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Pa00e 2 Time for change, yet again Just about the.time I get used to summer weather and summer schedules, Kimball Days are upon us and then summer is over. Just like that. Done. Open house at the elementary school was tonight, and that just drove it home. Summer&apos;s over. School starts in just a few days. So, technically, there are a few, lin- gering days left of the season for which we endure Minnesota win- ters. And then, just like that, we're thrust into the whir and churn of another school year. I used to laugh (quietly, of course) at my coworkers who yearned for the end of summer so their kids would return to school. But now I get it. Except that I wouldn't wish away a single sum- --v--n"Inion Thursday, September 2, 2010 i "Shces of Life" bathroom varuety mer day, even the really hot and steamy ones. Here at the newspaper, the return to school marks a shift in tempo. Now there are sports schedules, in-class activities, and hundreds of energetic "free- range" students who need to be reined in. It's time to sit at a desk and, well, be studious. We've got a few other changes up our (short) sleeves here at the Tri-County News. More about that another time. Suffice it to say that change is good. Even if we're afraid of it- like a kindergartner heading off to that first day of school. It leads to won- derful things. Turmoil is change gone wild; we avoid that. Progress is change well thought-out and executed; this is our goal. Le::,,r to the E&tor Small town opportunities later. For many years, our home town struggled. Many students now lived as far as 25-30 miles away from their school and now spent a lot of their time riding a bus across the county. What we remember most though, was what happened to our home town. Oar fun local hang- outs of The Ace Place restaurant and Del's Dew Well Lanes closed The life of the town was gone and it seemed to be slowly dying. The places and memory-makers that united us all were gone and much of the pride xith it. While we're happy to say that our home town still exists today, going home is no longer the same. When we moved to this area we fotmd' a location between St. Cloud and Kimball that was per- fect for both of us. I got a job in St. Cloud, and Kim got a teaching job at a school that had the same family values that matched ours. Kim was a substitute teacher at many other school districts before being hired here, and Kimball was definitely our first choice for our own children. We knew that in Kim- ball, our kids could be part of any activity they wanted to be in. We also knew that they would experi- ence the same pride being a "Cub" as we felt being an 'ACE." We know there have been many letters in the paper lately about the upcoming levy vote. We ask you to consider what happened to our home town. Our schools are so important to the vitality of Kimball. Please support them by voting, and in tum, let more generations expe- rience being a "Kimball Cub." Todd and Kim Ostby Our family has lived in the Kim- ball area for almost 20 years. Our two children will have both gradu- ated from Kimball after this school year. 1 have been a volunteer as a coach and served on the Kimball Sports Booster Club for many years. Kim has been on staff at Kimball Elementary for the past 17 years. What you may not know about our family is our background. We both grew up on small dairy farms in west-central Minnesota. We both graduated from the same high school before pursuing our college degrees. Our backgrounds are sim- ilar to many who live in the Kim- ball area. Our home town had a population of around 1,200 peo- ple when we left. Before and after school activities, most of the stu- dents would hang out together at the local restaurants and bowl- ing alley. Del's Dew Well lanes was packed with kids after every school concert and game. This proved to be advantageous for build- ing friendships, closer teams, and long-lasting memories. It was also a boost to the local economy. Our high school also provided many of the same opportunities that Kim- ball offers. Because of the student population, you could easily pick which activitiy you wanted to par- ticipate in and with the right work ethic, there was always a chance to excel. Currently, Kimball students have these same opportunities that we had when we were growing up in our home town. However, about 10 years after we graduated, our school was consol- idated with two others in the area. The 'Aces," as we were known, no longer existed. The high school building was torn down a few years I've heard it said that a family is like a country. If that's the case, you might say mine is struggling with border issues. Yours, mine and ours - where does one begin and the other end? Many of our squabbles cen- ter on a key area of the house: the bathroom. The bathroom is an essential space often fraught with conflict- laden matters. Whose job is it to put the lid down? Who owns the responsibility for flushing? Who gets to shower first in the morn- ing? Should the toilet paper roll from the top down or bottom up? It's all important stuff. But not as important as bor- ders. I'm afraid ours have been crossed, leaving some of us stand- ing on the wrong side of right. You can do two things with a border; you can come in and you can go out. Our problems run both ways. Let's start with entry. When you traverse into a coun- try- or bathroom-you quite often bring items with you. This remains legal, as long as you maintain pos- session of said items. Discarding, littering or otherwise abandon- ing items meets the definition of a border violation. At our house, damp towels, music players, specialty lotions, jewelry and dirty clothing are rou- tinely left in the country known as Morn and Dad's bathroom. Crossing the border to transport unwanted goods is illegal and can be defined as smuggling in at least 48 states. Abandoned items, in my bath- room, wreak havoc with the bor- der patrol (a.k.a. my husband). That's only the half of it. Exit- ing a country and/or bathroom also elicits border issues - some of them criminal in nature. This occurs when the border-crosser is unable or unwilling to differentiate between borrowing and stealing. Here's how I see it: When you are part of a family, some amount of flexibility and sharing is inher- ent in your contract. My shampoo is your shampoo, my hairspray is your hairspray, my toothpaste is your toothpaste - and so on. (But my toothbrush is my own. Keep away!) A key aspect to borrowing involves an action known as returning. Returning requires bringing the item back to its owner and/or source of origin. A bor- rowed item must be returned, lest the borrowing becomes stealing. Real-life example: When you abscond with your parent's tooth- paste and transport it from inside their bathroom over the border into your bathroom, you are not violating any family treaties or constitutional amendments. Bor- der crossing remains legal in our current state. No law has been broken - yet. If you fail to make a good faith effort to return the toothpaste (or shampoo, hairbrush, make-up, lotion, hairspray or any other item you removed from the parent's bathroom) and those same par- ents - one or both - have to brush with bubble gum flavor or use body wash as a shampoo substi- tute (true life examples, unfortu- nately) then you are in danger of breaching the Family Border Act of 1991, which clearly defines the perimeters of illegal toothpaste exportation. Plus, brushing with bubble gum flavor drives the border patrol bonkers. The ins and outs of the bath- room have been plaguing families for generations. It isn't likely that the import and export issues will go away anytime soon - at least not at my house. Don't tell immigration, but a little part of me is glad about that. I've grown quite fond of our border patrol. Jill Pertler is a syndicated col- umnist and author of "The Do-It- Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndica- tion" at <>. She also offers writing and design services at <http://rnarketing-by-design.>. Check Slices of Life out on Facebook. E-mail Jill: <>. bONT TOUCH HIM, HE t.OULb BE (.ONTM/IINATF.b WITH .6At.MONELLA! DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball/vAN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, KimbaU, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., RO. 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