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D, T Thursday, July 25, 2013 trico s.m 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-County News 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). Jill Pert|er "Slices of Life" A return to the The older I get, the more I real- ize life ebbs and flows like the tide - rising, receding, coming in, going out. What is possible at high tide is impossible at low tide, and so on. This rhythm and change remains with us as we traverse through our days, months, years and seasons. This summer, I returned to the garden. I'd taken a respite from having the earth between my fin- gers for nearly a decade. I've always loved putzing in the soil : ........ " and enjoyed a fair amount of suc- ...... ............................................................... cess with the hobby in my younger years. Until, like a vigorous crop of weeds, the hobby of raising kids sort of took over and I found it nec- essary to put my gardens aside - for Half full or half empty? the timebeing. If you go by summer school summer. No chance of being con- All the earth's a stage and this vacation, then summer is just fused for either spring or fall, these summer, I reprised my role of gar- more than half gone. Forty days gorgeous; sunny daysarelongand dener; it's a bit part, really. No until the start of school, full. more than a supporting charac- I prefer to think of summer If, on the other hand, you tend ter. Mother Nature is the true head- as just getting warmed up, so to to be a half-empty kind of person, liner. Still, it felt good to rehearse speak. Kind of like our strange, well, you can be happy too. Last my lines and get my hands dirty. delayed weather this year. night the temperature dropped This summer I returned to the The crush of the end-of-school- to 60, perhaps a hint of fall? We've garden. During my absence the year days is now a faded memory, already passed the summer sol- earth did not change; I did. Some people jump right from that stice, the longest day of the year In my youth, I dreamed of long- into the fury of gardening, yard was June 21. Our days are getting stemmed, vibrant blossoms. Fox- work, and other projects around shorter until that inevitable near- glove. Delphinium. Lupine. Holly- the house. Others of us need that blackout of winter. (Yes, I exager- hock. I planned and planted elab- buffer of time doing next to noth- age just a bit.) Maybe you're one of orate perennial beds where flowers ing. those who gets excited at the first would bloom in harmony through- Whichever way you look at hint of yellow or orange or red on out the growing season, providing a it, right now is really the peak of those dark green summer leaves, spectacular and well-directed sym- summer. Everything should be They say that Minnesota sum-phony of color. Ta dahI at or near their height of activ- mers are the reward for surviving The years have made me older ity. Our many lakes are used in so Minnesota winters. I tend to fall and perhaps wiser, but certainly many ways. Gardens are growing into thatcamp, more practical. This summer I full blast, with sweet corn soon to The happiest solution, though, returned to the garden - not to come - and can it really be sum- I've found, is to be content right one of exotic blossoms- but rather mer without sweet corn? Local where (and when) we are today, one of vegetables. Beans, squash, amateur baseball is at the playoffs We can't prolong summer any cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and level. Summer community and more than we can delay winter, peppers stand sentry in the beauti- parish festivals are in full swing much as we maywish. Butwe sure ful black dirt in my back yard. The for nearly another two months, can enjoy today, and all that today stage is theirs and they've been cast And the county fairs soon will brings: sunshine, breezes, fluffy as leadsinthisseason'sproduction. start up. clouds, and the faint but ubiqui- Rather than lament that sum- tous sounds of children playing met is half gone, we can revel in andlaughing. these few weeks of full-blown Ah, yes, enjoy today! rendezvous planned Veterans Central Minnesota veterans point is often a prearranged meet- and their families are invited to ing place where troops know they Rendezvous for an afternoon of can meet up with one another if music, fun, and connection to fel- they get separated during battle. low veterans and the St. Cloud This event sort of blends both of VA and its programs, from 1 to those ideas together." 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Planned activities include live Circle Parking Lot on the campus music concerts, food, and family of the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. games, lagodzinski said. A variety "In namingthis event, we chose of Veteran-focused VA informa, Rendezvous for some of the sym- tion booths will also be available bolism it conveys, but the hum- during the event. ber one thing we want to provide "The musical performers will is an opportunity for veterans to be high quality, national tour- connect with each other in a relax- ing shows," Jagodzinski said. Per- ing, fun and welcoming environ- formers will be announced on the ment," said Brett Jagodzinski, a VA St. Cloud VA's Facebook page at employee organizing the event, www.facebook.com/stcloudvahcs. "During the fur trade era of The event is open to all residen- the early nineteenth century, the tial Veterans, to Veterans through- 'Rendezvous' was an annual gath- out Central Minnesota, and their ering where trappers traded their immediate families. fur pelts for goods and supplies, Financial and volunteer sup- and engaged in fellowship and port is being provided by the camaraderie after a long, often Clearwater Legion Riders, Min- lonely year spent trapping in the nesota Patriot Guard, Clearwater mountains," explained Jagodzin- American Legion, Weber's Deck, ski. "In the military, a rendezvous and White Oak Realty. The spotlight is on them. " Life ebbs and flows. I have returned to the garden, but it is different this time. I delight as my seeds sprout in simple, straight rows - radish, beets and spinach. I worry when a tomato plant droops. I thin seedlings, and mourn the tiny plants that must be written out of the script in order to make room for their neighboring co-stars growth. I used to dream of a ffdl-spec- trum of colors decorating the yard; now my goal is filled mason jars stacked on the pantry shelves in the basement. Youth is flashy. Thrilling. Trendy. All about the show. It is a good time - ffm and exciting. As life unfolds, youth gives way to experience. Showy transforms into something perhaps less osten- tatious, but something worthwhile and just as satisfying. Putting abou- quet on the table is different than putting a salad on the table, but one is not more valued or valuable than the other. A 20-something me never would have predicted that pulling the first radish of the summer could be exhilarating. But it was. Watching a show from the front row is different than watching from the nosebleed seats. Life is like that. Our perspective changes accord- ing to our current status and pre- dicament. It is a newness we can count on, like the tide - a prom- ise that tomorrow will be different from today. Thank goodness. Think about how boring life would be ff it weren't. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of "The Do-It-Yourself- er's Guide to Self-Syndication" You can read more columns at the Slices of Life page on Facebook. dl 't- A A LII LE POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, RO. 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., 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 throu~ Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax num- ber is (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397. E-mail can be addressed to news@ tr/countynewsjWV. 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