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Page 2 vv.."non Thursday, ]une 24, 2010 Tri-County News * Kimball, MN seeks om00 on GIWD ,uur00t The Minnesota Pollution Con- After receiving t ic com- trol Agency (MPCA) is seeking comments on a water quality improvement report for the Clear- water River Watershed in parts of Meeker, Stearns and Wright coun- ties. The report, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), focuses on pollution caused by excess nutrients in five lakes within the watershed. A public comment period begins June 21, and continues through July 21. The watershed is located in northern Meeker, southern Stearns, and northwestern Wright counties, including the cities of Watkins, Kimball, South Haven, Annandale, and Clearwater. The entire watershed drains into the Mississippi River. A TMDL study was completed in 2009 that focused on a bacteria- impaired stretch of the Clearwater River, and six nutrient-impaired lakes. This most recent TMDL study focuses on five nutrient- impaired lakes including Albion, Augusta, Caroline, Henshaw and Swartout. The TMDL report is part of a nationwide effort under the fed- eral Clean Water Act to identify and clean up pollution in streams, rivers and lakes. Every two years, states are required to submit a list of impaired waters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A TMDL report is a sci- entific study that calculates the maximum amount of a pollutant a water body can receive (known as the "loading capacity") with- out exceeding water quality stan- dards. ments, the MPCA will revise the draft Clearwater River Watershed TMDL report and submit it to the EPA for approval. Following EPA approval of the study, a plan will be developed to reduce pollution throughout the watershed. The Clearwater River Water- shed TMDL draft report is avail- able on the Web at &lt;www.pca.state. mn.us/index.php/water/water -types-and-programsminnesota -s-impaired-waters-and-tmdls/ tmdl-projects/upper-mississippi -river-basin-tmdl-projects/ approved-tmdl-clearwater-river- watershed-low-dissolved-oxygen- fecal-coliform-and-lake-nutrients. html>, or at the St. Paul office, 520 Lafayette Road North. Comments may be submitted to Maggie Leach, MPCA, 7678 College Rd, Ste. 105, Baxter, MN 56425, or by e-mail to <margaret.leach@state. ran.us>. For more information, contact Maggie Leach at (218) 316- 3895, or toll-free at (800) 657-3864. Written comments must include the following: A statement of your interest in the draft TMDL report; A statement of the action you wish the MPCA to take, including specific references to sections of the draft TMDL that you believe should be changed; and Specific reasons supporting your position. More information on the state's impaired waters list and TMDL studies is available on the Web at <www.pca.state.mn.us/water/ tmdl/index.html>, or toll-free at (800) 657-3864. Letter to the Editor Should radio be taxed? In many of my classes, we have discussed a proposed tax on radio. I was very surprised to hear about this tax, and I have come across many people who have not heard of it either. I would like to take some time to inform readers about this tax, and the potential reper- cussions if it passes. The simple explanation of this bill is that record companies and artists would get paid perfor- mance royalties from radio, some- thing that has never been done before. There are many support- ers for this bill. One activist group called the musicFIRST (Fairness in Radio Starting Today), has many good points in support for this bill. Firstly, they claim that radio gets free use of public airwaves, using them to earn billions of dol- lars in advertising revenue yearly. It is also a fact that radio does pay writers and publishers for the use of songs with blanket licenses through performing rights organi- zations. Another argument for this bill is that every other platform for music pays this money. These complaints have gained a strong push for "fairness" in music, and the Obama administration has stated strohg support for this bill. Though these are important points, I don't feel that they are good enough arguments to dis- rupt an over 80 year relationship between artist and radio. The first thing that needs to be cleared up is the belief that radio should pay this "tax" because all other plat- forms, like satellite and internet radio, are paying them. Support- ers feel that radio is getting spe- cial treatment. The fact is radio is a different sort of media all together. Local radio is free and available to everyone, and provides a valuable public service. I also feel that it is wrong to say that artist don't get compensated for the use of their music. Radio gives about $2.4 billion yearly to artist and labels in free promo- tion. Without radio, many big art- ists of today would still be nobod- ies. Without radio, many consum- ers would not know when or where albums were going on sale. I feel that the relationship is beneficial to all parties involved. Radio gets to play the songs for flee, record companies and artists get pro- moted for flee, and listeners get to listen for free. Even if arguments could be made on either side of this debate, something that cannot be denied is the various consequences that passing this bill could bring. This "tax" could further reduce variety in radio, and make it even harder for new artists to break in. The radio industry could lose $50,000 a year and 106,000 people could lose their jobs, neither a good thing, especially in this economy. In theory, I guess this bill sounds like a fair solution to the record industry's decline, but when you look at all the ways it could affect all of us, I think that it's pretty clear that radio should not be taxed. No matter if you agree with me or not, I think that it is very important for people to be aware of this proposed bill. For more information on either side, visit: <www. musicfirstcoalition.org>, or <www. noperformancetax, org>. Emily Montonye Student at Minnesota School of Business, Majoring in music business. Jili Pert|er "Slices of Life" The early bird The sound came out of nowhere; dreams are like that. One moment you are surrounded by quiet, the next by incessant rap-a-tap tap- ping from somewhere nearby - at least you think it's nearby. I've never been much of a night owl, so I was sleeping. Dreaming, and I did what any of us would do in a similar situation: incorpo- rated the sound into my dream. Wrote it in, so to speak. The tap-a- rap tapping and rap-a-tap tapping became a sparrow pecking at the window - or perhaps at the door. You know how dreams play out; things are never quite for sure. The rap-a-tap tapping contin- ued. There was only so much noise my dream could logically absorb. The rapping and tapping eventu- ally pulled me back into the world of wakefulness, where I found the rap, tap, tapping to be even louder than in dreamland. I'd hear a number of raps and taps in quick succession fol- lowed by a pause. Maybe some- one knocked at the door. Pounded on it: like my heart pounded at the thought of someone - a friend, or worse yet a stranger- at the door at a time when everyone was sleep- ing, or should be sleeping. Tappity, tappity, tap, tap, rap. The noise seemed to originate from downstairs. As I listened closely, the taps sounded less like door knocks and more like bang- ing. Bang-it-a, bang-it-a bang - perhaps someone with a hammer and nails. I half sat up in bed. My husband opened his eyes. "What's that sound?" he asked as the tapping continued. I looked at him, he at me. Our eyes locked as we came to the same conclusion. The kids! I glanced at the clock: 5:13 a.m. - the perfect time for one of them to be taking the furniture apart, or perhaps attempting to nail it back together. Our youngest son has earned the nickname Rooster because of his early morning exploits. "What are they doing?" my hus- band asked. "I don't know," I said. "But I'm going to find out." I heaved myself out of the bed (the only way you can get out of bed at 5:13 a.m.) and made myway to the door, where I paused, wait- ing for the next round of tapping or banging or whatever the boys were doing this time to keep us from sleep. Tat-a-tat, tat, tat-a-tat. The beats came in rapid succession, but not from downstairs. The sound was behind the doorway, not in front - not from inside the house, but from outside. I felt like I'd entered a bad, backwards hor- ror movie where I had the starring role of babysitter. I returned to bed. "It's outside." I said. "Outside?" For so early in the morning, my husband sure was quick with the questions. "Some early bird is doing a home improvement project at 5 a.m." I said. "Talk about a loon." The ratting and tatting and bang- ing continued, louder than ever. I couldn't believe any of our neigh- bors would be so rude. ! said goodbye to any notion of furthering my good night's sleep. We lay there - in the quiet that wasn't so quiet, in the early hours of the morning, my husband and I - listening, but trying not to, to the drilling, pounding or whatever, try- ing not to consider acts of violence toward the loony, early bird neigh- bor who couldn't wait until 7 a.m. to grab his hammer. Five minutes and countless hammer-strokes later (or maybe it was 25 minutes, who can be sure at 5 a.m.) my husband turned and looked me straight in the eyes. He was wide awake. "That isn't hammering," he said. "It's a woodpecker!" Sure enough, my eagle-eared spouse was right. And, in a way, so was I. It was an early bird that woke us up this morning. I only hope he got his worm. Jill Pertler is a syndicated col- umnist and author of "The Do-k- Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndica- tion" at <booklocker.com>. She also offers writing and design services at <http://marketing-by-design.home. mchsi.com>. Check Slices of Life out on Facebook. Or, e-mail Jill: <pertmn@qwest.net>. In   CLLL C... 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 Tri-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimball. 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