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Avatar PG-'13 Fri.-Sat.: 2:00, 5:00, 8:00 Sun.: 1:15, 4:10, 7:00 Mon.-Wed.: 4:10, 7:00 Jhu. 12/24:11:00, 2:00 Did You Hear About the Morgans? PG-13 Fri.: 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 Sat.: 1:10, 3:10. 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 Sun.: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10 Mon.-Tue.: 5:10, 7:10 Wed.: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 Thu. 12/24: 1:10, 3:10 Z/apmun Squea&quel PG Wed.: 4:50, 6:50, 8:50 Thu. 12/24: 12:50, 2:50 Features Synd., Inc. Blind Side PG-13 Fri.: 4:30, 7:00, 9:15 Sat.: 1:30, 4:30, 7:00, 9:15 Sun.: 1:30, 4:30, 7:00 Mon.-Tue.: 4:30, 7:00 Wed.: 4:30, 7:00, 9:15 qt~u. 12/24: 12:45, 3:00 Princess and the Frog G Fri.: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 Sat.: 1:15, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 Sun.: 1:15, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 Mon.-'lhe.: 5:00, 7:00 Wed.: 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 lhu. 12/24: 1:15, 3:00 Twilight: New Moon PG-13 Fri.: 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sat.: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sun.: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45 Mon.-Tue.: 4:15, 6:45 FREE Holida Movies: Black Beauty (1994) G Sat.-Sun.: 9:00, 11:00 a.m. Kung Fu Panda PG Sat. Sun.: 9:00, 11:00 a.m. Santa's elves at work Suspicious house Daily Matinees Movie Hot Line (320) 685-7111 THEIN WELL CO. Wells Pumps Water Conditioning More than a dozen elves gathered Wednesday night, Dec. 9, at Kim- ball City Hall to prepare goodie bags for Kimball's Santa Day Satur- day. Members of the Kimball Fire Department, Chamber, city coun- cil, and Lions Club were joined by "junior elves" Katie Krippner, Aar- on Serbus, Tess Vossen and Jack Knaus. It is exactly such broad community effort that helped to make Santa Day another success. Submitted photo. Theft in Greenleaf Township Sunday, Dec. 13, the Meeker were on the property during this County Sheriff's Office received crime, including four horses that and responded to a report of a bur- were in the locked building that lary on Minnesota Highway 22 in the suspect(s) forced entry into. Greenleaf Township. Forced entry None of the horses were taken or was made into a locked build-harmed. ing and horse trailers were also Anyone with information about entered. Multiple horse saddles this crime is encouraged to call the and other horse-riding equipment Meeker County Sheriff's Office at were taken with a total value of (320) 693-5400 or toll-free at (866) more than $20,000. Several of the 333-3366. You may also remain saddles here hand made/modi- anonymousbycallingourTIPlineat fled, and one saddle was a one-of- (320) 693-5411. SheriffNoflinwishes a-kind show saddle, with an esti- to remind citizens to remember that mated value of more than $4,000. you may also leave an anonymous This saddle is described as having TIP on the Sheriff's Office Web site a pink alligator-skin seat and mul- at , or by tiple rhinestones. A vehicle tow- texting to tip674 plus your message ing a trailer was used in the com- to CRIMES (274637) also described mission of this crime. Ten horses on the Sheriff's Web site. Fatal car crash in Holdingford Wednesday, Dec. 9, about 3 p.m., the Stearns County Sher- iff's Office received a report of a car crash involving a pedestrian. The accident was reported to be on county Road 17 at the intersec- tion with River Street. Holdingford Rescue, Gold Cross Ambulance and Lifelink Helicopter were also dispatched to the site. Responders found that Theresa Litchy, age 56 of Holdingford had old Frederick Michael Doble from Royalton who was travelling west- bound on C.R. 17. While Doble was out inspecting the damage to the cars, he was struck by a west- bound 1993 Chevrolet Sports Van driven by Larry Litchy, age 56 of Holdingford. Doble was treated at the scene by rescuers, but they were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. been travelling eastbound on C.R. The Minnesota State patrol also is 17 in Holdingford in a 1996 Olds- assisting the investigation of this mobile Cutlass. Her car collided crash. Slippery conditions may with a 1996 PlymouthVoyagerVan. have contributed to the accidents. Kimball Area The van was driven by 56-year- Emergency ,nc.Fd Shelf__S!.. Fires in Richmond and Greenwald Wednesday, Dec. 9, the Stearns recently installed wood-burning county sheriff's Office received stove. The home was considered to St. Anne's Church in Kimball 10 - 10:45 a.m. Tues./l"hurs. Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 For after-hours emergencies, call one of the area churches, -- King Crossword -- Last week's answers Solution time: 21 mins. a report of a house fire at 21692 be a total loss. Deep Lake Road, just southwest Also, Wednesday, Dec. 9, a of Richmond in Eden Lake Town- report of a barn fire came through ship. The family, Eric and Nancy to the Stearns County Sheriff's Kohorst and ll-year-old daughter Office. The Melrose, Freeport and were awakened by smoke detec-Sauk Centre Fire Departments tors and were able to get out of responded to the fire, which was at the home safely. The Eden Valley the Robert Nietfeld farm. Nietfeld and Richmond Fire Departmentswas able to get most of his cattle responded to the fire call. The out of the barn, but the barn was cause of the fire is undetermined a total loss. An electric heater may but it may have been caused by a have caused the fire. Give the gift that gives all year! You have 3 convenient options to start a gift subscription immediately: 1) Call us at 398-5000 (w/credit card) 2) Mail in the sub form from page 10. 3) Order & pay online at tricountynews.MN ql'et-Gount; News fire in Kimball At 11:25 p.m. Thursday night, Dec. 10, the Kimball Fire Dept. was called to a structure fire on the south side of Hwy. 55 West. The house, which had been vacated for about four years, was fully engulfed and a total loss. It is located at the west end of Hazel Avenue, just before Hwy. 55, and across the road from the baseball fields west of Kimball high school. Tire tracks in the snow were visible when firefighters arrived, and authorities are investigating the fire as a possible crime. Anyone with any informa- tion about the fire is urged to call the Kimball Police Department at (320) 398-2871. Holiday traditions account for most residential fires Without precautions, =Holiday burnout" may have a new meaning From Christmas Eve through New Year's Day in 2008, there were 205 fires in Minnesota that caused almost $7 million in property dam- age as well as injuries to nine fire- fighters and six civilians. That's close to one fire every hour for nine days - a disturbing statistic attrib- utable to the fact that three of our oldest holiday traditions are among the top causes of residential fires. "The culprits are cooking, heat- ing and open flames," says State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl. "The stove, the fireplace and holiday decorations are all good reasons to review our fire safety rules each year." The State Fire Marshal reports that nearly half of residential fires begin in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the primary reason. Fire- places and chimneys account for about 12 percent of those fires, and open flames another 10 percent. Most holiday fires are prevent- able, Rosendahl says, by following these simple safety tips: Never leave cooking unat- tended. Grease fires can flash in mere seconds. Clear the stovetop of paper, dishtowels and other flam- mable material, and keep children away from the stove. Always have the pot or skillet lid nearby as you cook; you can smother a pan fire with a tight-fitting lid. Remove flammable objects - including decorations - from the mantle when the fireplace is in use. Follow package directions if you use synthetic logs, and never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. It burns so quickly, it can be hard to control and may ignite creosote in the chimney. Place candles three feet from other objects, especially greenery, fabric or paper. Never leave them unattended; if in doubt, put them out. Water your natural tree daily. Real trees need large amounts of water to stay fresh. Dry trees ignite easily, and burn fast and hot. Check smoke alarms to be sure they're working. If a fire should occur, early warning is the most important survival tool. "Statistics tell us about stoves and fireplaces," Rosendahl says, "but in fact, the primary cause of residential fires is carelessness. These situations are preventable. If we acknowledge the risks, take pre- cautions and protect ourselves with alarms, we're likely to have a safe and happy holiday season."