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Student Writing Project enters sixth year with new cast of writers


Fri, Dec 3rd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Journal, in an effort to give local students an outlet to express their opinions and better their journalistic skills, has once again opened up space in its pages for six youth writers taking part in the Student Writing Project.

Students are recruited through English teachers at the participating schools. This year students hail from Rushford-Peterson, Fillmore Central, Kingsland, Lanesboro, and Mabel-Canton. This is the sixth year of the writing project.

Rushford-Peterson

Andy Wolter, a veteran of the project from last year and a member of Rushford-Petersons class of 2006 was happy to be asked to participate again. Andy likes the exposure writing for the Journal gives him. Last year Andy wrote about politics, especially during the Democratic caucuses.

Ive written about politics a few times, its the easiest thing to write about; Id like to do something different, but Im not quite sure what yet, Wolter said of his plans for this years project. He also hopes he can give the Journals thousands of readers something to think about and, in his words, something worth their five minutes. Andy feels that his open-mindedness and his awareness of the world around him have and will continue to keep his articles diverse and focused on a broad range of subjects. In the future, Wolter plans to attend a 4-year university and is considering majoring in American Literature.

Andy will share duties as Rushford-Petersons writing representative with newcomer Charles Fox, a junior at R-P, from Peterson. Fox says he appreciates the opportunity to write for the Journal and the chance to express his ideas and feelings.

Fillmore Central

Fillmore Central homecoming king and senior Eric Whalen, an Iowa native, will use the project as just one of many outlets for his interests. At his high school, Whalen participates in speech, Knowledge Bowl, and student council along with a long list of other extracurriculars. He is no stranger to creative writing either, having an essay published in the High School Writer, a poem published in the 2004 Teachers Selection Anthology of Poetry, and various stories published in his school newspaper.

When asked why he thought he was chosen for the project, Whalen responded, Im one of the more active students in my school when it comes to wr .....
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Fillmore Central School Board: Board watches video critical of state funding strategies

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

A video distributed by the MN School Administrators/MREA and Alliance for Student Achievement, chastising the states financial balancing techniques, was viewed by the Fillmore Central School Board at their Monday, Nov. 22 meeting at the high school ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Water and electric rates to increase

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Is it a hearing if no one speaks? At the November 22 Rushford City Council meeting residents had their chance to be heard at public hearings on both water and electricity, but no one came to speak. Perhaps the citizens of Rushford realize the need fo ..... 
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Fillmore County Board of Commissioners: Zoning amendments approved for subdivisions and sewage treatment

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

With careful attention to the wording, commissioners approved amendments to the zoning ordinance at their Tuesday, November 23 meeting.

As to subdivisions, two areas were addressed in the changes. Temporary dwellings are accept ..... 
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Prairie churches of Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Its a bone cold, drizzly day to be looking for old churches. Highway 30s rolling curves offer little time to study buildings. Barns crumple slowly onto stone foundations. Once interesting houses go windowless, unpainted. Any moment, I expect a stee ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Spring Valley man charged with criminal vehicular homicide for fatal accident

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Todd Jeffrey Jones, 33, of Spring Valley, was charged with four felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, November 22. The charges stem from a fatal vehicle accident on April 15, 2004 between Wykoff and ..... 
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Commentary: What are you gonna do about it?

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

If your candidate won and everything is hunky dory in your world, stop here and move on to something else. If not, read on.

So your candidate lost, get over it.

Instead of whining about what could have bee ..... 
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Thanksgiving at Grandma Berthas

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - Its not about the turkey. Even though the gobbler is center stage, the star of the show and everything else falls in place around it. Sometimes there is ham off on the sidelines and maybe some Swedish meatballs, in smaller quantities tha ..... 
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1924 Fire Truck gets "extreme makeover"

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - The old 1924 International fire truck has long been a part of parades in the Rushford area. Nearly every kid in Rushford can remember crawling up into the drivers seat and imagining being a real firefighter. Recently that old familiar fir ..... 
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