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Journal writing project: My unique community


By Kaia Hongerholt

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

Small towns may seem like a dime a dozen in Southeastern Minnesota. However that is simply not the case in Lanesboro. People come from all around the country to bike on the famous Root River bike trail that runs through the heart of the community. Even though there are many tourist ‘hot spots’ located throughout the bluff countryside, that is not the most alluring aspect of being a member of the local community. When one comes from such a tight knit area of the Midwest, it is hard to understand the hustle and bustle of big city living where one is not even familiar with his/her next door neighbors. Coming from a small town, such as Lanesboro, has been such a rewarding experience for me as an individual.

The massive amount of community support for not only the local businesses and the theater company, but also the school and all of its academic and athletic endeavors is an essential component to the family-like atmosphere that the town has come to be accustomed to. A prime example of this is demonstrated through the great support that all of the athletic programs have from the community...whether it is older adults purchasing their season tickets for the various athletic events, Butch offering half price shaved ice after a winning game, or being able to count on the entire city to show up at the Metrodome in the Twin Cities for a state championship football game in the middle of November.

Not only does the school benefit from this outstanding community, but the citizens also can rely on a familiar face or pleasant greeting when entering one of the many local businesses that are staffed by many of the high school athletes. Whether it is Chelsea Hanson assisting customers at the BP gas station, or Olivia Haug asking if you would like a combo with your cheeseburger at Gil B’s, the people of Lanesboro have come to recognize the students that have submersed themselves throughout the community.

This allows the older generations to become familiar with the current high school students, and increases the likelihood that these individuals will support the athletic organizations at the school through either attendance at the games or donations for new uniforms or athletic equipment.

Not only does this community support the athletic endeavors of the students, but also the academic activities that are taking place throughout the school district. Townspeople in recent years have been willing to increase ta .....
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Journal writing project: Fall food memories

By Abigail Hanson

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

What images and memories do you recall when you think of fall? Many might say the fall colors on the trees, while others think of the cool weather, hot cocoa and soup. Maybe you think of the apples and pumpkins ripening in the trees and fields, or t ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Spring Means Green, Usually

By Ashley Bue

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Ashley Bue With spring comes warmer weather, blooming flowers, and green grass, usually. It is already April and snow still covers the ground but do not despair, spring can still come in a different form. Spring can be anything you make it. Th ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - April Fish Day

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Megan Kiehne Hold still, there’s something crawling up your back! Gotcha, April Fools! Happy April Fools’ Day everyone. I hope you have been on your toes for those tricksters you know. Every year on April first we celebrate April Fools ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Failure, Yet Again?

By Cody Hendrickson

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Cody Hendrickson I know it is March Madness and all, but March gets me in the mood for one thing; baseball. Our Minnesota Twins began Spring Training at the beginning of this month and let’s just say that they aren’t the team they were last ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Taking time for ourselves

By Kristina Mengis

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kristina Mengis As our senior trip to Washington D.C. and graduation quickly approaches, it seems like there are so many things that need to be accomplished in a little amount of time. Every day it seems like I have a million more things to do, ..... 
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Time flies when you’re having fun

By Kirsten Ruen

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

All my high school career leading up to this year I have heard multiple graduates say, “Senior year goes by in a flash. Make sure you cherish every single moment!” I didn’t think it was true. How could nine months fly by in a snap? Every other ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Peter Pan syndrome

By Erin Woods

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Erin Woods I’ve been battling myself lately. The thing is, I am a senior in high school and as I was growing up, I always had EVERYTHING figured out. I knew that I wanted to go to Winona State University for a degree in sports medicine and the ..... 
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How is my community unique?

By Cody Hendrickson

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Journal Student Writing Project

My community is unique in many ways. Harmony is a place of many things to do. It has an elegant public golf course, a top ten cave in the United States, and don’t forget its ever so popular Amish community that thousands of visitors come visit eve ..... 
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