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Page 2 Corrections In last week's Sept. 19 issue, page 27, one name was accidentally omitted from the photo of the "Old Coots." In the group of alumni from classes 1957-1960, sixth from left is Elmer Hilary, '59. We apologize for the omission. KHS Class of 1958 reunion We apologize for omitting three names from the Sept. 7 class reunion photo in last week's paper, on page 18. The missing names are in the sec- ond row, and below is the entire list of names correctly. The KHS Class of 1958 met at the Waterfront Lakeside Grill Sept. 7, for their 55-year reunion. They are pictured from left to right, in front, Ralph Kuechle, Bob Hennen, Herb Libbesmeier, Roy Loesch, and Clar- ence Asfeld. In second row are Vernon Dockendorf, Joyce Loesch, Dor- rine Cody, Agnes Hennen, Mary Ann Wegrzyn, Sharon Leese, Harold Hennen, CliffHinz, and David Pauly. In back row are Dennis Muehring, Jim Fuchs, Verna Lea Salmela, Elaine Johnson, Joan Maser, and Darlene Hinz. Not pictured was DuWayne Simmons. A few extras this week We've mailed out a few extra copies of this week's paper to people we thought might appreciate the EV-W Homecoming spread. We hope you enjoy itl Don't worry, you won't be billed for it, and you won't get another (unless you request it). A change of seasons Many people like fall. Evenings turn cool, relieving the heat of summer. Days are getting shorter. Leaves begin to turn color. So far, there's just a hint of that here and there. Personally, ! prefer spring. It's the rebirth of everything (espe- ciallyhere in the sub-arctic North). Fall represents to me the long, slow decay of summer, and color. It is a foretaste of death, in a way. It may be the dying grass, flow- ers and foliage that predisposes me to think more of death and dying. So when there seemed to be an inordinate number of my peers' parents dying in the past month or so, I take note. No matter how long you have to prepare for it, we're never really ready for the death of a loved one. Those of us in middle age are reminded often that it's not uncommon for people younger than we are to finish their life's journey all too soon. Somehow it's easier when the deceased is some- one's grandmother rather than someone's sibling or child. Yet, that happens too and there's not a lot we can do. Dear friends in California have gathered to wait for their father to let go of this life's mortal coil. He has dementia, so in a way he's suf- fering pleasantly, if that's possible. The family has time to say their "goodbyes," but he's already gone, he's been gone for a few years now, mentally. And now they wait for his body to fail. This reminds me of fall; watch- ing the green of summer slowly but surely fade away. Knowing how fragile and short life can be, I have two pieces of wisdom to share: Be kind to each other. Don't go to sleep angry. Don't speak if you can't say something nice. Don't let that sniping remark on Face- book be your last word. Don't miss an opportunity to bring a smile to someone's face; it may be the only one they have that day. Even when others don't deserve it, still choose to be kind. Be kind to yourself. We are so often our harshest critics. What we may forgive in others, we pun- ish in ourselves, forever. Be kind. Don't sweat the small things (and they're all small things). , WWW. Searchable, Archived, Accessible 24/7 Opinion Thursday, September 26, 2013 Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" Out with the old, in with the new said he was cool. For the time being, I set him on the coffee table, across from the computer desk (and old computer) in order tO expedite the process of information transfer. The two screens sat facing each other - as though engaged in a heavy debate - and I experienced a twinge of guilt mixed with a certain amount of excitement as I went from one machine to the other, moving files and folders from old to new. I found myself humming Duel- ing Banjos as I switched back and forth in a veritable frenzy of cut- ting, copying, pasting and back- ups. Out with the old, in with the new. My high-performance, technologically advanced com- puter shimmered in its own bril- liant uncompromised vibrancy and I couldn't help but wonder if Old Faithful (who as of late hadn't been so faithful) felt just a smidgen ofterabyte envy. I'm sure he would have, if computers had feelings. After installing software, trans- ferring e-mails, contact lists, bookmarks, music, photos, vid- eos and movies, the set up pro- cess was complete and it was time to make the final, physical move. I unplugged Old Faithful and hoisted him onto the coffee table. For a moment, the two comput- ers sat within inches of each other. I prepared to move the new guy to his new location, but in a spur- of-the-moment decision, grabbed Old Faithful instead. I carried him into another room, to a pleas- ant spot, near a window, away from the hoopla. He'd been a good friend for seven years. No need for him to have to witness his replace- ment first-hand. I owed him at least that much. Out with the old. In with the new. I moved Mr. Sleek-and-Flashy to the cov- eted spot on the computer desk where he'll sit for the next seven years (hopefully more). I plugged him in and he's nearly finished with his first column. Not bad for a rookie. Welcome to my world, my state-of-the-art computer friend. Let's give that terabyte of yours a run for its money. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of "The Do-It-Yourself- er's Guide to Self-Syndication" You can read more columns at the Slices of Life page on Faceboolc. This week I said goodbye to an old friend and our parting was bit- tersweet. We'd spent nearly every day together for more than seven years. Lately, however, he just hadn't been reliable. It was getting so I couldn't count on him to be there when I needed him the most. In my heart, I knew I should move on, but for the last few months I'd been putting off the inevita- ble. Change can be difficult espe- cially when there's so much his- tory involved. Seven years is a long time- for sure more than six. In the early days, we'd been inseparable. He helped me with my work in just about every wffy imaginable - like an administra- tive assistant or maybe even an office manager. He was smart. He edited my sentences. Assisted with research. Checked grammar and spelling. He even helped with for- matting. The guy was a whiz. Until he started slacking. At first, I noticed him getting sluggish in the afternoons. His reaction times slowed, decreasing productivity. He became temper- amental and hot under the collar, having sudden breakdowns for no apparent reason. He even took to crashing - right in my living room. He was getting to be a real turn- off, and despite our history, I knew there had to be something better out there for me. So I started looking around, you know, to be prepared. I found a replacement almost immediately in a state-of-the-art, sleek-looking model. The new guy promised to be powerful, fast, stylish, revolu- tionary, and thin. Everything a girl could want- from a computer. According to the online com- puter store, my guy has all the bells and whistles. He displays unprecedented feats of engineer- ing and imagination along with a really big screen and wireless keyboard. Best of all, he comes equipped with a mega hard drive - to the tune of a terabyte - which in computer terms means lots and lots of storage space. Some will tell you size doesn't matter. When it comes to computer storage, they are lying. My new computer arrived the other day and I gingerly removed him from his protective packag- ing. His online photos didn't do him justice; he was even more attractive in real life. Even my kids 7 ZF YoU 00.Ma400400 ' POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimba[[ MN 55353. The Trf-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimba[[, Minnesota 55353, as Perindi- cats. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., P.O. Box 220, Kimba[[ MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Im- bat[. Weekday office hours are /Vbnday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our tetephone and fax num- ber k (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397. E-matt can be addressed to news@ trfcountyne.MN. Our Web ce is tricoun87news.MN. We also have a drop site at Err[ Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. A satd[ite office is now open at 378 N State Street, downtown Eden Valley, open I0-6 Mon.-Fri. and 9-12 Sat. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. 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