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Postcards from the Windy City - Looking Up


By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
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I’m not sure about you, but one of my favorite things about returning home from the city is looking up at the stars. Returning from college for a break or weekend trip, I run outside on the first clear night and stand, totally absorbed in that which is right above me, my neck craned back as I stare up and around. The stars seem transcendent somehow; whether you view them as a symbol of dreams to be achieved or simply as scientific phenomena in outer space, the stars are still distant, untouched by the trivialities of life on earth, and, in my opinion, beautiful in their seeming simplicity.

When I came home at the end of this past school year, I’d been gone for nearly two months since my last college break. I love that my college campus is somewhat set apart in the suburbs of St. Paul, but the abundant trees and close proximity to the city lights mean that I can’t often see the sky at night, at least not well. My first night home was clear, so when I stopped in the middle of our driveway to look up at the stars, I paused to pick out the three constellations I know, to breathe in the unseasonably cool air, to soak in the natural beauty just above my head.

I won’t be seeing those stars as much this summer. I’m venturing to Chicago to intern at a magazine, writing and editing. I’ll also be writing a column for the Fillmore County Journal, sending you “postcards” from different places in the Chicago area. Some will likely be places unlike anything in Fillmore County; others will be ordinary, everyday places, and I’ll explore what makes them similar to or different from those back home. Whether you’ve lived in the Chicago area or have never been, I hope you’ll enjoy these glimpses into the Windy City through the eyes of a college student-turned journalist.

This summer is my first time working for such a large publication, and I’m not entirely sure what to expect. But I’m also excited to see what adventures the summer will bring, and share them with all of you. Though I’ll miss home, I’ve decided to keep looking up.

Why do we talk about “looking up” as a positive thing, anyway? I like my stars back home. This summer, I’ll be looking at a sky that will be different in so many ways. Though the stars will still be here, a short train ride would take me to downtown Chicago, with tall skyscrapers hemming the sky in. Not being used to skyscrapers growing up, I wo .....
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Tech Bytes - Hitting the paywalls

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
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The days of hopping on a computer and having open access to literally anything you may be searching for may be dwindling. Now such access is coming with a price tag. Credible sources like widely read newspapers, popular magazines, online tabloids, ..... 
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The Working Mom - Mom’s Guilty Little Pleasures

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
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As a kid, I remember looking in the fridge and being totally grossed out when seeing a jar of pickled herring staring back at me. It got worse when I searched the freezer for chocolate chip ice cream and found, instead, the grownup flavors of map ..... 
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Tech Bytes - MOOCs: Satisfying Your Intellectual Curiosity

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
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For the individuals out there who love to learn for the sake of learning and expanding your intellectual knowledge through educational opportunities, you already know that you can educate yourself in an infinite number of ways, whether it’s throug ..... 
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Change is Constant

By Loni Kemp

Fri, May 31st, 2013
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Spring is a time of enormous change. Tulips spring toward the sky, and their colorful blooms command the newly green landscape. Then, before you know it the petals drop, leaving naked stems, and the show is all over for another year. Apple trees c ..... 
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Tech Bytes; Card Skimming

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 31st, 2013
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Last week at our Journal office we were talking about credit card scams and how common they are in today’s society. We’re pretty much over the up-front face-to-face robbery phase as it’s less work and more convenient for scammers to go digital ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Technology Integrated Learning

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 24th, 2013
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Technology Integrated Learning If you go to a school or college today, you’re not going to hear the hard-pressed clicks of a manual typewriter anymore. Odds are you’re not going to hear the faint scratch of a pencil on paper for very much lon ..... 
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Overnight Asparagus Strata

By Kathy Little

Fri, May 17th, 2013
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Asparagus is such a sexy vegetable. Its most delicate taste is in the tips. The French called them “love tips” and served them to the mistress of the king. She was called Madame de Pompadour. A recipe for asparagus is in the oldest survivin ..... 
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More notes from a country kitchen.

By Vicki Christianson

Fri, May 17th, 2013
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When I learned how to drive a car it had an automatic transmission. I figured that was the only kind there was. I didn’t know a thing about driving a “stick” shift till I got married. My husband only owned and drove 3-speed or 4-speed vehic ..... 
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