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PAGE 2 Thursday, November 7, 2013 Veterans Day ceremonies Nov. 11 Kimball Area High School A Veterans Day program will be presented at Kimball Area High School, in the Wirth gym, from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. A slide show will feature local vet- - erans. The American Legion Aux- iliary will demonstrate flag fold- ing, and the MIA table. And a spe- cial speaker is being arranged. Contact Tammy Konz at (320) 398-5011. St. Cloud Hospital St. Cloud Hospital will honor men and women for military service during a special cere- mony from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in Hoppe Auditorium. Family members, patients and employees are invited to honor our American heroes, including veterans, active military, reserv- ists and National Guard. The ceremony will include acknowledgments from Craig Broman, president of St. Cloud Hospital. Also included in the cer- emony will be: Color Guard procession; National Anthem; Presentations by St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis; Mike Eisenstadt on veterans' employment; and Angela Cope, St. Cloud Hospital employee and active military; A video tribute to veterans; Flag folding presentation; and A Veterans Day blessing. Hosted by St. Cloud Hospital Home Care & Hospice Services - proudly serving those who served us. Refreshments will be served. Contact Nola Varilek at (320) 251-2700, ext. 28762" Hilltop Health Care Center A special program will be held for residents and their families at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11. Eden Valley-Watkins High School This year's Veterans Day pro- gram will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the EV-W auxiliary (old) gym. There will be special music, and Retired Chief Master Sargeant Don Dufner will be the speaker. If you can't attend one of these services, please remember our veterans on their day, Nov. 11. It is the least we can dol 2012 program at EV-W H.S. f00m: : ....... www.tricountynews.mn ug,n,on ,T ....... Y:,00ws I'm Proud[ Living in the momen tobea00 Vetera0000 Jill Pertler Slices of Life' By Bob Beskar 2013 Vietnam War Veteran As a veteran I know well, The risks that our troops take, Guarding our great nation, For we know what is at stake! Our warriors work around the clock, Whether here or miles away, And their mission is the same, To protect the U.S.A.! I've done that while on duty, With millions much like me, And was proud of our great sacrifices, Whether here or across the seal No matter where we were, Your freedo m remained our goal, And any veteran who ever served, Will stand proud to tell you so! We veterans young and old, Share a special bond, That time cannot erase, Though it seems to march us on! So on this Veterans Day, Please remember who we are, We're the warriors who know "Old Glory" And fought to protect her "Stars"! Photos of veterans wanted for slide show A Veterans Day program will be presented in honor of veter- ans at the Kimball Area High School from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. If anyone has photos of veterans that can be included in the slide show for that day, please call Tammy Konz at (320) 398- 5011, by Friday, Nov. 8. "You don't really appreciate what you've got until it's gone." These wise words came out of the mouth of my 16-year-old son; surprisingly, he wasn't referring to a Snicker's bar. I've always known he is an old soul, but this particu- lar insight was unexpected. Typi- cally teenage boys are consumed by thoughts of driver's licenses, (girls), the Friday night football game, (girls) and food. Lots and lots of food. Time for reflection and philo- sophical epiphanies are best left to old people - you know, those 30 and older. People like your mom. Or teachers. So I thought. Shows you what I (don't) know. When I found teenage boys liv- ing in my house, I entered at my own risk, with both eyes wide open. I figured I knew what was coming: growth spurts that left them gawky and gangly and a whole lot taller than their mom. I anticipated broken windows, bro- ken furniture and maybe even a broken heart or two. I expected big feet and even bigger appetites, a need for speed and the car keys. I understood we'd deal with missed curfews, missing homework, messy bedrooms and resigned myself to the fact that they'd stay up late and sleep in even later. While the teenage years have brought all these gifts to our household, they've also come with a few surprises. Like when they jump up from a video game to help their morn carry in the grocer- ies, or pull the empty garbage can up from the curb without.being asked, or give an unexpecte d hug - in public, even. And, most definitely when, dur- ing an ordinary five-minute car ride to school, they wax philo- sophical about the fleeting nature of time. When my boys became teenagers, I expected deep voices, not deep thoughts. It took me way past 30-some- thing to even begin to compre- hend the transitory nature of life. I am embarrassingly obtuse about the most simple and obvious - it has something to do with the whole forest for the trees thing. When our daughter was 9 months old, we took her to a pho- tographer to have her portrait taken. Our little sweet pea was a serious baby, and refused all our outrageous and desperate attempts to make her smile. Even my husband's over-the-top Elmo impression failed to register on the laugh-o-meter. She had a som- ber pout in every shot. So I declined to purchase any photos. Now, I think back, and wish I had. You see, she was 9 months old then, and that lasted only a moment before it was gone. Because I didn't understand that simple concept, I lost the solemn expression that would have made for a fond memory- as well as an 8 x 10 framed print. I've since evolved. I under- stand our days, weeks and years are made up of moments, and moments - perfect, imperfect and everything in between - are the biggest and best that we've got. Right now I spend quite a few of mine with teenage boys in the car on the way to school or foot- ball practice. When they talk, I lis- ten. Sometimes what they say sur- prises me - in a good way, usually. But, don't tell them I told you so. I still want them to feel compelled to help carry in the groceries. My son says you don't really appreciate what you've got until it's gone, and I realize he is prob- ably right - most of the time. But as we arrive at school, and he exits the car and turns to say "good- bye," and then, "I love you, Morn," I think I do. I really think I do. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of "The Do-It-Your- selfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" You can read more columns at the Slices of Life page on Facebook. Official Newspaper of Eden Valley, Kimball, Watkins; Eden Valley-Watkins School District, Kimball Area School District; Fair Haven, Forest Prairie, Kingston, Luxemburg, and Maine Prairie Townships; Clearwater River Watershed District. 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 Periodicals. It is published Thursdays by Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 S. Main St. in downtown Kimball. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397. E-mail can be addressed to news@tricountynews.MN. Our Web site is wvvw.tricountynews.MN. We also have drop sites at Ertl Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins, and Schmitt Insurance at 378 N. State St. in downtown Eden Valley. 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