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Thursday, February 26, 2009 ity Tri-CountyNewsoKimball, MN Commun Page 11 &apos;    i i.a - " " ............. ?'."  " ---- -- " " ................... Kimball council (from page 10) Planning Commission, now that the groundwork has been done by the Planning Commission Steer- ing Committee. He also recom- mended moving ahead with rezon- ing the areas outlined for rezoning by the city's Comprehensive Plan. Both issues were tabled to a future meeting. After the layoff of Jim Schulz, SEH has designated Randy Sabart to be our city engineer. (Sabart was the city's engineer for several years before Schulz.) The city's attorney has advised pursuing legal action against Kue- chle Underground for inferior work by some of its subcontrac- tors. Kuechle Underground was the general contractor for street repairs in the city, and suing them is the only recourse to spare the city paying for concrete work done with bad concrete. The concrete company, Knife River, is only will- ing to accept 10 percent of the fault, but the concrete has a 90-percent failure rate according to tests per- formed by the city's engineer. No action was taken at the Feb. 17 meeting. It was noted that the Watkins Police Department has been dis- solved, and that the city of Wat- kins plans to contract with Meeker County for police services. The next regular meeting of the Kimball city council is 7 p.m. Mon- day, March 2. Meetings are open to the public, and anyone may attend. It is recommended that you con- tact the city clerk well in advance of a meeting to be placed on the agenda (398-2725). Otherwise, an open forum is offered toward the end of each meeting for anyone to speak for a limited time. ........ Carl F. Hoffman iii H of MExtensian horticulturist ...... Horticulture Ed. Day 2009 The Stearns County Master Gar- ture, with tree and shrub expertise. deners are sponsoring a day that Additional concurrent sessions on will provide a perfect opportunity growing peonies, growing cacti and to gain gardening information and succulents in cold climates, orchid enjoy fellowship with other garden- growing for beginners, pond con- ing enthusiasts at Horticulture Edu- struction and maintenance, garden cation Day Saturday, March 21, in color from spring through fall, and the Peter Engel Science Building on sand cast leaf birdbaths will be pre- St. John's University Campus. Hor- sented by master gardeners with ticulture Education Day is a full day experience and expertise in their of speakers beginning with registra- topic. tion at 8 a.m. and the first session at The registration fee includes the 8:30 a.m. full day of educational sessions, all The day features a keynote handouts, and a box lunch featur- address by Jayne Roberts, perennial ing a choice of ham, turkey or veg- specialist with Waiters Gardens, etarian sandwich on the famous Inc. of Zeeland, Mich. Dr. Ben Lock- Johnnie bread, as well as snacks hart, plant pathologist with Univer- and beverages during breaks. Seven sity of Minnesota, specializing in vendors will provide an opportu- virus diseases, will present a gen- nity to shop and purchase items era/session in which he will speak and there will be door prizes. on Hosta Virus-X and Tobacco Rat- The cost for the day is $25 and tleVirus, two virus diseases that are attendance is by pre-registra: spreading in home and commer- tion only. To obtain a complete cial hosta plantings. There will be brochure and registration form, concurrent sessions presented by call Stearns County Extension at Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota (320) 255-6169 or (800) 450-6171. Entomologist and Kathy "Zuzek, Registrations must be received by Extension Educator in Horticul- Friday; March l3. Women's Agricultural Leadership Conference Tuesday; April 14, join other women for a day dedicated to acti- vating "Generation Next" in the field of agriculture. Sessions will focus on how to get the career you want, how to get involved in local government, and how women can contribute to the agriculture industry. SgL Kathy Pederson $ ........ Minnesota State Patrol : ........... 'Brynn Duncan law' Dear Trooper Kathy: What are the rules for booster chairs. My 5-year-old doesn't want to be in one anymore. Is there a height or weight restriction? Trooper Kathy Says: Minne- sota's booster chair law has not changed since 1985. At this time a booster chair is a requirement until age 4. There is no height nor weight exemption. HOWEVER:I have included an interesting cor- respondence from Randy Wil- liams, president of AAA Minne- sota/Iowa, Erin Petersen, coordi- nator of Safe Kids Minnesota, AAA Minnesota/Iowa & Safe Kids Min- nesota. Support Enhanced Child Restraint Legislation called "The Brynn Duncan Law" Minnesota's legislature soon will have the opportunity to fol- low the example of 43 other states and strengthen our state's child- restraint law. We hope the legisla- ture will capitalize on this oppor- tunity because traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for chil- dren over the age of one in Minne- sota. This past summer, seven-year- old Brynn Duncan from Moor- head became the definitive illus- tration of a child who would have benefited from a stronger child restraint law in Minnesota. Aug. 18, 2008, Brynn was restrained with only a seat belt, since that's all the law requires, while riding with her grandmother. Because the aduk seat belt did not fit properly, the lap portion rode up above her hips and onto her stomach. Brynn had placed the shoulder portion of the adult seat belt behind her back as children of this age and size often do to prevent it from resting on their faces. When the vehicle she was rid- ing in was involved in a crash, the impact snapped Brynn's body in half. Because the top portion of the seat belt was not in place, her spinal cord was badly injured. Because the lap portion of the seat belt was not on her hips, her inter- nal organs were catastrophically damaged. The initial damage to Brynn's body was a torn spinal cord, a sev- ered intestine, a bruised heart and a damaged kidney. While in sur- gery, Brynn's kidney, appendix and gall bladder were removed. In addition, Brynn suffered immense pain, depression, severe fevers and infections. Weeks went by as her survival lay in the balance. For 82 days, Brynn went from one hospi- tal to the next, one surgery to the next, fighting to survive. Eventu- ally, Brynn was sent home with substantial, life-long injuries. Minnesota's current child restraint law states children ages four and older can be restrained in a seat belt. By following the law, Brynn's grandmother thought she was doing what was safest. Consis- Don't miss is great educational and networking opportunity 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minn. Register at <www.> or call (715) 822-6347. tent with her assumption, a recent AAA study found that the majority of parents rely on their state's leg- islation to guide them on how to restrain their child in a vehicle. However, seat bek use at age four is not the best practice. Research conducted by the Children's Hos- pital of Philadelphia indicates that appropriate child restraints (that s, booster seats) reduce the injury rate in car crashes by 59 percent over adult seat belts used alone. AAA Minnesota/Iowa and Safe Kids Minnesota are calling for improved child passenger safety legislation to provide children ages four to eight with the proper pro- tection.. The function of a booster seat is simply to raise the child up enough so the lap belt rides low on the hips and the shoulder por- tion crosses the shoulder - where it should. Brynn's parents do not want other young children to endure what Brynn had to experience. Our Minnesota kids deserve an improved child passenger safety law with the protections offered by 43 other states, not a law that was crafted 26 years ago before booster seats were developed. Had Brynn been in a booster seat with the adult seat belt in its proper place on her body this excruciat- ing ordeal could have been pre- vented. 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