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D :I 9 Thursday, May 16, 2013 news. mn " ~ .............. ~i~:~;i Jil| Pertler "Slices of Life" Lessons of motherhood Survey says ... we're well read! At the Kimball Business Expo way: so much local information I've been on the job for more the better! Look at the li~e guy go! in March, we took a 4-page survey, that's so handy!, than 21 years, without a day. off He's got to be advanced for his age! We learned a lot about what our No surprise here. What's the for longevi~, illness, endurance or My children now range from 11 to readers read, and how they read it. most-read section of our website? good behavior, i'm not complain- 21 and they all walk just fine. I'd be There were some surprises, and The obituaries. We upload obitu- ing. I wouldn't want a day off. Not willing to bet a nickel no one could some things we pretty much knew. aries to the website as soon as we a whole day, anyway. Although I do examine their gaits and determine Many of our readers read from receive them. And our obituaries appreciate 10 minutes under a hot who walked at 9 months and who at cover to cover, often in one sitting, are kept online forever, so you can shower within the solitary confines 13. To tell the truth, I can't remem- Some save it for weekend reading, always find them easily. (You also of my bathroom each morning,ber myself. What do our readers read most? can print or e-mail them any time ff you're a newbie to the pro- A bad grade in math, making(or Weddings and anniversaries and you'd like.) . fession, you might feel tired. Heck, not making) the team, messing up birth announcements. Not a sur- Community Events is another I'm absolutely certain you are tired, at a piano recital, stmnbling in the prise that lots of people read them, thing our website users look for Don't worry. (There will be plenty race, squabbles with friends - they but a pleasant surprise that they're often. We spend a lot of time each of things to worry about during the all seem important in the moment. top for readers, week updating the community next 18 years, believe me.) You'll get But in the big picture, they are but In second place it's a tie: news calendar online. If it's possible, used to the brain fog- even learn to a blip. While I understand this con- about local events, and school there may be too rnuch there. It just use it to your advantage. Besides, cept, I find it difficult to implement news. Nearly everyone readsshows, though, what avibrant and sleep is over-rated. It's one of the because as mothers we maybe able them, and ~he highest number active community we all live in! lessons motherhood has taught me. to get by with less sleep, butwhenit of respondents want even more We appreciate your feedback,There's more. Motherhood iscomes to emotions-ours multiply. school news. whether in a formal survey or an practically a classroom, and some Lesson five: Motherhood changes Number 3 among our read- e-mail or comment on the street, ofthethingslearnedwithinitscon- you in ways you'd never expect. ers, with a whopping 96 percent? We also cherish your participa- fines are even more exciting than I remember the first time I Advertising. Yes, you read that tion. We need you to let us know sleeping through the night. Like cried because of a TV commer- right: 96 percent of our readers "when things are happening, either one concept I call the time conun- cial. My daughter was a newbom read the ads, and a few want even at the schools, in organizations, at drum. and I didn't know what hit me. In more ads. (I attribute this to our churches, etc. In this day of instant Back when I was a rookie mom, the midst of an actress promoting incredibly talented graphic artist, communication, it's easy to take friends, family and strangers at the a product- ketchup, if I'm not reis- Sue Hughes. Her ads "sing" on the for granted that we already know grocery store predicted the next 18 taken-l felt a surge in my chest and page. something. Often times, we're the years would zoom by faster than tears rtmning down my cheeks.You Next are birthday ads, and my last to hear about it. We're easy warp speed. I nodded my sleep- can only imagine how I react when column. I don't always get to write to reach by phone, e-mail, or just deprived head, tried not to yawn one of my kids is bleeding or fails here each week, but I do take it catching us when we're out and and failed to believe them. Other the test or is the last to be picked for seriously, about, mothers fall into the same trap. the team. In fact, we take our role as your This is what we do, all we do: Here's why: When you are in the They invented the term, "basket community newspaper very seri- producing a weekly communitythroes of colic, or potty training, or case" for a reason. ously. We recognize that we're newspaper that we hope all can be learning to ride a bike, or first day I know an enlightened mother only the current caretaker of this proud of. of kindergarten, or getting braces sucks it up and ignores the small historical record of our commu- We've been called "the friendly on crooked teeth, or taking a driv- stuff. I also realizethis is practically nities. And it's our responsibility paper" because we include news ing test, or going to prom, or mov- impossible in real life. Some day I to do all we can to make sure that and events of loca+ communities, ing into the dorm, it's hard to imag- hope to be an enlightened mother. it's here 10, 20, even 50 years from without divisiveness or elitism, ine anything beyond your cur- For now, pass me the Kleenex. now. What's good for one is good for all. rent circumstance. Until the event I entered motherhood prepared Oh, the least read part of our We've heard from several sub- at hand ends, and another con- to teach my kids important les- newspaper, at 35 percent: the scribers out of town- and even out sumes you faster than you can say, sons about things like being kind, crossword puzzle. (Sorry, LH and of state - that they get more from "Grab the car seat," and so on until the golden rule, respecting others, BH.) our little paper than they do from you turn the calendar to another being on time, flushing and never We kind of expected more sur- their own local papers, year filled with new adventures leaving chewed gum under your vey respondents to indicate that Every day we're thankful to be and milestones and before you chair. I anticipated molding and they checked our website every independent, and not beholden can say, "Here are the car keys," changing them for the better, never single day. (insert chuckle here) to a corporate office, or to special your chubby toddler has become expecting they'd do the same to me. While our website is popular and interests. We are free to do our job a gangly 16-year-old. Warp speed But they did. And i'm glad. In fact, if well visited (more than 30,000 to the best of our abilities, and to - a mystical, magical and practi- someone offered me the chance to unique visitors each month), not adjust course quickly in response cally supernatural reality for moms, go back and do it all over, I proba- all of our newspaper readers are to our readers' needs, hopefully not teenage drivers, blywould. Then again, maybe that's using it. That's okay. Personally, I The paper that you are reading The time conundrum- wherebythe-brain fog talking. use it all the time to double-check nowistheverycoreofwhatwedo,the years zip by speedy quick- log- Jill Pertler is an award-wilming something, or look something up. It is not a peripheral, lately-added ically brings us to our third lesson: syndicated columnist, playwright It's actually a treasure trove that project. It isus. It isyou, too. Don't sweat the small stuff. And and author of"The Do-It-Yourself- fourth: Ninety-nine percent of it is er's Guide to Self-Syndication" You small stuff, can read more columns at the Slices I kept fastidious track of when of L/fe page on Facebook. my kids learned to wall The earlier t 0 " .... " ; .... - ~ ~- ! I Searchable, Archived, Accessible 24/7 ," Obituaries, Legals, Breaking News, School, Sports, Classifieds, Photos, Special Sections, and so much morel Monda Is;9 a.m.-5 xm. Tues.-Fri,; 9 a.m.-2 for dro )'offs and pick-ups Available by appointmenl - ust call! 453-NEWS) ays EWS POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tn-County News, P.O. 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., P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Steams County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 /~'~ Street South in downtown I~m- ball. 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