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Pa00e 2 This sign sums up Minnesota's attitude toward snow (toward the bot- tom of the vertical sign). "Mother Nature: We Give Up" is what the sign at Schmidty's Tesoro in Kimball reads. This photo was taken in the midst of last Thursday's snowstorm, April 18. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. Mark Anthony Meteorologist New record low in Alex Weather column: Recoid low temperatures were recorded across much of Minnesota on Saturday. In addition to doing this weather column, I also work at KXRA-AM and KX92 in Alex- andria. While doing the Satur- day morning show, I watched as the temperature in Alexandria at the airport fell to 10 degrees at. 6:22 a.m. This set a new record low for this date for Alexandria. It sur- passed the previous record low of 16 degrees set back in 1966. Many other record low tem- peratures fell across the state of Minnesota. Morris dipped to 19 degrees for the new record low for that community. Wadena also set a new record low with a read: ing of 12 degrees. In addition, the Kimball area set a new record low of 16 degrees. Elbow Lake dropped to 19 degrees. This was just five degrees shy of the record of 14 degrees set back in 1966. A winter weather advisory was issued for Monday and Tuesday of this week for more.snow across parts of Central and Southern Minnesota. Two to six inches of snow fell across the region along with fairly windy conditions. This hopefully will be the last win- ter storm of the season. I know the city, county, and state snow removal budgets could use a break for the rest of the season. There is finally some good news in the weather department! Spring weather will arrive as tempera- tures could actually hit the low to mid 60s on Saturday. With the warmer temperatures there is the threat of thunderstorms. We can finally break out the shorts and short sleeve shirts! Enjoy the spring weather... finally! Weather history: On this date in 1962 temperatures across the state hit the mid- to upper-80s with a few lower 90s reported! Weather fact: According to the National Weather Service, "the third greatest number of weather fatalities in Minnesota since 1990 has been due to excessive heat." Eighteen people have died from high heat and humidity. Only tor- nadoes and flooding have killed more people in the last 23 years. MNATA GLANCE: Moorhead Low 30 High 43 Duluth Low 23 High 41 Central Minn. Low 25 High 40 Twin Cities Low 28...High...48 Rochester Low...26 High 50 Marshall Low 27 High 47 Monday, April 22: Mostly cloudy to cloudy, 40-percent chance of rain and snow. High 40 Low 23 Winds: SE 10-20 Prec. Trace-.10" Monday's sunrise: 6:17 a.m. Monday's sunset: 8:21 p.m. Normal High: 60 Normal Low: 37 Warmer air will finally settle in by the weekend. With the warmer temperatures showers and thun- derstorms are possible by Friday night and into the weekend. Tem- peratures in the 60s are likely by Saturday and Sunday. Some 70s are also possible over the weekend. Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 48 Low 36 Winds: SW 5-15 Prec. None Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms by the evening. High 58 Low 39 Winds: S 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20" Saturday: Partly cloudy and warm, 30-percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 65 Low 41 Winds: SE 10-15 Prec. Trace-.30" Sunday: Partly cloudy, 30-per- cent chance of rain. High 64 Low 45 Wind: SW/W 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20" opinion Thursday, April 25, 2013 Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" Advice to my great-, great-great- (and so on) grandchildren When you walk into a room, be someone who notices other peo- ple. Don't wait for them to notice you. Say, "Good morning," to the people living under the same roof as you. Everyone has limitations. Approach them not as a hin- drance, but as an opportunity to stretch your creativity. Don't let other people dictate your goals. Everybody you meet has their own idea of what you should or shouldn't, can or can't do. You decide for yourself. No one can pursue your dreams for you, nor will someone knock on your door and offer you a shot at the big leagues, big stage or board- room. It's up to you to take action. There are times in life when it is important to speak up and times when it is better to hold your tongue. Learning to deter- mine when to do either is a valu- able skill. Listen to your gut. Respect your elders. You may think you possess the knowl- edge and answers, but time on this earth counts for something and often brings with it wisdom unavailable to youth. Do at least- one unrequired, unrequested act of kindness each day. Try to make it anonymous. Behave in such a manner so that everyone you encounter believes you are truly glad to see them. Even strangers. A simple smile and eye contact can uplift someone's day- and costs so little. Never stoP loving. People. Pets. Flowers. It makes you vulnerable, but it makes you real. And it makes life worth living. I could go on, but then there'd be nothing for my great-, great- grandchildren to learn for them- selves - and learning is a big part of the satisfaction that comes from mastering life's lessons. At least it is for me. But what do I know? I'm just getting started. ]ill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright, and author of "The Do-It-Your- selfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" You can read more columns at the Slices of Life page on Facebook. The older I get, the more I real- ize how much there's yet to learn. Life lessons are never-ending and have no age limits (thank good- ness). Often, they are achieved through blood, sweat and tears, which makes them more valu- able than the newest piece of tech- nology or fancy car parked in the driveway. And, unlike the newest 4G gizmo, their relevance endures through generations. I won't get the chance to meet my great, great, great-grandchil- dren here on earth, but if I did, I'd try to pass along information as timeless as it is valuable. Here's some of what I'd tell them: This world possesses one unde- niable constant: change. There's always going to be a newer, big- ger, better version of whatever it is people are rushing to the stores to purchase. But, intangibles like integrity, compassion and cour- age never go out of style. Focus on those and make them the center of your identity. Life is hard sometimes. I've come to believe that's how it's sup- posed to be. We learn our best lessonsthrough a teacher called adversity. It makes us stronger. Better in the end. Try no to complain. It makes you unpleasant to be around. Ditto that for crabby. Try to recognize the best in peo- ple. You'd like for those you meet to give you the benefit of the doubt, why not do the same for them? In all likelihood they are just as busy, stressed, bored and tired as you. Small things can become big things. This goes for the good and the bad. Whenever possible, make your small things good things. Lies are harder to remember than the truth. Life ls serious business, but it works best when balanced with levity. Being somber all the time can make you appear angry and as though you are lacking an impor- tant trait known as a sense of humor. Learn to laugh at yourself. You can make a huge dif- ference. Making a huge differ- ence does not mean changing the world. It meafis changing the world for one person. Syndicated columnist Jill Pertler lives in Minnesota. Her columns are a favorite of our readers, and readers of other newspapers across the state. Her Feb. 7, 2013, column, "If I Only Had A Brain - Or Two," won third place in a national Humor-Writing Contest at Another of her columns placed eleventh. Congratulations, Jill! 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