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2013 Tri-County Resource Guide is here! After working on it nearly all summer, the 2013 Tri-County Resource Guide has finally arrived. The first thing you'll notice is that it's printed on all-glossy pages. The ads and content look so much better on the glossy paper. The next thing you'll notice is that there are not many photos. As it turns out, we added so much information this year that there was almost no space left for photos. Of course, there's a downside to making changes, and to doing things differently. For one, it took us much longer to prepare the Guide this year, but we were ready for that. With so much more information, there's always the risk that some of it might be out of date by the time it goes to press. PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP if you find anything missing or incorrect in the Guide. We can still correct it for the on-line version. The 2013 Tri-County Resource Guide is available for free at a number of local businesses in South Haven, Kimball, Watkins, and Eden Valley. It also is available at our Kimball office (70 Main Street South) and our Eden Valley drop site (378 State Street South). It soon will be available on our website as well, at www. tricountynews.MN. National Night Out Aug. 6 Kimball Kimball's National Night Out is planned for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Kimball Area Fire Hall. Celebrate this National Night Out and open house with the Kim- ball Area Fire and Rescue Depart- ment and the Kimball Police Department. Free-will donation benefit meal for Sarah Gohman Blommer Kitchen fire trailer demonstra- tion Meet your local firemen Meet your local police officers Games for kids Watkins Watkins will celebrate National Night Out from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Watkins Fire Hall. The Meeker County Sheriff's Office will sponsor the event that includes helpful tips on home safety, "Stranger Danger" for kids, Neigh- borhood Watch, helpful informa- tion to give to Dispatch, and talking with neighbors about suspicious/ drug activity. K-9 demonstration Child fingerprinting Hot dogs Juice & cookies The' crunch' is over Long live the "crunch!" In case you couldn't tell, I'm one of those people who's driven by deadlines. If a deadline doesn't exist, I'll make one up (and then test it, of course). It's not only an occu- pational hazard, it's a way of life. Last week was a real doozy. It was the culmination of many, many weeks of hard work (and nearly a year of planning work) for several of us, creating this year's Tri- County Resource Guide. To be honest, I can't remember if I started publishing the Guide in 2001 or 2002, but I was the one who started it. I have no one to blame but myself. So this would be either the elev- enth or twelfth year of the Guide. What intrigues me is that it just gets bigger and better every year. What scares me is that I'm already thinking of what to add ; Jean Doran Mama Again, I wouldn't have it any other way. Now I can take a breather, a bit. Now I don't have 14 pounds of papers that I haul home and back every day (for the Guide). Now I wonder just exactly what will con- sume all my time. Oh, yes, school starts in 33 days. (Shhh, don't tell the kids just yet. But I can hear many of you parents rejoicing already!) We've had so many changes, mostly for the good, here at the Tri-County News this past year and a half. Now is a great time to sort out what worked, what we can improve on, and how we're going to jump into the next school year, with all the activity that entails. Already my brain is busy mak- ing plans, contemplating layouts, and formulating strategies. It's truly an exciting time! Opinion Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" A fresh batch of simple pleasures Thursday, August 1, 2013 Tri-CounNmn Every so often it's good to take Twinkles. Velveeta. Froot the time to stop and smell the Loops. roses. To count our blessings. To Removing a sliver. Popping a pause and appreciate the won- pimple. ders surrounding us. Because they A vacant space where the laun- do. In the crazy, busy world we dry pile once sat. live in, sometimes it's easy to for- The fourth grade author's tea get. We put our blinders on, shift program at school. into autopilot and coast. Trouble Silly Putty. Silly String. Knock is, when we're coasting we're not knock jokes. paying attention and we miss out Giving a compliment. Seeing on the little things. And the big someone smile. things. Things that are important. Dog nose prints on the window. And simple. And sweet. Things Handprints on the wall grow- like: ing higher and higher. A fresh new bar of soap. Muddy boots discarded outside Singing in the shower. A baby the back door. shower. Digging in the garden. The A summer shower. A summer scent of tomato leaves on your suntan, hands. Morning coffee on the front The ache in your muscles after porch swing, a hard day's work. Breakfast at Tiffanys. Breakfast Sweating after a workout. A for dinner. Breakfast of champions, cool shower. We are the Champions. Fitting into your old jeans. Your son's first steps. An inside joke shared with your A long walk with an old friend. 15-year-old son. Walking the dog. Yo yos. Family vacations. Family tradi- A dog's wagging tail. A cat's tions. twitching tail. "Time for supper." Those whirlywig, helicopter Homemade spaghetti with maple seeds, meatballs, sprinkled with Par- Fluffy clouds moving across a mesan cheese with a side of gar- blue sky. lic toast. Electricity. Running water. Ice cold water. Cherry cobbler. Home sweet home. Home Harry Potter. improvement projects. Coming A front row parking spot. home for the holidays. Front row tickets. A homc run with the bases Adogneedingyou.Acatknead- loaded (unless you are the pitcher), ing you. Your kindergarten daughter's The smell of your spouse's drawing of your family, where no favorite cologne. one has hands except the mom. Talking to your dad. Remem- A dog's wet kisses. A cat's bering your mom. Laughing with scratchy kisses, your sister. When the dog lies in the grass Finding a pen that works. Writ- on her back and kicks her legs in ing a letter the old-fashioned way. the air. Finding the letters you and The smell of lemons. Green your spouse exchanged while dat- apple licorice, ing. The words to your song. Newly opened potato chips, Candle light. A night light. straight out of the bag. Northern Lights. "You won." "Please." "Thank Leaving the light on for your you." teenager. "No cavities." Wishing on a star. Soaking in A lost tooth. Fairies. The imagi- the sun. nation of a child. A good laugh. A good cry. The imagination of a parent. Trust. Faith. Peace. Truth. Love. Finding a penny. Finding your Family. lost car keys. Cultivating gratitude. Finding a lost friend on Facebook. Beginnings. Endings. Finding Nemo. Feeding the Until next time. Keep counting. fish. I'm gonna try. A visit to the zoo. lill Pertler is an award-winning An afternoon nap. syndicated columnist, playwright "Because I'm the mom, that's why." and author of "The Do-It-Your- A deep cleansing breath, selfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" A tree fort. Water balloon fights. You can read more columns at the Red rover. Slices of Life page on Facebook. next year. But that's life in the pub- We hope you enjoy this year's {k S,-t', \\; I / lishing biz: barely finish one proj- Guide and all it holds!  /t'1% -  t}l ect, or issue, and you're already And watch us as we gear up for / hopping onto the next one. the coming year. Herewe comel '( , y;0F,IJA / tricountynewsmn ' DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays _ "I1 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 Periedi- cats. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., P.O. Box 220, KimbaU 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 Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our teLephene and fax num- ber is (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397. E-mail can be addressed to news@ tricountynews.l. Our Web site is tricoun.NIN. We also have a drop site at Ertt Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. A sateLlite office is now open at 378 N State Street, downtown Eden Valley, open I0-6/on.-Fri. and 9-12 Sat. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. RATES: Subscription rates are S361year (S26 for age 62 and older) in Minnesota; S461year ($36 for seniors) elsewhere in the U.S. Single copy )rice 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 feet we've fallen short of that objective. LETTERS: The Tri-County News weL- cones fetters promoting the exchange' of ideas and opinions. To be considered for uhiication, letters shoutd address a topic of current  general interest. Private thanks, political seLf-promotion, libelous Letters, or letters denigrating character or reputation wiLL not be published. ALL Let- ters must bear the wnter's signature, ad- dress and telephone number. We reserve the fight to edit for clarity and readability. LEGAL PUBLICATION: The Tri-Coun- ty News is the pubticatien of record for the Cities of Eden Valley, Kimball, and Watkins; Independent School District #739 (Kimball) and Independent School District #463 (Eden Vattey-Watkins); 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: All content herein is the property of the Tri-County News and is protected by U.S. copyright law; 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. 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