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Page 2 Opinion 00hurs00ay, Tri-County News * ww; Local firefighters are busy This was part of a controlled burn conducted by the Watkins Fire Department Wednesday afternoon, .May 1. Perhaps you saw the smoke just before sunset? About a half-mile in from this spot is Vic Geislinger's land-bound 27-acre CRP field; he's required to burn it every five years. This fire was kept under control. But every day there are several grass fires to which our local volunteer fire departments are called. Several counties are under a burning ban that started Monday, May 6. Even if you're not under a burning ban, please be careful about fire. It's literally tinder-dry out there. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua, with thanks to John who helped me find it. Letter to the Editor Arson Awareness Week imented with or misused fire it can be deadly. Addressing mis- use of fire early, with appropriate intervention, can prevent a child from getting hurt or killed, get- ting involved in the legal system, or even becoming a serial arson- ist. Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention (YFPI) teams are located throughout the state to provide appr6priate intervention and stop this dangerous behavior before it is too late. Call (800) 500-8897 to be con- nected with a local team who will set up a meeting with the family and determine the best interven- tion strategy. There are many rea- sons that children start fires and the local teams are set up to help children and families be safe from fire and prevent juvenile arson. Kathi Osmonson Deputy Sthte Fire Marshal Youth Firesetting Prevention & Intervention Did you know 65 percent of Minnesota's 318 incendiary struc- ture fires reported in 2011 hap- pened in residential properties? May 5 -11 is Arson Awareness Week in Minnesota. The theme is "Reducing Residential Arson." ". Residential arson can be pre- vented by implementing neigh- borhood clean-ups and improv- ing internal and external security around homes and abandoned properties. Neighborhood crime prevention groups can add arson and suspicious activity to their watch. Nationally, 50 percent of arson arrests are children under the age of 18. In Minnesota in 2011, 55 per- cent of arson arrests were juve- niles. Of the 91 kids arrested in Minnesota that year, some were younger than 10 years old. Juvenile arson is also primarily residential arson and can be pre- vented. If your child has exper- , WWW. Searchable, Archived, Accessible 2417 Jii! Pc00|cr "Slices of Life" The bond of preschool It was a party 14 years in the making. Attendees included nine moms who met when our kids were in preschool. Now, we came. together to anticipate and cele- brate those same preschoolers' high school graduations. We sat around a long table at a local restaurant, passing old pho- tos and wonderin.g aloud where the time went. Fourteen years is a significant span during which a preschooler goes from practically in diapers to practically in college. A mom, however, doesn't change a bit - well, at least not her hairstyle (as one of the ladies in attendance pointed out). To our kids, the 14 years of childhood probably elapsed at a painstakingly slow pace. From a mom's perspective, it passed in a heartbeat. Clich6, I know, but sometimes being a mom is clich6- often, in fact, just ask my teenager. Friendships forged during pre- school run deep. My son will room at college with another boy from the class. The same boy is going to prom with one of the girls from the group. Two boys from the class had their 18th birthdays around the same time and promptly went together to get their first tattoos. Deep waters start as trickling streams. For us moms, it began in a nar- row hallway outside the preschool classroom where we stood three times a week waiting for our chil- dren to be dismissed. We had just minutes together - 10 on a good day- yet we managed to share and bond and build connections last- ing more than a decade. We no longer possess the lux- ury of 10 minutes of togetherness and chitchat in a hallway three times a week, but we've kept in touch in the sporadic manner that old friends can. Fourteen years does not unfold in a vacuum. Much has happened since our 4-year-old sons thought they wanted to marry us someday - and we, for our part, believed 35 was old. Our kids have grown up (or nearly so) and we've got more life experiences under our (slightly widening) belts. Grief has landed on our door- steps with the loss of mothers and fathers. We've weathered head injury, gallstones, cancer and teenage drivers. We've raised - or are raising - a total of 28 chil- dren between the nine families. For a few, the current graduate is their oldest, for others the young- est. We're all still married, which is almost a miracle in itself. We will forever answer to the call of "mom" and over the last decade- plus have fostered a deep love for our own kids and an enduring affection for one another's. None of us have tattoos. We're a varied bunch - from talkative to introspective, ener- getic to calm, cool and collected. Some lead. Others follow. "Our friendships are arbitrary; most of us met by chance simply because our kids attended the same pre- school. Yet, we are connected by a common history that cannot be defined or replaced. There may be long periods of silence, but we knowwhen one of us is in pain, the others will be there to help; when we celebrate, the others will share our joy. Fourteen years ago, I don't think any of us had cell phones. Now we phil ours out to show one another photos of prom dresses or our kids' tattoos, not realizing - in that moment -we have left a mark on one another that cannot be erased. Our simple dinner has taken three hours and we prom- ise to meet again before another 14 years has passed. Deep waters start as trickling streams, and on this graduation day, for a few moms at least, they will end with teardrops. While bit- tersweet, they will be tears of hap- piness for our kids as well as those of our good friends. To think it all started in pre- school. Jill 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. ,   RII , 100a00vto00 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) DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays Obituaries, Legals, Breaking News, School, Sports, Classifieds, Photos, Special Sections, and so much morel @ 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 Periodi- cals. 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 Kim- ball. 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