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One Moment, Please... The Choking Game?


Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Parents of school-aged children have a lot of things to keep their eyes on as they raise them to adulthood. And, those years seem to be just as much learning years for the parents as they are for their children.

When our children have homework, that pretty much means parents have homework -- helping the child navigate that which they don’t understand along with holding them accountable to get their homework done. When our children have a conflict with someone in school, we have to help them find their way. There are so many things that come up when raising a child, I don’t believe one-size-fits-all for parenting guidance. Being a parent can be equally rewarding and challenging, at the same time.

This is a game?

I recently heard about The Choking Game, because certain schools in Fillmore County have been notifying parents of cause for concern.

The Choking Game has apparently been around for more than a decade -- probably longer -- unbeknownst to me. I don’t recall this “game” as I was growing up, but maybe it was happening without my knowledge.

Since this was all new to me, I had to do some research. Apparently, the kids agree to choke each other until the other kid passes out. Essentially, each of these kids are intentionally cutting off oxygen to the brain with the goal of fainting or causing a euphoric state.

And, this is a very serious issue. Obviously, cutting off oxygen to the brain is not a good thing.

Nationwide, kids as young as elementary school age have fallen victim to participating in this peer-pressure-driven “game.”

If you conduct a Google search for “The Choking Game,” you’ll find a long list of deaths associated with this disappointing trend with young people.

And, the challenge or concern is that this could be happening at any of our schools. That’s why some Fillmore County schools have notified parents of this alarming trend.

Raising Our Children

There is an African proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Most parents have heard that saying before.

While parents of school-aged children have a lot on their plate, it seems that our challenges will always go far beyond helping our children achieve academic success.

And, I think we want to believe that our primary focus with respect to school needs to revolve around helping our chi .....
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SWCD commentary: Matching machinery size to the landscape

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Brian Hazel, Lanesboro Tim Gossman, Chatfield Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley Pamela Mensink, Preston Travis Willford, Harmony An article recently published by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Iowa speaks to proble ..... 
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Logic of the left: Examining the mindset of ultra liberals

By Jeff Erding

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

“Only in America would people who want to balance the federal budget and follow the Constitution be demonized and labeled as “radicals” and “conservative wing-nuts!” “Quote from my friend Kerry, a businessman from British Columbia, Canad ..... 
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One Moment, Please... More than a bunch of garbage

Mon, May 5th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com This past Saturday, April 26, the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce, Preston Lion’s Club and City of Preston hosted the first annual “Prest ..... 
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Nation of laws

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

We are a nation of laws including federal, state and local laws. The laws are interpreted by the courts, created or repealed by elected legislators, signed into law by the executive official, and enforced by a variety of law enforcement agencies. T ..... 
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The Justices and the Scramble for Cash

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government, the accumulation of power in the presidency, and ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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