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1:)" --" !.- ! .--- Thursday, August 22, 2013 ews mn Jill "Slices of Life" More than half a century All good things must ... evolve of plastic romance POSTMASTER: Send address Last week I had the good for- Now, we're looking for a read- A couple of messages on Face- didn't take the hint and they never changes to the Tri-County News, tune to spend a couple of days ership panel. We don't have any book this week mentioned a big married. They've been an item for P.O. Box 220, Kimbat[ MN 55353. with newspaper folk. Ours is such details yet, but we'd like to have a birthday and celebrity milestone over five decades, save for a brief The Tri-County News (USPS 639- a solitary existance usually, toil- group of our readers from diverse that piqued my interest. The post- period in 2006 when Barbie had 180) is entered at the Post Office, ing away at our remote outposts, backgrounds meet for an hour or ings announced Barbie is 50 - and a fling with an Australian surfer Kimbat[, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- So when we get together, it's a lot so to review some of our proposed perkier than ever, thanks to the dude. (True story.) cats. It is pub[ished Thursdays by the offun, changes and give us their opin- miracle of molded plastic. Since The surfer didn't intimidateTri-County News, Inc., P.O. Box 220, When newspaper folk get ions. We'll probably have a few Facebook is recognized world- Ken because he considered him- Iqmbat[ MN 55353, Stearns County. togethertheyinvariablytalkabout small groups, meeting at differ- wide for its accuracy and birth- self ocean accomplished. He'd LOCATION: Our office is at 70 their newspapers but even more ent times of the day and in differ- day record-keeping expertise, I lived for a time on the beach at Main Street South in downtown ~m- about their communities. You enttowns;thatwaywecanincludedecided to do my own research Malibu and was confident in his bait. Weekday office hours are Monday mightbeamazedatjusthowmuch the best cross-section of our read- before putting any candles on our glowing tan, perfect pecs and 9a.m.-Sp.m. and Tuesday through Frida our schools, city governments, ers. favorite fashion doll's cake. overall savoir-faire. He knew he'd 9a.m.-2p.m. Our tetephone and fax num- organizations, churches, and peo- Watch for more details here.Good thing I did, or I wouldwin Barbie back. bet is (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397. E-mail can be addressed to news@ ple are alike. Sameplay, just differ- We'llletyouknowwhenandwhere have wasted a whole batch of per- Ken's real-life nemesis is G.I. tricoun~.,91N. Our Web site is ww~. ent character names, the meetings will be, and how you fectly good frosting. Joe, who is not a doll, but an action tricountJmews.A4N. We also have a drop This still surprises me a bit. can sign up for one. We're not sure Barbie is not 50. Her official figure with access to semi-auto- site at Eft[ Hardware Hank in downtown But most of all, I am surprised just what, but there will no doubt birthday (as opposed to the unof- matic weaponry (the toy kind). Wa~ns. A satettite office is now open at at all the problems we as a news- be some kind of incentive (reward) ficial one) is March 9, 1959. She's Despite brief stints in the Army, 378 N State Street, downtown Eden VaUey, paper don't have in our communi- for those who participate. 54; and one can only assume she's Navy, Air Force and Marines, Ken open 10-6 Mon.-Fd. and 9-12 Sat. ties. At some point or other, nearly It won't be for some weeks, been lying about her age for at - who is recognized for his fash- DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. all of my newspaper friends have so we're giving you a very early least four years. Either that, or the ion-forward style and hip sense RATES: Subscription rates are been plagued by some major con- heads-up, news on Facey is lagging, of swag - always considered him- 536/year ($26 for age 62 and older) in flict or other in their communities. As we get closer to the start of I have to admit, I'm okay with self more of a lover than a fighter. Minnesota; $46/year (536 for seniors) When talk turns to these prob- school, we still are not sure how Barbie's indiscretion. (Wonder if Although truly an American icon, elsewhere in the U.S. Single copy lems, I sit there and smile. I have we will handle the combined vs. Ken knows?) Somehow it endears he's never attained the status of price is one dottar. nothing to contribute to such a separate issues, the Tri-County me to the anatomically incorrect action figure. STAFF: Jean Doran Matua, discussion. And I'm certainly not News and the Eden VaUey-Watkins playscale version of Everywoman. A further demoralizing tid- Editor and Publisher Sue Hughes: Creative Designer going to tell them that we enjoy a News. We have some ideas floating Barbie's always been so perfect, bit: Ken was originally created as Maxine Doran: Admin. Associate great relationship with the gov- around, but it will take some time Throughout her numerous careers an accessory for Barbie - a tro- Marguerite Laabs: Photographer ernments, police, . fire, depart- to consolidate them and make- astronaut, doctor, rock star and phy boyfriend, if you will. Despite Stephanie Johnson: Office Admin. ments, schools, organaizations, them happen. We'll probably con- Miss America - she's remained these and other obstacles, afterMike Nistler, Staff Writer and people in our commlunities, tinue as we did before school let pert, thin, ever-smiling and wrin- years of therapy Ken came to Pat Garry: Staff Writer Another trait of newspaper out, with separate pages for each kle-free. By fudging about her age, accept himself for the groovy doll The staff of the Tri-County News gatherings is sharing. We share of the two school districts - until Barbie shows she is human, just he was created to be. recognizes that it has a responsibiti- ideas for good stories, technical we launch our new-and-improved like the rest ofus. Barbie and Ken reunited in ty to report the news accuratety and how-to's, revenue ideas, and how print newspaper. Barbie was born/invented in 2008 after Ken was forced tofairly, and that it is accountabte to to better serve our communities. Why mention any of this now,1959 to and by a morn named Ruth undergo a complete makeover to the pubtic. Ptease contact our office They say there's no truly orig- when we don't have anything to Handler, whose kids just hap- win back Barbie's heart. Poor guy, if you feet we've fatten short of that inal idea in the world; that goes really Show youyet? pened to be named - wait for it next thing you know we'll be ask- objective. double among newspapers. Change can always lead to con- - Barbara and Kenneth. Coinci- ing him to give up his ascot collec- LETTERS: The Tri-Counal News w~- comes fetters promoting the exchange of Although we're pretty happy fusion, and we really don't like to dence? I think not. Actually, more tion. There's still no wedding ring ideas and opinions. To be considered for with the way our paper looks and confuse or frustrate anyone,than coincidence, the name thing on Barbie's finger, but a girl never pubtication, letters shoutd address a topic works. But change is always a good We're still getting calls about could be considered a little gross, gives up completely, of current or generat interest. Private thing, especially when it freshens our combined edition for theKen and Barbie were (are) roman- I had many Barbie dolls as athanks, potitica[ serf-promotion, [ibetous things up and makes them even summer, and perhaps we didn't tically linked after all. Brothers child, but only one Ken. Despite fetters, or tettersdenigratingcharacteror better, do a good enough (or consistent and sisters aren't supposed to ... his surplus of leisure suits, Bar- reputation witt not be pub, shed. Art tet- So, as our brief and strange enough) job explaining that to well.., you know. bie's wardrobe was vastly more ters must bear the writer's signature, ad- summer draws to an end and the you, our valued readers. When I brought this up to myinteresting. Even though herdress and tet number. We reserve start of school is just around the The next change will have husband, he said, "But, Barbie and shoes were forever falling off her the rightto edit fordarityand readabitity. corner, we'll be doing some seri- much more thought and planning Ken were never married. They just feet, her legs didn't bend and she LEGAL PUBLICATION: The Tri-Coun- ous evaluation of our current news behind it. And, we sincerely hope, dated." couldn't fit into her own convert- ty News is the pubtication of record for products, both print and online, will have a good deal of input from Like that has anything to doible, playing with Barbie provided the Cities of Eden Vattey, Kimbat[, and We hope to have some great our readers and advertisers. We with anything, a unique, grown-upish escapism. Watkins; Independent Schoo[ District improvements up our sleeves, and have two sets of customers, really, As it turns out, Barbie is a bit of And, whether she's 50 or 54, one #739 (KimbaU) and Independent School District #463 (Eden Vattey-Watkins); look forward to relaunching an all- and we value them both. acougar. Ken is two years younger thing's for sure. She looks pretty Clearwater River Watershed District, new, even better Tri-County News With that said, we hope you all than her, which may help to darn good for her age. Steams County, and the Townships of in the near future, enjoy the rest of your summer, and explain her need to tweak her age Jill Pertler is an award-winning Fair Haven, Forest Prairie, Kingston, We'd like your help! that we have nothing but beautiful downward. The lovebirds enjoyed syndicated columnist, playwright Luxemburg, and Maine Prairie. In March and June, at the I(im- weather as we head into fall. (One a long-term relationship andand author of "The Do-It-Your- RECYCLING: The Tri-County News ball and Eden Valley Business can dream, right?) despite the fact that Barbie pur- selfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" is printed with soy inks on recycted Expos, several of you completed Thank you again for the oppor- chased more than two dozen wed- You can read more columns at the paper whenever possible. We en- readership surveys that helped us tunity to bring your community ding dresses over the years, Ken Slices of Life page on Facebook. courage recyctin8. understand better what you like news into your home each and COPYRIGHT: Art content herein is and want in our newspaper and on every week. We appreciate it more the property of the Tri-County News our website, than youknow! 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: .i Minnesota Newspaper Assoc. 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