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Journal Writing Project: Matt Ruen


Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Thanks to all of you out there,Whove read this column omine.Ive enjoyed writing it through the year,The experience has been fine.This is my final poem here,My "one last chance to shine,"So with you Ill this poem share,Of whats lately on my mind.

The sun of afternoon did warm my back,As I, inspired by a deadline near,Gave thought to high school, and chose not to slackBut waxed poetic on my senior year.

They have been good, these many high school days.Ive had a large amount of cheerful fun,Done lots of stuff, from honor bands to plays,And this years seen the last of every one.Nor more Ill play at pep band loud and clearTo urge the Burros on to victory,No cheering loudly so that all can hearThe pride in school and teams thats held by me.

My final honor band saw this year tooA day spent with my peers, music the aim.I can play horn in college, this is true,But that, though fun, could never be the same.

The all-school play, four years Ive been in itAnd now my acting there has reached its end.Oh, whether I did star, or just did sit,I loved the stage, and acting with my friends.

This year, as well, I saw my last speech meet.No more to speak on Saturday Ill walk.No more can I my competition greet,Before each one of us must give our talk.

So many things the last of which Ive seen,And yet there are still many more to be.My final band performance (Tuesday een)The last school day before we all are free.

And after all these lasts, well graduate,Ill proudly hold diploma in my hand.My summer time I will appreciate,Before Im off to Carleton College-land.

Ill work, and make whatever cash I can,And bike upon the trail most evry day.My family will go West (well, thats the plan)And before long Ill have to go away.

At college, Ill a set of firsts b .....
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Of People, Places and Things: Please leave guns at the door

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Is that a pistol in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?   Mae West

Please leave guns at the door.   That sign was on the front entrance of a pizza joint I frequented in ..... 
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Avoid clichs like the plague

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Editors note: The following speech was one of several given at the 2002 Fillmore Central High School commencement. It is reprinted here as a reminder that the graduation season is almost upon us. By Emily Torgrimson  The ear ..... 
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Another One From Flaherty: The Trouble with Harry

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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Have you ever taken one of those self-improvement courses? A friend of mine did and he has driven everyone that he knows nuts. He took some sort of course that was supposed to enable him to win friends and influence people and now he has no friends a ..... 
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Township Roads:Chaperones

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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My wife, Deb, and I just got back from the Minnesota FFA Convention. Our sons, Matt and Ted, both participated in the event. They are guitarists in a band named Near-Death Experience that participated in the FFA Talent Contest. Near-Death Experience ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Eric Leitzen

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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By Eric M. Leitzen

Anger. Sadness. Indifference. Fear. Longing. This is what I saw on the bronze faces of the nineteen soldiers that made up the National Korean War Memorial. Those faces, so masterfully sculpted, will be forever ..... 
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Of People, Places and Things: Courts will likely decide Heartlands fate

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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At the Preston City Council meeting on Monday night, when Preston Mayor Dave Pechulis pulled a rabbit out of his hat and ruled that a three to two vote supporting a conditional use permit for Heartland had failed because it did not meet the super maj ..... 
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