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Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:05 AM
We are emphasizing the importance of your community newspaper by subtraction — a front page devoid of news — this week as part of a statewide “whiteout” campaign in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, of which we are members. It’s a not-so-subtle reminder of all that you would lose if your local newspaper ceased to exist.
  • In Minnesota, we understand the importance of a free press. It’s hard to forget in our state – Minnesotans are among the most engaged citizens in the country. Last year we again ranked first in the nation in voter turnout. Minnesotans volunteer at the second highest rate in the country. And we usually look to our local newspapers as the first stop for the information we need.
  • We are emphasizing the importance of your community newspaper by subtraction — a front page devoid of news — this week as part of a statewide “whiteout” campaign in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, of which we are members. It’s a not-so-subtle reminder of all that you would lose if your local newspaper ceased to exist.
  • One of the childhood books I most remember is “The Little Engine That Could.” I know I read many books as a child, including Dr. Seuss and even the “Dick and Jane” books in school. However the “Little Engine” book just stands above the rest.
  • It was during my sophomore year (before the Christmas vacation) sitting in Mr. Reps’ geometry class in ‘54 and that he taught us how to bisect an angle with a straight edge and a compass. During my two weeks of Christmas vacation, I was figuring out a way to trisect an angle. I found it. Back in Mr. Reps’ class, in January, I announced that I had found a way to trisect an angle. One classmate went to the chalkboard and the rest of the class followed my instructions at their desks.
  • We may not have the bodies of water that make up the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but water is still important in our region of Minnesota, which features bluffs, springs, caves and many streams. These unique geographic features, including sinkholes and disappearing rivers, components of karst geology, also create challenges to keep our water clean.
  • I would like to respond to the open forum letter and statements that Mike Holzer recently had in the Spring Valley Tribune in regards to the Wykoff City Council.  I do not believe that he gave a true picture of what is actually happening and yes I, too, was at that meeting.
  • Sixty years ago I figuratively propelled my mortar board up to the ceiling of the SVHS basketball court/theater stage. What a glorious feeling! Walking back to my chair on cloud 9, I said to myself, “No more school, no more books, no more of the teachers’ dirty looks.” I did continue on and attend more classes, in college, in Austin Area Vocational School (radio and TV repair), in the United States Air Force (ground photographic equipment repair) and classes at home, camera repair and solid state electronics. I did a lot more learning after SVHS than I did during those 12 wonderful years. I try to learn something new every day.
  • At the April 17 meeting of the Kingsland School Board, some information and issues arose that area citizens need to know.
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