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To the Editor,


Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Monday, March 19, 2001At the risk of sounding like the irate parents of the little boy who didn’t get invited to the birthday party, we would like to share with you what we recently learned about the National Honor Society, since our son did not get accepted for the second year. First let us explain that the name itself is deceptive at best. The National affiliate, dictates nothing to the selection process or criteria beyond the mandated 3.0 GPA. The application process, application review, and weighed emphasis on established attributes lies solely within the local districts control. In addition we have learned that there is no “honor” in attaining this goal, since the local district has determined it unnecessary for voting teachers to review the applications before casting their vote.

Our son currently holds a 3.88 GPA, has earned athletic letters in Cross Country and Golf, is a member of Band (section letter recipient), Pep band, Choir, Pop Singers, Math League, Knowledge Bowl, Big Brother, Luther League, and has participated in Western Days fund raising activities as well as the musical production of Camelot. He holds a steady summer lawn mowing job and works at a local grocery store, which in part, has helped to pay for an aviation certificate and flight lessons. He is also an active member of the Civil Air Patrol and has set a personal goal to be accepted into the Air Force Academy. The canned “Try again next year” response will not help him meet his goal.

Through our discussion with Mr. Paulson and some of the high school faculty we have learned that the selection process begins by interested, qualified (3.0 or above GPA) students first completing an application highlighting their strengths in scholarship, service, leadership and character (although this step is not mandatory). Next the 31 eligible voting faculties are given the option of casting a vote. They need not even review the application before they cast their vote. Consequently, voters cast for some candidates and not others when the faculty voting has made no comparison of achievement, or accomplishment.

The high school staff we have spoken with were unable to tell us how many of the 31 eligible voters actually cast votes, as well as how many (if any) of those voting actually reviewed the applications. They were also unable to tell us in which area our son fell short.

They were able to tell us that he did receive “quite a few votes,” and we cannot help but wo .....
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Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, March 19, 2001

It was satisfying to read Jerrold Tesmer's Extension Notes a couple weeks ago about the advantages food producers are capturing by gaining "middleman" profit share through direct marketing. The i ..... 
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Beverly M. Smith

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Beverly M. Smith, 74, of rural Spring Valley, a homemaker, died March 12, 2001 at Spring Valley Care Center, where she had been a patient a short time.

Beverly Maxine Eich was born Jan. 20, 1927, near Ostrander to Frank and Della (Allen) Eic ..... 
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Paul "PJ" James Nelson

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Paul "PJ" James Nelson, 75, of rural Wykoff, died March 13, 2001 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a long illness.

He was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Austin, the son of Lars Christian Nikolai and Engeborg (Pedersen) Nielsen. He was r ..... 
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Charles Thomas Murphy

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Charles Thomas Murphy, 78, of Whalan, a retired Quarve and Anderson Construction Co. employee, died March 13, 2001 at Winona Community Hospital.

He was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Lake City and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. H ..... 
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Alzada Margaret Moore

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Alzada Margaret Moore, 84, of Chatfield, a homemaker, died March 9, 2001 at her home.

Alzada Margaret Block was born March 27, 1916, in rural Chatfield and lived in the Chatfield area all her life. On Oct. 7, 1944, she married Thomas R. Moor ..... 
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Mildred F. Johnson

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Mildred F. Johnson, 97, of Harmony, a homemaker and former teacher, died February 27, 2001 at her home.

Mildred Frances Sauter was born June 15, 1903, in Hutchinson, MN, to Will and Margaret (Harmon) Sauter. She graduated from Hutchinson High ..... 
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Lawrence Lund Jr.

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Lawrence Lund Jr., 61, of Chatfield, died March 5, 2001 at Winterhaven Health Cetner, Lakeland, Florida.

Larry was born April 2, 1939 in Spring Grove, Minn., the son of Lawrence & Ella Lund. He was united in marriage to Norma Jean Dunn, of De ..... 
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Lucille A. Loken

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Lucille A. Loken, 82, of Rushford, a longtime area farm homemaker, died March 13, 2001 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Lucille A. Pederson was born April 21, 1918, in Amherst Township, Fillmore County. On Oct. 19, 1938, she marri ..... 
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