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Journal Writing Project-Kyle Anderson


Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

As I walk through the halls at my high school, I see kids huddled in their groups of friends talking about what happened on the weekend. Conversations about what movie someone went to, a place someone visited, or something that a person bought. Nothing seems to be out of the ordinary until I spot a cell phone. Oh those wonderful cell phones!

Cell phones are pretty popular in high school. Granted some people canít live with them and some canít live without them. I see them as another distraction from learning. Yes I have a cell phone, but I donít carry it with me around school.

Kids are not supposed to make phone calls on their cell phones during school hours. It seems logicalóthere should be no need to call friends if they are in the same classroom. There has to be another way for teens to stay in contact with each other during the school day. Do not fear! Text messaging is here!

Cell phones now offer a new service called text messaging. Messages can be sent to other phones by typing in words using the number keys. No one has to talk to one another. The message pops up on the phoneís screen when it is sent. It seems to be a popular trend sweeping around our school.

Itís fun to observe people who text message frequently. I see people who are typing in a message and not looking where they are walking. Itís kind of funny to see if they will bump into someone or run into a wall. My question to these people is, what ever happened to walking up to someone and starting a conversation? There is never enough time to talk to friends, so why not type in a few messages for them to read.

Once in a while I catch a glimpse of someone sendinga message during class. Instead of passing a piece of paper across the room, text messages are sent to phones. Itís kind of interesting. As Middle School students, we stuck to the traditional pen and paper approach. Now, only fingers get tired from pushing all the buttons instead of hands going numb. In a way it is a cool tool, but at the same time it is a growing distraction.

I donít mind text messaging, but I find it ridiculous to see people typing messages non-stop. What ever happened to the conventional conversation where people actually talked on their phone? I suppose it has been thrown right out the window, just like the note passing back in the day. Teens would argue that there isnít enough time .....
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The Commute: Joy at the Dome

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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My family and I made the trip to the championship game last Saturday. My kids, ages three and seven, had never seen the Metrodome. They speculated before our trip about how big it would be, and whether theyíd see any Minnesota Vikings or Twins just h ..... 
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Township Roads Ė Bragging Rights

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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Deb and I traveled to Minot recently to attend the Board meeting of our national farm management instructorsí organization. One of our colleagues told us that he had received a nice compliment from his administrator back home. He was asked, "What bun ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-Matt Ruen

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
Posted in Columnists

This recent Tuesday, at the gloaming hour,  I sat me down, a sad lament to write.  This poem unfolded like a budding flowír,  As I did long for frosty snow so white.
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Prairie Notes -The near-winter landscape

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
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Some seasons get all the breaks. Take spring, for example. Most of us look forward to the budding trees, the greening lawns, and even the yellowing dandelions. Summer, too, holds the promise of pinks and blues and purples in gardens and on bushes gal ..... 
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Student Writing Project - Jacob Grant

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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What do you want out of life? Can you remember the last time someone asked you this intriguing question, or the last time you asked yourself? Quite possibly, itís been years since this subject has arisen. The reason for this may be because you are mo ..... 
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Another One From Flaherty

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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I was reading one of my Spanish textbooks yesterday in an effort to restore my vocabulary when I realized that my Spanish texts are over fifty years old. If I am going to be able to speak in that language, I had better buy some new books or at least ..... 
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Township Roads - New tarpaper on the shack

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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We just completed another home improvement project. This is not the story of one of my usual do-it-yourself debacles. This time, we hired a local carpenter, a sheetrock taper, and a seamless gutter installer to do it right with a minimum of story-gen ..... 
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