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dr ill ll'll II' It'll Thursday, March 21, 2013 9 '1f JL a l., z_, -- -- 8 v Tri=Coun News* www. coun news.ran l! iirq[rnln[i ..... i [HGPPII Last week's Tri-County News cover photo was of the Kimball and Fair Haven Lions visiting third-graders at Kimball. The Lions had purchased three iPads for the entire grade, and had come to see them in use. The photo identified Lion Mary Knaus and her grand- son Jamison Tubridy in the photo. We incorrectly identified the other boy in the photo: Jordan Rossman (not "Massmann"). We're sorry, Jordan, for getting your name wrong! Gov. Dayton proclaims March 17-23 as Minnesota Agriculture Week Governor Mark Dayton has "Minnesota farms and agribusi- proclaimed March 17-23, 2013, as nesses produce high quality foods Minnesota Agriculture Week. The and agricultural products that we designation is an effort to raise all enjoy and that are also exported awareness of the positive and around the world," said Frederick- important contributions agricul- son. "We rank sixth in the nation ture makes to Minnesota's econ- in agriculture production and we omy and its people, have our hard-working farmers and Minnesota agriculture gener- ranchers to thank for that." ated $18.5 billion in cash receipts The top-ranking Minnesota and $6.8 billion in exports in 2011, counties in agricultural produc- according to the U. S. Department tion are Stearns, Martin, Renville, of Agriculture's National Agricul- Blue Earth and Nobles. tural Statistics Service. More than Minnesota Agriculture Week 10 percent of the jobs in Minne- is being recognized in conjunc- sota are linked to agriculture, tion with the 40th Anniversary of Minnesota Department of Agri- National Agriculture Day which, culture Commissioner Dave Fred- this year is Tuesday, March 19. erickson says it's important to rec- For more information on National ognize the impact agriculture has Ag Day, visit the website www. on the lives of all Minnesotans. agday.org. Women and Sunshine Week By Maurine Beasley Her successors also encoun- "Slices of Life" We live in a strange and crazy Blood, gore and more - the world. But I'm not telling you any- zombie channel isn't the only thing you don't already know. place to get your daily helping of Sometimes though, the overall brutality. The Bible is full of vio- irony shoots right over the top. lent acts: brothers killing broth- Zombies are a hot commodity, ers, kings killing babies, people Never mind nobody's ever seen a turning to salt and the siege and real one - they're on TV, T-shirts, slaughter of entire cities. in books, video games and the Makes dodging slow-moving, movies, so we're all familiar with dim-witted zombies seem like a this group Of undead, piece of cake. For the last few years, for many Zombies may not have a whole viewers, zombies have dominated lot going on in the areas of con- Sunday evening television - giv- versation and intellect, but they're ing a new definition to the term, technologically advanced and "dead man walking." Zombies never further away than. your were to the Neilson ratings what smartphone. You can even access marshmallows are to s'mores - an app that shows what you would gooey blobs that had people com- look like if you were a zombie. ing back for seconds while sitting (Why?) around the warm glow of a camp- Not to be outdone, God and fire (orTVscreen). the Bible are both socially net- It appeared zombies had the worked and online. God - there's upper hand - well, the ones that an app for that. You might think still had hands did. They were it's impossible to tweet the story of the Chia pets of the new millen- creation in 140 characters or less. nium. Trendy and not very cute, If anyone can do it, God can. but cropping up everywhere. While zombie lore goes way Despite their gory appearance, back in Haitian culture, for all ratings were through the roof and practical purposes, zombies came zombies were on a roll (or at least to the U.S. when the first "Night of a slow-paced swagger). Nothing the Living Dead" movie was made short of an axe to the head would in 1968. God has been around a lot As we celebrate Women's His- tered hostility on grounds they torymonth, we should payhomage had no place in the man s world of stop these man-eating monsters, longer than that. (Charlton Heston to a resolute group of women who political reporting. In 1850, Jane G. Then, along came God. starred in "The Ten Command- deserve recognition during Sun- Swisshelm, the first woman jour- We've always known God had ments" way back in 1956.) shine Week, another March event, nalist to insist on sitting beside a corner on the Sunday morn-Moses may have surfed the Red Sunshine Week calls attention men in the Capitol press galleries, ing market, but now He's hit pri- Sea, but the guys at my house like metime with a miniseries on the to channel surf. Can you imaging to journalists who courageously had to give up her seat because she Bible. Big and small screen adap- flipping back and forth between brought to light information that dared publish unseemly details of governmental and other author, the private life of Daniel Webster, tations of the Bible have been done the Bible and zombies? Abraham ities prefer to keep hidden. Their one of the most famous senators of before. Mr. Gibson and Mr. Heston prepares to sacrifice Isaac; (flip) will attest to this.But, our current Carl is lost. Moses witnesses the notable ranks include women who his day. have insisted for nearly two cen- Women did not actually find a Bible story has ,iewers flocking burning bush; (flip) Has anybody turies on their right to cover the place in the press galleries until around their screens by the mil- seen Carl? Samson gets a haircut; nation's capital in spite of preju- the suffrage campaign that culmi- lions. (flip) Where is Carl? dice against their gender, hated in women getting the vote in In the beginning, there wereIt's said God gave people free Three decades before the Civil 1920, but even then they were not zombies, but in its premiere week, will. As of late, we also have a the Bible beat the undead. Score choice on Sunday evenings. We War, Anne Royall, an impover- always welcome. ished widow, started her own Although women replaced men newspaper, Paul Pry, in Washing- in Washington journalism during ton. As the name implied, she had World War II, when it ended, edi- no hesitancyin exposing abuses of tors resumed hiring practices that power such as unauthorized use of relegated many women journal- government horses and carriages ists to social reporting. by public officials. Relatively few women " had Ridiculed as unwomanly and access to news that told the pub- argumentative, Royall eked out lic about the activities of its offi- a meager living as a Washington cials. In the 1950s, however, Max- journalist for nearly a quarter- ine Cheshire, a social reporter for century, ending her career in 1854 TheWashingtonPost, investigated with a prayer that "the Union of Mamie Eisenhower's acceptance these States may be eternal." She of gifts from foreign governments. had only fifty-four cents when she Sunshine/To 2_ died at the age of 85. puge 3 one for the big gu]y. can watch zombies or the Bible. God and zombies actually have Or, we could" be totally unconven- more in common than a Sunday tional and read a book. night primetimeslot. Zombies rise I'd suggest making it a good from the dead. The Bible practi- one. cally invented this miraculous Follow Slices of Life on Face- feat. Jesus wouldn't be Jesus with- book and hit Like (please). Jill out it. Pertler is an award-winning syn- Consider the whole eternity dicated columnist, playwright and thing. God promises eternity; author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's zombies are stuck with it. They ve Guide to Self-Syndication" E-raail got to experience a blow or bullet her at pertmn@qwest.net; or visit to the brain in order to escape the her website at http://marlceting- unlife of zombiedom, by-design.home.mchsi.com/. 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