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Page 2 Opinion Thursday, April 29, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Census &apos;non-response follow-up' begins visor's phone number and/or the local census office phone number for verification. The 2010 Census is a huge undertaking that also provides temporary employment opportu- nities for local residents interested in working on the census. Census jobs offer good pay, flexible hours and paid training while performing an important public service. Best of all, those hired may work in their own community. Census jobs are perfect summer jobs for teachers, students (over 18 years old), retirees, and just about anyone interested in earning some extra money. Interested applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years or older, have a valid Social Security Card, and be available to work 20 to 40 hours a week. Applicants must take a basic skills test and pass a background check. Interested per- sons should call (866) 861-2010 to find out how and where to apply for a job working on the 2010 Census. The 2010 Census is an actual count of everyone living in the United States and it is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data is used to allocate congressional seats to the states and to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local gov- ernments each year. The U.S. Census Bureau will begin "Non-Responsive Follow-Up" Operations May 1, with the 28 per- cent of households in the U.S. who did not return their questionnaire by mail. Census takers will visit a household several times in an effort to get the basic information on the 10 questions on the 2010 Census. When a census taker visits a home, he or she will try to col- lect the information by interview- ing an adult member of the house- hold. If a census taker cannot con- tact a household after repeated attempts, they will seek informa- tion in any way possible to estimate the number of people living in the home. Dennis R. Johnson, Regional Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, stated "I encourage the public to cooperate with census takers when they are working in your neighbor- hood. The 2010 Census is not yet completed and this work is vital to our efforts to get a complete and accurate count of everyone living in your community." These follow-up operations will be conducted by official census tak- ers. An official census taker must present an ID Badge with a Depart- ment of Commerce seal and expi- ration date; may be carrying a bag with a U.S. Census Bureau logo; will provide you with their super- DNR increases restrictions on burning The Minnesota Department and grass areas, except under special of Natural Resources (DNR) will permit. Railroads may conduct nor- mal maintenance operations, pro- vided the welding sites are shielded and adequate fire suppression equip- ment is readily available. Campfires are still allowed, how- ever, the burning period has been restricted to 6 p.m. to 8 a.rrL The fire must be in a fire receptacle designed for such use and associated with a resi- dence, resort, or developed public and private campgrounds. In all situations, there must be an adequate source of water immediately available for extin- guishing the campfire. The DNR is no longer allowing prescribed burning and running fires until conditions improve, except in areas outside the aforementioned counties where the DNR regional director may authorize prescribed burning as necessary. Restrictions will remain in place until sufficient precipitation is received to moderate fire dan- ger. If normal precipitation is not received in the near future, addi- tional restrictions may be imposed. For the latest wildfire informa- tion, visit <www.dnr.state.mn.us/ Ji|l Pert|er "Slices of Life" Living with a morning person I am married to a morning per- son. This affords us many pluses and perks. Like breakfast, the most important meal of the day - and the one most likely to be skipped. Who has time for breakfast? My husband does; for a morning per- son, breakfast is a cinch. Over the years, we've saved a ton of money on alarm clocks. You'll never hear irritating buzz- ing, ringing or chiming in our bed- room. No need. Myhusbandjumps out of bed each a.m. at exactly the same time. The guy's got an amaz- ing inner clock. We get an early start to the day. You know what they say about early to bed, early to rise. We are definitely up in time to get the worm - a good thing to remember if we ever decide to go fishing. Monday through Friday, being married to a morning person buzzes with advantages. I get my first cup of coffee before I ever get a hankering for caffeine. Morning people can anticipate your needs- as long as they do so before 8 a.m. Being married to a morning person on the weekends, however, doesn't feel quite so percolated. On weekends, I could do with a little !ess morning and lot more sleep- mg in - say until at least 7 a.m. or SO. Morning people are not capa- ble of sleeping until 7 a.m. They are awake and unable to stay- lying still - in bed. To make mat- ters worse, morning people believe that since they are wide-awake and ready to start the day, every- one else - most naturally - must feel the same way. Last Saturday, my husband hopped out of bed at an hour hardly worthy of numbers. His jostling of the bed and our dog's tail wagging against the mattress dragged me from a dream where I was lying on a beach, eating choc- olate- until an earthquake rocked myworld. "What are you doing?" I asked. My husband answered for both of them. Our dog, being from Lab- rador, hasn't learned English yet. "I'm going to make coffee," he said. increase restrictions on open burning beginning at 12:01 a.m. Frida April 23, because of hazardous fire con- ditions created by very dry weather over much of northern Minnesota. The restrictions affect all bumin& including campfires, fireworks, out- door weldin& and prescribed burning. The 37 counties included are: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Bel- trami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Chis- ago, Clearwater, Cook, Crow W'mg, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochich- ing, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mah- nomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Mor- rison, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk (that portion east of County Highway 6 and south of State High- way 92), Pope, Roseau, Sherbume, Stearns, Stevens, St. Louis, Todd, and Wadena. Burning permits .will not be issued, with very limited excep- tions, and only by state and federal forestry offices. Under the new restrictions, fire- works will not be allowed outside municipalities and devices with open flame, such as welders and acetylene forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions. torches, will be prohibited in forest html>. I TCN Office Hours: Mondays, 9 a.rn.-5 p.m. Tues.-00n., 9 a.rn.-2 p.m. Call for availability at other times DEADLINE: I looked at the clock. It was 6:42. Here's the thing. As much as I appreciate my husband bringing me coffee in the morning, I don't want java, joe, espresso, latte or anything containing caffeine at 6:42 (a.m.) on a Saturday. At that time, on that day, I want only one pitiful, simple pleasure. I want to sleep. My husband doesn't under- stand this, because he is a morn- ing person. God love him. After jumping out of bed on Satur- day mornings, he plods (PLODS) down the hallway like only a 190- pound man can plod. The dog - all 85-pounds of her - accompa- nies him. Her collar jingles at deci- bels above what should be legal at that hour, and her tail - defined as a lethal weapon in 32 states - hits the wall with a solid whap, whap, whap. Thirty seconds later, when my husband hollers up the stairs, "Who wants breakfast?" it's safe to say the whole house is awake. Amid my grogginess, I feel a lit- tle angst. I can be crabby when tired. Then my sense of smell kicks in. Maybe I do crave a cup of coffee. Java scents are joined by toasting toast and sizzling eggs, and before you can say, "fried or scrambled" I am wafting up and out of bed to see what's cooking. I am married to a morning per- son. For a non-morning person, like me, this can provide a few chal- lenges. Eating my husband's hot and flesh-cooked breakfast is not one of them. "Over easy!" I call down from the top of the stairs. Jill Pettier is a syndicated col- umnist and award-winning free- lance writer working with graphic designer Nikki Willgohs to pro- vide writing and design and other marketing services to businesses and individuals. You can check out their Web site at <http://marketing- by-design.home.mchsi.com/>, or e-mail Jill at <pertmn@qwest.net>. EDITOR'S NOTE: We were sad- dened to learn that Jill's mother died last week. Our prayers go out to Jill and her family. 2 p.m. 30ndays POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Penodi- cats. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimball Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.rn. and Tuesday through Fri- day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000. 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