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Page 2 Opinion Thursday, February 26, 2009 Tri-County News * Kimball, MN Woman shot in Fairhaven Twp., dies Tuesday, Feb. 24, at l:19 p.m., Nyren, was airlifted to Hennepin Nate Fredrickson the Stearns County Sheriff s Office County Medical Center where it is was called to a home on Bay- reported she later died. berry Road in Fairhaven Town- The suspect, DaleMorrisNyren, JObS from He ship. A 70-year-old man told the was arrested and is being held in Stearns County Jail. According to the jail roster, he is being charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault, both felonies. The Tri-County News will post any updates on our Web site at &lt; www.kimballarea.com>. dispatcher that he had just shot his 67-year-old wife twice with a .22-caliber weapon. The Sheriff's Office confirmed that the victim has two gunshot wounds, one to the head and another to the knee. The woman, identified as Sharon And let's not forget the Kim- ball city council, township super- visors, and everyone in local gov- ernment. The Elmer Award for Thankless Jobs should be given to each and every one of them. Everyone who works in the schools - teachers, administra- tors, assistants, lunch ladies, jan- itors, bus drivers - gets the Elmer Award for Thankless Jobs in Edu- cation. Bravo! And the Elmer Award for his- toric preservation goes to the Kim- ball Area Historical Society. Now starting Phase Four of their city hall renovations, they consistently have obtained grants to fund the project. The Elmer Award for Commu- nity Involvement goes to every- one who participates in any way to keep his or her community vital (however he or she defines that community). Without indi- vidual, active involvement, noth- ing changes and nothing happens. There could be numerous subcat- egories for this Elmer Award: local consumerism, local beautifica- tion, local booster, local protec- tion, and more. And how about an Elmer Award for Daily Grind to everyone who gets out there every day to do their job to keep things running. Forget the Oscars. Bring on the Elmers. At last, recognition for the average Joe Worker and Jane Citi- zen! Let's all do our parts, and shoulder our responsibilities. If not for each other, then perhaps for "Elmer." I watched some of this year's Oscar ceremonies. I usually tire quickly of the whole thing, but this year's was particularly interesting and well done. What if, I kept thinking, there were similar awards for those not in the movie biz, for everyday people? What if anyone could be recognized for a job well done, no matter how routine that job may be? Then I read Nate's column. His last paragraph kind of reinforced my rambling thoughts. So, let's call them the "Elmer Awards." Let's give Chad Johnson and Ed Borman an Elmer Award for Technical Merit, for their excellent work keeping Kimball streets clear of snow in this snowy winter. And how about an Elmer Award for Business Longevity? A.M. Maus & Son, Land O'Lakes Oil & Propane, Knaus Sausage House, Arnold's of Kimball, Tri-County News, Hen- dricks Bus Service, have all been in business at least 50 years. If there were an Elmer Award for Fiscal Alternatives, it could go to Kris O'Brien and Kimball Com- munity Ed. They were granted $25,000 this week for an environ- mental-education program for students. Speaking Of education, and since it's school board apprecia- tion week, let's give Elmer Awards to everyone on the Kimball school board. This ensemble cast works hard to make sure we get the best results for our tax dollars in edu- cation. PACER Center workshop Not long ago I heard a comedian on television make a snide remark about the sanitation department in his city. Just like car salesmen and attorneys, sanitation workers are an easy mark for criticism. The comedian's wisecrack reminded me of a day a few years back when my wife and I attended the Min- nesota Renaissance Faire with my sister and her husband Andy. As we strolled by the throngs of jest- ers, knights, dames and minstrels, all poorly attempting to speak in a British accent, Andy did two wise things. First, he ceased making eye contact with the insufferable over-actors, which caused them to quit approaching the four of us and saying something like, "Good morrow, M'lords and M'ladiesF' And second, as he gazed at the Middle Age-inspired buildings, all shaded by trees beginning to dis- play their fall colors, Andy posed a question, one which I thought quite profound: "Was this what it was really like during this period in history?" he asked. "Not really", I said, taking another scalding hot bite of my gigantic turkey leg. "The ground would have been covered in filth and it would smell like a backed up septic systemF' The sudden thought of it caused me to discard the remain- ing chunk of genetically enhanced turkey into the nearest "ye ole" refuse bin. My point is that if we lived even a little over a century ago, most cit- ies did not have sanitation work- ers to collect garbage at 3 in the morning. And ask anyone who lives in a city where a sanitation strike has taken place and he will tell you it isn't long before society shuts down due to the stench and rubbish that accumulate in only a matter of days. Since the dawn of time there have been some pretty awful jobs. There'S the Royal Executioner, for instance. I'd bet his social calendar was pretty empty when it came to dinner invitations. Or the Ancient Mayan athlete who just lost the "Big Game." I can almost hear him saying some- thing to their version of the media ... "Well, we gave a 110 percent. We didn't win, but I know our team really put their hearts into it!" Yep, you sure did.., and will! As I reflected on what a really, really bad job would be, it occurred to me there are thou- sands of careers I can only pray I will never have to do for a living. For instance: M&M Quality Control - Not only would I be bored silly, there is a very good chance I would lose my job for being too diligent and throwing away all the misspelled ones I would inspect on the con- veyor belt (you know, the ones with W's instead of M's). Technician at the Center for Lac- tose Intolerance - This job would have to include incredible bene- fits and one fantastic retirement plan because your day would con- sist of conversations like, "Okay, Mr. Johnson, let's have you try the Havarti and Cheddar cheese sam- ples today and see what happens. Some jobs are simply bad and were doomed to failure from the moment they were conceived. For instance: Running with Scissors Super- visor - This just never caught on with its target market of daycares and elementary schools. Inventor of the "My First Fon- due Set" - For ages 4 and up, this version of the popular '70s food craze included the following con- tents: skewers, a powerful open- flame heat source, and scaldingly hot cheese. Vasectomy Test Subject - This career for any guy would be doomed to be a short one (pardon the pun).  And bad jobs are relative. I had a job where I analyzed market- ing data all day long in a room the size of a porta-potty. It paid well, but was less exciting than a group of Baptists on a rollercoaster (you just know they're going to keep their hands in the car at all times. Otherwise they might be mistaken for Pentecostals). So here's to you, Sanitation Engi- neer, Road Kill Picker-Upper, and Proctologist. Your jobs may stink, but thanks for doing what you doI <www.nmfredrickson.com> 2008, N.M. Fredrickson. All rights reserved. PACER Center is offering "Scripts Communication between par- for Positive Communications: ents and schools can be challeng- Meeting Mental Health and Behav- ing, especially when a student with total Needs for Children with Dis- a disability also has a mental health t' t ,vr- abilities." disorder or a behavioral need.   lR,'e This flee workshop for par- To register, callPACER (800) 537- liJJRU| A ents of children with disabilities 2237 (toll free) or visit the PACER  R.,ff.ff(,... . and professionals is from 6:30 to Web site at <PACER.org>. iII lW,,,cv 9'A 9 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the PACER Center is a parent center ---"' c u 1i /  Y To 5,T To A 1_ , Comfort Inn, 4040 Second St. S., St. for families of children and young   .A, -'TCr ._] ,,;s_ Cloud, Minn. Advance registration adults with any disability, and also .., ,, --[t //IT.' is requested, provides many additional services. nccaR  A I:g.  V.IV V..'LL NEVER .6EE  LI llh,,, .... -, Mondays Materials receivedaflerdeadlin, e will be considered for the next weeks issue. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., P.O. Box 220, KimbaU MN 55353, Stearns 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 Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000, E-mail can be addressed to <tcn@kimbattarea.com>. Our Web site is <www.KimballArea.com>. We also have a drop site at Erti Hard- ware Hank in downtown Watkins. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. RATES: Subscription rates are $30/year ($20 for age 62 and old- er) in Minnesota; $40/year (S30 for seniors) elsewhere in the U.S. Single copy price is 75 cents. 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Kimball Area Chamber Kimball Area Historical Society Stearns County Press Assoc. 2008 MNA Award for Best Adver- tisement; 2008 Award for Portrait and Personality Photography; 2007 MNA Award for Advertising Excellence; 2007 MNA Award, Best Information Graphic; 2006 MNA Award, Classified Adver- Using; 2004 MNA Award, AdverUs- ing Excellence; 2000 MNA Award, Best Local News Story. 2009, ,s,  Tri-County News i I  FI3$E POPI,E