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The pages of our newspapers often feature community leaders, star athletes, outstanding students, political figures and accomplished business people. However, they also often feature people who just show up to help.
  • Experts say that 1 out of 4 accidents in the United States are caused by texting while behind the wheel. Texting and driving is six times more likely to cause an accident then if driving drunk. 
  • Just showing up is powerful
    The pages of our newspapers often feature community leaders, star athletes, outstanding students, political figures and accomplished business people. However, they also often feature people who just show up to help.
  • No vigilante here, but we remain vigilant about proper use of words
    Although I would never advocate defacing public property, it’s hard to get angry with the “grammar vigilante” in England who ventures out at night to correct infractions against the English language spotted in public signs. Although he holds grudges against all forms of incorrect punctuation, he spends most of his time addressing wayward apostrophes using a tool he built himself, according to the BBC, which did a story on him while protecting his anonymity.
  • Several years ago, I discovered I had a distant connection to someone I know in Rochester: I served him beer when he was under the legal age. It may not be exactly true, but it is plausible and it makes a funny story.
  • Social media plays a big role in the life of high school students. There are positive and negative effects that it can have on students. It is mainly used for connecting teens with one another over the phone, which leads to less face-to-face interaction. 
  • Cutting state regulations OK,  but not at expense of local control
    In many ways the rural-metro divide seems to be growing in Minnesota. One of the more prominent issues is funding for light rail vs. rural highways, which has created divisions within the state, not just across party lines.
  • Health insurance not only complicated, but also personal
    “Now I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” President Donald Trump said at a meeting of governors last month. “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
  • Getting a job during high school can build experience, self-reliance and responsibility early on in life. With the added money, it can make the teen years a lot more affordable with expenses like electronics, clothes or even a car if they save enough. It can teach money management. 
  • Sunshine key in age of shady truth
    Many years ago, I stopped a mayor outside City Hall to get his view on a controversial vote that had just occurred at a council meeting. He wasn’t anxious to answer my questions, and finally a council member/friend who was the only person with him advised the mayor to say whatever he wanted and if it didn’t go over well, he could claim he was misquoted since the comments weren’t being made in a public forum.
  • Picture may be worth 1,000 words, but words will always be needed
    The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” has some validity in that a complex idea can be conveyed more effectively in a single image than just text. However, usually, a picture, particularly a photograph, can’t stand on its own without some description.
  • By Hailey Marsden, senior, and Desirae Brainard, senior

    From Mrs. Lile’s writing class

  • Minnesota weather anything but average, or even predictable at times
    Early last week, we got our first report of a robin when Les Hyland of Spring Valley called in to say he spotted one of the first signs of spring in the form of a bird. Other bird enthusiasts commented on the large number of geese flying north so early in the year.


  • Your County Board is quite unified in the belief that staffing levels and changes in position descriptions in county government should be a part of the budget discussion starting in late summer. 
  • Thieves use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine new technology with old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. Far too often, they are successful.

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