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2 Page Opinion Thursday, June.10, 2010 Tri-County News * Kimball, MN Motorists advised of concrete surfacing on CSAH 27 Concrete surfacing project on Meeker County Road 27 began May 24 The Meeker County Highway Department office in Litchfield announced that, weather permit- ting, work began May 24, on Meeker County State Aid Highway 27 from the Junction of State Highway 24 to the Junction of State Highway 15. Concrete pouring has been delayed by rain, but it will begin on the west end of CSAH 27 (at High- way 24) and move eastward. The project may cause delays on Highway 55 in Watkins, with frequent trips by a fleet of cement trucks. The road will be closed to public travel. Watch for construction signs as you travel. All work is scheduled to be com- plete on or before July 1, weather permitting. C.S. McCr0ssan, Inc., of Maple Grove, is the prime contactor for operations of the project. Thompson sentenced to 34-1/2 years in prison Jerry Lee Thompson, DOB: 2/24/1959, appeared before the Honorable Vicki Landwehr Wednesday, June 2, and was sen- tenced to 414 months in prison after being convicted of three counts of attempted first degree murder, kidnapping, first degree burglary, two counts of assault in the second degree and an order for protection violation involving three separate victims, including his ex-wife and one of his children, arising out of a domestic violence incident in Fairhaven Township Aug. 5, 2008. In her findings, Judge Landwehr stated there were several aggra- vating factors, including com- mission of the crimes in the pres- ence of children, use of a fire.arm to commit the crimes, and the particularly serious manner in which the crimes were commit- ted. Judge Landwehr denied the defendant&apos;s request for a down- ward durational departure in sen- tencing, and instead, sentenced Mr. Thompson to five consecutive sentences resulting in the 34-1/2- year commitment to prison. Heartland Security wins award UTC Fire & Security, which recently acquired GE Security, has named Guy Adams and Heartland Securitythe 2009 Western Division Security Pro Dealer of The Year, citing its steadfast dedication for providing outstanding service to its customers and the communi- ties of western and southern Min- nesota awell as northwest Iowa. "Heartland Security has not only demonstrated its ability to thrive in a challenging economy, but has also shown it is an innova- bottom line for their business and the community. "Furthermore," Johnson said, "they have leveraged not only their company resources, but have utilized Security Pro pro- gram sales and marketing tools to grow sales and increase the value of their company. In addi- tion, Heartland Security has made a profound contribution to the safety and security of families in the communities they serve." "This is truly a great honor for Heartland Security and shows tor by offering new creative secu, how our dedicated employees rity services in the marketplace', believe in our commitment of pro- said Jeff Johnson, Security' Pro viding the best in life safety and Program Director. "In addition, property protection throughout Heartland Security also deserves the communities we serve," stated top honors in the Western Divi- Guy Adams, Heartland Security's sion for exemplifying the spirit of General Manager. past Security Pro Dealer's of The About Heartland Security Year through their ongoing loyalty Heartland Security is owned and dedication to GE Security and locally by 13 rural electric cooper- now, UTC Fire & Security, as well atives, including Meeker Coopera- as focusing their technical, bust- tive Light&PowerAssn.' Litchfield, ness and customer service exper- and remains focused on delivering tise towards making a difference world-class security, safety, and in the communities they serve." lifeswle products and services to Heartland Security's business residential and commercial cus- development acumen goes to the tomers. ! .m. Call availability at other times Jil| Perller "Slices of Life" What's in your cupboard? If you're like me, you've got cup- boards filled with dishes. They are a necessity. Everyone's got to eat; for that you need dishes. I own a set of those color- ful dishes. You know, the ones that make you feel like you are at a Mexican-themed party. We use them on Easter, because they coordinate well with colored eggs. When we take the dishes out, they are dusty, even though they are stored in the cupboard. This year, we were out of town for Easter, so I didn't get a chance to dust my col- orful dishes. I own another set of dishes. These are ruby red. The glass is transparent and the light flick- ers through and casts a crim- son shadow on our white table- cloth. Red is a good Christmas color, so we use these dishes then. Except we are always too excited at Christmas - about gift giving and present opening - to eat a real sit- down meal. The red dishes don't get much use - on Christmas or any other day of the year. I own a set of china - the real deal. China is for special meals, like Thanksgiving. We could use our china on Thanksgiving, except our dishes have some sort of fancy gold detailing preventing them from being dishwasher-friendly. Who has the energy to wash dishes after eating turkey- what with the L-tryptophan and all? The china hits in a cardboard box in the base- ment. We've moved it along with us from house to house (four so far); the china has yet to leave its box. The dishes we use for every- day are plain white - not festive or made out of a fancy glass that casts colorful shadows. They don't have any metal trimming prevent- ing them from going in the dish- washer. They are chipped and cracked from years of use. During the last two decades they've held meatloaf and meat- balls, pizza and pot pies. They've been home to my cooking "exper- iments" and" have hosted more than their fair share of "fancy chicken" - the term coined by my kids to describe any dish contain- ing chicken breasts and canned cream of whatever soup. Our white plates have felt the weight of birthday cake, cheese- cake and strawberry shortcake. They've held midnight snacks and early morning breakfasts. Our white plates stayed with us through it all: baby food to cav- iar. (Not so often the caviar, but it sounds very adult, doesn't it?) When my kids grow up I sup- pose they will remember the white dishes - a veritable tabula rosa at the dinner table. I wonder if white dishes other than ours will elicit a feeling of reminiscence or maybe just pangs of hunger. We are hosting a party this weekend, and don't have enough dishes in any of our sets to accom- modate the guests. Plus, who would want to wash all those dishes any- way? So, we are going with paper. I considered getting colorful party- ware. My husband disagreed. "Go with something sturdy," he said. "It's all about the food any- way." He was right; you don't need colorful plates to have a fiesta - just good food and good people. So, after all these years of try- ing to use special plates on spe- cial days, I'm hit with an epiph- any - and one large conundrum. What am I going to do with all my dishes? Jill Pertler is a syndicated col- umnist and author of "The Do-It- Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndi- cation" at <booklocker.com>, or, check out Slices of Life on Face- book. She provides writing and design services through <http:// marketing-by-design.home.mchsi. com/>. !' c00ED[T oR oil L l T C4JL ? .... 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Kimball Area Chamber Kimball Area Historical Society : Stearns County Press Assoc. 2009 MNA Award for Best Serf- Promotion Ad; 2008 MNA Award for Best Advertisement; 2008 Award for Portrait and Personality Photography; 2007 MNA Award for Advertising Excellence; 2007 MNA Award, Best Information Graphic; 2006 MNAAward, Classified Adver- tising; 2004 MNA Award, Advertis- ing Excellence; 2000 MNA Award, Best Local News Story. 2010, Tri-County News g fREE FEOPLE "::::!::i:: :.:: ' 1867"