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A new challenge, for a new season


Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Monday, November 12, 2001

As the football season comes to a close with a banquet, I prepare myself for the season ahead. I try to relax and take a few weeks off, but I know I have to get ready for my final season as a high school wrestler. It has been a long, yet rewarding road to where I'm at in wrestling right now.

There will be a lot of changes and challenges for me this year in wrestling. As a senior, I'll have new people to train with and I'll miss the good leadership of last year's seniors. But I think I'm ready for the challenge. I hope the time and effort I've put in will end this road as successfully as it has started.

Ever since I can remember, I've loved to wrestle. Whether it was with my brother or at a tournament, it was a lot of fun. I officially started when I was five, but I've been rolling around since I can remember.

My dad used to take my brother and I all around the area to different tournaments. The goal was for us to have fun and maybe develop an interest in the sport. When we would go to a wrestling tournament, we'd have to get up early so we could drive there. We used to stop and get something to eat for the road, usually a long john and an orange juice.

My dad, Seth, and I would show up at the tournament in time for weigh-ins. We'd usually see some kids from our school there; Derek Hebrink, Mike Phillips, and Mike Aggen to name a few. It was so much fun to get to wrestle against kids you didn't know, but the most exciting part was getting a trophy. Even if you took dead last, you usually got a trophy, and that was cool.

My family did this routine up until probably our 7th grade year. That's when we started to get serious. My dad never forced Seth or I to wrestle, we just both enjoyed it. I even played Pacesetter Basketball up to this point. But now, we were in 7th and 8th grade and it was time to put forth the time and effort to be successful wrestlers.

We decided to go to a wrestling camp, and we chose the University of Iowa's Technique camp. This camp was designed to teach young wrestlers new moves and good technique. Seth, a bunch of kids from our school and I, really enjoyed the week long camp. It was a good experience and a great start to a wrestling career.

When November came around, Seth who had already been on varsity, was ready for a full season as a starter. I, on the other hand, was just looking to have fun. I really couldn't tell you how the team did t .....
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Lost and Found

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Monday, October 22, 2001

I finally must admit that I am no longer approaching old age; I have crossed the threshold. I first became aware of this when I realized how many things that I have forgotten. Last Monday, I was about to explain the co ..... 
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Commute 006-Therapeutic Shopping

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Monday, November 5, 2001

One of the interesting things about a consumer culture is how people use shopping as therapy. I have a friend who soothes herself by heading to a department store cosmetic counter when life gets bleak, to sample all t ..... 
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October the Sports Solstice

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Monday, October 29, 2001

October is the month when the four major sports converge, meeting like some kind of Autumn solstice. Hockey players are on the ice, their sticks held high; basketball is just taking shape with the exhibition season und ..... 
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It's a Disaster!

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Monday, October 29, 2001

We see the birds flying in V's overhead with their long white necks stretched to their full lengths. We are close to our destination--Rieck's Lake, three miles north of Alma, Wisconsin along the Mississippi River. We r ..... 
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Return of the Eagles

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, November 12, 2001

Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures of early November 2001, Bald Eagles can again be seen soaring over the Root River Bluffs of the Lanesboro region. Their arrival, as much a ..... 
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Berries for Winter Birds

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, November 12, 2001

More than just winter interest, you can add color to your landscape and feed the birds by planning ahead and incorporating berries into your garden plan.

There are lots of plants that have grea ..... 
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Take Your Time

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 22, 2001

Im all goofed up again. Daylight savings time, or lack of it, is the culprit. Just when a guy is getting used to it then we spring ahead or fall back. It makes sense in my mind, but my body just doesnt buy the reali ..... 
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The other battle in Afghanistan is for food

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Monday, November 12, 2001

While the United States attacks Taliban-held positions in Afghanistan, there is another critical battle underway in the central Asian country: how to feed the millions of people without food.

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