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Pa e2 Caucuses Feb. 2 for DFL, Republican, Independence Party Local caucuses are vitally important To find the location for your local caucus of all three parties, please visit . When most people think of elections, the month of Novem- ber comes to mind. It is in Novem- ber of even-numbered years that our nation's general elections take place. However, it is often forgotten that "election day" in November is the culmination of the campaign and election process, not the begin- ning. By the time you enter your polling booth on Nov. 2, 2010, many critical decisions will already have been made. As Chairman of the Republican Party of Min- nesota, I want to encour- age each of you to be a part of that decision-making process. First, think Groundhog Day. We Minnesotans pay attention to Groundhog Day, as we try to get through the last few weeks of win- ter. It just so happens that in 2010, precinct caucuses in our state take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 2. There are many important things that take place at the caucuses. First, it is the meeting at which the candidate selection process starts. Each precinct selects delegates. Those delegates can move on and get appointed as delegates to the state convention. It is those dele- gates who choose the party's state- wide candidates for offices such as governor, attorney general and secretary of state. These folks are your neighbors, co-workers and local business owners. The caucus is your opportunity to have input upon which delegates will come from your local area. Second, the state party plat- form is crafted from proposals sub- mitted at precinct caucuses. If you believe your party platform needs revisions, the precinct caucus pro- vides opportunity for your input. Go find out what the party platform says. Find out if you think it needs change. Show up on Feb. 2, and speak your mind. Third, the precinct caucuses provide the coming together of the grassroots who drive elec- tions through local political lead- ership, fundraising and volun- teer efforts. These are the peo- ple you work side by side to cam- paign for candidates and advo- cate various policy positions. Finally, the precinct caucuses bring elections for local leader- ship. Becoming a local leader ~11 afford you the chance to help set the agenda and move those issues that are important to you. I have found that many people don't believe political decisions or the political process are particu- larly relevant to their lives. Noth- ing could be further from the truth. Tax and spending policies, edu- ing Feb. 2. In the words of Robert B. Johnson, "The world is run by those who show up." To find out where to attend your local precinct caucus on Feb. 2, please visit < www. mngop.com>. Tony Sutton is Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota DFL to hold precinct caucuses Feb. 2 District Democrats will gather to cast Gubernatorial-Preference ballot, select convention dele- gates, debate party platform, and elect precinct chairs. Democrats from western Ben- ton County and eastern Stearns County, outside St. Cloud, will gather Tuesday, Feb. 2, for the par- ty's biennial precinct caucuses. The Senate District 14 DFL cau- cuses will be held at 12 locations throughout the district. At the caucuses, DFLers will cast a gubernatorial-preference ballot, debate any resolutions pre- sented by attendees for possible inclusion in the Minnesota DFL party's platform, elect precinct chairs, and select delegates for the Senate District's convention. That convention is scheduled for Satur- day, March 6, at the Sauk Rapids/ Rice Middle School in Sau kRap- ids. The caucuses will begin at 7 p.m. Anyone who will be eligi- ble to vote in Minnesota by Nov. 2, 2010, may vote in the gubernato- rial-preference ballot. Anyone age 16 or over, may participate in cau- cus business. To find the location of one's caucus, one can go to the Web site of the MN Secretary of State, or to link to the PrecinctFinder service available through . Senate District 14 DFL precinct caucus locations 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Lynden Township Hall, County Road 44 and Highway 143, Kimball for the following communities: Fair Haven Township, Lynden Township, Luxemburg Township, Kimball, Maine Prairie Township Independence Party of Minnesota caucus At the caucus with the Inde- pendence Party at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, delegates will be chosen to congressional and state endorsing conventions. State party platform resolutions will be considered and a straw poll for governor will be t~/ken. It is important to note that all delegate terms have ended and an entire slate of new delegates will be considered on caucus night. Please use the secretary of state's Web site caucus finder for an Independence Party can- Opi io Thursday, January 28, 2010 ~ Tri-County News* Kimball, MN --- ~ .......... ~_~_ ~::~ .... ~ ~ .... ~" i ..........~'~:~-'~il~:~ B Ji|| Pe |er "Slices of Life" Collection day? Dear good folks at the garbage collection company... What's that sound? It's me laughing. I got a good chuckle the other day when I opened up my gar- bage collection bill and saw that it included a $3 late fee. Excuse me, I have to take a giggle break from typing again. I can't seem to help myself. I don't suppose you've ever heard of the phrase, "The pot call- ing the kettle black?" I agree that I may have been a day or two late on my bill We had a huge snowstorm here and I was unable to get to the mailbox for a full 48 hours. I knowyour company was aware of the storm, because it kept your trucks off the streets. This I understood. I wouldn't want anyone to risk his or her own safety by going out in a treacher- ous storm. But after the roads were plowed, I figured it would be back to business as usual. This was not the case. You were not only late in picking up my gar- bage that week; you missed pick up completely. Completely. I called daily, requesting information on your pick up service, and you promised your truck would arrive at my driveway soon - within hours, perhaps minutes. The garbage sat out on the curb for three full days. During that time, it was ravaged by neighbor- hood squirrels, crows, cats and one rather large Labrador retriever. Eachday, I walked down to the road and picked up the trash that the assorted critters had strewn about during the past night. When you finally called with a recorded message to say that gar- bage pick-up was not only delayed, but cancelled for the entire week, I didn't know whether to be horri- fied at the accumulation predic- tions or relieved that I'd no longer have to battle with the squirrels. Do you realize what delaying garbage pick-up for a full seven days means to a family of six? It caused incredible inconvenience, not to mention shuffling, stomp- ing and squishing of the garbage. On the fourth day, .we had to pay our 12-year-old son to stand atop the heap and jump up and down in order to compact the mass that was amassing. And then, I get the letter announcing your late fees. I am writing to inform you of my own late fees. Since my normal garbage bill is about $40 per month, and each month has four weeks, I think a fair fee for missing an entire week is $10. Each morning, for three days, I had to wake early and go down to the street to pick up trash. This was a dirty job and worth at least $20 per hour. Since I spent 10 min- utes a day for three days, your bill for my services is another $10. Next, I feel compelled to add in a little something for pain, suffer- ing and stink exposure. Let's say an even $7 ($1 for each day you were late). My son charged me $3 for his stomping services. I feel it only fair to pass this expense on to you. This leaves us with late charges of $30. Since I am a nice person, I am willing to waive most of those fees, say about 90 percent, leaving you with a late fee of $3. Since my late fee was also $3, I guess we cancel each other out. In other words, I am willing to over- look your late fees if you are willing to overlook mine. It's a good thing I have a sense of humor, and (finally) an empty gar- bage can. Jill Pertler is a syndicated col- umnist and award-winning free- lance writer. She appreciates your comments and can be reached at , or you can check out her Web site at . I~IPLIFE CRiSL~ 2OlO 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 Periodi- cals. 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 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 Ertt Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. RATES: Subscription rates are S30/year (520 for age 62 and ord- er) in Minnesota; S40/year ($30 for seniors) elsewhere in the U.S. Single copy price is 75 cents. STAFF: Jean Doran Matua, Editor and Publisher Sue Hughes: Creative Designer Maxine Doran: Admin. Asst. Photographer: Marguerite Laabs The staff of the Tri-County News recognizes that it has a responsi- bility to report the news accurate- [y and fairly, and that it is account- able to the public. Please contact our office if you feet we've fallen short of that objective. LETTERS: The Tri-County News welcomes letters promoting the ex- change of ideas and opinions. To be considered for publication, letters should address a topic of current or general interest. Private thanks, po- litical self-promotion, libelous let- ters, or letters denigrating character or reputation will not be published. All letters must bear the writer's sig- nature, address and telephone num- ber. We reserve the right to edit for clarity and readability. LEGAL PUBLICATION: The Tri- County News is the publication of record for the city of Kimball, Independent School District #739, Clearwater River Watershed Dis- i trict, Stearns County, and the Townships of Fair Haven, Kingston and Maine Prairie. RECYCLING: The Tri-County News is printed with soy inks on recycled paper whenever possible. We encourage recycling. COPYRIGHT: All content herein is the property of the Tri-County News and is protected by U.S. copyright law; content may not be reproduced without our written prior consent. We are proud to be a member of: Minnesota Newspaper Assoc. Kimball Area Chamber Kimball Area Historical Society cation, business regulation, deft- cus site in your area at . ~,'~ ~~1~~~~~_,.... other issues touch on all our lives. If you can't get out on caucus I-l/kffl I-I/k~"~ Every consumer has a stake in the night, the Independence Party is process. A higher sales tax on hard- doing something truly creative ~ .IT~::~a ~~~! ware stores results in more expert- and unique in American politi- "p1.~.T~ sivewrenches, cal history. As an alternative to Thereisagreatdealoffrustration attending the physical caucus ~!!:f~/--~ ~:~.~L0 ~'~'-1~ with the way politicians conduct Feb. 2, you can attend our online ~l ~"~'~.'~_~ kL~ ( themselves. But it does no good to caucus starting at 9 p2m. Feb. 2, -- complain from the sidelines. We and lasting through Feb. 28. Americans have a cherished right For more on the physical or vir- to gather together and advocate for tual caucuses, please visitthe Inde: ~ ,~ the causes and candidates in which pendence Party Web site at . www.tricou ntynews. M N Stearns County Press Assoc. 2008 MNA Award for Best Adver- tisement; 2008 Award for Portrait and Personality Photography; 2007 MNA Award for Advertising Excellence; 2007 MNA Award, Best Information Graphic; 2006 MNA Award, Classified Adver- tising; 2004 MNA Award, Advertis- ing Excellence; 2000 MNA Award, Best Local News Story. 2010, Tri-County News ~ I VL~I ]"4