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Journal Writing Project: A man’s best friend


By Kirsten Ruen

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

By Kirsten Ruen

You know how people say that a dog is a man’s best friend? Well, I think that statement is completely true. Over Christmas break my family and I had the great gift of a new dog to add to the Ruen clan. Since we got the dog over break, it allowed me time to spend hours with my new puppy, getting to know him.

Gunnar, an eight-month-old, red and white Siberian Husky became a part of our family on December 26th. I’ve learned so much about him and the ways of a puppy within the short week that we have already had him. He loves to sprint down the gravel roads, play tug-of-war, be scratched behind the head, and roll in the snow. Gunnar is how I imagine what having a little brother would be like, in some respect! But, one thing I have really noticed is Gunnar’s effect on people. He can make anyone feel like a kid again! I absolutely adore watching my dad play with him and take him for walks; it’s like he is a little boy again. My dad turns into such a softie when he is with Gunnar, too. David isn’t such a tough guy after all!

After over a year of being dog-less, it was the perfect timing for us to have another dog. I think many people take their pets for granted, but it’s true! Dogs fill that little spot in your heart that nothing else can! Studies have shown that just petting or playing with a dog can help with a person cope with depression, stress, and loneliness. Gunnar is truly a blessing to our family over this holiday season, and hopefully a blessing that we will have for years to come! Dogs are a man’s best friend.

Kirsten Ruen is a senior at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fourteenth year.

Your local sports

By Mike Walsh

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

‘Tis the season for the start of college basketball, or should I say ‘tis the season for the Duke Blue Devils to climb to the top of the polls. The Blue Devils have found themselves atop the polls after Indiana lost this past Saturday 88-86 to B ..... 
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The Grinch is Right!

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

My favorite time of the year is approaching! Vibrant lights illuminate houses, Christmas songs play on the radio, ornaments adorn Christmas trees, and everything is covered with a blanket of fluffy white snow for the holiday season. People are busy ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - What’s a Championship? We’re from Minnesota!

By Cody Hendrickson

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Cody Hendrickson I am one of the biggest sports fanatics that you will find. I could watch/play them all day long. Whether it is cheering on all of Fillmore Central’s teams, watching College Game Day, or sitting on the couch watching NFL Sunda ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Dreamers

By Kristina Mengis

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kristina Mengis What if our Founding Fathers had given up on their fight for freedom? People wouldn’t have come here in search of the “American dream.” What if Martin Luther King Jr. hadn’t spoken the words “I have a dream…” on the ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Music is a world of understanding

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kirsten Ruen A trip of a lifetime—No, a one-time kind of deal—Or, how about, a life changing experience. Whatever you want to call it, it was all but a waste of time! This summer, my European tour of seven beautiful countries was the best th ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Music stereotypes

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

By Erin Woods Teenagers often identify themselves with the type of music they listen to. I know I do. I am seventeen years old and it’s easier to hang out with someone who likes my music for more reasons than one. Remember those car rides with y ..... 
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Who’s better: Duke, Duke or Duke?

By Mike Walsh

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston Journal Student Writing Project

Before I write for everyone here in the Journal I should probably tell everyone a little about myself. My name is Mike Walsh, the son of Andy and Maggie Walsh. I currently am a senior at Fillmore Central. I have one sister, Caitlyn, who is in ninth ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Discrimination

By Sam Stocker

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

I have recently come to understand something new. I really didn’t see it before, or maybe I always knew it, and I just chose to ignore it. Maybe everyone does. A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to judge FCCLA STAR events in Minneapol ..... 
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