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School Board Public Forum May 10 There will be a Kimball Area them. Education funding from the Public Schools School Board Pub- state has decreased, while fed- lic Forum discussing the school eral education mandates have budget at 6 p.m. Monday, May 10, increased. Everywhere, schools in the high school district board and communities are asked to do room. The school board would like more with less. In the end, it is the to invite all community members kids who are the most vulnerable, to take advantage of this wonder- as they look to their school and ful opportunity to learn about the community to help them prepare school budget and ask questions, for their futures as valuable corn- Every spring, as the current munitymembers. school year is drawing to a close, Please consider attending the the school board and adminis- School Board Public Forum on tration begin the process of set- |ll Pettier "Slices of Life" This Mother's Day: Gifts of the best kind Mother's Day will be different learned to knit." this year. My mom's vocabulary con- Oh, I'll be the recipient of the tained none of these phrases. Her usual. I may get a claypencil holder can-do attitude taught me lessons or a handprint with a poem about just as important as her instruc- how little fingers don't stay lit- tions about loading yarn onto a school budget issues. It is a pos- tle forever. Perhaps someone will knitting needle. ting the budget for the upcoming itive step forward in forming a come home carrying a Styrofoam As Alzheimer's disease tightened school year. By holding an open partnership between school and cup filled with dirt and marigold its grip, she tackled simpler proj- forum for community members, community. Working together seeds. All of these make welcome ects. In her final days, my mom's the school hopes to reach out to will help Kimball continue to be gifts, gifts came in the form of some of the community and make the an amazing and attractive place Of course there will be home-the most valuable lessons yet. budget process more understand- to live, work, congregate and raise able and accessible, families. The last decade has been frus- "Share the Pride, trating to both school districts Show the Pride, and the communities that support Grow the Pride" made cards; they're the best kind. Toward the end, she only knit Any mother will tell you so. small square washcloths. The Some things about Mother's corners on the little cloths grew Day this year will be most welcom- rounder and less square. The once- ingly status quo: sticky kisses and straight sides weren't so straight maybe (if I'm lucky) breakfast - anymore. Sometimes, she thought Pop Tarts and lemonade- in bed. she'd made a mistake and she'd 2006 Magnus Johnson and Linden The other half of Mother's Day unravel the whole piece and start - the giving half" will be signifi- over. Even though her handiwork Avenue construction update cantly changed, was clearly growing more difficult, Over the past two years, the require adequate time to cure and This will be my first holiday my mom kept going. Quitting was City of Kimball and the general reach its design Strength. For this with no mom to hug and no gifts not an option. contractor, Kuechle Underground, reason, you should not drive vehi- to give. While the shape of her wash- have been working together to clesonthefreshconcreteforamin- Almost every mother I know cloths became more irregular, investigate the nature of the small imum period of seven days. Your loves giving more than receiv- the pride my mom took in them concrete pop-0utsthathave devel- "continued cooperation is appreci- ing. The trait seems to develop remained intact. Whenever I vis- oped on some of the concrete ated to helpensure a durable con- sometime between the first did- ited, one of the first things shed flatwork across the project. The crete product is established, per change and baby's first steps, do is show me her latest work. The city and Kuechle Underground After the concrete forms have As a result, when it comes to gifts, newest additions may not have recently reached an agreement been removed, the contractor will moms are more comfortablewrap- been completely square, but they to replace much of the concrete return to backfill the disturbed ping than unwrapping, were neatly pressed and stacked on sidewalk, driveway, and driveway areas adjacent to the concrete and My mom was no exception. Sheher bed - piles and piles of wash- showered us with gifts of the most cloths. apron panels that have exhibited plant seed. Following the concrete obvious kind. Our house at Christ- She'd display her collection and significant pop-outs, and we are replacement, and before mid-July, sending you this project update the contractor will also be com- mas? Overwhelming doesnt even makeadeclaration,"Yo, u can pick... to alert you that the replacement pleting some other minor repair begin to describe the scene. But, (she'd pause here) two! work will soon begin, work on the project, at which time there are gifts more important I d agonize over the choice. How Kuechle Underground has pro- the project will then be complete, than the ones decked out in Santa can you pick two from a treasure posed to start the repair work the If you have questions, please paper sitting under a decorated of dozens? Usually, she'd let me week of May 10. Weather depend- contact one of the project team tree. My rnom delivered them all out with at least three. Generosity in~, it is anticij~ated that the con- members; Rand~ ~ubart at (320) year long. -- .... therl ..... in my mom's cur- crete removal and replacement229-4348 or Dave Blommel at (320) ghO W~ 0n~ 0[ tho rno t rieulum. work will last about one week. The 229-4349,engineersor]eremyKue: ented and creative people I've ever I like to think she taught us well. removal and replacement opera- chle (320) 398-8888, contractor, known and she loved sharing her When she passed away; we won- tions will be similar to what you It is very important that anyone creativity with others. WhenIwas dered what to do with all those wash: may have observed at the begin- with any special needs or disabili- a little girl, I believed she could do cloths.Wethoughtofthefuneral, and ning of the project. The contrac- ties contact us as soon as possible, anything. As an adult, I was con- the friends and familywhowould see tor will again likely be using saws The contractor is in the process of vinced of it. them for the treasures they were; we and heavy construction equip- scheduling repair work to the con- From recovering furniture, remembered how much my morn ment to cut out and remove the crete sidewalk and driveways in wallpapering the bathroom and loved 8lying 8fits. Nearly 100 wash- concrete panels. Theywill then set your neighborhood that may limit sewing all our clothes, my mom cloths were distributed that day. forms and place the new concrete, access to your home and garage created something from noth-I hope everyone who took one is After the concrete is placed, it will for a period of time. ing - at first out of necessity; later washing dishes with it this Moth- because that was how she dider's Those precious cloths were things, made to be used. I'm sure my mom ~. ~ .... ~-~_~_ =---7-------~-~___~ ~_~ ~, . She possessed a mastery withwould attest to that. ~ ~ii~,,',, . .~% "" yarn, making intricate doilies and Practicality - there's another gift ' ': " " ~~ knitting sweaters complete with to add to the list. Miss ~ our names monogrammed into Thanks, mom. you. the cloth. Jill Pertler is a syndicated columnist No one is born knowing how and award-winning freelance writer to create a doily. Crochet is some- working with graphic designer Nikki Willgohs to provide writing and design thing you have to learn - stitch and other marketing services to busi- by painstaking stitch. Many peo- nesses and individuals. You can check ple never understand this con- out their Web site at , or e-mail :':~ taught me how to sew, or I never lill at . Vot~ ~ ~i ~ m CON6W~TO C~lV~PLglQ.Y ~ VOUI~ WteJA~!" DEADLINE: 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, KimbaU, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. 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