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One Moment, Please... Soccer at the high school level?


Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

About six years ago, working closely with Fillmore Central Community Education staff, my wife and I started exploring the opportunity for a youth soccer program.

Along the way, I discovered Josh Krage had played soccer as a youth and while serving in the Army. Josh was interested in getting a program set up at Fillmore Central, as well.

As we talked to more and more parents, interest grew.

So, we promoted our first-ever summer youth soccer program, and drew in a small crowd of 23 youth soccer players from ages 3 to 12.

After about six years of developing the program, we are now hovering around 90 youth soccer players from ages 3 to 12 enrolled in the seven week long summer session that always starts the first Tuesday after Independence Day.

Each year, we tend to draw players from towns far beyond the Fillmore Central School District, including Chatfield, Lanesboro, Spring Valley, Wykoff, and even Decorah.

As we’ve been developing our soccer program, Rushford-Peterson Community Education has been attracting a nice crowd of players, as well.

The past two years, we have coordinated one Saturday morning game between Fillmore Central and Rushford-Peterson kids. Going to practice is never the same as playing in a real game. It challenges them to learn the game and it elevates their level the sports section anytime soon, we can at least give them a little recognition on the Commentary pages of today’s paper.

An old soldier speaks again

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
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By Ron Scheevel I never intended to write this many articles, but I think many things that I believe need to be brought up for discussion. You need not agree, please listen. First of all, I’m a veteran and very proud of it. As a draftee, I didn ..... 
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Thoughts on this and that

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
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Obama contends that he made a nuclear deal with Iran because the alternative is war. But Iran is already at war with the United States, they have declared it and make no bones about the fact that they are at war with us. But we pretend it isn’t ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Unemployment reality vs. statistics

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, June 2015 showed unemployment statistics of 3.9% for the State of Minn. The Midwest (12 states) average unemployment for the same period was 5.0%, while the national average unemployment hovered around 5.3% ..... 
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“Running Against the Facts!”

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
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Recently Pope Francis, in a stunning papal encyclical, addressed the issue of global warming. He called for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem. He observed that numerous scientific s ..... 
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One Moment, Please... What’s UP?

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
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A couple of years ago, my wife purchased a Fitbit activity device to track her steps, sleeping habits, and food intake. I really didn’t pay much attention to it, but she was using it every single day. As time went on, she would have technical ..... 
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OP/ED: Rural broadband necessary, not just nice

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
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By Lt. Governor Tina Smith In 1922, the Minneapolis Tribune ran an article touting the benefits of electricity. “Don’t sell your farm, but electrify it, is the message science sends to farmers. The day will come soon when farms are run by elect ..... 
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Confessions of an over-achiever

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
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Ah, it’s beginning to be that time of year again: the mornings are getting a bit cooler, the apples are starting to come in... and yes, parents rejoice, soon it will be the time for your kids to head back to school because, before you know it, it ..... 
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On the road: SMIF stakeholders head west

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
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The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) serves 20 counties. While this is just a fraction of the state, it’s a large area: It takes over three and a half hours to drive from Springfield to Spring Grove - and that’s without road const ..... 
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