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Watkins Ambulance thanks VFW The Watkins Ambulance and Rescue would like to thank the Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Post 5460 for the donation of blankets for pediatrics. From Hokkala family The family of Lorraine Hokkala wishes to thank everyone who attended her funeral and for their comforting words of encourage- ment. We also want to thank you for your prayers, cards, gifts of food and memorials. We want to thank the Annandale Care Center and Cardinal Wing for the excellent care that she received while there. Everyone was so nice. A very special thank you to Lake Union Covenant Church; Pastor Thompson, and Pastor Melvie for their kindness and powerful mes- sages to all of us. She was truly loved by her church family. We commend Dingmann Funeral Care for making all the arrangements and taking such good care of our family. God's blessings to you all. Family of Lorraine Hokkala MDH Commissioner's Statement Minnesota Health Commis- sioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger issued the following statement in support of Governor Dayton's 2016 supple- mental budget request. Governor Dayton's supplemen- tal budget request includes a set of key strategic investments that benefit public health and provide real value for Minnesota's people and communities. In particular, the~ Governor's investment of $60 million for evidence-based home visiting to support pregnant and parenting teens over the next three years will help ensure a strong foundation and better outcomes for teens and their children. Focusing on preg- nant and parenting teens is a pri- ority for home visiting services given the strong evidence of poor outcomes for both teen parents and children born to teen par- ents. These poor outcomes include higher rates of prematurity, low birthweight, developmental delays and lower graduation rates among teen parents, as well as an increased risk of lifelong intergen- erational poverty. Designed to come at a criti- cal juncture for young mothers and their children, home visiting is a proven, effective intervention that can serve as a key link to and coordinate with quality child care, early childhood special education and other services that make a dif- ference in the lives of young par- ents and their children. Research shows home visiting results in improved prenatal health, fewer childhood injuries, fewer sub- sequent pregnancies, improved school readiness and higher rates of matermal education and employment. W hen fully imple- mented, this expansion will serve an additional 4,100 families each year. Minnesotans around the state will benefit for many years from this strategic public health investment. Book Notes By Sandy Millerbernd & Sue Sheil A column about your Eden Valley Area Library "You grow up the day you have your first real laugh- at yourself." - Ethel Barrymore We have chosen to celebrate April Fools' Day and the power of laughter. Called All Fool's Day, it has been celebrated as far back as 1700. Some say it dates back even further. Whatever the history, it remains a day for pranks and prac- tical jokes. So, once you've han- dled having the sugar for your cof- fee replaced with salt or all those huge spiders your kids or grand- kids warn you about, get ready for a good laugh with some great books or a funny movie. Two of our more popular come- dians have managed to turn their skills to the printed page. Mindy Kaling, creator and star of The Mindy Project wrote "Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?, a col- lection of hilarious essays." And Tina Fey gives us ."Bossypants," where even t.he blurbs on the back of the book are funny. Bill Bryson remains one of Ellen Elickson's favorite authors. His latest is "The Road to Little Dribbling" and promises the same laugh-out-loud humor as "A Walk in the Woods." Sandy's choice is "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry" by Fredrik Backman. We're guessing there are a few out there who can relate to Judith Viorst's "I'm too Young to be Seventy and Other Delusions". And then there's David Sedaris' "Me Talk Pretty One Day, a collec- tion of 27 short essays" from the author described by Publishers Weekly as 'Garrison Keillor's evil twin.' Teens might want to try "A Hat Full of Sky" by Terry Pratchett for humorous fantasy or "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams described as 'inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science fiction clich6 alive.' The tweens may enjoy "The Twits" by Roald Dahl, where the repul- sive Twits face the revenge of the Mugglewump monkeys; or "Lowji Discovers America" by Candace Fleming in which a 9-year-old boy Mark Meteorologist Spring has sprung Weather: We had a fairly "typical" day on Sunday for the first full day of spring and the Vernal Equinox as spring finally arrived! (Spring officially arrived on Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. CDT). Temperatures were in the mid- to upper-30s and lower 40s on Sunday along with a blend of clouds and sun. Some clouds arrived by Sunday night into early Monday as a weak system moved out over the Rockies and into the Upper Midwest. This system did bring with it some light snow over parts of northern Minnesota. Most of central and west central Minnesota remained dry for the start of the work and school week. Temperatures varied on Monday from the upper 30s in the northern part of the state to the low to mid 50s across southern Minnesota. We do have another Clipper type system that is expected to move into the area Friday and may linger into mainly early Saturday. We could see a rain/snow mix Friday night with this system as we head into the Easter Holiday Weekend. Temperatures will also cool off once again over the weekend. If you are traveling, do stay alert to changing weather condi- tions this weekend. Have a great Easter Weekend! Weather history: On this date in 2012 record heat continued across most of the state of Minnesota. Temperatures climbed into the upper 60s and low to mid 70s across most of the region! Weather fact: Vernal is Latin for Spring. MN AT A GLANCE: Moorhead Low 25 High 36 Duluth Low 25 High 36 Central Minn. Low 26 High 37 Minneapolis Low 32 High 41 Rochester Low 31 High 42 Marshall Low 29 High 40 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and windy. High 37 Low 23 Wind: NE 20-30 mph Prec. Non.e Monday's sunrise: 7:17 a.m. moves from Bombay to Illinois and doesn't 'see a single cowboy riding across the plain ... I have not even seen a plain.' And of course, we can't for- get the picture book set. What could be better than a readaloud that brings out a chuckle or two? Some of Sue's choices include "No, David!" by David Shannon, or Dav Pilkey's pun-filled "Kat Kong" or "Dogzilla." If you've had occasion to sit around with friends trying to come up with a definitive list of funniest movies ever, the fol- lowing might make the cut. Sue's pick is "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (rated-R) starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Sandy loves "The Quiet Man" (NR) starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. For family friendly, try "Shrek (Rated-PG), or "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (Rated-PG). Whatever your style of humor, hopefully you'll enjoy some of our suggestions. In closing, we were going to tell a joke about pizza. But never mind, it's too cheesy. Monday's sunset: 7:31 p.m. Normal High: 37 Normal Low: 20 Temperatures will be near average for this time of the year before we moderate a bit briefly on Friday. We should be near 50 degrees on Friday out ahead of our next system. Cooler air will arrive on the backside of this system for the Easter Holiday Weekend. We could see some rain/snow Friday night into mainly early Saturday at this stage. Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 41 Low 28 Winds: ENE 5-10 mph Prec. None Friday: Increasing cloudiness, 30-percent chance of rain/snow late. High 48 Low 30 Winds: SE 15-25 mph Prec. Trace-.30" Saturday: Mostly cloudy, 20-percent chance of lingering light snow. High 36Low 24 Winds: NW 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.20" Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 39 Low 24 Winds: NW 10-20 mph Prec. None The Tri-County News is the official Newspaper of the Cities of Kimball and Watkins; the Kimball Area School District (ISD#739); Fair Haven, Forest Prairie, Kingston, and Maine Prairie Townships; and Clearwater River Watershed District. 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 Periodicals. It is published Thursdays by Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. % ~3 LOCATIONS: Our office is at 70 S. Main St. 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 or (320) 453-6397. E-mail can be addressed to news@tricountynews.MN. Our Web site is www.tricountynews.MN. We also have drop sites at Ertl Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. 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