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.= ..= -" .... www.tricountynews.mn PAGE 2 IHIUll =i " o S hursday, November 28, 2013 ............. ..... " " v y , ,.tl wel 1 ]:l ,s kq us happy I -" II II ~A, |. .~,~m- r m-e . friends and the people who take J I I I gr~i ,I ~Hces OT L]Te care of us because they want to ..... and they can. For the every-day and the once-in-a-lifetime. For I have a friend who wondered during Holiday meals, we pause the smallthings. For weird things. !I . ~i~ out loud on Facebook whether and reflect on the big things Foreverything. it was weird for her to be excited that make us happy. And, while Gratitude on steroids. Graft- about the purchase of a new vac- it s true that family, friends, our tude with abandon. I like to think uum cleaner. There can be only health, a trip to Disney World and of it as practical gratitude worth one answer to an outrageous morns special green bean casse- practicing because being thank- question like this: role are worthy of our gratitude, ful leads to happiness, and isn t ) ~ , . ~ H-E-double-toothpicks, no! it s the little things that give pur- that .what we re all after, in the A vacuum is worthy of a fair pose to each day and make the end? .... i~i!i "~~!' amount of hoopla. It is a nearly- world seem more inviting. Live it out for yourself. During essential household appliance, .Getting rid of the clutter so the gratitude season, and every albeit not a major one, but in a your car fits in the garage. Find- day of the year, do as many happy similar position of importance- as ing the lost candy bar you hid and dances as you possibly can - even a crockpot or coffee maker. (And forgot about two weeks ago. Socks and especially while Vacuuming. Letter tothe Editor Minnesota Representative n![llnl r rnn i i iiiii We do not choose where we It remains a humbling honor to are born, so those of us who were do my part to contribute as a cit- born on American soil should be izen, as both a service member very thankful we were born here, and an elected official. The debt the freest nation on Earth. never will be square, but these Thanksgiving is a good time to roles allow me to give back to a spend some extra time counting state and nation that have pro- our blessings. And the list is quite vided me so much more. long, from the freedoms we enjoy, We sometimes get distracted to the people who volunteer to by the daily grind and lose per- protect our liberty, to our ability spective of just how fortunate we to worship the God of our choice are to be Americans. I encourage - or not worship - as we see fit, you to join me in snapping things and our right to decide who rep- back into focus this Thanksgiving resents us across various levels of holiday by reflecting on the things government. These are just some that make our lives as Americans of the sacred pillars that make -so special. Be safe, enjoythe com- our nation what it is, the great- pany of friends and loved ones, est this world has ever known. Let worship if you so choose, and us work to keep it that way with have a happy Thanksgiving. strong personal freedoms and Good luck and God bless America, states' rights. Minnesota Rep. Jeff Howe Rockville, Minn. who'd want to live without those?) without holes. New batteries in Jill Pertler is an award-winning I can get excited about a whole lot the remote. Standing on the bot- syndicated columnist, playwright less than a vacuum - like when tom shelf to reach an item on the and author of "The Do-It-Your- my stainless steel fridge is free of top shelf at the grocery store. A seller's Guide to Self-Syndication" streaks and smudges, or I happen matching pair of mittens. You can read more columns at the to nab the last scoop of rocky road Having a spouse who under- Slices of Life page on Facebook. ice cream, stands it's his job to rid the house Just last week I self-actual- of spiders. Organizing the silver- ized over new dishtowels. They ware so none of the knives are brought about a trifecta of ela- spooning with the spoons. When tion: they were crisply folded, all the toilets are clean all at once. unstained, and coordinated with Finding a five-dollar bill in the the d6cor of my kitchen. Best of clothes dryer. When none of the all, they were accompanied by kids has borrowed or moved your matching dishcloths. I felt myself phone charger. advancing upward toward the Catching the elevator before peak of that proverbial pyramid, the doors close. Finishing the Exclamation point, bottle of shampoo and condi- One thing leads to another, tioner at the same time. When After putting the new dish- your husband takes your car, so towels neatly in the dishtowel he can fill the gas tank. Discov- drawer (joy), I experienced a sud- ering someone else in the family den urge to revamp the plas~ has put a new roll of toilet paper tic storage container cupboard, in the holder. When your kids I invested about 10 bucks in a set make their beds - really make of new containers and tossed out ihem - without any harping from all the old, stained lidless ones. you. Preparing a meal everyone For the first time in 20-plus years eats without complaint. Having of marriage, I can honestly say all the whole family sit around the my bowls have lids. It is a proud, dinner table together. Saying, nirvanesque moment. "Thank you." Making up words - yet another Giving thanks. trfvial act that brings me joy. For vacuums and dish- We are entering the season towels and bowls with lids and of gratitude. Usually, when we chocolate and ice cream and go around the table at my house phone chargers. For family and Addresses of service men and women The Kimball American Legion Auxiliary is again look- ing for addresses of our local men and women who are so gra- ciously serving our country. We need the addresses so that we may show our appreciation to them. Please leave the addresses in the "Little Red Box" in the Kimball Post Office no later than Monday, Dec. 9. If any ques- tions, please call Anita Hoefer at (320) 398:3825. Thank you from the Kimball American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261. Thanks, thanks, and more thanks "From the Heart" This is a perfect time to express Tri-County News and, even more thanks for so many things in life. importantly, for your community Every day should be that way. by advertising here. We truly are grateful for you, Readers, we hopeyou express our readers. You are the reason your gratitude to our advertisers we all work so hard to bring you as well. They employyour friends, a fresh, new paper each week. neighbors and family. They sup- Whether you subscribe, or pick port our schools, parks, and up a copy on your way home, we roads. They're here for you day thank you. in and day out. Please be here for We are grateful to our advertis- them. Celebrate Small Business ers, both regular and occasional. Saturday right here at home. And You show your support for the be sure to tell them~"thankyou" Holiday deadlines Because Christmas and New Year fail on our print or delivery days this year, our print time has been moved up a day for these weeks. Deadlines will be as follows: 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, for New Year issue (Dec. 26). (The Christmas issue is dated Dec. 19, and it will go out to everyone in the area with some very special treats for our readers.) 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, for the Jan. 2 Tri-County News. We hope you ALL have a peaceful and safe and happy Holiday season! 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, p.o. 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, RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 SI. 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 www.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. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2 p.m. Monday (3 p.m. Friday if Monday is a holiday). RATES: Subscription rates are $36/year ($26 for age 62 and older) in Minnesota; $46/year ($36 for seniors) elsewhere in the U.S. Single copy price is $1. OUR AWARD-WINNING STAFF: Jean Doran Matua, Editor and Publisher Stephanie Johnson: Office Administrator Maxine Doran: Typesetter, Circulation Marguerite Laabs: Photographer Sue Hughes: Creative Designer Mike Nistler: Staff Writer Pat Garry: Staff Writer Aaron Laabs: Multimedia Consultant The staff of the Tri-County News recognizes that it has a responsibility to report the news accurately and fairly, and that it is accountable to the public. Please contact our office if you feel we've fallen short of that objective. LETTERS: The Tri-County News welcomes letters promoting the exchange of ideas and opinions. To he considered for publication, letters should address a topic of current or general interest. Private thanks, political self-promotion, libelous letters, or letters denigrating character or reputation will not he published. All letters must bear the writer's signature, address and telephone number. We reserve the right to edit for clarity and readability. LEGAL PUBLICATION: The Tri-County News is the publication of record for the Cities of Eden Valley, Kimball, and Watkins; Independent School District #739 (Kimball) and Independent School District #463 (Eden Valley-Watkins); Clearwater River Watershed District, and the Townships of Fair Haven, Forest Prairie, Kingston, Luxemburg, and Maine Prairie. RECYCLING: The Tri-County News is printed with soy inks on recycled paper whenever possible. We encourage recycling. COI;YRIGHT: All content herein is the property of the Tri-County News and is protected by U.S. copyright law; content may not be reproduced without our written prior consent. We are proud to be a member of: Minnesota Newspaper Assoc., Kimball Area Chamber, Eden Valley Chamber, and Kimball Area Historical Society. The Tri-County News has won dozens of peer-judged awards for advertising, website, photography, and writing. 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