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Page 4 opinion 2013 Tri-County Resource Guide coming Aug. 1 We're putting the finishing touches on the 2013 Tri-County Resource Guide. This year, it will be bigger and better than ever. A glossy, magazine format is just the beginning. We've been busy verifying information, and adding even more. The Guide is published once a year with loads of essential information that is useful all year 'round. It will be distributed in the August 1 Tri-CountyNews to all subscribers. It will be available for free at a number of local businesses in South Haven, Kimball, Watkins, and Eden Valley. it also will be available at our Kimball office (70 Main Street South) and our Eden Valley drop site (378 State Street South). Congratulations, winners! Kathy Egan of Richmond was the winner of the Kindle Fire given away by the TCN. Jennifer and Kathy! And thanks to all who stopped by to see us during the business expo! At the Eden Valley business expo ]une 21-22 (during Valley Daze), we met and chatted with quite a few interesting folk. Some came by to check us out. Some came for the free stuff. Others came in from the weather. No mat- ter why they came, we were happy to see them. Jennifer Condon of Watkins was the winner of a one-year sub- scription to the Tri-County News. Kathy Egan of Richmond was the winner of the Kindle Fire we gave away. (Kathy and the other entrants had to work hard for this; they filled out a four-page ques- tionnaire, and the winner was drawn from among those who completed it.) Kathy stopped in this week to pick up her Kindle. Although she's new to that flavor of technology, she'll soon be a whiz at it. She was all excited to give it a try. Congratulations to both The importance of copyright case. While one may be able to download a photo from Facebook, the copyright belongs to the cre- ator of it (and to Facebook, too, by the way). We would request per- mission to use it before printing it in the paper. Why mention any of this? For one thing, we are frequently asked to print something in our paper to which someone else owns the copyright. We do our best to track down the copyright owner and to make a written request for permission to use it. Often this is granted, but it takes time. For another, we've noticed that some people either don't under- stand or don't respect copyrights. They use materials that they didn't create, without acknowledging the author, and without obtaining any kind of permission. It's not fair to the author, and it's not fair to the rest of us who fol- low the rules. In researching this topic, I dis- covered that each incident of copyright infringement carries a mandatory fine of $750. There also can be civil and punitive damages ifa law suit is filed. This is one reason we are so particular about copyrights. Primarily, though, it's just the right thing to do, regardless of whether one gets "caught" or pun- ished. We value and respect the cre- ative process, whether it's ours or someone else's. We hope that you do, too. 2013, Tri-CountyNews By lean Doran Matua, editor "I got it off the Internet, and the internet is free, so I can use it, right?" Wrong. The subject comes up several times a week. It might be a story, poem, photo, recipe, or a graphic. Some understand that we can't reprint something that's been printed on paper without getting permission.But explaining inter- net copyrights is a bit more tricky. The reality is that just about everything that's been created - written, drawn, painted, photo- graphed- has copyrights attached to it. It might be the person who created it who owns the copyright. Or it might be an employer or pub- lisher. For instance, everything in our newspaper is covered by a copy- right. It is against the law to repro- duce anything from our newspa- per without our written permis- sion. Most newspapers, and most websites, have such copyrights. A copyright protects the per- son who created something, or the entity that paid for its creation. Within the protection of copy- right, anyone can make a copy of something for their own personal use. Similar to recorded music rights, you can make a personal mix CD to listen to in the car, but it is illegal to copy and sell someone else's music, no matter howit is shared or sold. It may seem as if everyone in the world is on Facebook. And it would seem that everything there is up for the taking. This is not the Thursday, July 18, 2013 Tri-County News, w_w_w Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" The perfea weekend Girls can be useful in certain situations. For instance, they're good for a game of wiffle ball or a late night game of ghos t in the graveyard, but they're still just girls. One's hardly distinguishable from the other- unless she's really good at wiffle ball. When you are 11, any critter is worth watching; fireflies are magic; your dad still knows more than any other person on earth and the defining line between grown-ups and childhood has not yet become hazy. As a morn, I love the lake in part because I love watching them. It's a time when combing hair is optional; swim trunks, sunscreen and an occasional trip to the candy store are not. They discard shoes, clothes, towels and bikes with unconscious abandon as they move seamlessly from swimming to squirt gun fights to croquet and then back into the lake again. It is an age on the cusp of change - teetering toward middle school, growth spurts and adoles- cence. Although they've achieved double digits in years on earth, the innocence of childhood per- sists and the world remains - for another year or so - a mysterious and magical place. Perhaps my son summed up the experience best when he said, "It was a great weekend. I got scars, bruises and a tan." It doesn' t get much better than that. It's too bad it has to end. But, we all know you can't be 11 for more than just one summer and you can't make a weekend at the lake last forever, although it's a nice thought. Star light, star bright, I wish I may, I wish I might... Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of "The Do-It-Your- selfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" You can read more columns at the Slices of Life page on Facebook. I spent last weekend at a cabin at a lake with a trio of ll-year- old boys. It was everything youlre imagining: wild, energetic, bois- terous, rowdy and splashtastic. Somewhere along the way I made a discovery- other than the fact that three ll-year-olds can generate more damp towels than a Bounty commercial. I have decided being 11, during the summer, at the lake, with a couple of friends by your side is one of the best places a per- son could ever hope to be. Eleven is the perfect age because you are old enough to fish off the dock without your mom having to be right there supervis- ing to make sure you don't spill the worms or stick yourself with a hook - although she understands both are a distinct possibility. You can jump off the dock and touch bottom without having your head go under the water and you no longer have to wear your life vest 24/7 like you did when you were a little kid. You are old enough to catch things - frogs, baseballs, craw- fish, frisbees and poison ivy - and know, with certainty, when you make a wish on the first star of the night your dreams really will come true. Star light, star bright... During a weekend at the cabin, Mealtimes and bedtimes are all but forgotten. It's a time to stay out late, sleep in and jump in. Eat- ing is often done on the run out in the sun because there are so many other fun things to fit into the day. On the hottest days, Popsicles can constitute lunch. At 11, you've mastered the art of roasting marshmallows over a fire, but maintain the ability to appre- ciate the white gooey balls straight out of the bag. This supreme flex- ibility is something most adults can't even imagine, much less attain. You chase lots of things - stars, waves, your shadow, each other and the sunshine - but not girls. Not yet. , WWW, DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, KimbaU 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., P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kim- baLL. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday through Frktay 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our tele and fax num- ber is (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397. E-mail can be addressed to news@ tricouna2news.NiN. Our Web @ce is tricountyrkows.NIN. We also have a drop site at Ertt Hardware Hank in downtown WaUdm. A satellite office is now open at 378 N State Street, downtown Eden VaLLey, open I0-6 Mon.-Fri. and 9-12 Sat. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. RATES: Subscription rates are S361year ($26 for age 62 and older) in Minnesota; 5461year ($36 for seniors) elsewhere in the U.S. SingLe copy price is one doLLar. STAFF: Jean Doran Matua, Editor and Publisher Sue Hughes: Creative Designer Maxine Doran: Admin. Associate Marguerite Laabs: Photographer Stephanie Johnson: Office Admin. Katelyn Asfeld: Agric. Writer Intern Pat Garry: Staff Writer The staff of the Tri-County News recognizes that it has a responsibiLi- ty to report the news accurately and fairLy, and that it is accountable to the public. PLease contact our office if you feel we've faLLen short of that objective. LETIERS: The Tri-Coun News web comes Letters prcxnotir the exchange of ideas and opinions. To be co for publication, Letters should address a topic of current or general interest. Private thanks, pOiticat setf-, tibetous letters, or Letters denigraUng er or reputation wilt not be punished. AlL Let- ters must bear the water's signature, ad- dress and teIe number. We reserve the right to edit for dar and readabiLity. LEGAL PUBUCATION: The Tri-Coun- ty News is the publication of record for the Cities of Eden Valley, Kimball, and Watkins; Independent School District #739 (KimbaLL) and Independent School District #463 (Eden VatLey-Watldns); CLearwater River Watershed District, Steams County, and the Townships of Fair Haven, Forest Prairie, Kingston, Luxemburg, and Maine Prairie. RECYCLING: The Tri-County News is printed with soy inks on recycled paper whenever possible. We en- courage recycling. COPYRIGHT: Art content herein is the property of the Tri-County News and is protected by U.S. copyright taw; content may not be reproduced without our written prior consent. We are proud to be a member of: Minnesota Newspaper Assoc. Kimball Area Chamber Kimball Area Historical Society Stearns County Press Assoc. NINA Peer-judqed Awards: Ad Design winner: 2011, 2012 Best Website: 2010, 2011, 2012 Best Self-Promotion Ad: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Best Use of Color (Ad): 2010, 2012 Best News Photo: 2010, 2011, 2012 Best Advertisement: 2008, 2011, 2012 Best PortraitPersonality Photo: 2008 Advertising Excellence: 2004, 2007 Best Information Graphic: 2007 Best Classified Ads: 2006 Best Local News Story: 2000, 2012 2013, Tri-County News