), Karla Kaiser (Ele- mentary EBD), Kim Thomes (Ele- mentary Special Ed.) Tara Otte- son (Elementary Special Ed.), and Marie Bauerly (High School Busi- ness). Lisa Carlson was named Kim- bull's new postmaster. She took over duties July 31. Kimball Legion donated $1,200 to the Kimball football program. The money was spent on equip- ment including a blocking sled. Triple R also donated $745 to the football team to buy equipment. Millner Winery wins four awards in the Minnesota State Fair's "International Cold Climate Wine Competition." 2010/To page 4 ment to their new location at the intersection of Hwys. 15 and 55. Kimball Area Fire and Rescue Department received a grant for more than $111,535 to pay for new firefighting gear. The new gear replaces older gear, some of which was 15 years beyond the recom- mend use. A benefit bike/car run is held July 10 for Kate Stewart-James. Seventy-eight motorcycles and cars were part of the benefit. A hog roast and dinner wound up the event. Kate Stewart-James was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007. The Watkins-Kimball Veteri- nary Clinic presents two checks totaling $500 to the Kimball FFA. Another summer storm hits central Minnesota July 17. Hail was the size of quarters and golf bails in most places, up to softball- size in some, damaged roofs and siding throughout the area and dinged any vehicle left outside. Meeker County 4-H fashion review is held July 13. The theme is "Fashion Fun in the Sun." Eight Kimball 11-to 13-year-old baseball players made the All-Star team. They were Aeron Ashbrook, Aaron Serbus, Scott Laudenbach, Billy Tadych, Austin Host, A.J. Hinz, John Zipoy, and Michael Hoffmann. Kristine Mackereth receives a $500 scholarship from Joyce Quast of Heritage House of Kimball. Eight Boy Scouts from Troop 357 travel to Custer, S.D., and stay at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. During the week-long trip, 36 badges are earned. Arrivals: Landon Randy White was born in July to Joe and Sarah White. Departures: Carolyn Horwath, 86, died July 3. Donald Bollman, 42, died ]uly 16. Joseph Krippner, 87, died July 15. Lisa Laabs, 42, died July 18. Olga Untetherger, 85, died July 17. Vernon Blomquist, 84, died July 18. Brian "Z" Walz, 41, July 15. Allan "Zip" Zipo5 76, died July 16. Judith Likens, 64, died July 23. Angela Lobitz, 68, died July 28. August Kimball celebrates National Night Out Aug. 3. The Kimball Police and Fire & Rescue Depart- ments hosted the event. The Band Boosters served up the dinner. Pearl Lake Babe Ruth baseball team qualifies for the state tour- nament. The team was 12-1 going into the state tournament. Kimball 12U softball team par- ticipated in the 120 Rec State Tournament. They were 4-2 in the tournament. KES hired new principal James Houseman. He was formerly the principal at West Central and replaced Jon Clark who resigned in June. Andy and Dorothy Maus are named Kimball Days grand mar- shals. Both are long-time mem- bers of the community and ran A.M. Malls and Son before turning it over to their sons. KAHS held their annual sports and activities meeting Aug. 9 Fall sports practices began Aug. 16 and games soon followed. Thursday, January 20, 2011 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" A little bird told me ... They bring dirt and disorder into your household - along with love and a bit of magic.. Invite them in when and if you can. Don't be afraid to fly. We all have goals we keep hidden - per- sonal goals - that push our com- fort zones and ignite our adren- aline. There's something you've always wanted to do, but - for one reason or other - haven't. Now is the time to go out and soar. Aim for the clouds. Love others. This doesn't need to be romantic love, although that certainly could be part of it. Dem- onstrate love in everything you say and do. This is, most often, a basic and simple gesture. A smile. A wave. Eye contact. A peck on the cheek. An acknowledge- ment. There is not enough love in this world. Let's work together to change that. Use it or lose it. Muscles. Brain- power. Manners. You name it. If you don't practice flying, you end up earth-bound. Live life to the fullest by utilizing your potential whenever possible. Birds are falling from the sky. That's undoubtedly bad news - for the birds. But you know what they say about optimism - one per- son's half empty vessel is my glass of wine. I believe I'll sip slowly and think about the different ways I can spread my wings this year. Oh, and if you do witness a bird falling from the sky, help the poor thing out. If it is dead, see that it gets a proper burial. Then go back to your warm bath. Or chardon- nay. Or both. A little bird told me it's going to be a good year. Jill Perfler, award-winning syn- dicated columnist and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication." is collecting fans on Facebook on her Slices of Life page. Please visit, or e-mail: <>; or visit her website at <http://marketing-by->. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays Birds are falling from the sky. Fish are floating belly-up. The cal- endar has turned to a new year. If this doesn't make you want to pad your nest and take stock of your life, I'm not sure what will. New Year's resolutions? They're for the birds. I prefer to think of it as exploring life options. Which options will you exercise this year? Here are some of my suggestions: Talk to people. Not only people you know, but everyone around you. Each person you meet has a story. A history. They have hopes and dreams. Remember that. Talk to yourself. I know I do. Sometimes I am the only one who will listen. It's comforting, in a bird-brained sort of way. Be kind. It doesn't matter if we are talking about animals, humans or birds. Being kind is one of the greatest things you can be. (Some say it's even better than being rich. If I ever get rich, I will let you know.) Be truthful and honest in all you do - unless doing so would be hurtful to another person. Today is the best you're going to get. It is your bird in the bush. Relish the moment; it will be gone tomorrow. Never underestimate the power of touch - however slight or seem- ingly insignificant. A hug - even a touch on the hand or shoul- der - can do wonders. If you have someone in your life who may go through his or her days touch-free, attempt to alter that. Make one lifestyle change just for you. Go to a movie. Learn how to knit. Read a good book. Take a long bath. Call a friend. Get a par- akeet. I understand; you are busy. We all are. If you don't take time to do something for you, who will? See the glass as half full. While you're at it, make it half full of a crisp and fruity chardonnay. Let your life be a little messy. I'm not talking about mud or dust bunnies; I'm talking pets and kids. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Penedi- ca|s. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimball. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday through Fn- day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000. E-mail can be addressed to <news@tricounty news.biN>. Our Web site is <ww. tricountynews.MN>. We also have a drop site at Ertl Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. 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