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"-&apos; q OpiIliox] Thursday, May 27, 2010 Kingston Memorial Day Service The annual Kingston Memorial Day Service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31. It will be held at the Apostolic Cemetery in downtovn Kingston, sponsored by the Kingston Johnson Kelly American Legion Post 483 members. Refreshments will be served following the service by the American Legion Auxiliary members at the Legion Hall, Community Center. All are welcome. Fly your flags. Remember our veterans and our fighting forces who are keeping us free. Kimball Legion Memorial Day program 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, 2010 at the Kimball Elementary School Introduction ...................... ]ames Herda Invocation ................ Pastor Steve Rowland Pledge of Allegiance .................. Assembly Flag Folding Ceremony ................ Auxiliary Girls' State Citizen Address .......... Abby Zoller Boys' State Citizen Address ........ Michael Rose "God Bless America" ....... Please join in singing The Empty Chair POW/MIA ........... Auxiliary Memorial Selection .................. Zach Wells "America" ................ Please join in singing Benediction .............. Pastor Steve Rowland Taps The public is invited to follow the Legion and Auxil- iary to the school lawn for the graveside service. A pot-luck lunch will follow the program, at the Kimball Legion Club. All are welcome to bring a dish to share. Cokato Memorial Day Open House Annual Cokato Museum and Historical Society Memorial Day open house The Cokato Museum and Histor- ical Society invites the public to its Annual Memorial Day open house, 9 a.m.-Noon Monday, May 31, at the Cokato Museum, 175 Fourth Street West, downtown Cokato. The museum will be open before, during and after the Cokato Legion and Auxiliary's Memorial Day parade and program. This open house will mark the close of the museum's current tempo- rary display, Held In The Heart- land: German POWs in the Mid- west, 1943-46. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact the museum at (320) 286- 2427, or visit their website: <www. cokato.mn.us>. The Cokato Museum is a coop- erative effort of the city of Cokato and the Cokato Historical Society. Memorial ceremony planned at State Veterans Cemetery More than 1,200 people are expected to gather at State Veter- ans Cemetery in Little Falls for the annual Memorial Service Sunday, May 30. The event is open to the public. An instrumental prelude by the Richfield Symphonic Band will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the tradi- tional Parade of Flags will open the formal program at 2 p.m. Represen- tatives from manyveteran organiza- tions, posts, and auxiliary units will be carrying colors in the parade. The keynote speaker is Rear Admiral Henry McKinney, (Ret.). This year's Parade Marshal is Rob- ert Mace, member of the Waite Park American Legion Post 428. Placing of wreaths will be fea- tured during the program. Follow- ing the program, the Little Falls American Legion Auxiliary Unit will host a reception on site. In Honor of Memorial Day, the Mili- tary Museum at Camp Ripley will also be open for visitors. The program is sponsored by the Minnesota State Veterans Memorial Association. For more information on this event, visit <www.mdva.state.mn.us>. ,j.x\\;\\ll -ilql LII: o7 RIDOM  ,N A Jill Pettier "Slices of Life" The Club It's official. I'm in The Club. There's no secret Club handshake or T-shirt with the Club logo. I don't pay dues or attend quarterly meetings. The Club is just there - like my eyebrows, gravity or lilac blooms in the springtime. The Club just is. Membership wasn't something I applied for or even aspired to, but once you're in, there's no getting out. Not any way I can see. The Club is forever - or at least until your actions remove you from The Club and bring others in. I guess that would be one way to describe it. Memorial Day. The holiday used to be another three-day weekend for me. It meant an extra (happy) day offto picnic in the park or read a book in the backyard. Memorial Day didn't arrive with any conno- tations- before I learned the reali- ties of losing someone close to me. In life BC (Before Club) I lacked insight regarding a Club member's perspective. In fact, just being around a Club member made me uncomfortable. I wasn't sure what to do - or say. Now I am full of per- spective. As a non-Clubber, you might be afraid to bring up certain sub- jects because they may trigger "sad thoughts." Not to worry. Any- thing and everything can produce that result. Thoughts surrounding The Club hover around the fringes of my brain 24-7. They are like lit- tle bits of sand creeping in to find a spot wherever they can. Even if my mind is consumed with large and important ideas, those little bits of sand filter their way through. Don't be afraid of saying the wrong thing (or the right thing) or reminding those in The Club they are members. They already know. Certain days - Memorial Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, birth- days, Tuesdays and Wednesdays - can be more difficult than oth- ers. When alone, in the quiet, we find our thoughts drifting; when in a loud and boisterous crowd, we find our thoughts drifting. Some- times I feel heaviness behind my eyes and tightness in my throat. I've learned to talk through it most of the time, but I've seen oth- ers wince when I do; then I know they know. Blinking fast and swal- lowing hard works sometimes. So does a deep breath. Club members like me may not even be aware our reaction to the normal things and people around us is off by a degree or two. The change in us is slight, but can be unsettling - for you and for me. I apologize. It's all part of The Club- the one we never signed up for but joined nonetheless. Sadness is a funny thing. (How's that for an oxymoron of a sentence?) Loss can be indescrib- able. It can also result in moments of clarity. For me, membership in The Club has brought a newfound connection with those around me - I am more vividly aware of life because I've dealt so closely with death. I enter each day with grat- itude for family and friends. This year, Memorial Day arrives like a heavy sigh brought on by love and loss. These two words - in essence - define The Club. To love someone means risking loss, which leads directly to a lifetime membership and the pain that accompanies it. To never take the risk means something much worse. I'm in The Club. I guess I'm okay with that. Jill Pettier is a syndicated colum- nist and author of "The Do-It-Your- selfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" at <booklocker.com>, and you can check out Slices of Life on Facebook. She works with graphic artist, Nikki Willgohs, to provide award-win- ning writing and design services. Their website: <http://marketing- by-design.home, mchsi.corn/>. EARLY DEADLINE: 3 p.m. Friday, May 28,for]une 3 issue We will be CLOSED for Memorial Day, May 31. www.tricountynews.MN POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-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 Tn-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.m. and Tuesday through Fri- day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000. E-mail can be addressed to <news@tricounty news.tHN>. Our Web site is <www. tricountynews.MN>. We also have a drop site at Ert[ Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. 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