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Thursday, February 18, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN i:::::::::::: !  :.&apos;. ".'.. N::::::::iJiii ' N ".  "  .... " .......  ..... " ..... Community IHE UN-COMFOIll ZONE Open House " with Robert Evans Wilson, It. Sometimes you have to rip werner 80th the cover off the book birthday On a summer weekend in 1977, my friend Tony and I made plans to go waterskiing. When he picked rile up, there were two people in the car that I did not know. He introduced his new girlfriend Sue, and her brother Bubba. Bubba was the quintessen- tial redneck. Within minutes of getting on the boat, he stuffed a wad of chewing tobacco the size of a baseball in his cheek, then chugged several beers. In less than an hour we were dealing with an irritable drunk. He belched loudly, spit constantly, omplained inces- santly, and couldn't string two words together without inserting a profanity. In short, Bubba made our visit to the lake completely unpleasant. Eventually he passed out in the back of the boat and we enjoyed the rest of the day. My opinion of Bubba's charac- ter, talent and intelligence could not have been lower. I looked upon him as a total loser. A dimwit who would never amount to anything. Atthe end of the day, Tony drove Sue and Bubba home first. When we arrived at their home, Bubba was awake and somewhat .sober. Sue asked Tony to come inside and see the new dress she'd bought. Then she turned to Bubba and said, "Why don't you show Robert your chickens?" We walked around to the back of the house and Bubba pointed toward a minature barn. It was the cutest little building I'd ever seen. Rounded roof, little windows, bright colors and lots of lacy gin- gerbread all around. "Where'd you get this?" I asked. "I built it," replied Bubba. "From a kit?" I asked. "No, I built it after my grandfather's barn." For the first time that day, I was impressed by Bubba. When we went inside, the first thing I saw was a display case full of blue rib- bons. Dozens. of them. These were first-place awards from around the country that Bubba had won for his chickens. Then he started showing me his chickens and tell- ing me about them. Suddenly the cussing and complaining Bubba became eloquent. As we walked around the barn, he showed me more than 50 of the most beautiful and exotic looking birds I'd ever seen. Unusual look- ing birds that I would never have known were chickens. These were not birds for eating or laying eggs- these were prize show chickens. He explained to me that chick- ens originated in the jungles of Asia. He told me how he bred and raised them. What he did to make their plumage bright, colorful and plentiful. I was amazed by the extent of his knowledge and I lis- tened, eagerly to everything he said. He spoke with an enthusi- asm and energy that I could not have imagined earlier. The dif- ference was that I had entered his real world. The world he loved and was excited about. Here was his hobby, but he was so motivated by it that it brought out the very best in him. I learned a big lesson that day. I'd always heard my teachers say, "Don't judge a book by it's cover," but until then I had not witnessed the.truth of that proverb. I decided then and there that I would never judge another person completely by my first impression. That, if time and opportunity allowed, I would look further, deeper. When you discover someone's passion, you have discovered what motivates them. And, that is the key to communicating with them in the most productive way possi- ble. Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. is a motivational speaker and humor- ist. He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators. For more informa- tion on Robert's programs please visit <www.jumpstartyourmeeting. corn>. .. fNNUAL! S00"a00,hetti Supper. Friday, February 26, 4-7 p.m. KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER Serving Spaghefti 1 salad, garlic I bread & brownie hot fudge sundae :::::.::: i  I Donations to Kingston Apostolic ] Lutheran Chudl (KA%C) I l (in memo note Youth fund) I [ Proceeds to benefit our Youth ] I Group for trips to youth rallies : ;;!iiiii!::: ::; ii::;: I I and Bible camp. | r Sponsored by I Kingston Apostolic An 80th birthday party is planned for Lorraine Werner at Kingston Community Center from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Come, help us celebrate. No gifts, please. Your presence is your gift. PACER Center workshop Feb. 25 PACER Center workshop focuses on Understanding Indi- vidualized Education Programs PACER Center is offering "IDEA: Understanding the Individual- ized Education Program (IEP)," a free workshop for parents of chil- dren with disabilities and for pro- fessionals. It will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, at Country Inn and Suites St. Cloud East, .St. Cloud. Advance registra- tion is requested. Participants will learn about: IEP requirements Overview of evaluation Team planning Writing measurable IEP goals Adaptations Implementation Methods for resolving dis- agreements Each participant will receive a special education record-keeping folder. To register, call PACER at (952) 838-9000 or (952) 838-0190 (TTY). In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free), or visit <>. www.tricou ntynews. M N Programming at Kimball Public Library book history and discussion of noted artists. Students are asked to bring a short story to work with and/or existing artwork they may want to use, Basic materials will be provided. The workshop will be presented by Shayann Hoffer, an award-winning freelance art- ist and educator who works with youth in the areas of drawing, painting, cartooning and still-clip animation..She has a BFA in paint- ing and did post graduate art study at the University of Oregon. Atten- dance is limited to 20 and prereg- istfation is required. Online regis- tration is available at <www.griver. org> on the Events page. The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir - March 4 Kao Kalia Yang, author of "The Eatehomecomer: A Hmong fam- ily memoir," will give a presenta- tion at the Kimball Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4. Yang immigrated to St. Paul, Minn., when she was six years old. Since therl, she has earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University in New York. She will talk about her fam- fly's harrowing escape from Laos, their life in refugee camps, and the hardships and joys that came with carving out a life in Minnesota. These presentations were funded with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage. For more information about Kimball Public Library activities, please contact the library at (320) 398-3915. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Mor- rison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly one million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, pro- gramming and information ser- vices. Kimball Library Open Hours Monday 3-6, Wednesday 10-1, 3-6, Thursday 10-1, 3-8, Saturday 9-12. Great River Regional Library is providing the following programs at its Kimball branch. Meet the Author Jess Lourey - Feb. 27 o Jess Lourey, author of the Mur- der By Month series, will give a presentation at the Kimball Pub- lic Library from 10 - 11 a.m. Satur- day, Feb. 27. A reviewer described Lourey as "the literary love child of Agatha Christie and Garrison Keil- loft' Her series began with "May Day" and the most recent is "Sep- tember Fair," set at the Minnesota State Fair. She is based in Minne- sota, and will talk about writing and publishing a novel. Cartoon Art Workshop - March 1 The Kimball Public Library is offering a Cartoon Art Workshop for ages 12-18 from 3:15 - 5:45 p.m. Monday, March 1. Sign up for this workshop to learn what it takes to be an illustrator and author of your own book. The workshop will include character and story out- line development, comic draw- ing techniques and layout options. It will also include some comic Page 5 WANTED and parts, any condition. Call Mike at (320) 492-6780. Saturday, larch -7 p.m. Kingston Corn, unity Center Sponsored by S5 per person Lake Union Children under 5 FREE LAKE BEAUTY BIBLE CAMP Annual Firemen's Dance Knights of Columbus Benefit Breakfast Sunday, February 21 St. Anne's Catholic Church, Kimball Serving 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Suggested Donation: Adults: $7 Children 6 and French Under: Free M//k, If you could bring a nonperishable item for the food shelf, it would be greatly appreciated. Help us to help ethers as we serve God. r