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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 Sunday, I could do it all, all day long and that is why I plan to continue my education into the world of sports as well. I plan on attending Bemidji State University to major in Sports Management with a minor in Mass Communications. This will allow me to continue my passion for sports in a wide variety of ways including being a General Manager of a major sports team, and we all know that the ultimate goal is to win a championship, but with us being from Minnesota, most people can’t remember the last major sports title. So, in this week’s article I’ll recap Minnesota sports.

The Minnesota Twins’ last World Series title was in 1991, with another one four years earlier in 1987. The Twins showed promise in the early 2000s but failed to get past the ALCS and now amidst a rebuilding project that is almost five years in the making, the Twins show very little promise to bring another championship back to Minnesota. Hopefully Target Field is good enough for Minnesota fans, because if the Twins keep performing at this level it may be the team’s final stadium.

The Minnesota Vikings have made it to the Super Bowl four times since the modern era going 0-4 in those games. They showed promise with Denny Green’s team in 1998 before falling to the Falcons in the NFC Championship game, thanks to Gary Anderson’s right foot. They again brought hope to Minnesota in 2009 with a miraculous season led by Brett Favre but yet again lost in the NFC Championship game. Like the Twins, the Vikings have been a rebuilding team for the past few years, and will continue to be one until Christian Ponder becomes a consistent NFL starter, or the Vikings draft an elite quarterback, along with keeping Adrian Peterson in the purple and gold.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been rebuilding for awhile. They had a streak of seven straight playoff seasons and reached the Western Conference Finals in 2004, but lost to the Lakers. The Wolves have been in a slide ever since they traded Kevin Garnett to Boston in exchange for Al Jefferson. The team has showed promise over the last two years with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, but with power houses like Oklahoma City, Miami, and New York, the Wolves .....
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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
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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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Journal Writing Project Moving On

By Bailey Hanson

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

May is finally here, prom season is in full swing, and Memorial Day is right around the corner. Now my English teacher always tells me not to write about the cliché things people always say about graduation, but I just can’t help it, so here goes ..... 
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Journal Writing Project A startling epidemic

By Katie Wolter

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Recent studies have shown an increase of senioritis among area seniors. This non-fatal but crippling disease has been on the rise since the end of Christmas break. This disease is highly contagious, and outbreaks have been recorded throughout ..... 
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Journal Writing Project On the Road Again

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

To begin, I have to note that I did borrow the title of Willie Nelson’s hit “On the Road Again” for my own title as Lanesboro’s Class of 2012 was recently “traveling places that [they’ve] never been.” In the early morning of March 28, ..... 
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