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One Moment, Please... Scholarships, never too early


Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

In today’s issue of the Fillmore County Journal, you’ll see a name you’ve seen in this newspaper before.

Alexis Jorgenson, a graduate of Lanesboro High School, has been selected as the recipient of the Fillmore County Journal scholarship. Since 2010, our newspaper has awarded over $3,000 in scholarships to the following students: Abby Stocker (Lanesboro), Kevin O’Donnell (Rushford-Peterson), Jennifer Quanrud (Fillmore Central), Mitchell Walbridge (Lanesboro), Cody Hendrickson (Fillmore Central), and Abigail Hanson (Mabel-Canton).

To become eligible for the Fillmore County Journal scholarship, students need to participate in the Journal Student Writing Project during their senior year of high school.

And, students in any of the high schools in our coverage area are eligible to participate in this annual program which starts in October and runs until early June.

Of those students that participate in the annual writing project, they need to apply for the scholarship and write a piece answering the question “How is my community unique?”

At the end of the year, we look at the grades of our candidates along with applications, and we make a decision.

This year, Alexis Jorgenson presented high school transcripts boasting a 3.956 GPA for her senior year along with a cumulative 3.770 GPA.

After looking at Alexis’ long list of nothing but A’s for every course during her senior year, it was apparent she was deserving of our scholarship.

Congratulations to Alexis Jorgenson for taking the initiative to apply for this scholarship, write a piece about her community of Lanesboro, and finish her senior year of high school with great success.

Never too early

While we are now in the middle of summer, soon-to-be seniors should start thinking about their life after graduation.

I know it seems early, but it is never too early.

For graduating seniors, think of it this way.

You are competing with all others students in your class and other schools for the same pool of scholarships.

Some students may have parents who are members of the local American Legion or VFW, and these organizations offer scholarships. So, ask your parents if they are members of any organizations. You may be eligibile for opportunities based on that criteria.

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Keeping Houston County informed and involved

By Justin Zmyewski

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
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Is public input a part of Houston County decision making, you decide… Provided it is done well, public participation leads to better decisions and in my opinion the Houston County Board of Commissioners should view it as valuable to their mission ..... 
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Minimum wage argument

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Minimum wage proponent’s arguments are in fact hope over reality, sentiment and compassion over truth, and ideology over fact. These whims happen to also sum up the liberal view of the world. When first promoted the minimum wage was purposely ..... 
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EPA putting oil industry’s agenda ahead of American farmers

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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By Chris Hanson General Manager, POET biorefining, Preston, MN It hasn’t always been easy for the average American farmer. Farmers have had to work tirelessly to stay afloat amid fluctuating crop demand and a tumultuous environmental and polit ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Boots & Badges -- this is it

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Last November, we began a journey. We committed to the idea of publishing a book in honor of all of our Fillmore County Veterans. This had been a thought in the back of my mind for quite a number of years, but I admittedly had a fear of commitme ..... 
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Celebrating diversity: “not your grandparents’ Greater Minnesota”

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Minn. is often split into two regions - metro and rural - especially when talking state politics. Historically, this dichotomy took on the subtext of business versus agriculture and mining. However, since the farm crisis of the 1980s, Greater Minn. ..... 
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We need both insiders and outsiders in congress

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy. There’s one very important category, though, that I never hear ..... 
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Judging R-P decisions

By Brett Kues

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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In a recent rebuttal article, Mr. Linder, the chairman of the Rushford-Peterson school board addressed lingering suspicions of a “small but vocal group” of citizens that have taken issue with the district’s handling of the new school referendu ..... 
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Remembering my father

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
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My father was born in 1897. (32 years after the death of Abraham Lincoln). As a young man he worked as a surveyor alongside his father, who was a civil engineer. He completed basic training in the Army just as the First World War came to an end. ..... 
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