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Pa00e 2 Letter to the Editor Dear Kimball community, I am getting ready to start my 41st and probably my final school year working in the Kimball School system. I am looking forward to a happy and peaceful retirement in Kimball where I have lived since I was in first grade. This is home. I want this to remain my home. I am proud of our schools, our kids, and our community. That is why I feel it is important for me to share some thoughts with you regard- ing the need to pass the upcom- ing levy on Nov. 2, 2010. The way I see it, we can either pay less now or pay more later. Believe me, I want to keep my taxes as low as possi- ble. Believe me, passing this levy is one of the best ways to do it. If we don&apos;t pass the levy, the community will lose more stu- dents and it will not be able to compete at a level that will allow it to avoid consolidation in the not-so-distant future. This will mean high taxes for all of us, as we will be paying the taxes of which- ever neighboring districts we are absorbed by. From what I know, the districts around us are all pay- ing more right now than we will be if we pass this levy in November. From my view, the money the levy will generate is needed. Most people don't see the day-to:day things in our schools that need attention and repair. I do not see waste in our schools. I see teach- ers, administrators, support staff, and students trying to do the best they can with what they have. We have needs in our district that can not currently be met with the rev- enue that is being generated: a dilapidated gym floor in the ele- mentary, a leaky rubber roof in the elementary, deteriorating carpet in many of the elementary class- rooms, hand-me-down computers in the elementary from the high school which are several years outdated. These are just a few of the things that come to mind that should be attended to, but are on the back burner because of lack of funds to address them. Passing a levy may not only help us address these current needs, but also help us keep our school doors open, our taxes lower in the long run, and our commu- nity thriving. Our school is the lifeblood of our community. I would rather pay less now to sup- port our Kimball schools than pay more later to support schools in other communities. Please consider what I have said. I encourage everyone to vote "YES YES" Nov. 2. Jerry Meyers KES Custodian and Kimball community member _ . f w por v...nnlnlon Thursday, August 5, 2010 , MN a Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" Sa00ng 'goodbye'to Biindy (and two) Some might consider bullheads bullhead eggs. (as in the fish) an odd choice of When our bullheads didn't pet. I prefer the term creative, have babies of their own, we tried Besides, we didn't choose our the next best thing. Last year, we bullheads; we rescued them. rescued more baby bullheads They were adopted into our fam- from the shallows and brought ily at a tender age - scooped from them home to our newest aquar- the shallows of the lake and saved ium: a 29-gallon Taj Mahal of from an almost guaranteed death tanks. We dropped the little guys in the jaws of larger fish. Lake life in. They lasted less than a minute. can be a killer, espeeially if you are Our bullheads ate them like they a baby bullhead, were popcorn. Even Blindy got a They spent their first weeks couple. Our babies didn't stand a with us in an ice cream bucket, chance against cannibals. Aquar- We set up their habitat and pro- ium life can be a killer, especially vided new lake water every few if you are a baby bullhead. days. It wasn't a permanent situa- Or a big bullhead. Ours mea- tion because they weren't perma- sured about 10-inches long (Blindy nent pets. a bit shorter) when we found them The more we got to know them floating dead last Tuesday. All (to the extent that humans can three at once. I know, it seems know fish), the more we liked fishy. them. They didn't bark at the Still, no autopsies were per- mailman or get into fights with formed as foul play was not sus- other cats in the neighborhood, pected. (Our fish had no known As a bonus, they were sort of cute enemies.) We held the funeral -what with their whiskers and all. immediately after finding the We had three. One was missing bodies. You understand how it an eye. We called him Blindy. The is with dead fish. You don't have others didn't get names, long to fool around with writing As the days went on, they sort of eulogies or choosing memorial grew on us. So much so we needed songs because things go downhill to find them a bigger home. The quickly after a fish goes fins up. 10-gallon aquarium demonstrated I lost three pets last week: quite a commitment. Our baby Blindy and the other two. They bullheads weren't going back to were trusted members of our fam- the lake anytime soon. ily. They never vomited on the Thatwas three years ago. I never couch or tracked mud all over the thought our bullheads would last clean kitchen floor, which is more this long, Turns out they are tough than I can say for the other pets fish. And smart. They learned to and majority of humans in the adapt to aquarium life. They cud- house. died together on the bottom- the In theory, our bullheads have place they felt most comfortable, swum on to higher waters - ones They also learned to swim to the where Blindy has two good eyes top when we opened the aquar- and bullheads occupy a welcome ium lid because this action led to spot at the top of the lake with all a sprinkling of goldfish food. (Try the other fish. In reality, they are looking for bullhead food at the in the backyard, buried next to the super store. It just isn't there.) pepper plants. The fish that didn't For our part, we learned not to prove fertile in the aquarium are walk too close to the tank (they now getting a second chance at possess a sensitive startle reflex) fertilization-in the garden. and to always drop some food on In death, as in life, Blindy and Blindy's good side. the other two ask for little and give We hoped the bullheads might so much. May they rest (or would produce babies. We looked the that be swim?) in peace. process up online and found out Jill Pertler is a syndicated col- bullheads laytheir eggs in concave umnist and author of "The Do-It- "nests" on the floor of the lake, or Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndi- aquarium. We used a wooden cation" at <>. She spoon to carve out nests in the also offers writing and design ser- aquarium rocks, but Blindy and vices at <http://marketing-by- the others must not have noticed,>. Check Or, perhaps our fish were all girls Slices of Life out on Facebook. - or all boys. Either way, our nests E-mail Jill: <pertmn@qwesrnet>. remained empty, without any DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays Materials received after deadline will be considered for thd next week's issue. www.tricou ntyn ews. M N 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 Tn-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, KimbaU MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimball. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a. m.- 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Fri- day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000. 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