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&apos; ,. , , Pa00e 2 , k : Several of the visitors who stopped to chat with me were proud of their hometown papers. I was quick to point out, each time, that the best way to keep your hometown paper is to thank the businesses that advertise in it. It's simple, but it works, and it's important. A few of our readers popped in to say "hi". (You all know who you are.) Thanks! Most of all, I gained an appreci- ation for the good old days of news- papering. Using the old machines, I think we'd have to write the news two weeks ago in order to have enough time to set the type with hot lead, and print it out one page at a time on a hand-fed press. I like the smell of the ink and lead and oil; but I'm really happy that my hands stay clean doing our newspaper on com- puter. It took several people four days to put out a single, four-page newspaper for the Fair. The Fair runs through Monday (Labor Day) and there's still time to visit the museum. The Minnesota Newspaper Museum is in the corner of Heritage Square at the State Fair. About 5,000 people a day come through the museum. Volunteers from around the state staff the museum, open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. I am a quiet person living in a loud world. TVs, radios, music players, ringtones and voices all compete for attention. Sounds scatter in the air. I am surrounded by back- ground noise. My family pays no heed. They are not affected by the sound effects. In fact, they are contribu- tors to the chaos and confusion. For instance, sometimes, one or more of my children set two of the household TVs to the same channel. Then they leave, and the house is empty except for me and the loud televisions. On the best days, the show playing is the car- toon known as Sponge Bob. He talks incessantly. His voice is high- pitched and nasal. I find it impos- sible to ignore. My family does not. Oh sure, I can get up, walk over to the TVs and hit the off but- tons, but my rescue is short-lived. The young people living with me return and soon Mr. Square Pants is back on the small screen, and the joy of my quiet is no more. The same thing happens in the car. Loud music with a hippity hip hop bippity bop beat does not enhance my driving skills. It dis- tracts me. When I listen to music I do not feel like driving. I feel like dancing, and we all know dancing while driving is prohibited in at least 49 states. I've come to the conclusion that most people are comfortable with sound waves because they can disregard them. The members of my family, for instance, have no trouble concentrating with the TV on, music piping through head- phones and a video game playing on a cell phone. I am not skilled in this man- ner. My brain works best when my thoughts experience no out- side competition. I've decided this is caused by a filtering affliction. I lack the ability to sort through information, and instead, have a propensity to give it my full attention. When confronted with audio stimulation from multiple sources, I jump from one to the other, which results in a discom- bobulation of my brain function. In other words, I am unable to hear myself think. I may be a rare and dying spe- cies. Certainly the ability to multi- task while facing an onslaught of information, music and noise is a skill worthy of survival of the fit- test. I am far from fit. But, I'm will- ing to bet I'm not alone in my quest for calm. There must be others, like me, out there, suffering in out- of-shape silence. I've decided to form a club for those of us who enjoy being alone with our thoughts. We'll call our- selves the Silence Seekers. So far there are three members - me, myself and I, but I'm accepting applications starting today. You can rest assured membership sta- tus will be kept confidential. It's on the QT, so to speak (or prefer- ably not to speak). We don't want anyone shouting this from the rooftops. I think you know what I mean. I'd appreciate it if you'd keep this information on the hush hush, but consider yourself (qui- etly) invited. Text me. I'll have my ringtone set to silent. Jill Pertler, award-winning syn- dicated columnist and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" is collecting fans on Facebook on her Slices of Life page. E-mail her at pertmn@; or visit her website at http://marketing-by-design.home. /! t , : ". Two of the volunteer pressmen are discussing the intricacies of the 1962 linotype in the Newspaper Museum. This and the 1903 model S:et ath)o t Yr:e fdrtthis year's four-page Fair newspaper. Sta ffphotos by e p00.8: 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 !. It was a beautiful opening day at the Minnesota State Fair. I headed down early, and arrived more than five hours early for my afternoon shift as "Editor for the Day" in the Newspaper Museum in Heritage Square. It wasn't anything like I expected, although it was as rewarding as I'd hoped. Instead of hiding in the office or in my car, huddled over my com- puter getting work done, I got out and mingled. I met and talked with several interesting people out in the Fair before settling into my corner of the museum to answer questions. I don't know how many times I repeated "Thanks for coming" as people exited through the doors at my right. People came to see the working presses, in the back of the museum. Some stood to watch the linotype machines, one from 1903, the other from 1962, click-clack- ing lead letters into single lines of type. Kids loved making their own printers' caps out of a newspaper. 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., RO. Box 220, Kimball 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. E-marl can be addressed to <news@tricounty news.MN>. Our Web site is <www. tricountynews.htN>. We also have a drop site at Ertt Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. RATES: Subscription rates are $36/year ($26 for age 62 and older) in Minnesota; $46/year ($36 for se- niors) 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 Marlene A. Young: Ad Sates Rep Jayme Olson: Intern 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 fatten short of that objective. LEFrERS: The Tri-County News welcomes fetters promoting the ex- change of ideas and opinions. To be considered for publication, fetters shoutd address a topic of current or genera[ interest. Private thanks, po- [itica[ self-promotion, [ibetous fetters, or fetters denigrating character or reputation witt not be published. At[ letters must bear the writer's signa- ture, address and telephone number. We reserve the right to edit for ctarity and readabitity. LEGAL PUBLICATION: The Tr/- County News is the publication of record for the city of Kimbatl, Inde- pendent Schoo[ District #739, Ctear- water River Watershed District, Stea- rns County, and the Townships of Fair Haven, Kingston and Maine Prairie. RECYCLING: The Tri-County News is printed with soy inks on re- cycted paper whenever possibte. We encourage recycting. COPYRIGHT: AU content herein is the property of the Tri-County News and is protected by U.S. copyright iaw; content may not be reproduced without our written prior consent. We are proud to be a member of: Minnesota Newspaper Assoc. Kimbal[ Area Chamber Kimball Area Historical Society Stearns County Press Assoc. 2011 MNAAd Contest first-place winner; 2010 MNA Award for Best Website; 2010 MNA Award for Best Self-Promotion Ad; 2010 MNA Award for Best Color Ad; 2010 MNAAward for Best News Photo; 2009 MNA Award for Best Serf-Promotion Ad; 2008 MNA Award for Best Advertise- ment; 2008 Award for Portrait and Personality Photography; 2007 MNA Award for Advertising Excellence; 2007 MNA Award, Best Information Graphic; 2006 MNA Award, Classified Adver- tising; 2004 MNA Award, Advertising Excellence; 2000 MNA Award, Best Local News Story. 2011, Tri-County News Jill Pettier .... - "Slices of Life" A great day at the Fair Quiet, please opi i Thursday, September 1, 2011 n on Tri-County News* Kimball, MN TCN Office will be CLOSED after 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 and all day Monday, Sept. DEADLINE for next week is 2 p.m. Friday, Sept.