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DAf_~]~ r) ~k-~ _.. _.. .............................. June 2, 2016 Area has historic beauty I have been coming up to Lake on our area and that they want Carnelian here in the Kimball area to move a feed lot in and degrade since I was a kid back in the '50s. the whole area. We must insist My grandparents built a cabin on that they not get traction here, of the lake we still enjoy to this day. all places. Why not go somewhere My grandpa lived on a farm in the where no one lives? Maybe some- Watkins area and he returned later where where people's noses don't in his life to this very lake he knew work as well as ours do. We all love from his childhood. He loved this farming, but this operation is far area and all its charms. What a from real farming. Let's just say georgeous place it was then and NO, NO, and AbsolutelyNot! still is now. So it's extremely sad Chris Lynch and upsetting to think that cor- porate farm types have their eyes Comments sought request for hog on pending feedlot Address: Stearns County Environmental Services, 705 Courthouse Square Room 343 St. Cloud MN 56303 Fax: (320) 656-6484 Tel.: (320) 656-3613 Email: feedlots@co.stearns. ran. us A Feedlot Review Committee Center West building in Waite will meet before the June 16 Plan- Park (near Mills Fleet Farm). This ning Commission meeting. The is the only meeting of the three Board of Commissioners meet being held where the public can June 21 to decide whether and how be heard on the issue. Letters may to act on the matter. This meeting be entered instead of speaking, is open to the public, but no com- and these may be mailed, faxed, ment will be accepted at that time. dropped off at their offices, or (That means NOW is the time brought with you to the meeting, to let the county know how you feel about it.) A public hearing will be held Thursday, June 16, at the Stearns County Planning Commission to hear comment about a pro- posed hog feedlot. The applica- tion requests approval for up to 2,460 hogs in a 10-acre space, and includes a gestation building and a farrowing building, with manure lagoons beneath them. The meet- ing will be at the county Service Absentee balloting locatiOn added for Primary and General Election Stearns County will have an As in the past, absentee rot- additional location for absentee ing will also be conducted in voting for the 2016 Primary and the Ste_arns County Auditor- General Elections. Treasurer s office located in the For the convenience of the rot- Stearns County Administration ers, the City of Melrose will be Building, Room #148, 705 added as an absentee ballot loca- Courthouse Square in down- tion. This will provide another town St. Cloud. Hours are 8 a.m. to option for Stearns County resi- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. dentswho plan to vote byabsentee Apply for an absentee bal- for the 2016 Primary and General lot online at Elections. Melrose City will have Absentee balloting may also be ballots available for all precincts done by mail; contact the Auditor- located with!n Stearns County. Treasurer's office and an applica- The Clerk s Office in the City of tion will be mailed or faxed out. Melrose is located at 225 1st Street For questions, Contact North East, Melrose. The phone the Stearns CountyAuditor- number for the Melrose City Clerk Treasurer's officeat (320) is (320) 256-4278. Hours are from 656-3920, or email elections@co. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Jill "Slices of Life" Backyard concerto Thebirdsweregoingcrazywith They are embracing their levelinyourrange.Offlyingacross their twittering tweets, chirps and essence in a giddy birdliness and the country on your own feather trills. The cooing of a mourning it's infectious. I want to be like power because nature tells you dove underscored the drumming them! that's the way it should be. of a lone woodpecker. It seemed I'm not saying I want to be a Birdbrain is not typically inter- each feathered friend was trying bird. I couldn't be. I can't fly. I don't preted as a positive descriptor, but to outdo the other with its own even have wings. I think maybe that should change. solo and the sounds reverberated But the joy, the ultimate true While birds may or may not be the in a rowdy crescendoed backyard JOYthey express at the normal ele- brightest bulbs in the backyard, symphony, ments in their lives (at 4:00 a.m.) is they've got some things figured This spirited banter jostled the notable to the sleepiest of the most out. Like loving life - anytime of airwaves amply enough to wake sleepy. The tweeters in my com- the day, but especially at 4:00 in me from a sound sleep. I looked at mon, ho-hum backyard are birds, the morning. the clock. It was 4:23. In the morn- Average, ordinary suburban birds. Intelligent or not, they are ing, as in a.m., not p.m. I know They've been birds their entire an inspiration. Not only do they what they say about the early bird, life. They could very well choose refrain from hitting the snooze but 4:23 a.m. is a little too wee for to take flying and sing-songing button, they are joyous about me. Even roosters know enough and sunrises for granted. But they their awakening. I love that. (The to wait until dawn to awaken the don't. Instead they fill the air with worms probably do not.) farm. their predawn concert each morn- I also love that by the time I'm Still the fervor and celebratory ing. Because they can. readyto get out of bed at 6:30 a.m. chattering of the birds in my yard They are birds and that's what the backyard is silent. At first I at 4:00 each morning is impressive birds do. (Well, that and poop on thought maybe their joy of dawn's - albeit not fully appreciated by cars.) early light had been subdued, but most humans living in my house. And even though I'm still try- I realized that wasn't logical; by The birds are celebrating the ing to finish a good dream in those 6:30 when the rest oftheworld is weather and anticipating the sun- wee, pre-daybreak hours, I leave getting out of bed, the birds are rise and the business of preening the windows open so I can hear probably napping. their feathers and splashing in the them each (early, early) morn- Who can blame them? birdbath arid padding their nests ing because sleep is one thing and Jill Pertler is an award-win- and laying and hatching their eggs exuberance with the business of ning syndicated columnist, pub- and hunting for worms and feed- life is another, lished playwright, author and ing their birdlets and giving flight Imagine experiencing authen-member of the National Society lessons and dive bombing the cats tic joy at the promise of each new of Newspaper Columnists. Don't and eagerly welcoming all the day. Of being so in love with the miss a slice; follow the Slices of other everyday tasks at hand (or sunrisethat you feel compelled to Life page on Facebook. wing, as the case may be). sing about it at the loudest decibel The TriiCounty News is the official Newspaper of the Cities of Kimball and Watkins; the Kimball Area School District (ISD#739); Fair Haven, Forest Prairie, Kingston, and Maine Prairie Townships; and Clearwater River Watershed District. 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 Periodicals. It is published Thursdays by Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATIONS: Our office is at 70 S. Main St. in downtown Kimball. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397. 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