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/Local & Area Thursday, February 28, 2013 The Northern Star 3 ] Independently Sp0000ki.a By Brent Olson BEING SURE Not so long ago I asked a guy if I could buy him lunch and pick his brain a little about something that's been bothering me. I thought I asked fairly politely, but he headed for indignation in the blink of an eye. "There's no sense in doing that," he said. "You never listen to me anyway." "Okay," I said, "let me know if you change your mind." What I didn't say was, "I always lis- ten to you. I just don't often agree with you ." Maybe I should have said it out loud. I don't want him to think he's not being listened to, because it's probably hard on his blood pressure. On the other hand, I've seldom got- ten in trouble for the things I haven't said, so I spend quite a bit of time not saying what I'm thinking. It's to the point that not getting into arguments is kind of a default condition for me. Don't get me wrong - I like discus- sions. I just hate arguments. Discus- sions are fine, necessary. They're the only way to get all the facts on the table and work through honest differ- ences of opinion. There are any num- ber of issues where reasonable, thoughtful people can come to com- pletely different conclusions, but in the world we live in, sometimes you can't settle for agreeing to disagree. There needs to be a discussion, usually a compromise, and then a decision. But arguments, with name calling and character assassinations? I don't really think many minds are changed in arguments. Human nature really works against that. If we offer our opinion and someone challenges it, the natural instinct is to rear up and defend your turf. I've watched people, many times, say things they don't really mean in an effort to win an argument that doesn't really matter. I try not to do that. Republicans Elect Delegates at County Convention Statewide Minnesota Representation The 2013 Big Stone County Repub- lican party convention was held Friday, Feb. 22 at the VFW Cklb  ()tonville. The meetings was call e$1Ao..qrAteLby ._ . Chairmari Breiat Jacobsen and opened , with the Pledge of Allegianceto the Flag. Delegates, elected earlier at precinct meetings, gathered to elect new county officers. They also selected representa- fives to the 7th Congressional District Convention, to be held March 16, 2013 at Bemidji and for the State Central Convention to be held on April 6, 2013. Officers elected: Chairman - Jack Whitley; Treasurer - Donald Diekmann and Secretary - Brent Jacobsen. Delegates and alternates elected in- clude Jay Backer, Jack Whitley, Gwen Whitley, Brent and Dorla Jacobsen to the 7th Congressional District Con- vention at Bemidji and Jay Backer and Donald Verheul to the State Conven- tion in April. "Local conventions provide an av- enue for citizens to participate in the political process, and we encourage our constituents to contact the above offices and delegates with your input, questions and suggestions," said Whit- Icy. ] News from Neighbors [ BROWNS VALLEY - Betti Labs announced in last week's issue that they have sold the Valley News to The Wheaton Gazette, Mike Kremer and Bill Kremer, according to the Valley News. Betti will be an employee, working fewer hours and doing feature stories and covering community events. Ownership will change on March 1,2013. WHEATON - Supt. Posthumus re- ported the Wheaten School District re- ceived two grants to update the weight room at WHS. Sanford Health and the Dumont Wheaton-Dumont Commu- nity Fund each donated $2.500 to fund the updates, according to the Wheaten Gazette. I think this particular habit started for me during church dinners. I'd be sitting at a table with a bunch of guys, some of whom couldn't agree if the sun rose in the east. I'd be listening to what was being said and I'd be re- minded of a line from an old Robert Parker detective novel. Describing a character, he wrote, "He was often wrong, but never unsure." Folks who were absolutely sure of what they were saying would surround me and quite often I thought they were completely wrong. I'd open my mouth to say something, but instead I'd usu- ally end up stuffing in some more rice pudding or another brownie. Was it cowardice or politeness? A lot of the guys were older and I admit that I was raised to respect my elders. It took many years before I realized that 60 or 70 years of experience doesn't mean anything if it's just one year repeated 60 or 70 times. Of course, I've now reached the point where my hair, what there is of it, is just as white as it can be, so I don't worry too much about being consid- ered a young whippersnapper. I should be able to hold forth just like those other old guys, explaining all the things I'm completely certain about. Except there aren't very many things that I am completely certain about and there are getting to be fewer and fewer every year. There are also fewer and fewer things I'm willing to fight about. There are some, and I admit that about those few I am absolutely ferocious, with no thought of fair play or quarter asked or given. So I guess I'm okay with not jump- ing into an argument with that guy the other day. After all, I know there's a chance I'm completely wrong. But I'm always listening. Copyright 2013 Brent Olson www.independentlyspeaking.com Families Parent Expo at LqP Valley School March 9 The Celebrating Families Together is planning the 16th annual Celebrat- ing Families - Parent Expo to be held at the Lae qui Parle Valley High Schoo l, rural Madison on Saturday, March 9, 2013. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude about 3 p.m. Last year there were 35 booths, including a book fair. Activities for pre-school and elemen- tary age children, including a jumping house and obstacle course, will be of- fered. The booths will be open from 10-12:30 p.m. and a free lunch will be offered from 11:30 to 12:30 The guest speaker will present from 1-2 p.m. There will be door prizes. This year the guest speaker is Jan Walker, a high energy world renowned trainer, who will engage you, intrigue you and totally entertain you as you discover meaningful and significant ways of creating a strong educational foundation for your children. Jan has spent over 20 years training and development people in both the non-profit and for profit sectors, trained professionals in Head Start and Early Heart Start Programs, Commu- nity Action agencies, school districts, county government, workforce com- missions and other agencies large and small. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. MORRIS - Exports, workforce cre- ation and immigration reform were three topics on the table during a dis- cussion between U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, staff from Superior Indus- tries and local leaders in Morris last Tuesday afternoon, according to the Morris Sun Tribune. About 20% of Su- perior's total sales are international, which includes buyers in Canada, Mexico, Australia and Russia, said Su- perior CEO Micah Zeltwanger. Some thought about winter ..... If anyone ever comes up again and tells me the winters aren't as cold as they used to be, I'm gonna hit him with the biggest thing I can find - my heat- ing bill! See? What'd I tell you? That cooler weather you prayed for back in July - finally made it! Oh yes, I'm ready for it to be over! -DET- ale: Lena, how do you like our new scale? Lena: I don't. I never vanted a scale dat talked. ale: Vy, Lena, vhat did it say to you? Lena: Last time I stepped on it, it said, "Vum at a time, pleeze!" Teacher: Mr. Olson, he doesn't seem to be listening. The other day after studying American history, I asked Lit- tle Ole how the Liberty Bell got cracked and he wasn't able to tell me. Ole: Veil, he's pretty honest. If he says he didn't crack it, den I vould ten to believe him. Teacher: 0ong pause) May I speak to Mrs. Olson? Ole: No use, she didn't crack it ei- ther! ale: Lena, I got a new yob as a pilot! Lena: ale, how can you be a pilot? ale: Easy, Lena. I got a yob at da stable. I pile it over here, I pile it over dere ..... ale: Who vould like to ask my da first question? Newsman: Is it true the IRS has asked for your records? ale: Yah, dey did. And I took dem two of my Lawrence Velk, three Mitch Miller and a Tijuana Brass. Ice Fishing Shelter Removal Dates Approaching Minnesota's ice fishing shelter re- moval dates are approaching, the Minnesota Department of Natural Re- sources (DNR) said. Dark houses, fish houses and porta- bles must be off the ice of inland wa- ters no later than midnight on March 4 in the southern two-thirds of the state and March 18 in the northern third. Enforcement action will be taken if shelters are left after the dead- lines. The March 4 removal deadline ap- plies to waters south of a line starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota bor- der near Moorhead along U.S. High- way 10, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border near Duluth. The March 18 deadline ap- plies to waters north of that line. For border waters, the shelter re- moval deadlines are: Minnesota - Iowa, Feb. 20; Minnesota - Wiscon- sin, March 1; Minnesota - North Dakota and South Dakota, March 5; Minnesota - Canada, March 31. Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier, if ice conditions war- rant. Those not removing shelters will be prosecuted. Conservation officers may remove the structure and confis- cate or destroy it. It is also unlawful to store or leave a shelter at a public access. After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended. It is unlawful to improperly dispose of ice fishing shacks anywhere in the state. Anglers should check with local refuse providers or landfills for dis- posal. Will March Come in Like A Lamb - or a Lion? Have You Checked Your Address Label Recently? The Northern Star Labels ContaM reformation on the Month/Year Your Subsciption is Due Cards are no longer sent PLEASE Check Your Label Now! Thank You!! "Can You Recall....... THESE YOUNG WRESTLERS have been participating in tournaments for some time - These C-G ele- mentary Kids Wrestlers advanced to the Regional Jaycee tournament at Albany some years ago. Two of them will be wrestlin2 in this year's State Wrestling tournament, while the other two also were state wrestling con- tenders in their" high school years. Front: )ylan Pullis and Austin Maanum, who are two of the six Bu wrestlers involved this weekend, while Char|ie Maanum and Wylie Pullis, CGB graduates, back row, also began their wrestling careers in the Kid Wrestling program. STARBANK The Bank That Cares TM Graceville, MN 320-748-7239 I Equal Housing Lender I News from Ne'ghbors ] Member FDIC HERMAN - The Ranney-Bain- bridge Funeral Home will have an open house to display an exact replica of Abraham Lincoln's coffin, accord- ing to the Herman-Hoffman Tribune. There are only five of these replicas in the world and two hold permanent res- idence in museums. 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