Tricounty News

Tidbits for March 2014

From Senior Dining

There was a lot of scurrying around at the dining site as a committee made up of diners and myself made plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Senior Dining in Kimball. Our site is the only original site in Central Minnesota still open.

Many hours were spent reading and/or looking through the scrapbooks that had been kept from the beginning. Upon learning what was served for the first meal and what the suggested contribution was, I thought it would be neat if we could repeat both. I mentioned it to my supervisor, Shari Grebinoski. Following procedure, I put in a special request and was thrilled when it was approved. Therefore, the diners were served spareribs (boneless, mind you), mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, fruit cocktail, and Jell-O cubes with whipped cream. Only compliments were heard and guess what they’d like to have on the menu again?


Chicken Soup book includes stories by columnist, Jill Pertler

Moms are the busiest people in the world. They juggle kids, husbands, home and office (and occasionally a ball or two). The well-loved Chicken Soup for the W-JillPertlerSoul books is celebrating the multi-
talents of moms everywhere with a new book titled, Chicken Soup for the Soul: the Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide. (Available beginning March 18.)

Syndicated columnist and multitasker, Jill Pertler, has two stories published in this new collection of 101 inspiring and amusing stories for mothers who do it all. Pertler’s story, “A Mom’s Talents Run Deep,” takes a lighthearted look at the superpowers many mothers possess, while the topic matter of her second story, “Toilet Talk,” is self-explanatory.


March 21 Update

Skills for Success

I recently read an article from our service cooperative that focused on the development of critical skills necessary for future success. It’s hard to believe, but our students will one day have jobs that currently don’t exist. The research is pretty clear about what students will need to know and do in the future. Tony Wager, an international best-selling author, interviewed hundreds of business leaders and conducted numerous school visits across the county to determine the “Seven Survival Skills for Careers, College and Citizenship.” For in-depth information about the Seven Skills and Tony’s research, visit his webpage at The educational programs and co-curricular activities at EV-W are committed to providing opportunities for students to grow, explore, create, and pursue their dreams into the future, but we also want them to learn and practice the necessary skills they will need for a successful life. Those skills are very similar to those that Tony Wagner identified through his research. The list includes:


Words gone wrong

I found myself humming a tune I’d heard on the radio, “I came in like a rainbow…. La la la de da….” Like many songs, most of the words eluded me, but I sang the ones I knew for sure. Over and over – the rainbow. I came in like a rainbow. Yes I did.

And then there was all the hoopla about the Grammys and I got a visual snippit of the song’s video on the news and realized my rainbow was none other than everyone else’s wrecking ball. Just imagine. Let’s just say knowing the correct words to the pop tune gave it a whole new meaning.


March 14 Update

Legislative Update

Despite a significant budget surplus of just over $1.2 billion, the prospects for additional education funding this session are low. As educators, we are hopeful that our elected officials will recognize the need to pay for implementing the Minnesota mandated principal and teacher evaluations, facility improvements, and equalization aid to assure all students receive appropriate funds regardless of zip code.

Governor Dayton announced his supplemental budget plan last week and it included $3.5 million to pay for reduced price lunches. In addition, the House and Senate leaders are working to establish budget targets for the various finance committees. We’ll have a better idea where the spending will take place once the budget targets are established.