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Page 4 Opinion The future is bright and wonderful invite you to subscribe, too, if you don&apos;t already. In fact, if you're a new subscriber, call us and we'll sign you up for a month trial for FREE. Business Expo Saturday, March 27, is the annual Kimball Area Business and Community Expo, again at Kimball Area High School (south entrance). The expo will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and there's still time to sign up as an exhibitor. This is a great chance to meet potential customers, and to show off your products and services. You can contact either Leo Wirth (398- 8211) or Mike Zieska (282-1509) to sign up. Or stop by the Tri-County News office and get a copy of the sign-up forms. Watch out for e-mail seams Cal Brown stopped in the office a few weeks ago, from his home in Palisade, and we had a pleas- ant visit. So imagine my surprise when a few days later I received an e-mail from him saying that he was stuck in London and needed to borrow money to pay his hotel bill and fly home. Well, I knew he wasn't in London, and that it wasn't Cal who'd sent the e-mail. So I reported Jt to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Then I called Cal. I was about the eighth person to have received this spam. Someone hacked into his e-mail account and spammed everyone in his address book. So be careful out there. It can be kinda scary sometimes. With all the talk about news- papers failing, or dying, or being too old-fashioned to be relevant, I committed myself to attend three conferences within two weeks: the Minnesota Newspaper Associa- tion annual convention, the Mid- west Newspaper Summit session (a follow-up to last year's session), and the Iowa Newspaper Associa- tion's convention. I wasn't sure what I'd hear and learn at these meetings with hun- dreds of other newspaper people, most of them from small commu- nity papers. But I have to say I was pretty impressed. Actually, I was blown away. I learned a number of techni- cal things that will help our photos print better, for instance, or where to focus our efforts on-line. But I also learned that we, the Tri-County News, are in a great position to move forward into the future. We'll be here, going strong, not only a year from now, but 10 years from now and, most likely, 20 years from now. I've returned from Blooming- ton and Des Moines with an award (see the photo at right of MNA president Jody Hansen and me), a couple of books, lots of pens and doo-dads, and a notebook packed full of projects, ideas, contacts, and information. I'm alreadyusing some of it. And I can't wait to tackle projects from the notebook, one page at a time. It's a great day for newspapers, and for us at the Tri-County News and www.tricountynews.MN. This week's paper is a"saturation issue" in that it's going out to every address in Kimball, Watkins, and South Haven. Our plan for 2010 is to send out a saturation issue every month, on the third Thursday each month (except in December, when it will be on the fourth Thursday, for the Christmas issue). This is a lot of extra work, more than double what it takes to put out a "regular" paper. But it's well worth it. Putting out a bigger, better paper to everyone in our community each month is great for our advertisers, and great for our community. We hope you like this week's paper. Next month is the annual Business Issue, on March 18. Call us soon to be sure you're included! We niet \\; china.'., t L .. Thursday, February 18, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN = .................... : "N Jill Pertler _ "Slices of_Life" Parenting boys and girls I've decided God gave me lit the floor. This thwarts them not. They continue their game of catch through the checkout and into the parking lot. When my daughter packs for a weekend getaway, she consid- ers climate and activity choices. She packs with different options in mind, coordinating colors and fab- rics. She includes extra garments, because she realizes she may want to make a wardrobe switch depending on her mood. She packs at least one pair of underwear for each day of the trip and way, way too many shoes. When my boys pack for a week- end getaway, they figure the clothes they are currently wearing will be enough. After much prod- ding, they throw in an extra pair of jeans and T-shirt. At the last min- ute, they remember underwear, and grab only one pair. They for- get socks and a toothbrush, but remember their video games. Half the time they will leave for the trip with their suitcase lying right where they left it- on their bed. When my daughter listens to music, she hears the words and defines their meaning. A good song is poetic in its message and melody. When she is glad to see a friend, she gives them a hug. When my boys listen to music, it is all about the beat. A booming bass and electric guitar solo work together to enhance the song. When they meet up with a buddy and are happy to see him, they give a high- five; really good friends are tackled football-style. During my college years, I was enlightened. I used to think that chromosomes were beside the point; four children later, I know better. there's lots of gray area between the sexes. No one is 100-percent male or female. But at my house, I have to call it like I see it. Some people might have a prob- lem with this. I don't thinkwe should view it that way. When it comes to male and female, different does not indicate inequality. I started by saying that having three boys keeps me grounded. It does, but no less so than having one girl keeps me grounded. One sex is not easier, better or superior than the other. That would be way too simple. The truth is that boys three sons in order to keep me grounded. It's not like I'm an especially pie-in-the-sky kind of gal, but there's something about wiping down the toilet seat at least once a day (because it's already wet) that just sort of puts you in your place. They think differently. They act differently. They approach things differently- from girls. If you told me this 20 years ago, I would have laughed. I wrote a college paper on the whole nature versus nurture issue. My stance was that we are all born with a tabula rosa- or a blank slate- and our experiences and environment work to mold who we are. Differ- ences between the sexes? At age 20 I wasn't buying it. Boy (or girl), did I have a lot to learn. After college, I enrolled in the school of real-life, which included graduate classes in family living. In other words, I had children. That's when I really learned about the differences between the males and females of our species. When my daughter watches a movie, she watches the movie. She may have to dab her eyes with a Kleenex if it is a sad movie, but watching is the main activity. When my boys watch a movie, they wrestle. They kick each other. They wriggle around on the couch and lean their heads way over to watch the movie upside down. They stand up on the coffee table. They crawl under it. They switch the channel - repeatedly - during commercials and sometimes dur- ing the show. They throw things at each other. Watching is not the main activity. On the other hand, when my sons watch a football game on TV, they watch the football game. They may have to dab their eyes with a Kleenex if it is a sad game, but watching is the main activity. My daughter does not watch a whole lot of football on TV- not if she can help it. She would rather go shopping. When she does catch a ride to the mall, she visits multi- ple stores and compares products. If she is especially serious about purchasing a particular item, she may pick it up to get a closer look. 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