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Journal Writing Project


Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



I can still remember my first day of high school, walking into the gym with all the upperclassmen. The thing that sticks out the most in my mind that day in the gym was our principal, Mr. Olstad, saying that "high school flies by." I was thinking to myself, "That's not true; it's just another boring four years." But, I soon found out he wasn't lying.

My first three years of high school went by quickly, and every day I kept thinking about Mr. Olstad's speech back on my first day.

My senior year is finally upon me, and it seems like half the year has already gone by when only the first quarter just finished. I have gotten more involved my senior year. I have joined radio show, and the Journal Writing Project. So far these activities have not added too much work, but they're a lot of fun. I wish I would have joined more activities during my years in high school. Your stress level may rise with the more activities that you're in, but it's all worth it in the end.

Another part of senior year in high school is getting around to applying to colleges and taking the ACT. These activities are not very fun! I found out you should take the ACT at least twice during your junior year. That way if you do well enough, you won't have to worry about it your senior year; this will help a lot. Also, when applying to college, make sure you have your ACT scores on your transcript-this will save you a lot of phone calls, e-mails, and aggravation later.

When you fill out your college applications, it's easier to do it on paper than online. But most of the time, applying is free online compared to the regular paper application in the mail (around $50). If you have questions about the application, don't be afraid to ask a principal, guidance counselor, or the college admission counselor: they are there to help you.

When you have your college applications and the rest of that jazz taken care of, you have a lot more time for your school work.

With my last year, I have set a few goals for myself like getting to know the underclassmen better because I barely know any of them. The most important one is getting to know some of my own classmates that I barely ever talked to my first three years because of the so-called "clicks" that everyone has during high school. I look back on that and see how stupid it was, but it's just a part of high school. As seniors we have all started to get to know each other better and we're a close .....
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Local businesses: use them or lose them

Thu, Oct 29th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The benefit to our economy by using local businesses is significant. Minnesota Department of Revenue gross retail sales data showed that for every $100 spent at a chain store, only $12 is circulated back into the local economy. Whereas that same $10 ..... 
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One moment, please... Fillmore County's fertility drug

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

Since I began my crusade in late August in search of new business developments evolving in the past 12 months in Fillmore County, I have made seve ..... 
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Grown-up in the room

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
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Lewiston-Altura Schools are in a legal battle regarding bullying. They are not unique. Bullying is an issue in every school hallway and lunchroom and, for that matter, every workplace. I want to apologize, however, for how prevalent this has become. ..... 
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Find the center ground

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Every ten years as provided for in the US Constitution the Census Bureau gathers data which will be used to determine how many of the 435 US representatives each state will have. Next year the 2010 census data will be gathered and provided to the st ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Volunteer emergency response

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

If you listen to a scanner on a regular basis, you probably heard a variety of ambulance and fire department dispatches this past week in the area ..... 
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Members of congress need to travel

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
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Spooked by the public outcry, the House of Representatives has cancelled its order for four new military jet aircraft that would have been used occasionally to ferry members of Congress around the world. Even so, you shouldn't expect for a minute th ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Pride in heritage

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
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By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

Pictured above is the Preston High School Class of 1949, celebrating their 60th year reunion. I actually had a chance to join them at the Branding ..... 
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Hijacked

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

"What is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents." Robert Kennedy

It's time for all of us to take a step ..... 
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