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V Pa00e 2 Catholic Charities Senior Dining Thanksgiving Dinner Catholic Charities Senior Din- ing of Kimball is holding a special "Thanksgiving Dinner" on Thurs- day, Nov. 17, beginning at 11 a.m. The events of the day include early coffee and door prizes. The following special menu will be served: Roast turkey, whipped potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, sage dressing, cran- berry garnish, dinner roll, pump- kin pie dessert. Senior Dining offers a nutritious meal in a warm and caring atmo- sphere with friendship and fun for persons 60 years of age and over. Join us! Call 398-2211, ext 13 for more information. Partially funded under con- tract with the Central Minnesota Council on Aging as part of the Older American Act and adminis- tered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. Veterans Day, to remember By Senator A1 Franken On Veterans Day in 1985, Presi- dent Reagan spoke of those who laid down their lives for our country. "Most of them were boys when they died," he said, "and they gave up two lives - the one they were living and the one they would have lived." When today we honor the men, and women, who have returned from military service, we must do more than thank them for the life they gave up while serving over- seas. We must do everything in our power to help them live that second life, the one they should be able to enjoy when they come home. That means making sure they can find a home and a job, recover from physical and psychological wounds, and take advantage of the benefits they were promised when they enlisted, benefits they have earned with their courageous sac- rifices. One reason I wanted to be a senator was that, after visit- ing our troops overseas on seven USO tours (including four in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait), I wanted to be able to do more for them when they came home. That&apos;s why the very first bill I intro- duced, which was passed into law, was to help physically and psy- chologically wounded veterans by pairing them with service dogs. This month, I'm introduc- ing another piece of legislation to improve access to health care for veterans living in rural commu- nities. Rural Americans represent more than 40 percent of the vet- eran population, but rural areas face a profound shortage of med- ical providers and facilities. Rural veterans often must drive hun- dreds of miles to get to a VA Med- ical Center that can provide them with the care they need, and the problem is particularly difficult for female veterans who need spe- cialized care. Meanwhile, I've urged the VA to adopt the National Diabetes Preven- tion Program, which I established in the health care reform law with my Republican colleague, Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar. This program, which has been successfully tested in Min- nesota, can help people avoid devel- oping this dangerous and costly dis- ease through exercise and nutrition education. We can help keep veter- ans healthy, and save money, if the VA gets involved. Even in a time of tight budgets, we cannot shortchange the VA. I agree that the sacrifice it will take to close the deficit must be shared. But veterans, particularly those who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past decade, have already sacrificed so much. We can't turn our backs on them now. But not every veterans' issue is played out on the Senate floor. My office works constantly behind the scenes to help veterans navigate the complicated federal bureau- cracy (one out of every six constit- uent cases we handle involves a veteran) and secure the benefits they've earned. For instance, the VA recently ruled that veterans who have suffered from a series of condi- tions after being exposed to Agent Orange are eligible for benefits. We cheered the decision, but we heard from several Minnesota veterans that they were having a hard time applying for these benefits and receiving confusing information from the VA. I brought their con- cerns to VA Secretary Eric Shin- seki, and now the VA is communi- cating more effectively with veter- ans and processing their applica- tions more quickly. In that 1985 speech, President Reagan said of our fallen troops: "They gave up everything for our country, for us. And all we can do is remember." When I see an honor flight of Min- nesota veterans coming to DC to tour the monuments erected in commem- oration of their bravery, when FraImi tells me about a poignant meeting she had with families of those serv- ing overseas, and especially when our nation pauses to celebrate Veter- ans Day, I am reminded that, with our veterans, we can do much more than remember. We can act. We can fight to ensure they have the benefits they've earned, the health care they need, and the tools to con- tinue contributing to their com- munities. And it's my job to make sure they get those things, a job I'm incredibly proud to have. Opinion Thursday, November 10, 2011 Tri-County NeMN .... Winners and losers g Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" athleticism, and my lack thereof. However, I've discovered despera- tion, and an increasing pants size, can cause one to rethink one's aspirations for expenditure as well as mathematical prowess. The ancient Olympians expended in the nude. This is no longer the case. In order to suc- cessfully expend, you must first spend. Modern-day athletes hang out in moisture-wicking thermal- dynamic body-stabilizing fabric from outer space. The right work- out attire is key to successful loss; or if it isn't, at least you'll look good trying. The second part of the losing equation pertains to consump- tion. Some people call this a diet, but I find the term repulsive. Delete the last letter from the word and you are left with die. I don't want to die, at least not before I become a loser. Instead of the "D" word, I prefer a food plan I call a live-it, because losing should include living. Oh, sure you'll need to become famil- iar with the anti-calorie group otherwise known as raw celery and cucumbers, but a juicy burger isn't out of the question, so long as you've got your expenditures up for the day. It's all about the math. That's nothing new. The ancient Greeks realized it more than two thousand years ago when they measured distances and race times; numbers don't lie. Embrace their truths and they'll no longer be the enemy. It's good news. You don't have to master advanced calculus or memorize the Pythag- orean theorem. You don't need to possess the athletic prowess of a Greek Olympian. But you can still be a loser, just like me. Jill Pertler, award-winning syn- dicated columnist and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" is collecting fans on Facebook on her Slices of Life page. E-mail her at pertmn@ qwest.net; or visit her website at http://marketing-by-design.home. mchsi.com/. Physical prowess is not a new concept. Athletic competitions date back at least as far as the first Olympics, which was way before my time. We're talking ancient, as in Greece. Greek athletes were serious about their fitness goals. They had to be. They competed in the nude. One must be confident in one's own skin to let it all hang out while running or wrestling (avoid men- tal image here). I am lacking that sort of confidence. My clothing sets me apart from the original Olympians. So does my gender. All Olympic sportsmen were sportsmen. Married women were banned from the ceremo- nies. The penalty for taking a peek was death via getting hurled off a cliff. Ouch. I couldn't be a Greek Olympian, even if I wasn't a married woman. The naked Greek men who com- peted all wanted to be winners. I am hoping for the opposite. I want to be a loser. I long to lose on multiple levels. Inches. Weight. Pants size. I think you catch my drift. During the last few years, I've beoome a gainer. This happened when I wasn't paying attention. Now it seems I am too big for my britches and I've bitten off more than I can chew, except my ability to chew isn't the issue. I can chew just fine. Chewing stole the loser out from under me, because we all understand that chewing leads to one thing: eating. I love to eat. I prefer to do it every day, more than once actu- ally. Unfortunately, this hinders my quest for membership in the loser's club. Being a loser is like a math equation. You must take in less than you expend. This is called the theory of loseability and involves gravity and the expan- sion of one's waistline. You may have seen the theory symbolized as "Expenditure equals meal calo- ries squared," or E --- mc2. The theory is difficult for me, but not because of my deficiency in math skills. The problem lies with POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, RO. Box 220, Kimba[[ 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, Steams County. 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