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Page 2 Fly America's flag Secretary of State Mark Ritchie encourages Minnesotans to fly our nation's flag on Veterans Day Flag etiquette brochure available Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie encouraged Minne- sotans to honor veterans by flying our nation's flag on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, and reminded them that the Office of the Secre- tary of State has a flag etiquette brochure available. "On Veterans Day, we take time to reflect upon the bravery, sac- rifice and spirit of public service demonstrated by our veterans," said Ritchie. "Flying our nation's flag in their honor on this spe- cial day is a visual reminder to our veterans that we care about them and understand that this endur- ing symbol of our freedom, and the democracy it represents, was defended by our friends, family and neighbors who have served in our armed forces." Opinion Thursday, November 4, 2010 Kimball, MN on Veterans Day Anyone who is interested in learning about the proper proce- dures for displaying the American flag should contact the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State to obtain its flag etiquette bro- chure. A free copy of A Guide to Flag Etiquette is available by e-mailing: , or calling (651) 201-1324. The brochure is also online at < www.sos.state, mn. us /Modules/ ShowDocument. aspx?documentid=1246> , Quanti- ties are also available for distribu- tion to grouPs and classrooms. Editor's note: A quantity of the etiquette bro- chure is available at the office of Tri-County News made available for you at no charge. These were hand delivered by Mark Ritchie to our office. Opening for Kimball Fire Dept. license. They will undergo a back- ground check, oral interview, and physical agility test. Successful candidates Will receive training as a firefighter and first responder. The Kimball Area Fire and Res- cue Department was established in 1917 and serves the city of Kim- ball and parts of Maine Prairie, Kingston, and Fairhaven town- ships. The department members respond to an average of 130 calls per year. The Kimball Area Fire and Res- cue Department is now accept- ing applications for employment. Interested community members should contact John Gohmann or a current department member. Applicants are required to live in the Kimball fire district or work a forty (40) hour work week within the city limits and be able to respond to calls during work- ing hours. Selected candidates must be 18 years of age and have a valid Minnesota class "C" driver's Veterans Historic Project Exhibition at Stearns History Museum An opening reception and exhibition of concept designs for the Veterans Educational His- toric Project by internation- ally known artist and Little Falls native, Charles Gilbert Kapsner will be held at the Stearns History Museum, 235 33rd Avenue South, St. Cloud from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. A short program com- memorating this event will be held at 2 p.m. The artist and area vet- eran supporters of the project will be on hand to greet those in atten- dance. Also on display will be a selec- tion of Mr. Kapsner's paintings from his private collection as well as military memorabilia. All items will be on exhibit at the Museum until Jan. 31, 2011. The displayed concept designs represent the history of the men and women who have served in each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and Merchant Marine. The final drawings will be painted in oil on five canvases measuring 8 feet by l0 feet, and will hang inside the committal hall of the administration building at the Minnesota State Veterans Ceme- tery near Little Falls. Nov. 14, admission is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For information, contact: John Decker, (320) 253-8424, . . Jill Pettier @ "Slices of Life" The urgency of the dishwasher I meant to start the dishwasher, I really did. It was full of dishes - dirty ones. Then the phone rang. You can't ignore the phone because if you do, the ringing continues. So I answered, and discovered my son needed a ride home from practice. I couldn't leave him in the lurch, so I left. Somewhere enroute to the garage, I forgot about the dish- washer. I got home, went to put my coat away and came face to face with the laundry pile. Good news: the clothes were clean. Bad news: they needed folding. I would have dis- regarded the whole folding thing, but the laundry (clean as it was) rested atop a bed. My bed. Since I consider sleep a priority on a nightly basis, the unfolded laun- dry needed attention before night- fall. It couldn't wait long. I finished the laundry and remembered the dishwasher. For the second time in an hour, I meant to start the dishwasher. Then I heard the dog barking by the back door. You don't want to make a dog wait if you can avoid it, especially when the dog in question hasn't been out since noon and is cur- rently jumping up and down in a frenzied, I-have-to-go manner. Letting the dog out becomes a pri- ority at that point. Before the dog finished her business, the doorbell rang. The mailman stood on my front stoop holding a package. I love getting packages; reminds me of Christ- mas. Somewhere between the excitement of signing and unwrap- ping of the package (turned out to be a book), I forgot about the dog and the dishwasher. Until I heard barking. Then I remembered about the dog. The dishwasher does not bark, so I did not recall the need to start the dishwasher right then. What can I say? It was a busy day. Which is exactly the problem with my life and society in general: ouroverabundance of busy. Some think it is good - a status symbol, even. I'm not convinced. My mom did laundry on Mon- days. That is what she did. She devoted Mondays to one task: cleaning clothes. Can you imag- ine this luxury? I'm guessing the answer is no. My mom was a hard-working, imaginative and resourceful woman. Her abilities to remove set-in stains surpass my fantasies. Well, they would, if I entertained fantasies about stain removal. " My mom did laundry on Mon- days. She didn't feel the need to multi-task or fret about how busy she was. She just did the laundry. I recently read something about the state Of our current society. It said we are intent on giving our attention to tasks that are urgent, and in doing so, we are missing the tasks that are important. Do you see the difference? When you compare the two words: urgent and important, urgent sounds more ... well ... urgent. Emergencies - real ones involving blood or babies being born - are urgent. They must be attended to. No argument there. Answering the phone, folding the laundry, letting the dog out and even starting the dishwasher can seem urgent. But, in the big pic- ture, are they important? If I don't start the dishwasher today, what will the implications be tomorrow? in a year? In five years? Who's going to remember my dirty dishes? On the flip side, if I don't tuck my 8-year-old into bed; if I don't tell my aging dad that I love him; if I don't show kindness to the person behind me in the check-out line, what will that mean in those same five years? We live in a scattered society. We run from here to there and we struggle to keep up with all the urgent - albeit necessary - things in our lives. We do laundry during our spare moments because we are busy; we forget to start the dish- washer because the doorbell rings or the dog barks; we rush because we think we must. We have our blinders on and don't realize we have a choice. My morn did laundry on Mon: days. That was her chore for the day. It was an important task, but she didn't make it an urgent one. She was a smart woman who taught me much. Her lessons remain perti- nent today because, while not nec- essarily urgent, their importance is uncontested. And now, if you'll excuse me, I really do have to start the dish- washer. Jill Pertler is a syndicated colum- nist and author of"The Do-It-Your- selfer's Guide to Self-Syndication." E-mail her at ; Follow Slices of Life on Facebook. or check out her website at . 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