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po,, Thursday, April 4, 2013 i j,8 a Tri-County News www.tricountynews.mn Benefit for Sharon (Jewison) Skuza April 28 Includes a breakfast, bake sale The menu includes scrambled and silent auction eggs, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, A benefit is planned for Sharon and sausage. Jewison Skuza from 8 a.m. to Allproceeds will go to help cover 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Sharon's medical needs for trans- Kimball Legion Post 261. portation, medical bills, radiation, There will also be a bake sale chemo., etc. from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and a silent Any questions, please call Cindy auction from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mayat (320) 224-3065. Any donations for the silent auction Sponsored by the Kimball can be dropped offat the Legion Legion AtLxiliary Unit #261. Club. Letters to the Editor A different view of GMOs I was very disappointed with began sewing them, he couldn't the March 21 article on Geneti- see the silk. Not wanting to admit cally Modified Foods. The article he was a fool the king exclaimed begins by insinuating that peo- that the robes were magnificent! pie who oppose genetically mod- He paid the tailors handsomely tried organisms are ignorant. But and they left. The king then are we fools if we question what paraded through the town entirely the producers of genetically engi- nude. neered foods tell us? Genetically engineered foods There is a fable about a king are much more complex than who was approached by two tat- robes, butwecanbeequaIlyfooled lors. Thesetailors claimed to make with much graver results if we take robes of a fine silk, so fine in fact onlythe word of those sowing, that fools cannot see them. The Christopher Gustafson king was intrigued, but when they State control of health exchange plan a plus Change is always difficult, access to quality, affordable health especially when dealing with a coverage to 1.3 million Minne- complex issue like the Afford- sotans, saving the state's fami- able Care Act, or ObamaCare, as lies and businesses an estimated it is more commonly called. But $1 billion in health-care costs. change, it-is-a-coming, and I give It is important to remember Democrat legislators credit for that MNsure is still a framework building their own state-based with more details to be added and health insurance exchange, changes made before and even The alternative is a federally after it becomes operational in developed program that cannot October of this year. That is one be adjusted to meet the needs and of the benefits of the state setting characteristics of Minnesota citi- up its own program. The exchange zens. So instead of sitting on their will not be perfect, but neither will hands and complaining about the federal exchange be perfect. what is to come, House and Sen- The difference is that MNsure will ate Democrats voted to approve be flexible and reflective of Min- an exchange that sets up a one- nesota's families, economy and stop marketplace where individu- top-rated healthcare system. als, families and small businesses People can begin review- can compare prices and bene-ing their insurance options fits among multiple private health when open enrollment begins on insurance plans. Oct. 1, 2013. At that time they will Those expected to benefit the be able to search for and compare most from the exchange, dubbed health plans based on cost, qual- MNsure, are: ity and consumer satisfaction by Middle class families who will accessing the MNsure website or qualify for tax credits to purchase by using a toll-free hotline for in- quality health insurance at afford- person assistance. Actual cover- ablerates, age purchased through MNsure Small business owners who willbegin on Jan. 1, 2014. can access more affordable coy- For now, the State of Minnesota erage for themselves and their has developed a public informa- employees. Lion website, www. mn.gov/hix. It is Early retirees who will be able tailored for consumers and small to purchase quality health cover- employers, so check it out to learn age until they are eligible to enroll more about MNsure and how the in Medicare. health insurance exchange will Low income Minnesotans impact you and your family or who can enroll in Medical Assis- business. tance by using MNsure. Nancy Larson By 2016, the health insurance Meeker County DFL Chair exchange is expected to provide Ji|l Pe ler "Slices of Life" swaps symbols for words: #trending '~t" - the two-letter combina- pectedly. As a mom to multiple tion originates from humble begin- teenagers, I hardly ever say any- nings as a simple word that required thing relevant. It's the main reason a quick couple hits to the computer I talk to myself. I am the only one keyboard. I grew up knowing when who will listen. to use "at" within a sentence (hut Except for last Tuesday when I never at the end of one). The tiny made a witty (and apparently rel- word stayed out of the limelight event) observation when I said, "I and didn't get a whole lot of atten- think it would be fun to go into (a tion - until the pint-sized preposi- well-known fast food restaurant) tion made the transition from word and order two Shamrock Shakes to symbol and suddenly @ was the and one Harlem Shake." place to be. This Twitter-worthy statement I'm guessing we all possess at got me noticed by my social media- least one @ and access it on a daily posting teens and warranted basis. E-mail practically owes its my first-ever hashtag (#Hipster- existence to the curlicue, lower- Mom). Before you could say, "re- case A. tweet" I was trending like a pop star In a logical, natural and sym- (#]ustinBieber). People were pro- bolic way, @ gives each of us a loca- moting my comment like it was a tion of our own. Being someplace is beacon - or maybe a ripe banana critical to one's existence. If you're - and I found myself hooked and not @ somewhere you are nowhere hungry for more. - which is the opposite of @ -- and You know how it goes with "I don't have any idea where that trends. They fade faster than a riaight be. flashlight.battery, teen pop star or I figured I had it figured out. I over-ripe banana. I had to come up knew where I was @ and lived in with another relevant comment if I comfort right there. Recently, how- wanted to stay on top of the trend- ever, I learned there may be some- ing cesspool of#HipsterMoms. thing even more important than My next gem took the form of being @ somewhere, and that's a science-related question. "What where you're headed, do you get when you combine oxy- We're all @ our current loca- gen with magnesium?" The answer tion, but to go beyond requires a (walt for it...): "OMG" (LOL). symbol all its own - the hashtag With my newest insight, I fig- (#). You may be more familiar with ured I'd be @'#HipsterMom status Mr. Hashtag as the number symbol, again in no time. It felt good to be pound sign or a tic-tac-toe board, a beacon,, but of course I couldn't He's all those things, buat now he's keep it up forever. Not even Justin got a more important jmb - over @ Bieber can do that. Twitter. I may be a hashtag has-been, Online, within a social media but I appreciate the power of cyber site, users type a hashtag before a symbols and am gratefifl to be hip- relevant keyword or phrase (with- ster enough to know where it's @. out spaces between words) to mark I look forward to the cyber future it and link it to similar phrases, with glee (#Optimism) and can According to my friends at Wiki, hardly wait to see what they do with hashtags function as beacons, the ampersand. drawing users with similar interests Follow Slices of Life on Facebook together-like fruit flies to a banana, and hit Like (please). Jill Pertler is When a whole bunch of users an award-winning syndicated col- swarm toward a certain hashtag, umnist, playwright and author of the topic is said to be trending. "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Trending, my friends, is the new Self-Syndication" E-mail her at cool. pertmn@qwest.ner, or visit her web- My introduction to the world site at htrp://marketing-by-design. of hashtags happened quite unex- home.mchsi.com/. www.tricountynews.mn 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, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kim- baLL. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday throu~ Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax num- ber is (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397. E-maiL can be addressed to news@ tticountynews.MN. Our Web site is tticountynews.M~L We also have a drop site at Err[ Hardware Hank in downtown Watkim. 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