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Page 12 Tri R takes first and second Pictured with their awards are Deb Reinert and Triple R chef Lee Lodermeier, the creator of bot~ award-winning soups, Submitted photo. \ C If~l~"ll '111'1~ '1 t'IU Thursday, February 11, 2010 vlLLIl'a'a~ ~'a'~6 1"dr " Tri-CounV News Kimball, MN ....... 2~ ..... :: =~= NiiiiiiiNIi!iii!iNNii!~iNiil in soup contestCarl. Larson, [B/M Why are pets shedding when it's this cold? Saturday, Jan. 30, Triple R Grill & Bar participated in the fourth Annual Soup & Chili Bowl for the Cold Spring }aycees that was held at Glue.k Brewery. There were 39 entrants. Triple R took second place for their Sausage and Sau- erkraut Soup. They also. took fi~st place for their Smoked Gouda Soup. This is the third year that Tri- ple R has been part of the cook-off. Last year they took second place with their Potato Bacon Soup. Cokato Historical Soc. receives grant The Cokato Historical Society has received a grant in the amount of $4,494 from the Minnesota His- torical and Cultural Grant Pro- gram. This grant will be used to help provide for continued scan- ning and digitization of gl~ss- plate negatives from the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio col- lection. For this phase, all of the 8x10 plates, nearly 1,000, will be scanned, with digital copies pro- duced for archiving. Funds distributed through this program are generated by the Clean Water. Land & Legacy Act constitutional amendment passed by the voters of Minnesota in November 2008. This amendment increased the state sales tax by 3/8 of 1 percent, with the funds sepa- rated as follows: Outdoor Heritage; Clean Water; Parks and Trails; and Arts and Cultural Heritage. The State Historical Preservatioti Office of the Minnesota Historical Society administers the portion of the Arts & Cultural Heritage funds made available to museums and historical agencies. Reprint from the Tri-County News, of growing, transitional, and rest- Feb. 26, 2009. ing phases, and when they die It makes absolutely no sense, they are replaced. The main fac- right? Of all the times to enjoy tors affecting this cycle are tem- the thickest, warmest coat possi- perature, photoperiod (length of ble, why do our pets' bodies drop daylight), hormones, and nutri- so much hair all of a sudden in tion. As we've all seen, our pets get the middle of winter? Pet shed- thicker coats in the winter, mainly ding is one of the big draw-backs consisting of more of the shorter, to having house pets, as they make softer hairs making up the "under- quick work of what once was nice coat." Once it gets cold, undercoat furniture, carpeting, and cloth- production kicks into high gear to ing, annoyingly covering every- provide warmth, then at the end thing with a layer of themselves, of those hairs' life cycle, there is My wife makes daily threats that a mass die-off, or shedding. If it is if I don't vacuum more often, the still cold outwith shorter days like dogs and cats and I will be living in it is now, the body will still pro- the garage. Thinking I was clever, duce a thick undercoat, and there I bought a Roomba so I can vac- will be another massive shedding uum when I'm not home. episode later in the spring when Indeed, there is a multimillion- the new hairs' life cycle eqds. Basi- dollar industry capitalizing on cally, the hair's life cycle does not this biological phenomenon with match exactly the length of the our pets, including vacuum clean- cold season, so winter shedding ers that are supposedly designed is more a reflection of how long for pet hair, an infinite array of pet an individual hair lives than it is a brushes (my favorite: The Furmi- sign spring is coming. Bythis sum- nator), lint rollers, anti-shedding mer when it is warm and the days shampoos, specially formulated are long, those follicles might not foods and dietary supplements, have many undercoat hairs at all. Some pets are even marketed and Other causes of shedding such chosen, based on their minimal- as hormones, nutrition, infection, shedding reputation. The fact is orfillergycanbealleviatedtosome that shedding is in most cases degree withthingsotherthanvac- normal and healthy. There can, uum cleaners and brushes. Ever however, be some light cast upon notice your pet sheds an enormous the reasons for shedding and the amount in the car or at the vet's excessiveness of it at certain times office? Stress causes increases in oftheyear, the hormone cortisol, and one of Starting with the basic anat- the manifestations is hair falling omy, pet hair follicles actually out. Pregnant dogs will lose some contain several hairs: the longer, hair because of hormonal changes courser maii~ hair, and several pertaining to pregnancy and lac- shorter, softer hairs. All of these tation. Thyroid and adrenal hot- hairs have a life-cycle consisting monal imbalances are respon- we Make It Easy To Open An IRA If you've been thinking about starting an Individual Retirement Account, come see us! You can open your IRA in a mat- ter of minutes with a small deposit. When you open an IRA with us, there are no annual fees or service charges, and your IRA is separately insured from your other accounts by the FDIC to~$250,000. sible for hair loss in affected pets as well. Decreasing stress in our pets can help this, and if your female is not going to be a breeding ani- mal, spaying is always a good idea. Feeding premiumdoods contain- ing the proper vitamins, miner- als, and omega fatty acid ratio can be very rewarding in terms of coat quality. "You get what you pay for" has never applied to anything bet- ter than pet food. Fatty acid/vita- min/mineral supplements are available and can help with shed, ding and general coat quality, but you should consult with us prior to starting these. Skin infections, whether bacterial, fungal, or par- asitic, and allergies are com- mon in pets, and all can certainly cause hair loss. These conditions are often accompanied by itch- iness and various lesions on the skin, and definitely need an exam- ination to properly diagnose and treat. So for now, rather than mov- ing into the garage, I will join the ranks of those finding themselves vacuuming daily (or at least turn- ing on the Roomba), burning through lint rollers, and wonder- ing if a $40 pet brush really could be that good, and hopefully sum- mer will get here soon. Questions can be submitted to . ,spord,5, p/~o#o ~u'~dcv-, & ,,~ore ... crd www.tricounWnews.MN