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Thursday, April 15, 2010 A t. Tri-CounOy/ews &apos; Kimball, MN  Ollly i-7--2//Z--TI//Z ...................... ii-i - ii ......................... Accidental fire destroys art studio, spares home Fire destroyed an art studio next to the home of Kenneth and Lois Wills in rural Kimball, but the nearby gas tank and all other buildings were spared. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. Monday afternoon, the Kim- ball and South Haven Fire Depart- ments were called to a "shed'fire" at the home of Kenneth and Lois Wills in Meeker County, south of Kimball. The call was particularly urgent because a propane tank was located near the building on fire. Watkins Ambulance also was called to the scene, to be on hand for firefighters. The firefighters put out the blaze, but the building was burned to the ground. The gas tank and the home and other buildings nearby were all spared. The building that burned was used as an art studio by Lois Wills. ............. Sgt. Kathy Pederson  Minnesota State Patrol , What do troopers do besides write tickets? Dear Trooper Kathy: I knowthis ", might be a wide open question, but what kind of things are the State Patrol involved in that might be of interest to the general pub- lic that we may or may not know about? For instance, what do you to besides write speeding tickets? Trooper Kathy Says: Wow, that is wide open. Well, there should be no doubt that we are a patrol agency, and that our primary focus is traffic safety. While most people probably see troopers pull- ing vehicles over on the roadways, we are involved in much more than I could write in this column in one sitting. Like other agen- cies, we have been changing with the times as necessary. Gener- ally, we are working to reduce the deaths, injuries, property damage, and other life-changing events on " Minnesota's roadways. The Minnesota State Patrol is constantly working to maximize service to the public and pro- vide assistance to other agencies. We also want to recruit, develop, and retain a quality, yet diverse, workforce. Some of the things we get involved with include avia- tion support, air searches, crash investigation and reconstruction, commercial vehicle enforcement, executive protection, homeland security, K-9 patrols, motor vehi- cle crimes investigation, Special Response Team unit deployment, Public Information/media col- laboration, training, recruitment, public education and many other important involvements. We still write speeding tickets and deal vith other traffic offenses, too! The Minnesota State Patrol is constantly working with other law-enforcement agencies on spe- cial enforcement projects'. We know that by working together, we can accomplish more. Some of these involve long-term spe- cially funded projects as well as on-duty short term enforcement events. Our current mission state- ment states that we are a progres- She noted that it was fortunate that she had moved most of its contents into her new studio inside their home for the winter. The Wills would like to thank the fire departments for their quick and thorough action that prevented much more damage. sive law enforcement agency pro- viding service to Minnesota's resi- dents, visitors, and allied agencies. I know we are going to continue working hard to reduce crashes and keep motorists safe on our roads on traffic safety as long as necessary and yes, that includes enforcing speed limits! If you have any questions regarding traffic safety and/or traffic laws, please e-mail her at <kathy.pederson>. Sgt. Pederson will not offer advice on specific situations or real events, which involve law enforce- ment. I Flags (all kindi - - I 398-6782 -2269 Bob Hermannj93-6782 NOW Clean out garages, what you can't use- someone else canl Wright County Swappers Meet Page 5 Homemade Spaghetti & Caramel Rolls Dinner/FmMraiser Hosted by Terry & Jim Frilstad, PATH Foster Parents Sunday, April 25, Serving 10 AM ~ 2 PM ADULTS: S6 CHILDREN Kimball Area High School Cafeteria (6 & UNDER) $3 Bring non-perishable food item SILENT AUCTION & be entered in a drawing. PRIZE DRAWINGS PATH, a non-profit agency established __ in 1972, provides therapeutic foster care for children wi severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Our goal is to raise enough money to send 27 foster youth to Camp Amnicon this EiT: summer.  Proceeds help foster youth attend ti. summer camp to develop new skills, lifelong memories & lasting friendships.  Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Post 5460 BREAKFAST Sunday, April 18 Crafts & Vendors I Tastefully Simple Hwy. 55 West Kimball by Kimball United Methodist Wom 12 Week Weight Loss Competition tVIN CASH! EVERYONE Welcome, come and make a Life Style Change! Starting Monday, April 26, 6:30 pm at Kimball City Hall Cost is $29.00 ($25 goes into the prize pot, $4 for materials) 45 min. Nutrition Class * Private Weigh-ins Individual Coaching Call for details & to pre-register Contact Lou Ann at 320-764-2192 or ii!!!: *Results are based on body weight percent loss 1st Place Winner: Mike Hunt (Kimball) $262.50 - lost 56.6 Ibs 2nd Place Winner: Dave Dziengel (Watkins) $157.50 - lost 3] .4 lbs 3rd Place Winner: Donna Heairet $] 05.00 - lost 18.2 Ibs Inch Loss Winner: Cele Asfeid (Watkins) $47.00 - lost 20 inches