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Ready for Collegeitis


Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, May 21, 2001

I have a confession to make: In the last two weeks I have twice done what some would call "skipped school." The first absolutely devious act was joining eight of my top classmates after a three and a half hour grueling exam for lunch…off campus, without permission. The second outlandish act was not taking the time to sign out of school when I felt ill and went home. I had my father call the school immediately but to no avail. I should have signed out. Tsk tsk. I felt those were very good excuses, but the school said, "I don’t think so." I have also found myself disinterested in schoolwork, and even learning in general. Now, for me, this is a big deal. Those who know me would not expect these sorts of dastardly deeds. With three weeks left in high school, I have given this attitude the name of "Idon’twanttoworkanymore-sickofhighschoolrules-readyforcollegeitis." I believe the medical term is senioritis.

The idea of a why a senior in high school gets senioritis has been touched on many times. However, I feel that most people may not know what it is like for the poor vulnerable senior. The pressure starts at a young age. As an elementary school student my classmates and myself were scared into doing our homework and following rules. As a middle school student we were threatened to do the same. As a freshman I was so scared of seniors, teachers, the school, lunch, rules, and just about everything else that I obeyed rules because the choices seemed slim. In the forgotten years of a sophomore and junior I got more comfortable with my surroundings and school. As a senior it’s all very nice. It seems like there are no pressures at all. It turns out that this is not such a good thing.

I did not want to get senioritis. In fact, as a junior and early senior I did what I could to not get it. I remember some certain "annoying" seniors that were just a bit too comfortable in school. They used to yell, pick on people, disrupt classes, and disrespect teachers. I didn’t want to be like that. I wanted to keep working in school, and stay respectful to my elders and superiors. For the most part I think I succeeded in doing this. Unfortunately, in these past couple weeks things have become more difficult. The respect is still there for the most part, but staying on task is a completely different story. I keep thinking, "wouldn’t it be great to eat where and when I want?" "Couldn’t I be taking classes a bit more suited for me?" "What .....
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Genetic Genie

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, May 14, 2001

Nature provides for genetic exchanges through natural selection. Humans have long manipulated genetic inheritance through crossbreeding of plants and animals. But, in recent years, scientists have learned how to manipulate ..... 
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Return to Weaver - Field Report

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, April 30, 2001

Early Spring 2001

Regular readers may recall my article on the Blanding’s Turtle research project at Weaver Dunes near Wabasha, Minnesota, which appeared in the August 14, 2000 issue of the Fillmore C ..... 
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All About Strawberries

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, May 21, 2001

Even if you have a small garden you can still have a few strawberry plants. There is nothing like eating ripe, fresh berries right out of the garden. It will make you think twice about eating store bought be ..... 
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Take This Until It Hurts

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, May 21, 2001

I don’t know why I do this to myself. My birthday is in the spring and so is my semi-annual run-in with my dentist. I could simply make the dental appointment later in the year. That way I would be spared the double-whammy ..... 
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“It’s all about roads”

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, April 30, 2001

“The only thing the county board is concerned about are roads,” one person commented to me a few weeks ago.

And the way in which she said this implied that this was not necessarily a good thing.

About th ..... 
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Booster seats can save lives

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Monday, May 14, 2001

Booster seats save lives. It’s as simple as that. The law requires, and common sense dictates, that infants and toddlers need a special seat in the car to protect them in case of an accident.

Minnesota law states that ..... 
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Journal Interview

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Former Engineer Voight speaks outBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 14, 2001

Today, Monday, May 14, is Steve Voigt’s last day on the job as Fillmore County Highway Engineer. In March, the Fillmore County Board voted unanimously to advertise ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Council deals with art commission business, creates parking study groupBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 14, 2001

After six years with the Lanesboro Police Department, three as Chief of Police, John Carlin will step down as the city’s top law enfo ..... 
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