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Pa00e 2 Opi io Thursday, February 4, 2010 n n Tri-County News * Kimball, MN a It&apos;s convention time again a great cure for that. In fact, it was so good that I'm doing it again this week, this time in Iowa. So my convention wrap-up story will have to wait. There is a clue, though, on this page for those who can't wait to see if we won another award this year. Awards also went to Litchfield, Hutchin- son, Annandale, Maple Lake, and St. Cloud. But more on that next week. The Minnesota Newspaper Association convention has come and gone in a flurry. And this year was particularly good for me, and for the Tri-CountyNews. Being a part of the convention is great for making new friends, strengthening alliances, learning new skills and tricks, and being acknowledged. I've always said that working in a newspaper can be very isolat- ing, and the annual convention is Monster Mike is #1 and he's got the gold to prove it Ask any of his friends or fam- ily and they'd probably say he always has been gl. But now the world knows. After a rough start of the Snocross season last week in Shakopee, "Monster" Mike Schultz won the gold medal in ESPN's Winter X Games. Schultz, who lost a leg after a hor- rific snowmobile racing accident nearly 14 months ago, raced in the new adaptive class. This was Mike's sixth appear- ance in the Winter X Games but his best performance. Previously, his best was ninth place in 2007. Both Mike and his wife Sara (Becker), pictured below, are orig- inally from Kimball. They now live in Pillager where Mike is working hard to continue his racing career in both summer and winter. Mike has not only recovered from his traumatic injury, but he has designed his own prosthetic leg that allows him to do more rig- orous activities (like racing) than standard prosthetics would. He has been featured on ESPN, KARE11, and several other media outlets. He's also become a hero to many. At a time when many would resign themselves to accept the loss of dreams and goals, Mike Schultz has fought even harder to make them a reality, no matter what. Go Mike! Jill Pealer "Slices of Life" lhe sandwich years: cell phones and body parts It's said that people my age are living in the "sandwich" years. This means we have kids who are young enough to need us, and par- ents who are old enough to need us -- leaving us sandwiched in the middle, meeting needs at the speed of lightening, or at least as fast as our minivans will go. It isn't always easy. Today's been one of those days. My 17-year-old daughter needs lots of things. She needs privacy. She needs her friends. She needs her hair straightener. She needs her iPod. She needs certain labels on her clothes. But most of all, she needs her cell phone. Today it broke. The screen froze up and refused to function. This made her irate. At me. Apparently this was my fault. Or if it wasn't my fault, it was definitely my duty to fix it. Either that, or get her a new phone. I opted for the fix-it route, and went online to a support site for cell phones. I got the screen to defrost and managed to clear some of the memory, but within half an hour the phone was refus- ing to function again. My daugh- ter shifted to her slumping, sulk- ing stance faster than you can say, "Text me." This time I wasn't so fast to become the Maytag repair-person of cell phones. I'll be honest; her attitude was getting to me. Besides, I was having a bad day myself. I'm sandwiched, remember? Earlier,this morning, I'd been researching Alzheimer's disease. It's become a part of my life, or more specifically, my mom's life. Last week, after what I thought was a pleasant telephone con- versation, my mom decided that she and I had a whopper of a dis- agreement where I became terri- bly angry and said that I wanted to shake her, cut her in half and cut her head off. You read that right. Unfortu- nately. Of course this is ridiculous, but that doesn't matter. According to what I read online, she is con- vinced that this happened. There is no question in her mind that I told her I wanted to cut her head off. And to her, that is all that mat- ters. So this morning I was Googling things 'like, "Alzheimer's para- noia" to see what the prognosis is for my relationship with my morn. Not good. It's the Catch-22 of the disease. People with Alzheim- er's can't remember what they ate for breakfast, but their suspicious thoughts and feelings of paranoia stick with them like a cell phone to a teenager. It's likely she is run- ning and rerunning our conver- sation over and over in her mind, and her version is getting stronger by the minute. I also learned that delusions of people cutting off body parts is not abnormal. I'm not sure if that was good or bad news. No one's ever said Alzheimer's is a pleasant experience. So, when my daughter's cell phone gave out, let's just say I was already feeling a bit spent. I needed to talk to my personal psy- chotherapist, so I called my hus- band at work. "Just put your feet up and try to forget about it for the afternoon," he suggested. He gives good advice. I should probably listen to him more often. An hour later, things did feel a little better, and I was ready to give it another go-round with the cell phone repair. I went back online and got the darn thing working. My daughter wasn't convinced. "It's just going to break again," she said, giving her best bid for a new phone. "Let's charge it up and give it some time to rest," I suggested. "Sometimes resting helps." She disappeared into her room. Still unhappy. I thought about my daughter and her teenage attitude. I thought about my mom and her struggles with Alzheimer's. I thought about life and how wonderful and awful it can be to have people who truly need you. I went into the kitchen and made a cup of cappuccino - my daughter's favorite. I brought it to her and set it on the night-stand. We exchanged just a few words and I left her to her thoughts. As I turned to go, I knew that if her cell phone freezes up again, we'll prob- ably have to get her a new one. Jill Pertler is a syndicated columnist and award-winning freelance writer. She appreciates your comments and can be reached at <pertmn@qwest. net>, or you can check out her Web site at <http://marketing-by-design.home.>. "Monster" Mike Schultz with his wife Sara in Aspen, Colo., last week- end. Mike raced in Adapted Snocross and won gold. Schultz lost his left leg above the knee after an accident in December 2008. He now designs his own racing prosthetic leg which he calls the MotoKnee. You can catch more aboutMikeon his Web site at <>. Submitted photo. /'",' ./'f- .- k-.- __ T,6NTER 5CUR,TY ANO TCN Office Hours: Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Frl., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. www.tricou ntynews. M N POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The TM-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tn-County News, Inc., P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Steams 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 <news@county news.MN>. Our Web site is <www.tri- countynews.MN>. 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