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Pa00e 14 C3overn00ent Thursday, Mar. 12, 6 p.m., Wat- kins City Council, at Watkins City Hall. Monday, Mar. 16, 7 p.m., Kim- ball City Council meeting, Kim- ball City Hall. (320) 398-2725. Tuesday, March 17, 12-8 p.m., rescheduled Maine Prairie Town- ship election and annual meeting (at Kimball Area Fire Hall). Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., Kimball school district meet- ing. (320) 398-5585. Thursday, Mar. 26, 5 p.m., Eden Valley-Watkins Joint Water Board meeting. Saturday, April 4, Fair Haven recycling pickup. Community f Thursday, Mar. 12, 6:30 p.m., Minnesota Prairie Spinners meet at KAHS. Sandy (320) 274-5666. Saturday, March 14, 8:30-3 p.m.. Seventh Annual Spring Days Gar- dening Workshop in Monticello. $25 for pre-registration or $30 on day of workshop. See notice on page 13 for registration details. Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., Second annual St. Patrick&apos;s Day parade in Pearl Lake. (See ad on page 3.) Sunday, March 15, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Pampered Chef open house at home of Megan Kiffmeyer (see ad on page 3). Sunday, March 15, 7 p.m., Kim- ball Wrestling Boosters meeting at "The Preserve." Monday, Mar. 16, 6 p.m., Kim- ball Lions. Monday, March 16, 6:30-8 p.m., "Real Recovery" 12-step program at Kimball Church of Christ; Tony at (320) 250-7687. Wednesday, Mar. 18, 5-7 p.m., Spaghetti supper sponsored by KUMC youth, at Kimball United Methodist Church; suggested donation $2. Monday, March 23, 1-2:30 p.m., Computer instruction for seniors at Kimball Public Library; (320) 398-3915 to pre-register. Monday, March 23, 6:30-8 p.m., "Real Recovery" 12-step program at Kimball Church of Christ; Tony at (320) 250-7687. Thursday, March 26, 7:30 p.m., Maine Prairie Cemetery Asso- ciation meets at Hendricks Bus office. Community Thursday, March 12, 2009 00.MN THE UN-COMFORI ZONE with Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. BrSUkndsY'MnrChlt8 atlI00tlnnt The most powerful motivator Watkins Village Hall. (See ad on page 3.) Thursday, March 19, 4:30-7 p.m., Chili supper at Universal Laboratories in Dassel; see notice on page 3. Friday, March 20, 4-8 p.m., Kingston Legion Fish Fry, at Kings- ton Community Center. (See ad on page 3.) Friday, March 20, 4:30-8 p.m., Kimball Legion Fish Fry, at Gen- erations Ballroom in Kimball. (See ad on page 3.) Saturday, March 21, 5-7 p.m., Spaghetti Supper at Kingston Community Center; sponsored by Lake Union Covenant Church. (See ad on page 3.) Saturday, March 21, 6 p.m., Sloppy Joe dinner and ham bingo at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Watkins. (See notice on page 3.) E00tucation Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m., Dollars for Scholars meet- ing at Kimball Church of Christ. (Rescheduled from Feb. 26.) Thursday, March 12, 6:30-9 p.m., PACER workshop "Scripts for Positive Communications;" call (800) 537-2237; <>. Thursday-Tuesday, March 12-26, EI.E. Spring Raffle at KES. Monday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., KAHS Band winter concert, North Gym at KAHS. Tuesday, March 17, 6-8 p.m., Summer Ball sign-up night at Kim- ball Elementary School, for boys and girls age 8-16. (See ad on page 9 for details.) ii I Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m., Consignment auction at Lampi Auctioneers in Annandale. (See ad on page 11.) Wednesday, April 1, Free dryer day at Soapbox Laundromat in Kimball - watch for details next week. Saturday, April 4, 6-9 p.m., Free autograph session with Viking leg- ends Tommy Kramer and Ricky Young, at Lake Center Bar and Grill in Annandale. (See ad in this issue.) www. Ki mba I IA re m As I ran out of my bedroom and into the hall my socks slipped on the polished oak floor. A guiding hand helped me keep my footing and a frantic voice urged, "Hurry! Hurry!" As I got to the door I looked over my shoulder and saw flames leap- ing out of the heating grate on the floor. The door was thrown open and I was shoved outside into the carport. "Go stand in the drive- way and wait for me. And, DO NOT come back inside. Do you hear me? DO NOT comeback inside the house!" The door shut and I began to cry. l stood and stared at the sea- foam green door with the frosted jalousie windows. I waited and waited, but I did not go stand in the driveway. I couldn't move. I began to shiver as the cold concrete floor seeped through my socks, and the winter air penetrated my paja- mas, It seemed to take forever, and with each passing minute, I cried harder. I could taste the salt of tears flowing down my face and into my mouth. Finally the door reopened and my mother announced, "The fire is out." Relief flooded my body as I ran into her arms and she held me tight. I was two years old and the mental images of that day are as clear as if it happened yesterday. It is perhaps my oldest memory. As an advertising and market- ing consultant, I know there are many things that motivate us. During my presentations I fre- quently conduct straw polls, where I ask my audiences what motivates them. The first answers are usu-. ally about desires, but eventually someone remembers the most powerful motivator.of all. FEAR. Fear is a primal instinct that served us as cave dwellers and today. It keeps us alive, because if we survive a bad experience, we never forget how to avoid it in the future. Our most vivid mem- ories are born in Fear; Adrenaline etches them into our brains. Nothing makes us more uncomfortable than fear. And, we have so many: fear of pain, dis- ease, injury, failure, not being accepted, missing an opportunity, and being scammed to name a few. Fear invokes the flight or fight syndrome; and our first reaction is always to flee back to our com- fort zone. If we don't know the way back, we are likely to follow who- ever shows us a path. Marketers use fear as a moti- vator as often as they can. They present a scenario they hope will invoke our sense of fear. Then they show us a solution - a path back to our comfort zone - that entails using their product or service. Fear is used to sell virtually every- thing: cars, tires, and life insur- ance are classics. But, clever mar- keters also use it to sell breakfast cereal and deodorant. As a result we purchase all sorts of things that a generation ago were considered unnecessary: antibacterial soap, alarm systems, vitamins ... the list goes on and on. WARNING: Fear can be too powerful to use as a motivator because it can also paralyze - the classic deer in the headlights syn- drome. Would you like to use fear to motivate your employees to per- form better? "If you don't sell more widgets, you're FIRED!" It can work, but there are rules you must follow for it to be successful. To use fear successfully as a motiva- Carl F. Hoffman U of M Extension horticulturist ''' Too early to start most seeds Starting garden flower and veg- etable plants in the home can pro- vide the home gardener with enjoy- ment as well as some definite advantages. One of the greatest of these advantages is that it allows the gardener to start varieties of vegeta- ble and flowers that are not readily available from local bedding plant sources. In addition, it can save the gardener some money, particularly if large numbers of transplants are needed. Before deciding to start seeds at home, it is necessary to look at the conditions necessary to grow healthy transplants. To grow good transplants, you must be able to provide proper levels of light, tem- perature and humidity. The great- est problem encountered is the lack of sufficient light. Unless you are fortunate enough to own a green- house, you will need to use supple- mental light. The least expensive way to supply light is by using fluo- rescent lights. An inexpensive shop light set-up with 40 watt cool white tubes will do nicely. The light source should be movable so that it can be kept at about 4" above the seedlings and should be left on 12-14 hours per day. It is important to select good quality seed because the cost of seed is small in comparison to the investment of land, labor and time during the growing season. Try something new each year, but grow your old standbys so you can make some performance comparisons. The starting medium should be loose, well-aerated, well-drained and sterile. Consider using one of the many soilless products avail- able on the market. These mixtures are sterile and drain well. If you prefer to make your own starting medium, a good soil mixture can be prepared by using a 1-1-1 mixture of good garden loam, peat moss and builder's sand. To guard against fungus diseases like "damping off" and competition from weed seeds, the garden soil should be pasteur- ized. Select-a container in which to start seedlings that is clean, sturdy, fits into the space available, and holds sufficient starting medium for good root development. Pots, trays and flats from previous years can be reused if they are thoroughly cleaned and then sterilized with a solution of nine parts water and one part household bleach. When planting the seeds, fill the container with the starting medium and then use a small block of wood or other flat surface to push the medium down so that it is about one-half inch below the rim. Broad- cast the seeds thinly on the surface or plant them in rows. Cover the seed by sifting a layer of the planting mOdium, finely milled peat moss or vermiculite on the surface. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds to a 1-800-508-5093 ...... tot, a solution must be offered with it. A new path to follow. You can tell an employee he or she must sell more, but unless you show them how, fear will cause flight 9r worse: paralysis. Fear is a powerful motivator, but it is a negative one. I prefer to motivate someone by" eliminat- ing doubt. Doubt destroys moti- vation. If you can help a person get rid of it, you will motivate them positively. I will elaborate on this next time. Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. is a motiva- tional speaker and humorist. He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators. For more infor- mation on Robert's programs please visit Bicycle/pedestrian meeting The St. Cloud Area Planning Organization would like to invite attend a presentation and discussion with Mr, Tim Mitch- ell, Bicycle & Pedestrian Section Director from the Mn/DOT Office of Transit. This presentation will be open to the public and we would like to encourage all interested cit- izens to attend. This is a unique opportunity for policy makers, technical staff, and interested citizens to partici- pate in a candid conversation with Mn/DOT's Bicycle & Pedestrian Director on topics such as Com- plete Streets, Bicycle & Pedestrian planning and advocacy, and how multi-modal opportunities can be effectively incorporated into local and regional planning efforts. Please join us at 6 p.m. Wednes- day, March 18, in the Missis- sippi Room at the St. Cloud Pub- lic Library, 1300 W. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud. Please contact Cathryn Hanson or Micki Cottrel at the St. Cloud APO with any questions (320) 252- 7568. depth of three times their diameter. Some very small seeds, like petu- nias and impatiens, should not be covered at all, but pressed into the medium. Read the instructions on the packet careffflly, because some seeds need light to germinate and should not be cbvered. After sowing the seeds, bottom water the container or spray with a very fine mist. Cover the con- tainer with a plastic dome or sheet of polyethylene plastic and place it in a warm location wigh a constant temperature of 60-75 degrees F. As soon as you see emerging plants, loosen the plastic cover and place the containers in bright light. Keep the soil moist as the seedlings must not dry out, but use care so that the planting medium does not become waterlogged. When the second pair of leaves appear, transplant the seedlings into peat pots or other individual containers. Do not start your seeds too early! Best-results are obtained when the transplants are relatively small, stocky plants that have five to seven leaves. Refer to the seed packet for starting dates for vege- tables and flowering annuals. The time needed to grow a transplant is usually given in weeks from the date to plant them outdoors which for warm season plants is Memorial Day in this area. If you really have to start some seeds now, try onions, celery, lisianthus or maybe some perennial flowers. Select your seeds, gather the needed materials, and when the time is right, begin having some fun starting seeds indoors.