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aJill Pettier "Slices of Life" Cleanup on aisle five It was a case of cleanup on aisle five, except nothing had spilled on the floor. The cleanup in ques- tion- not on ground level, but a lit- tle over five feet above - had yet to occur. It happens this time every year. The calendar changes over, I look into the mirror and see one thing: Blah (with a capital B). I long for the glow of springtime - the essence of youth - and I know exactly where to find it: in the jars, tubes, tubs, bottles, pumps and brushes on aisle five. I stared at the shelves of creams, lotions, gels, serums, cleansers and elixirs that are the guts of aisle five. They sat before me making promises and declarations tempt- ing enough to make any girl's head spin. Did I want to minimize fine lines, wrinkles or pores? Was my skin as even, smooth and bright as it could be? Were my eyes sagging, dragging or bagging? Did I need to illuminate, exfoliate rejuvenate, radiate, hydrate or all of the above? The choices were dizzying. I could opt for luminous clarity, invigorating clarity or refined clar- ity. One thing was clear: I needed clarity. One product promised to pulse away puffiness. Another to revital- ize. A third claimed to contain the recipe of youth. (There's a cook- book I'd buy in a heartbeat.) Another described methods for minimizing age spots. (Stay out of the sun.) There were wrinkle fill- ers, wrinkle eliminators and prod- ucts that promised to ease away the wrinkles in three easy steps. One cream was designed spe- cifically to increase surface cell turnover rate (impressive termi- nology). I'm embarrassed to admit I'd never even pondered the over- all speed of my surface cell turn- over rate - before aisle five. I won- dered how I would measure that? By this time I'd already spent my fair share of minutes on aisle five. The clock was ticking - in more ways than one. The longer I stayed in the aisle, the bigger risk I took of being seen. Laxative sec- tion, feminine hygiene display, anti-aging aisle, bathroom stall - some places you'd rather have to yourself. So, with my head abuzz with the buzz words of aisle five, l grabbed a box promising to be an age-per- fect, potent hydra-nutrition, anti- sagging, ultra-nourishing, mois- turizing, complexion-equaliz- ing, anti-wrinkle, firming, dermo- expertise, scientifically-advanced, proven and professional, non- greasy, fast-absorbing, blocker of DNA damaging rays, complete innovative daily skin care treat- ment system. Whew! If the stuff inside the box does half of what it claims, I'll go from blah to ta-da faster than you can say wrinkle-free. The reality, though, won't be so dramatic. Those of us who have transitioned from anti-acne toanti-aging products realize a box making that many promises probably isn't one to be trusted. Besides, the term "anti-aging" is an oxymoron, don't you think? (With the emphasis on moron, but you didn't hear that from me.) Despite what the skin care indus- try would have us believe, youth in a jar, tube or box doesn't exist. At least I'm not buying it. Well, not anymore. Because I guess technically I already did - buy the box full of promises. Right there, on aisle five. Jill Pertler, award-winning syn- dicated columnist and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide. to Self-Syndication." is collecting fans on Facebook @ Slices of Life. E-mail her at ; or visit her website at . DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays Op inion Thursday, January 27, 2011 ,,~ =- o~, Tri-County News * Kimbal!, MN ..... Michel|e Fischbach Minnesota State Senator Week in Review: Jan. 4-14 With'the start of the 2011 Leg- spent is automatically sanctioned. islative Session, I want the Week in Review to be a place to provide updates on some of the issues fac- ing Minnesota and District 14. Throughout the next few weeks, feel free to share your comments and questions with me. Session started with the election of the president and secretary of the Senate. I was chosen to serve as the president of the Senate, the first woman to hold the position. JOBS Senate File 1 was intro- duced this week and is focused on creating jobs and putting Minneso- tans back to work. This legislation focuses on creating private sector jobs, which is crucial to the state's economic recovery. Highlights of the bill include: Focusing on government reform by creating more clarity for job pro- viders when seeking environmental permits to start or grow their busi- nesses in Minnesota. Making Min- nesota a business-friendly state which will encourage private sector job growth. Creating jobs to help the state's economy recover quickly is a bi-" partisan issue, l look forward to working with elected officials from both political parties to get down to the business of creating jobs for Minnesotans. GREEN ACRES I authored Sen- ate File 2, which would repeal the changes to the Green Acres pro: gram made in 2008. This is an issue of particular concern to our district and one that I am committed to improving. "Green Acres" was orig- inally passed in 1967 to prevent the premature development of farm- land through tax-deferment ben- efits. Instead, some property own- ers have experienced significant increases in their property taxes and have been forced to take dras- tic changes to avoid unexpected increases and penalties. Changes to Green Acres in 2008 created a new series of issues and problems for farmers and land owners. ZERO-BASED BUDGETING Last week, I also introduced a bill that would provide for the governor to require proposed state budgets to use zero.based budgeting prac- tices. It would also require the leg- islature, judicial branch, and public employees retirements systems to use this budgeting method as well. Zero-based budgeting is a reversal of our existing budgeting methods. Currently, state department com- missioners and state agency fis- cal officers justify only increases over the previous year's (biennial) budget and what has already been Under my proposed method, every aspect of Minnesota's budget would be comprehensively reviewed and all expenses (not just increases) would require approval. This plan would require any budget request to be justified in complete detail. In a time when state government is growing at an unsustainable pace, it's important that we focus on our priorities and needs. CUTS TO LEGISLATOR COM- PENSATION The Senate and House leadership took the first step toward changing the way things are done in St. Paul by making more than a 10 percent cut in daily perdiem pay- ments. This change will lead to sav- ings of more than $100,000. Along with this change, reimbursement for out-of-state travel was elimi- nated as another step in reducing legislative costs. GOVERNOR'S COMMISSIONER APPOINTMENTS Governor Dayton continues to make Cabinet-level appointments to his administra- tion. As of today, the Governor has announced the following commis- sioner designees: Dept. of Veteran's Affairs-Major General Larry SheUito Dept. of Human Services- Lucinda Jesson Iron Range Resources and Reha- bilitation Board-Tony Sertich Dept. of Natural Resources-Tom Landwehr Dept. of Revenue-Myron Frans Dept. of Commerce-Mike Roth- man Dept. of Education-Dr. Brenda Cassellius MN Pollution Control Agency- Paul Aasen Dept. of Health-Dr. Edward Ehlinger MN Management and Budget- Jim Schowalter Dept. of Agriculture-David Fred- erickson Dept. of Labor and Industry-Ken Peterson General Counsel-Peter Wattson Dept. of Transportation-Tom Sorel Each of these appointments will come before a Senate commit- tee for confirmation and ultimately voted on by the full Senate. I look forward to allowing the committees to do their work in an open and fair manner. Senator Michelle Fischbach encourages and appreciates con- stituent input and can be reached by phone at (651) 296-2084, by mail to 226 State Capitol ! St. Paul, MN 55155, or via e-mail at . 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, KimbaR, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tn-County News, Inc., P.O. Box 220, KimbaR MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimball. Weekday office hours are Monday 9a.m.-5 p.m. andTuesday through Fri- day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000. E-mail can be addressed to . Our Web site is . We also have a drop site at Ertl Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. RATES: Subscription rates are SJ0/year (520 for age 62 and old- er) in Minnesota; $40/year (530 for seniors) elsewhere in the U.S. Single copy price is 75 cents. 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