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Pa00e 4 Zwilling 50th Jack and Ginger (Emslander) Zwilling were married Oct. 8, 1960, at St. Joseph&apos;s Catholic Church in Waite Park. The couple will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a casual open house reception from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Holy Cross School in Pearl Lake (Marty). A buffet will be served through- out the afternoon. There will be a mass celebrated at 6:15 p.m. Sat- urday, Oct. 2, for those who wish to attend. The reception will be hosted by their children Jean and Keith Reinert, Sue and Jim Salvog, Don and Tracy Zwilling, and Mar- guerite and Randy Laabs. Kimball Communit00,meEd activities Community Education Youth Enr nd Recreation kicking off new activities By Suzanne Robben, Comm. Ed. Youth Programs The first two weeks of school have flown by and students, teach- ers and families are getting into a routine. In just a few days, start- ing Monday, Sept. 20, we will kick off some exciting and fun Com- munity Education Youth Enrich- ment activities for fourth-eighth graders and recreation activities for Kindergarten-sixth grade held after school until 5 p.m. Studies have shown that chil- dren who spend only a couple of hours per week in extracurricu- lar after-school activities are sig- nificantly less likely to vandalize, drop out of school, use tobacco, alcohol or drugs, or to become teen parents. Spending 5-19 hours per week in after-school activi- ties reduced the risk even further. Keeping your child active, and limiting screen time, promotes a healthy life style. Our programs help children develop skills, values and experi- ences that are meaningful and aid in their personal development. So, if you haven't already signed up for activities, take a look at what is being offered for the next four weeks. Pick one or more of your favorites and share the fun with a friend[ Not sure if you can have your child picked up when the class ends? Don't fret! Community Edu- cation also has Cubs Club, a Before and After School-Age program at the elementary that is open until 6 p.m. Transportation can be pro- vided upon request to Cubs Club if the activity your child chobses is located at the high school. To sign up for this option, call Suzanne at (320) 398-7700 ext. 227. Here are the upcoming classes for Sept. 20-Oct. 15: Mondays: Fitness Club (tennis) and volleyball for grades 3 and 4 Tuesdays: Volunteer Club Wednesdays: Gaming Club and choir Thursday: Cooking Club and volleyball for grades 5 and 6 Friday: Ready Set Go for grades K-2 For a full description, or to regis- ter online, go to <www.kimball.k12. mn.us>, and click on Cub Prints. Watch for a flyer to come home with your child, or fill out the registra- tion form in the Cubs Print. If have a club or recreation idea or special tal- ent that you would like to share with youth, let us know! Call Community Education office at (320) 398-7700, ext. 114, for more information. Watch for the next newspaper article with the next four weeks of upcoming classes and pictures of the kids having FUN! "We have met the enemy and he is us." --Pogo Possum. comic strip character f Opinion David Milz Pastor, St. John's Lutheran Church, Kimball Snake on a Stick The Minnesota State Fair is, of course, known for offering an ever- increasing variety of foods served on a stick. This year one of the new items was camel on a stick. (I won- der; when you order do they ask, "One hump or two?") Anyway, did you know that there's a story in the bible about a snake on a stick? Not as a deep-fried treat, however[ The account of the snake on a stick was recorded during the Isra- elites' 40-year stint in the wilder- ness. As you may recall, they had been freed from their cruel slavery in Egypt when God, through Moses, displayed His mighty power over the Egyptians through a series of plagues, culminating in the parting of the Red Sea and drowning of Pha- raoh's army. The children of Israel were then joyfully on their way to the Promised Land, with a stop at Mr. Sinai to meet their God face-to- face and receive His words for them, summarized in the Ten Command- ments. While in the wilderness, the Israelites were well cared for: God provided daily manna, a crispy, sweet substance which could be ground up and served in a variety of ways- maybe even on a stick! It shouldn't have taken 40 years to cross that wilderness, however. (It's not true that it took that long because Moses, a man, refused to stop and ask for directions!) They were sentenced by God to spend that long wandering in the desert because they had refused to believe that their God could safely bring them into the Promised Land of Canaan. They were sure they were going to die at the hands of the peo- ple already living in Canaan. So God said, "Fine. Then you don't get to go in. But your children will, 40 years from now." The snake on a stick incident occurred during that 40-year sen- Thursday, September 16, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN tence, on a day when a bunch of whining and complaining broke out among the Israelites - a com- mon occurrence, by the way. Among other complaints, they grumbled, "... we detest this mis- erable food!" Keep in mind, this food they detested - a daily gift from their God - was the only thing keeping them from starva- tion. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! In response, God sent a bunch of venomous snakes among the Israelites. Many people were bitten; many died. The peo- ple then came to Moses and con- fessed: "We sinned when we spoke against the Lord ... pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us." Moses did so, and God instructed him: "Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live." Now, this would merely be a strange, sad story of long ago except for this: centuries later, Jesus referred to this event in John, chapter 3: "lust as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eter- nal life." The venom of sin, you see, courses through our veins, too. We, too, are rebellious, faithless, ungrateful whiners and complain- ers. And sin's venom is always fatal. But Jesus, embodying our sin, was lifted up on a pole of His own, so that snake-bit folks could look to Him in faith - and live. That's the message of Christianity. And it's for everyone. And it's truly wonderful. Camel on a stick? Interesting. Snake on a stick? Compelling. Jesus on a cross? Life-changing! Letter to the Editor East Grand Forks. She contacted Jean Matua at Tri-County News in Kimball to see if she would know where to find some for me. Luckily, Mrs. Matua knew just who to call. She called Carl Hoff- man, a Master Gardener in her area. Mr. Hoffman happened to have some milkweed in his butter- fly garden and graciously offered to pick some of his leaves and Mrs. Matua picked them up. We stopped in at the newspaper and had a nice talk with her. I want to thank both Mrs. Matua and Mr. Hoffman for all of their help that night. My egg hatched overnight, and it was able to have fresh milkweed to eat right away. Thanks again, Noah Thompson East Grand Forks, MN My name is Noah Thompson. I am a seventh-grade student at Central Middle School in East Grand Forks, MN. This past Fri- day, I was given an assignment for our Life Science class, where I had to make sure I had flesh milkweed for a Monarch egg that was given to each of us. This would have been an easy assignment, but we had to leave town right after school Friday. You see, we were on our way to the Minnesota State Pedal Pull in Hutchinson, where my brother and I were to compete. My parents thought that we would have to stop at rest areas along the way to hunt for milk- weed. We weren't too excited about having to do that, especially since it was pouring rain at the time. My mother is the Manager at The Exponent, the newspaper in DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays 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. 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