Letter to the Editor

This is for the person(s) who hit and destroyed our mailbox and post Friday night by Watkins and didn’t come and say they did it or say they will replace it. There will be a cost to put up a new one. It is very sad to come out and see the damage that was…

Let us remember

Let us remember and never forget what the Kimball American Legion Post 261 has meant and done for the community.

History

• Chartered Aug. 1, 1920

• First Memorial Day Service 1920

• Auxiliary chartered in 1922

• Baseball Team 1922

• Clubroom built in 1949

Kimball teachers need new contract

Starting Monday, teachers in Kimball stopped donating their extra time to the district until a new contract is signed.

Kimball teachers have worked 311 days without a new contract. Members of the union’s bargaining team and district administrators have met in 13 different negotiating sessions. However, the two sides remain far apart on several key issues and will go into mediation on June 22.

“Kimball teachers will put aside our frustrations and focus on our students during the school day,” said Erin Durga, president of Education Minnesota Kimball. “However, we can’t continue to work beyond our contracted hours when district administrators can’t agree to a fair, reasonable contract.”

Underused community asset

We are so fortunate in Kimball to have such a great senior dining site. The lunch program which is geared towards seniors is much more than just a good meal.

Coordinator Roselea Hoeft does a wonderful job making sure diners receive tasty meals that are hot and on time. But there’s more to it than that. Senior Dining, located at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, is a place for seniors to congregate and spend a couple of hours a day visiting with friends and other diners. Diners are entertained with occasional games of Bingo or other activities. After lunch, one can usually find a game of “500” or Euchre being played. If cards are not your thing, there is almost always a jigsaw puzzle to complete … or at least fit a piece or two into its proper place.

Regarding our library

March 4, 2018

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved books. So naturally, I’ve always loved libraries. I clearly remember my first library visit in my hometown in Montana, a library that was created by area citizens who donated the books and was operated by volunteers. It was the tiniest library. And it smelled funny from all the musty, old books. But it was a magical place that let me take home a new book or two every week. It didn’t matter if I couldn’t read a word. Books were a precious commodity. And to me, holding a book was like holding the entire world in my hands.

We were a family blessed to move several times in the course of my childhood. And without fail, when we settled into a new home in a new community, the first thing my mom did was take us to the library. I loved visiting the library in Alexandria, Minn. It had two levels. The staircases were ornate and grand. My imagination would take flight each time we passed through the doorway. I was a princess, entering a castle, or a prisoner being cast into the dungeon (the children’s area was on the lower level). My book selections weren’t limited to Fairytales though…Amelia Bedelia and The Bernstein Bears were favorite selections I’d check out again and again.

The cost of cable

In the upcoming weeks, Arvig television customers will see an increase to their monthly bill. Starting with the March 2018 statement, the increase will vary between $3 and $8 per month, depending on the customer’s service area and plan. I know this is frustrating, and we wish we had more control. Unfortunately, the rising costs of programming directly impact customers’ bills.

All television providers–including cable and satellite–sign multi-year agreements that set terms on pricing, bundling and viewing options with every programmer. Arvig has contracts for all the channels in our lineup, and nearly all come with an annual increase. Programmers not only force us to pay for their channels, but they also tell us how we have to bundle them for our customers. We have never believed this was a fair way to do business, but in order to continue carriage of our customers’ favorite channels we have no choice but to agree to these terms and fees.

Perspective on Kimball Library

By now you may have heard a conversation or two in the last few months regarding our community library, which is housed in Kimball City Hall. The Great River Regional Library (GRRL), which operates the Kimball branch library, will celebrate 50 years in the Kimball community in 2019. With its beginnings in the city offices nearly five decades ago, what has changed with our library since that time? Many new things and plans for the future as you’ll see below.

Cartoon critical of Trump?Äôs tweets

On the Oct. 19, 2017, editorial page you posted a cartoon showing the Twitter image of the outline of a bird sitting on a nest filled with hatching eggs labeled ?Äúhate, division, chaos,?Äù etc. Obviously, this is intended as criticism against President Trump for his Twitter messages. I dispute your jaundiced view of Trump that claims he is sowing division in this country with his outspoken tweets. The Democrats are the ones causing division with their constant lies and attacks against Trump for doing the very things that we, including the patrons of your newspaper, elected him to do.

My vote is ?Äòyes?Äô

Living in the EV-W School District for 17 years, my family and I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to meet many people, and be involved in many groups and activities. From the Legion to Manannah Township, or serving on Fire and Rescue, or church and mission trips, the community and people have been very good to us. I feel the up-coming school referendum is a valuable tool needed to keep our school campus up to par, and attract growth for the future, and I am voting ?Äú YES?Äù on June 6.

Another request to vote ‘yes’

 

Recently, my LG Android phone fell from a counter to a tiled floor, and since I had already made light work of cracking its protective cover, the glass display screen cracked severely. Naturally, the phone itself still worked, but every time I swiped my finger across the face of the phone, my finger encountered tiny glass shards that would embed themselves into my skin.

Like most people, I have learned that I cannot be without that phone. How can I expect myself to engage in a conversation, or read a book without the constant sound coming from my phone notifying me of what everyone else is thinking or doing?  If the screen is broken, it may still function as it should, but I am much less inclined to respond, or use the device if it?Äôs broken and potentially a hazard. My phone is expensive. It pained me to pay to replace it, but I knew in the long run it would be worth it.

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