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Thursday, December 24, 2009 Tr!-CountyNews*Kimball, MN Sports Leisure The Spine| Co|utah Car| I_arson, DVlVi ?i .... &apos;i iii By Chad Spaulding, D.C. 'Twos a chiropractic Christmas Landmark, or eyesore? 'Twas the day before Christmas, but there was no cheer. No jingle bells jingled, no sound of reindeer. The word had gone out that Santa was sick. There would be no visit from jolly St. Nick. The people were sad; no gaiety sounded. For Christmas had come, but Santa was grounded. He drove down the road, and what should he see? But a sign for a doctor, who was a D.C. Now Santa was not one to like a new tactic, But all. else had failed, so he tried Chiropractic. He entered the office and saw at a glance, in a place such as this, illness hasn't a chance. The office staff smiled, the music was sappy, with all of the patients contented and happy. In a very short time, to judge by the , clock, he was in the adjusting room, talk- ing to doc. It must be the hurry, the tension and all, I simply can't seem to get on the ball. Life used to be easy; just kids, toys and whistles, now I dodge smog, spaceships and missiles. And Doc, take a look at the size of my pack! Have you any idea what it does to my back? Poor santa was miserable and just barely able, with the help of the Doctor, to get on the table. The Doctor was gentle; Without a fuss or a tussle he examined the vertebrae and relaxed every muscle. He spotted trouble and then with a click, started aligning the spine of old St. Nick. Santa felt aches and pains slipping away and in no time at all he began to feel gay. The air was a tingle with new fallen snow and healthy Kris Kringle was rarin' to go. As he went out the door, he threw them a kiss; why; it had been certuries since he felt good as this! Then once more he shouldered the bag full of toys, his heart overflowing with true Christmas joys. DU and dedicated hunters protect shoreland on Fish Lake In aworld full of change, a group of dedicated hunters in south- west Stearns County have taken action to assure their shoreline property on Fish Lake stays the same for future generations. The Kanller Partnership, made up of Don Kauth, his two sons, Tom and Paul, and friends, Mark Miller and Charlie Mueller, recently agreed to a 183-acre conservation easement with Ducks Unlimited that per- manently protects over 2,300 feet of shoreline on Fish Lake and 80 acres of soon-to-expire Conserva- tion Reserve Program acres. The project is supported by a 2009 grant to DU (Ducks Unlim- ited) from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, and by a federal North American Wetland Conservation Act grant. Don Kanth, a retired Minneap- olis fireman, has hunted ducks on Fish Lake and neighboring lakes since 1949. When the opportunity arose to purchase the 183-acre property 10 years ago, Don and the group jumped at the chance. "This land is all about wildlife conservation and making sure the kids and their kids have the oppor- tunity to develop their own out- door hunting traditions," Kauth Said. "Partnering with DU to pro- tect this property and Fish Lake fits right in with those goals." Fish Lake is a 233-acre shallow lake with an average depth of four feet and goodwater clarity. The lake is an important resource to migra- tory and brood-rearing waterfowl because of the aquatic plants and invertebrates supported over most of its area. Waterfowl and other migratory birds depend on these aquatic plants and invertebrates for food and cover. A fish barrier installed on the Kauller Partner- ship pr6perty by DU and the Min- nesota Department of Natural Resources in 2006 helps maintain the lake's water quality and water- fowl habitat, but protection of the shoreline and adjacent lands is also a key objective for DU. "Protecting shallow lake shore- line and adjacent lands from devel- opment and subdivision is a key component to maintaining quality waterfowl habitat into the future," said Bob Usgaard, a regional biol- ogist with DU. "This was a great project to complete under our Liv- ing Lakes Initiative because the easement protects more than 175 acres of grass and wetland habitats covering the entire eastern side of Fish Lake." Ducks Unlimited now holds 15 conservation easements that protect more than eight miles of shallow lake shoreline in Min- nesota. Once considered substandard for lake home development, shal- low lakes are increasingly targeted today for new home construc- tion and subdivisions. Shoreline development can degrade shal- low lake water quality and aquatic vegetation and permanently remove wildlife habitat on adja- cent uplands. By protecting their shoreline property, Don Kauth and other partnership members are doing what they can to see this doesn't happen to Fish Lake. "It's important we protect places like Fish Lake if we want to make sure the next generation has the opportunity to experience the outdoor traditions I've enjoyed for so many years," Kauth said. Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappear- ing waterfowl habitats. Estab- lished in 1937, Ducks Unlim- ited has conserved nearly 13 mil- lion acres thanks to contributions from more than a million support- ers across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to pro- gram efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. On behalf Of everyone at Watkins and KimballVeterinary Clinics, I am 9leased to announce that we will be loining forces beginning Jan. 1. To celebrate the occasion, I thought it would be fun to conduct an e-mail poll on something which I'm sure everyone in the area has an opinion. Let's determine the fate of the "Kim- ball Motel" sign that still stands on the veterinary clinic lot! Should it stay just as it is by virtue of being a landmark, or should it go away on account of it being an eyesore? I want everyone who ever reads this column to give me their opinion, and I will share the results of the poll in my column when the results are tabulated. E-mail <carllarson @watkinsvetclinic.com>, with either "landmark" or "eyesore" in the sub- ject line, feel free to put any other comments regarding the sign in the body of the e-mail, and send it to me by New Years' DayI Get every- one you know to weigh-in, because the fate of the "Kimball Motel" sign is in your hands. We are very excited to begin working with Dr. Arendt and his staff at the Kimball Veterinary Clinic, and he will continue see- ing appointments and performing surgeries at the Kimball location until whenever the day comes that retirement steals him from us. Drs. Dean, Dan, and myself will be see- ing appointments at both locations each week, striving to see all ani- mals in the area that need to get in as promptly as possible by utilizing both clinics together. We are espe- cially excited by the additional ben- 00age Vote now on whether to keep the "Kimball Motel" sign near the inter- section of Hwy. 55 and Co. Rd. 44. Watkins Veterinary Clinic is joining forces with the Kimball Veterinary Clinic, currently in that location. They'd like public input on whether the sign should stay or go. You can vote by e-mail (see story below). Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. efits and services we will be able to offer all clients of both clinics by our merger: low cost spays and neuters, digital x-rays at Kimball, ultrasound at both clinics, 24/7 urgent care ser- vice previously unavailable at Kim- ball, expanded capabilities in den- tal and ophthalmologic treatments and diagnosties, farm animal ser- vice to clients calling Kimball, and a better customer service experience in general through the efficiencies gained by merging two facilities, five veterinarians with a combined experience of about 120 years (my own experience accounting for about 2 of those), and a diverse arsenal of diagnostic and treatment options for your animals. Tell me what to do With the sign! I don't want to take down some- thing that people feel is an histor- ical landmark, and I don't want to keep something up that people think is an eyesore. I'll reserve my opinion of the sign until I hear what everyone else thinks! The polls are open! RESTORATIONS, REMODELS, MAINTENANCE I can do everything on your "chore" list and MORE!! V' Clean tub and sink drains V' Clean gutters and down spouts V' Clean faucet aerators V' Roofing repairs V' Clean shower heads v r Soffit and fascia repairs Repair and replace faucets V' Soding repairs V' Replace toilets and sinks V' Stone and brick repairs V' Replace toilet wax rings V' Interior and exterior painting V' Redo caulking around bath fixtures V' Carpentry repairs Iff Replace leaking drain pipes Iff Furniture repairs V' Repair and replace water pipes V' Upholstery V' Door repairs II Flooring and tile V' Doorbells  Carpet repairs V' Window and screen repairs V' Sheetrock and taping V' Blow down and winterization Furnace Venting and registers Water softeners Reverse-osmosis systems Whole-house water filters Humidifiers Electric air cleaners v' Ultraviolet air cleaners V' Range hood venting v  HEPA air filters V' Clothes dryers and venting v' Appliance repairs