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Page 2 " ........... HII Letter to the Editor Keeping community informed Thank you for sending me your newspaper with the article about the Kimball Police Dept. receiving the light bars from the MN Office of Traffic Safety. Nice article! Mostly I want to commend you on a great local paper. I read the paper with great interest to the local articles covering the small communities in your area. I travel all over northern Minn., and see a lot of local papers, but can't OnJnJnn Thursday, January 31, 2013 ..v  Tris Central Minn. remember one that compared to your newspaper. Thank you for the service you do in keeping your community informed! If there is ever anything I can do to assist you in your efforts to report on traffic safety, please don't hesitate to ask, Tom Kummrow, L.E.L. MN TZD Enforcement Kensington, Minn. Convention (and cOntest) time! I was out for a few days last that this was just a proposal, and week, at the Minnesota News- paper Association convention in Bloomington. My 13th, I believe. As always, this was a great gath- ering of newspaper profession- als from around the state, and beyond. It's a time for learning, catch- ing up with old friends and meet- ing new ones, and celebrating the industry we love. The good news? Despite what some have said, the newspaper industry is not dead. It's not dying, either. Especially newspapers in small communities where they are thriving and growing. Newspapers are still vital to communities! As an industry, we're all up to the challenge. that he's open to other ideas to make up the $1.31 billion difference in the budget. He also countered that just about every industry with a pro- posed added tax can argue for rea- sons they should be exempt. Yes, things are about to change. It seems a lot is changing all of a sudden. 1) Postage rates went up over the weekend, just a penny, but when you mail thousands of papers and checks and invoices each month, that adds up quickly to be "real" money. Just like the last one-cent increase, we'll absorb this one. At some point, though, we'll need to increase subscription rates to accommodate increased mailing costs. Let's hope we won't have to do that for a long time. 2) Businesses that accept credit cards can now charge their custom- ers extra when they pay with credit cards. That's totally contrary to the principal when we signed up for credit card processing; it was not allowed to charge extra, in a sense to penalize customers for using credit cards. After a lawsuit, now it's okay. We haven't yet had a staff meeting about this one, but we don't cur- remly have plans to add a surcharge to our credit card customers. (Debit cards are excluded from this sur- charge, by the way, but I just learned at the convention that most debit cards are dangerous to use. But that's a whole other column!) 3) Much of what we do as a busi- ness may soon be subject to sales tax. That will take some adjust- ment, both of how we do things and how we charge for them. We'll deal with that if and when the time comes. Awards/To page 3 Our lunch speaker Thursdaywas Gov. Mark Dayton. This was the day after he presemed a budget proposal that included a number of new taxes - including taxes on advertising and priming services, and on subscrip- tions. He spoke for about five min- utes and then opened it up for ques- tions. In a room full of newspaper people. Very brave, I thought. Indeed, half the questions related to taxing newspapers, and how we all agreed we should be immune. (Taxing priming, advertising, and subscriptions would tax newspa- pers three times.) Dayton explained DEADLINE: TCN Office Hours (Kimball): Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EVWN Office Hours (Eden Valley): Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-noon for drop-offs and pick-ups (Available by appointment - just call! 453-NEWS) 2 p.m. Mondays Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" Thieves and big screens that go pop in the night TVs have been on my mind lately. I'm not normally much of a TV person. Of course I watch TV, but I don't often contemplate the TV I'm watching. I like to keep the activity as brainless as possible. This week all that changed when I witnessed two TV-related incidents I'd never seen before. The first involved a crime; the sec- ond an explosion. It started on an ordinary Tues- day. I was minding my own busi- ness while venturing on a com- monplace errand to the super- store; we were out of milk. As I walked into said store, a man walked out. He didn't hurry, exactly. It was more like he tried to hurry without coming across like he was hurrying, you know? In his arms, he carried a large flat screen TV- in the box. Without a cart. Without a store clerk help- ing him. Without a receipt taped to the box, like they tend to do. Let's just say I had a gurgle in my gut; something seemed off about the guy with the 32-inch flat screen TV in his arms trying hard not to appear as though he were rushing to get out of the store. I contemplated the guy and the situation for a couple of seconds. I knew something was amiss, but I continued my entrance into the store because most of us aren't that good at listening to our guts, are we? Before you could say "high def- inition," two store detectives came upon the scene - presumably fol- lowing the man with the TV. They were rushing - and not trying in any way to hide it. I recognized them as detectives because they wore button-up shirts and ties. Hardly anyone goes to the super- store in a shirt and tie so I sur- mised they weren't in it for the milk. Their crisp shirts lacked one important accessory: a store nametag. Hence I identified their deeply undercover status. One detective swept past me with a whoosh of air, going toward the parking lot. The other glanced outside, mumbled an expletive I'm sure he didn't intend me to hear, and hustled his Dick Tracy behind into the secret room every store has near its entrance. The guy with the TV had van- ished. I had a good idea where. A car (a.k.a. getaway vehicle) had been parked along the front of the store. A driver (a.k.a. accomplice) sat in the car waiting to make the fast exit, not to mention some fast, flat-screen cash. Even though my hands trem- bled for an hour afterward because of the stress and excite- ment of the situation, I felt pretty good about the competence with which I observed the crime. Until I talked with my husband. "What did the guy look like?" he asked. I paused before answering, hoping to conjure up an image of the TV thief who'd walked no more than five feet in front of me. I thought maybe he had brown hair. Maybe curly. Maybe he wore glasses. Then again, maybe not. "How about the get-away vehi- cle and driver," my husband asked. "Did you get a look at them?" "Yeah, I guess," I said, think- ing for sure the driver was a man - if not a woman. The vehicle, I thought was a car, or it could have been a van. Bottom line? I'd make a terrible witness. The only thing I remem- bered for sure? The TV was a 32-inch model. I couldn't even tell you if it was plasma or LCD. Our TV at home, however, I can identify with exact preci- sion. I conducted extensive LCD HD research before choosing the behemoth big-screened beauty. I may not have access to the remote (I live with four guys), but I can recite model number and key fea- tures. I can also tell you with exact precision the moment our TV blew up. This happened last Satur- day, right before some big football game. We were watching, and sud- denly (and I do mean suddenly) we heard a couple of pops and the screen went blank. Within sec- onds, the undeniable scent of an electrical burn filled the room. My husband and I exchanged glances like only a married couple can when their nearly brand new TV explodes right before the big game. We got out the warranty, fin- gers crossed and hoping. Our TV was returnable up to 90 days after purchase. We counted on the cal- endar. We'd had our slim screened beauty... 87 days. And (praise be) we'd kept the box. My husband and I headed to the superstore to make the exchange. It all went without a hitch and we turned to go.As we left the store that day, my husband carried a large flat screen TV in his arms and I experienced an eerie sense of d6i vu. Except I had no need for nerves or panic. My husband wasn't being chased by security guards and he held the receipt in a prominent location in his right hand. As for me, I held a prominent position myself. I was in charge of driving the get-away vehicle. Well, not really, but it sounds exciting. Almost like something they'd put in TV. Follow Slices of Life on Face- book and hit Like (please). Jill Pertler is an award-winning syn- dicated columnist, playwright and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication". E-mail her at pertmn@qwesrnet; or visit her website at http://marketing- by-design.home.mchsi.com/. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, RO. 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, KimbaU MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kim- ball. 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