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Pa00e 2 John Gohmann Chief, KimbalI Area Fire &amp; Rescue Department Chief's Corner The Kimball Area Fire Depart- ment and Rescue is proud to announce that we have received a grant from Assistance to Fire- fighter Grant Program for the amount of $111,535 to be used to purchase 14 new S.C.B.A.s (self- contained breathing apparatus) with 14 extra bottles and a new face piece for each of our mem- bers. Plus, we will be receiving 22 new sets of turnout gear. This grant is huge for our fire depart- ment. All of our protective equip- ment was nearing the end of its life span and needed to be replaced. We have tried for this grant for the past seven years. For 2009, we hired a grant writer that special- izes in fire department grants, so a big thank-you goes out to Lisa Rath for her great work in writing our grant. Now that summer is in full force, I just wanted to remind everyone in the city of Kimball that the only fire allowed is a 3-foot by 3-foot maximum recreational fire, burn- ing only firewood. Kimball Days is right around the corner, so we are hoping everyone will come out and sup- port our town's activities. There is something for just about every- one to participate in. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate for the whole weekend, and everyone will have a safe and fun Kimball Days. I am sure that by now you have heard that Sunday's parade route has changed and we will start at St. Anne's, and end at Linden Ave- nue and Highway 55. This was done so that we didn't have to block Highway 15. My opinion is that this will have no effect on the parade and that everyone will have plenty of area to view it, so come out and bring your friends and family to enjoy our Grand Day Parade. It is the perfect end to a great weekend. Slim Randles "Home Country" Our flag We all watched as the flag came by. It was the first thing in the parade, of course. Great big one, carried by two of the kids from the ROTC at the high school. The bands followed, along with the mounted patrol, the ski patrol in their summer-weight jackets, the float with the princesses on it, and the local kids leading dogs and cats - some rather reluctantly- on leashes. For some of us, the Fourth of July parade is a chance to see just how much the local kids have grown over the past year. For others, it's a chance to see something that is really ours. This is our parade. These are our people. These are the people who make our little val- ley unique in the whole world. This is a chance for us all to get together and celebrate us, you know? But all that comes later. What comes first on this day above all others is the American flag. Oh, it's a great big one. Where they found this one, I don't know, but it takes two high school boys to carry it. It really doesn't matter what size it is, because it's what it means to us that counts. To Herb over there, there are memories of his terrible days in Korea, I'm sure, and the wounds that sent him home early. To Doc, maybe it's the way the G.I. Bill let him go back to college and become his life's dream of taking care of sick people. To Annette, over across the street there, there is a look in her eyes that tells us that flag meant she could protest whatever the complaint-du-jour was during her college days. She knows there are few places in the world this toler- ant of unpopular opinions. There's Dewey down on the corner. He's got his hand over his heart as the flag goes by. Maybe he's thinking of a country that will allow him to start a business with a borrowed pickup and a shovel and supply our flower beds with fertilizer. He sure hasn't been able to make anything else work for him, so far. But these are just speculations, because what the flag means to each of us is personal. We don't have to tell anyone. We never have to explain. We even have the free- dom not to be here looking as the flag goes by. It's an American thing. A very private American moment. Sponsored by: <www.pearson- ranch.corn>. Farm direct, deli- cious, California navel & Valencia oranges. "/'lh Federfll -tltldS, aPpalel, lt rou  tztke it  Jou ..." Opinion Thursday, July 8, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" Trucks and tree houses: some things in life are never quite complete through dangerous, wooded terrain during deer camp, and that can cost you. I found out from my husband that trees are immobile objects capable of taking out rearview mir- rors in an instant. Early this spring, my husband and I were going out to dinner - in his truck. As I opened the door, I noticed some sort of shaded plas- tic things at the top of the win- dows. These, I learned, were win- dow visors - a useful and needed device for those many times when it is raining outside and you want to have your window cracked open. What a handy idea. A short time later my husband and his truck just showed up (just showed up!) with what can-only be described as a muzzle over the truck's grille. Once again, he patiently took the time to tell me that this newest addition was called a brush guard, and was outfit- ted to protect his truck from being scratched or scraped when driving in the woods. Plus it made the truck look really mean. Remembering the mirror replacement incident from last deer season, 1 was forced to see the logic of a brush guard. It's important to protect one's truck from trees. Speaking of trees, it seems that I had a few of them in my backyard that were screaming to be part of a fort. It took a couple of weekends, but our treehouse spans about 15 feet in a triangular fashion between three trees. It has a neat railing, a ladder and is painted dark green to blend with the pines surrounding it. After hours of labor, it was finally com- plete. Or so I thought. Last Sunday, my husband and sons were huddled over the lum- beryard ad, whispering. I heard bits and pieces, including the phrase, "Ask Mom." It seems that they wanted to add a slide to the fort to allow for quick and easy exits. Who could say no to that? They had the slide attached by early afternoon. I had to admit it was a nice addition. "Looks great," I said. "Yeah," my husband answered, "But you know what this thing really needs? A roof." "And windows?" I asked with a smile. "And windows!" he said with no small amount of enthusiasm. "There are lots of things we can add!" "You bet," I said, thinking of his truck, and remembering another bit of wisdom from Yogi Berra. Because for me, it was like dGj vu all over again. Jill Pertler is a syndicated col- umnist and author of "The Do-It- Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndica- tion" at <>. She also offers writing and design services at <http://marketing-by-design.>. Check Slices of Life out on Facebook. To e-mail Jill: <>. I think it was the ever-quot- able Yogi Berra who first coined the phrase, "It ain't over 'til it's over." This is true for two things at my house: trucks and tree houses. This summer, my sons found some scrap lumber in our garage. They used it to build a makeshift lean-to between a couple of trees in the back yard. It kept them busy and satisfied for the entire afternoon. R's amazing the things we do for our children. My husband came home from work, took one look at their fort and knew he could do bet- ter. So began the planning and build- ing of the Taj Mahal of tree forts - right in our own backyard. While the boys had to make do with scrap wood, my husband drove off in his truck to purchase some of the lumberyard's finest. Which brings us to the topic of trucks. Rwas lucky that my husband had his, because without it, the tree fort project would have been much more complicated. With a truck you can load, transport and build a fort like no man has built before. I haven't always been a truckle. A couple of years ago, my husband convinced me that we (he) needed (wanted) a truck. A truck would allow him to haul loads of lumber. Being a guy who works in an office, he often has the need to haul lum- ber. His hunt for the perfect truck lasted about 30 seconds. He called on a used model that was for sale and went to take a look. They say that you shouldn't shop for a pet unless you are serious about buying, because of the impul- sive nature that emerges when one is confronted with something as adorable as an eight-week-old kit- ten - or in this case a 5,000-pound Ford F150. I certainly couldn't describe my husband's truck as "adorable," but his response to it was shockingly similar to a normal person's reac- tion to a puppy. He assured me that it was the perfect truck. It had big heavy-duty tires, a loud engine and a great ste- reo - everything he'd been look- ing for. If he had that truck, he'd be a happy man, and never ask for another thing in his life. Who among us doesn't want her husband to be happy? He'd had the truck less than a month when the subject of a bed cover came up, except it wasn't called a bed cover. It had a fancy name: tonneau. His truck really needed a tonneau, which would cut down on wind resistance when driv- ing; so the fancy-named cover was actually going to save us money. You didn't have to convince me. Next came custom floor mats. I buy floor mats for my minivan at the local super store. Mine don't say "Ford" on them, however. My hus- band's do. That's important. A few months passed and deer season rolled around. 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