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J ! --- ! -- --- Thursday, April 18, 2013 . tricoun news, mn Ji|! PerlJer " by Jean Doran Maim "Slices of Life" Evil strikes again' But Good will win Dirty little secrets Another set of horrific images are now emblazoned in my brain. The raw video and photos of car- nage and human misery. We don't yet know if this was the act of international terrorism, or of a single deranged individ- ual seeking fame by causing terror and human misery. "Look for the helpers." Fred Rogers (the famed "Mr. Rogers") was asked how to help children deal with disasters and tragedies. He said his mother would always tell him, when he was a boy trying to understand scary things in the news, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping." This comforted him as a boy and throughout his life. Amid the chaos shown in all those videos, you see dozens of "helpers," both uniformed and not. While the stunned public runs away, or freezes or falls in place, these helpers rush toward the explosion, toward the pain, toward the chaos. Such a response may be in the job description of some of these heroes, but not all. And still, there is that singular point at which each of those indi- viduals had to physically turn their bodies to face the unknown danger, and then rush toward it. We can be thankful for such helpers at the scene in Boston. We are thankful for the many helpers in our own communi- ties: those who volunteer to fight fires, help with medical emer- gencies, respond to car accidents and weather emergencies; those whose job it is to help (police, medical professionals, educators, daycare providers, and so many more); and those who find them- selves caught up in a crisis situa- tion and respond by helping. Thankyou! And to all who will be bom- barded by the Boston images, on TV and in the reruns in your head, "look for the helpers." Prom warning: Spring months the worst for unbelted teen deaths "Poor seat belt use, along with driver inexperience, risk-taking and distractions, are the key fac- tors that make traffic crashes the leading cause of death for teens," Says Pehrson. "It's imperative that parents and caregivers take the time to talk with their teens about Dirty little secrets. None of us are completely immune. We all have them - pesky yet irresistible traits or habits or desires we try to hide from everyone except our- selves. Some of us even attempt to shield the truth from the per- son staring back at us in the mir- ror. We justify our behavior. It isn't hurting anyone. I'll quit soon. The jeans must have shrunk in the wash. It looks more blond than gray. I'll work out tomorrow, was steeped in temptation. I NEWS on the road," says Gordy Pehrson, DPS Office of Traffic Safety youth programs coordinator. "Contrib- uting to the tragedies is a high percentage of teens who were not buckled up." Unbelted Teen Vehicle Occu- pant Deaths (ages 13-19) by Sea- son, 2010-2012: Jan Feb March: 24 deaths, seven unbelted. April, May, June: 30 deaths, 19 unbelted. July, Aug Sept.: 32 deaths, 13 unbelted. Oct Nov Dec.: 17, seven unbelted. The deadliest months for teen motorists during this year-set are July (14); April (13); May and Janu- ary (10 each). Traffic crashes: The leading, killer of Minnesota teens Traffic crashes are the lead- ing cause of death for Minne- sota teens. In the past three years (2010-2012), 103 teen motorists (13-19 years old) were killed in traffic crashes -- only 45 (44 per- cent) were belted. during prom season and the end the importance of seat belt use, and simple, you've got an item It may not possess a standard of the school year; reinforce teen driving laws, and made from actual dairy products, of identity under the FDA, but pas- There were 30 teen motor vehi- set their own familydriving rules." like milk. One step down on the teurized prepared cheese product cle occupant deaths in April, May Guide for parents to establish ladder of wholesomeness sits pas- does have a spot in my fridge-hid- and June during the past three safer teen drivers teurized process cheese, which, deninthebackbehindtheketchup years, and 63 percent (19) of those Provide significant super-according to the Food and Drug and mustard. Nowthat I've shared killed were not buckled up. vised driving training and con- Administration, is mostly cheese the truth about my highly refined "The prom and end-of-the- tinue to do so even after licen- with minimal optional ingredi- tastes and culinary expertise with school-year season is an exciting sure--the first year of driving ents. One rung further removed, cheese (product), I'd be grateful if time for teenagers, but it also has poses the greatest risk of a crash, pasteurized process cheese food you kept this information confi- proven to be a dangerous period Train teen on a variety of road also wields a complex definition dential. (We can consider it our lit- When thelabel says"cheese," plain and even tastes good on a cracker. LETTERS: The Tri-County News wet- comes letters promoting the exchange of ideas and opinions. To be considered for publication, letters shoutd address a topic of current or getm~l interest. IMvate thanks, ixlitical setf-pron~otion, Libelous L~ers, or Letters denigrating The staff of the Tri-County News recognizes that it has a responsibili- ty to report the news accurately and fairly, and that it is accountable to the public. Please contact our office if you feel we've fatten short of that objective. With April, May and June com- bining for the highest percentage of unbelted teen deaths during the past three years, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is urging parents of teens to reinforce safe driving habits for their children product. There, I said it. I love blywithsourcream, salsa, canned cheese that isn t exactly cheese, cream of mushroom (another Understanding whatis and isn't dirty little secret) and even real cheese mayseem complicated, but cheese. It s a welcome addition to the information is all on the label, soups, sauces, grilled sandwiches ents and wholesome foods. I enjoy melts like prepared cheese prod- fresh produce and serve broc- uct. It's ooey and gooey, smooth colt on a regular basis. It is one of and creamy and flows down and my favorite vegetables. Especially around broccoli or a baked-potato when topped with like no cheddar ever could. It plays Pasteurized prepared cheese well with others, mixing amica- thought I'd take a tiny nibble - not really eat it, but just taste it. Three nibbles later, I was hooked. I've pretty much been a regular user ever since. Technically, cheese product is not an addictive sub- stance, but I wouldn't want to live without it. A number of characteris- tics (beyond the orange glow) Before releasing my secret for make PPCP appealing- arid wor- the world to taste, I feel the need thy of being my dirty little secret. to justify. I eat healthy. I cook The most important, of course, healthy. I prefer natural ingredi- is the meltiness factor. Nothing Just five more minutes. One more potato chip and I'll be done. For good. For sure. Forever. Our dirty little secrets are as unique as each of us. They come in various shapes, sizes and colors. Mine is a two-pound brick of arti- ficially colored orange satisfac- tion, although I've cavorted with similar stuff in a can or jar. Editor and Pubtisher Sue Hughes: Creative Designer Maxine Doran: Admin. Associate Marguerite Laabs: Photographer Stephanie Johnson: Office Adrnin. Pat Garry: Staff Writer 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephole and fax num- ber is (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397. E-mai[ can be addressed to news@ tricountynews.MN. Our Web site is tricountyneu~.NIN. We also have a drop site at Ertt Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. A satellite office is now open at 378 N State Street, downtown Eden Valley, open 10-6 Mon.-Fd. and 9-12 Sat. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. RATES: Subscription rates are $36/year ($26 for age 62 and older) in Minnesota; $46/year (S36 for seniors) etsewhere in the U.S. Singte copy price is one dollar. STAFF: Jean Doran Matua, types (urban, rural) and in differ- courtesy of the FDA. A few levels tie secret.) ent conditions (night, rain, snow), below this you'll find - my favor- Jill Pettier is an award-winning Talk with teen to reinforce ire- pasteurized prepared cheese syndicated columnist, playwright laws and set limits (such as pas- product. It doesn't even warrant and author of "The Do-It-Your- senger limitations, nighttime an FDA definition and apparently selfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" driving) -- and use a driving con- has made the transition from food You can read more columns at the tract between parent and teen to to product. A little scary, I know. Slices of Life page on Facebook. set rules. But it tastes so good. Encourage teen to speak up --- when they feel unsafe in a vehicle to stop unsafe driving behaviors. .a illlMmk : Illll J!i thl] l consent form" is available for par- ents to cancel their teen's driving'P '~" ~ ~a~ ,a:ii, "'~" Z~,~lnll~~t,~/j~ t~'~llglll~' Find resources including a ~l~ " driver's skills checklist, a parent- ~1" . teen contract, teen driver laws and the parent withdrawal form ~' ~Z~: online at ots.dps;mn.gov, click on "Teen Driving,' found under "Traffic Topics." [, Parents, grandparents and other caregivers should also know: Where their teen is going; who they'll be with; and when they are expected to be home. Par- ents should also make themselves available to pick up their children at any time or location. TCN Office Hours (Kimball): Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EVWN Office Hours (Eden Valley): Mon.-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-noon for drop-offs and pick-ups (Available by appointment - just call! 453-NEWS) www.tricountynews.mn character or relmtation wilt n t be pu-b'-'-'" Lished. All Letters must bear the writer s sigmture, address and telepbor num- ber. We reserve the right to edit for darity and readability. LEGAL PUBLICATION: The Tri-Coun- ty News is the publication of record for the Cities of Eden Valley, Kimball, and Watkins; Independent Schor~ District #739 (Kimball) and Int~t School District /#163 (Eden Valley-Watkins); Clearwater River Watershed District, Steams County, and the Townships of Fair Haven, Forest Prairie, Kingston, Luxemburg, and Maine Prairie. RECYCLING: The Tri-County News is printed with soy inks on recycled paper whenever possible. We en- courage recycling. COPYRIGHT: All content herein is the property of the Tri-County News and is protected by U.S. copynght taw; content may not be reproduced without our written prior consent. We are proud to be a member of: Minnesota Newspaper Assoc. KirnbaU Area Chamber Kirnbalt Area Historical Society Stearns County Press Assoc. MNA Peer-iudged Awards: Ad Design Winner: 2011, 2012 Best Website: 2010, 2011, 2012 Best Self-Promotion Ad: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Best Use of Color lad): 2010, 2012 Best News Photo: 2010, 2011, 2012 Best Advertisement: 2008, 2011, 2012 Best Portrait/Personality Photo: 2008 Advertising Excellence: 2004, 2007 Best Information Graphic: 2007 Best Classified Ads: 2006 Best Local News Story: 2000, 2012 @ 2013, Td-CountyNews My introduction to PPCP POSTMASTER: Send address occurred during my high school changes to the Tri-County News, years. I was hanging out at a P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. friend's house and she offered i The Tri-County News (USPS 639- me my first slice. I hesitated. My 180) is entered at the Post Office, morn grew up on a farm and only Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- served bona fide cheese. I wasn't cats. It is punished Thursdays by the sure she'd want me exploring the Tri-County News, Inc P.O. Box 220, likes of PPCP or any sort of cheese Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. product outside the dairy aisle. : LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kim- But I was a rebellious teen and the ball Weekday office hours are Monday orange glow of the creamy chunk 9 a.rn.-5 p.m, and Tuesday through Friday