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Thursday, December 18, 2008 Tri-Coun News * Kimball, MN Letters to the Editor Pray for our leaders The coming year of 2009 willGod. Only He sees the big picture to make a commitment to pray and bring a new president and admin- and we will need His grace to find write to our leaders regarding your istration who will be dealing with solutions to extreme economic concerns. They need to hear from severe economic issues and the issues. Let's bind together and pray us - it is our privilege as citizens well-being of millions of citizens for President-elect Obama and our of this great country to voice our ofthiscountry. Keeping this coun- newleaders in Congress. Itismost views and needs. We do not need try "viable" (alive) will be a very important that we pray for them to surrender our principles, but difficult challenge. How impor- evenifwedidn'tvoteforthem.The we can assert them in a civil and tant it will be for all of us to work Obama administration may roll humble way. Prayer and action together as a country that believes back decades of hard-won protec- will give us the best and most last- in: One nation, under God, with tion for the unborn by signing into ing ways to guide our nation. liberty and justice for all. When taw the "Freedom Of Choice Act" Thank you, and may God's love the United States is challenged, (FOCA) It is vital that we pour our and grace bless you this new year there is no doubt that we rise "to anxiety and anger into a positive of 2009. the occasion. Let us begin this channel. With prayer we can ask Mary Jo Ruhland, Eden Valley new year with prayer ... the time for God's grace for knowledge and ]udy Haag, Eden Valley is NOW! All of our problems will understanding to help our leaders Concerned Citizens for Life need the guidance and wisdom of make good decisions. We urge you Give the sift of hope this holiday season Thanks to many of you from withmajorcontributorsbeingWal- ted by American Cancer Society Meeker County, we have made mart, Towmaster, Thrivent Finan- researchers, showsthatforthefirst great progress in the fight against cial for Lutherans and Meekertime in 10 years, the rate at which cancer this year - but there is Memorial Hospital. new cancers are diagnosed and much more work to be done. As We're helping people live well; death rates for all cancers com- 2008 comes to a close, I'm proud We're educating and empowering bined are decreasing for both men to share some of our significant people to reduce their cancer risk and women. accomplishments - and ask that by making healthy lifestyle choices We're fightingbackagainst can- you consider giving a $25 holiday like getting recommended can-cer: Together with our advocacy gift now to help the ACS continue cer screenings, eating better, exer- partner, The American Cancer our lifesaving work, cising, and not smoking. This year, Society Cancer Action NetworkSM Together, we are helping save researchers found that cancer survi- (ACS Can), we help pass laws that lives, vors who follow the American Can- fight cancer and keep families We're raising funds to fight cer Society's lifestyle recommenda- healthy. This year, we helped pass cancer: This year, Meeker County tions regarding smoking, nutrition, Michelle's Law, a bill that ensures residents, team captains, teams and physical activity were more college students won't lose their and committee-members raised likely to report a greater quality of health insurance if they have to $57,380.33, which surpassed our life than those who don't, stop taking classes to get treated goal of $50,000. Our goal is to sur- We' e helping people get well: for cancer. pass that amount this coming year. We're helping people with cancer All of us at ACS and in Meeker Did you give last year? Would you and their families make decisions County are committed to elimi- please consider donating today, about their care and overcomenating cancer and with your help, VisitmyWebsitetornakeasafeand obstacles in their personal fight, we can accomplish even more in secure donation at and their caregivers more than especially this year- can be finan- or on the , providing them a free place to stay 3,400 people diagnosed with can- More than 175 volunteers on 17 when needing treatment far from cer each day need help now more teams and hundreds of commu- home. than ever. Willyou help by making nity members participated in the We're finding cures: We invest a donation of $25 or more? Ninth Annual American Cancer in research that yields ground- I wish you the best this holiday Society Relay For Life of Meeker breaking discoveries into cancer's season, and thank you for your County June 20. The event which causes and cures. The recently- support. was sponsored by more than 20 released Annual Report to the Laura Lindeman businesses and organizations, Nation on the Status of Cancer, Acting RFL Chairperson Bootstraps a citizen member of the Stearns Then others are called to the County Community Corrections bench. The judge reviews the cli- In Junior High I had a cool Advisory Board Irecently vis- ents' rec0rds0fbehavi0rwhichhe pair of black engineer boots with ited the Drug Court. For reasons received from the pre-trial meet- chrome studs in the heels and alit- unknown to me, the clients ofthis ing. He offers encouragement, tle loop at the top of the back of the court have struggled with addic- praise, and understanding. boot used to pull on the boot. No tion. The judge does not admonish Whenthejuryboxclientsreturn matter how hard I pulled on that them with bootstraps but he does to the bench, the judge reads strap, I could never pull myself up. offer them a leg up. their explanations. His demeanor My feet remained stubbornly on Prior to convening the court, remains empathetic and the cli- the ground, the judge meets with the Drug ents accept that his sanctions are These days many folks admen- Court team consisting of a case intended for their own benefit. ish those in our society who have coordinator, a probation officer, Who knew that a court- been unsuccessful to "pull them- social workers, a public defender, room could offer encouragement selvesuphytheirbootstraps."That a county attorney, a surveillance instead of punishment, that a does not work. Successful people staff person, and staff members of young woman would see a night usually start with a leg up: different treatment programs, in .jail as a lesson, that a proba- parents who love them They objectively discuss each tion agent who requires a client to a school system that educates case coming before the court and submit to the embarrassment of a them they subjectively express their urine analysis would be viewed as a neighborhood that protects opinion regarding the progress "a good man, a great friend," that them of each client. The discussion is a staffcharged with tracking a cli- a culture that accepts them frank and open, but never depre- ent's behavior would be "missed friends who respect them caring. The focus remains on the and held in the heart?" Who knew? a diet that nourishes them welfare of the client. Not me. These advantages pave the When court opens, the judge Now, however, I understand: road to success. Those devotees individually calls to the bench drug court gives its clients aleg up. of bootstraps sometimes attribute some clients who have not success- Those who successfully graduate their success to their own efforts fully completed their assignments from drug court leave standing tall forgetting the parents, teachers, which may include drug tests, in their rightful place on the shoul- neighbors, relatives and friends counseling sessions, community dersofthosetheyencountered. upon whose shoulders they stand, service work. Occasionally, clients Those of us outside the crimi- They also sometimes forget the attribute their behavior to the fail- nal justice system who are familiar tax payers of previous generations ure of other people. They fail to with crime statistics often support who built and paid for the schools, impress. The judge explains that efforts to get tough with crime tout- the roads, the parks, the hospitals, while other people are not perfect, ing a philosophy of "trail 'em, nail indeedtheveryfreedomsthatgive the client is always responsible. 'em, jail 'em." This leads to more the next generation a leg up. These people are asked to sit in the jails. Some of us view criminal ref- Some in our society have not Jury Box and write an explanation ormation as a bunch of happy hog- had all of these advantages. As of their behavior, wash. And sometimes it is. Page 3 IIHHII Holiday Train stops in Kimball ByJeanDoranMatua, Editor It was too cold to bring out After years of trying, Cana- the horses for the horse-drawn dian Pacific Rail's famous Holi- wagon rides that were scheduled. day Train made a stop in Kimball. And lots of hot chocolate and cof- This was the tenth year of the Holi- fee were served in the park shelter day Train. In years past we in Kim- before the concert. It was too cold ball only got a few seconds of it for skating or sledding that was whooshing through town. Natu- planned. But the medallion hunt rally, the weather didn't cooperate did go on (and the medallion was this year. But more than 200 peo7 found). Lots of food was donated pie showed up in sub-zero temper- to the Kimball Area Food Shelf, as atures to wait for the train, donate was about $150 in cash, in addition to the local food shelf, and enjoy a to CP Rail's donation. concert. People huddled together for It was nearly 9 p.m. when the warmth and wind-break-friends, train pulled into town. The doors neighbors and strangers alike. of one of the railcars opened When it's minus 7 and 30-m.p.h. and from the smoky mist inside winds are howling, there are no emerged Santa, doing a bit of a rap. strangers anymore. Then Santa went out into the freez- The train came and went within ing crowd. CP Rail presented a less than an hour's time. Toes and check for $1,000 to Kimball mayor fingers and faces have thawed out. Tammy Konz and food shelf rep- But the feeling of community and resentative Jennifer Schiefelbein. accomplishment will linger for Then four musicians took the stage some time. And some are already and played six songs, ending with looking forward to next year's Hol- "Silent Night." iday Train. We would like to thank our friends and family for all the prayers, food, flowers, and memo- rial donations that were given at this time of our morn, Gertie Stuve's passing. We especially want to thank Pastor Nerud for his words of comfort and the many visits he paid our mother. She had a long life and we treasure all of the wonderful memories we have of time spent with her. Blessings to you and yours from the famiIies of Gertie Stuve. Rollin Stuve, Verna Lea (Salmela), Judy (James), and the Larry Stuve family St. John's Boys' Choir Christmas Concert The St. John's Boys' Choir will perform a Christmas Concert, A Ceremony of Carols," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Cathedral of St. Mary, 25 8th Ave. S., St. Cloud. tickets are $15. for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (320) 363-2558. The choir's new Christmas CD "Love's Pure Light" is also available. Coffee Et goodies This notice is to all Kimball res- idents. There will be coffee and goodies at the city offices from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22. Tammy & Chris But in Stearns County we have a group of people collaborating in the difficult work of Community Corrections who are dedicated to protecting society by offering a leg up to those who need to change their behavior. The Drug Court is an amazing example of the salutary impact of optimism toward the human spirit. Roland Froyen South Haven Mitten Tree The Kimball American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261 invites the pub- lic to donate to our mitten tree for our area's needy children. Items needed are: mittens, hats, scarves, socks, long Johns, etc., and can be brought to the legion club in Kimball during reg- ular business hours on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Thank you and God bless you, Kimball American Legion Auxiliary Post 261