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Thursday, February 18, 2010 Tri-County News, Kimball, MN Students 4 Youth Teen contest to discourage textins/drivin8 Contest rules and entry forms on &lt;www.RockTheBelt.org> Minnesota Department of Pub- lic Safety (DPS) and AAA Minne- sota/Iowa is calling on Minneso- ta's teenagers to do "thumbthing" about the dangers of texting and driving by participating in the Don't Text and Drive, Teens! TV Commer- cial Challenge. Minnesota teens in grades 9-12 are eligible to create and produce a 30-second TV spot to communi- cate the dangers associated with driving while texting and the solu- tions to avoid the dangerous and illegal behavior. Since August 2008, texting, e-mailing, composing mes- sages and Web browsing has been illegal for drivers of all ages with violations costing up to $300. The top spots will be selected by DPS, AAA Minnesota/Iowa and a teen panel for public online voting in May. AAA Minnesota/Iowa will award first-, second-, and third- place finishers with $1,000, $600 and $400, respectively. The win- ning spot will make its television broadcast premiere in spring 2010. Rules and entry forms are online at <www.rockthebelt.org>. Spots are due to DPS byApril 19, 2010. Teens are also encouraged to post their spots on the DPS Office of Traffic Safety Facebook page ("MnDPS_ OTS-Traffic Safety"). "Teens have the opporttmity to deliver a positive, life-saving message so their friends get their thumbs off the phone and back on the wheel," says Gordy Pehrson, youth traffic safety coordinator of DPS Office of Traffic Safety. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens - a group overrepresented each year because of driver inexperience, risk-tak- ing behavior, distractions, night- time driving, speeding and seat belt non-use. During 2006-2008, 118 teens (ages 16-19), were killed and another 577 were seriously injured in crashes. DPS reports that distraction or inattention factors in at least 25 per- cent of all crashes annually, result- ing in at least 70 deaths and 9,000 serious injuries. Pehrson recommends teens put their cell phone out of reach when behind the wheel and encourages passengers to handle calls and texts for drivers to reduce distraction. He also reminds teens and their par- ents that cell phone use for drivers with a provisional license is prohib- ited by law. View finalists and the winning spot from the 2009 Buckle Up, Teens! TV Commercial Contest at <www. rockthebelt.org>. We have ]W Plat Books with 9-1-1 addresses and legal land descriptions from $23. 00 + tax downtown Kimball 00000 Accelerated Reader achiever Kimball Area District Spelling Bee Our congratulations go out to Josh Donnay who was the first third-grader to complete the sec- ond trimester's A.R. goal at Holy Cross School. With all of his hard work, Josh has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence, as well as a Student Two for One certificate from Marcus Theatres. Congratu- lations Josh! Tips to respect and protect teens using the Internet Raising teenagers can be one of the most challenging aspects of parenting. Now it is more differ- ent than it's ever been with all the modes of technology we utilize. One of the biggest challenges par- ents of teens face today is all the variety technology that is available. If you are a teen parent, you know they all expect a cell phone. There are social networking sites, e-mails, and text messages which enable teens to have relationships with almost anyone. This new technol- ogy can make it difficult for parents to know what their teens are doing and who they spend time with. Just as you show interest in teens' everyday activities, it is also important to keep tabs on what they're doing online. Talk with teens to learn who they are chatting with, but avoid sounding accusatory. Parents should think of the Inter- net as another public place where teens are going. Just as you would monitor what teens do when they leave home, you should also mon- itor teens' online activities. The following list of tips can help you keep teens safe on the Inter- net: Monitor usage -When possi- ble, keep computers in public areas of the home rather than in bed- rooms, and set limits on when and how often teens use the Internet. When computers are used in teens' bedrooms, have them keep the door open and position the moni- tor so it is visible from the hallway. Install parental monitoring soft- ware to limit what sites are accessi- ble and periodically visit the list of recently visited sites to ensure that only appropriate sites have been accessed. Monitor content - Know what social networking sites teens are using and join those sites to keep an eye on their profiles. In the past, parents needed only to ask about who their teens were friends with at school, but now it is just as impor- tant to monitor who they are friends with online. Internet/To page 10 Winners of the Spelling Bee are Nicole Doran (left) with second-place ribbon, and Erin Diffley (right) with first-place medal. Submitted photo. The Kimball Area District Spelling Bee was held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the high school cafetorium. There were 18 rounds. The pronouncer was high school principal Erik Widvey. Vol- unteers were John Clark, Andrea Welter, Dennis Abernathy, and Megan Jones. A special thank you goes to all who volunteered to make the 2010 District Spelling Bee a success and also to those who came to sup- port the students of Kimball Area Schools. Erin Diffley won first place, Nicole Doran took second place, and Madeline Gasper placed third. The Regional Spelling Bee is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Tues- day, March 2, on the campus of St. John s University. The snow day is scheduled for March 9, 2010, and an announcement will be made by 7 a.m. on radio stations WJON (1240) and KBEK (95.5) in the event that it is necessary to post- pone the Regional Spelling Bee due to inclement weather. Contestants: Joey VonWalde Grade 7 Alec Johnson Grade 7 Josh Zabinski Grade 7 Brandon Loch Grade 7 Hannah Hendrickson Grade 7 Madi Gasper Grade 7 Nicole Doran Grade 8 Stacey Hurrle Grade 8 Shelby Schiefelbein Grade 8 Erin Diffley Grade 8 Raven Koltes Grade 6 Abbey Straley Grade 6 Madison Libbesmeier Grade 6 Shay Krippner Grade 6 Reid Kopitzke Grade 5 Aeron Ashbrook Grade 5 Karl Schiefelbein Grade 5 Stephanie Hurrle Grade 5 www.tricou ntynews. M N Kimball Kruisers 4-H Report Sunday, Feb. 14, Kimball Kruis- ers 4-H members met at the Kim- ball Area Fire Hall at 6 p.m. for our monthly meeting. Our roll call question was "How much snow will we get until May?" There were some interesting answers like "too much" and "7 feet." Food Review/Demon- stration Day is March 6 in Litch- field. Chelsey Maus has been work- ing hard on a script for our club to perform at Share-the-Fun April 11. Food Stand Leader is Sue Maus. Abbey Schiefelbein talked about a picture she drew of herself, using a mirror. Shelby Schiefelbein talked about a donut called kolaches that she made. Bailey Schiefelbein talked about a poster with pictures of butterflies she raised over the summer. Good project talks! After the meeting, Fire Chief John Gohm- ann and Firefighter Steve Decknatel talked about the gear they wear and the equipment they use for fires and rescues. Chief Gohmanri gave us a fire-safety quiz. After'that, we had the donuts Shelby Schiefelbein made and Frosty Avocado Fondue Abbey Schiefelbein made. Both were very good! Our next meeting is March 7 at St. Anne's Church. By Andrew Massmann. Kimball Kruisers 4-H Reporter Kimball Area Fire Department Fire Chief John Gohmann showed members of the Kimball Kruis- ers 4-H around the fire hall and equipment. Submitted photos. Page 9 Area students on Dean's list Minnesota State University, Moorhead From Watkins: Christopher Faber - Construction Manage- ment. From Kimball: Kathryn Hoff - Psychology; Patrick Schuette - Earth Science Education, Life Sci- ence Education. Dollars for Scholars The Kimball Dollars for Schol- ars will meet at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month from March through June. All meet- ings will be held in the junior high commons. All parents, retired persons, Kimball high school alumni and other interested individuals are invited to attend and become a part of this organization. If you have any questions, please contact Paula Capes, pres- ident at (320) 398-3337, or Alice Robinson at (320) 398-5902. Gall Schiefelbein/ Acting Secretary Patrick Arnold scores well in nat'l German exam Thirty-three students from St. John's Prep School who are studying German (levels 2, 3, and 4) competed with more than 700 stu- dents in Minnesota and more than 24,000 students nationwide in the 2010 National German Exam for High School Students. This exam is organized by the American Association of Teachers of Ger- man (AATG). Of these 33 students, 22 students scored on or above the 85th percentile. Included in the top scoring was Patrick Arnold, son of John and Margaret Arnold of Kimball. Arnold, in German Level 2, scored in the 82 percentile and his rank- ing in Minnesota was 51st out of 350.