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Small moments matter


Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

By Magnolia Decker

Each day is so filled with emotions and classes and homework and practices and club activities that at the end of the day, sometimes it’s hard to distinguish individual moments. I fill each day to the brim and spend brief moments with many people; we can envision these interactions as an inch deep and a mile wide. Most of us live in a similar fashion; each day passes like the one before, with only enough time to finish our commitments and rarely enough time to connect with individuals. Now, in my junior year at Lanesboro High School, I am involved in volleyball, track, speech, the school musical, FFA, FCCLA, NHS, band, choir, and a church youth group. In all the activities I’m in, I have met many different people. Some have become close friends and others only brief acquaintances, but I now recognize that each person has a different impression of me based on our interaction(s) in the same way that I create a different lasting impression – and different kinds of memories - on the people around me.

I have been coaching a team of 4th and 5th graders in JO volleyball this year and have recently thought a lot about the impact we have on the people around us. I am only one coach to ten girls. Ten girls who want to tell me their favorite color and their favorite food and little stories about their life each time we spend a long day together at a tournament. Even though I have ten volleyball players to keep track of and remember, they will each remember me as their one coach. They may remember a time when I cheered or gossiped with them or gave them courage or self-confidence, or even yelled at them to watch the ball in the middle of a game. I have the chance to impact these young, fresh, and beautiful girls as a team and as individuals. This chance is frightening. Who knows what they will take from their time spent with me to use for the future they are preparing for?

We become connected to the people around us in various ways and for various reasons. We will always hold memories of the people we encounter – in brief moments or in longer relationships - throughout our life, but sometimes we can’t access the memories right away. The saddest thought is this: Maybe we won’t remember those people or a special quirk or moment shared, until we see that moment will never exist again. For our Lanesboro community, this tragic fact has become all too real recently. Whether you’re in kindergarten a .....
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How is my community unique?

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

My home town is honestly the most welcoming and gorgeous place I have ever been to. From the rolling bluffs and breathtaking waterfall to the quaint shops and friendly people, Lanesboro is truly a one of a kind town. Lanesboro is known throughout th ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Memories in the making

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

Growing up is inevitable. Everyone goes through it. If you think about it, we are all really just in the process of dying. Every second that you are alive, you are dying. That is why each and every moment must be savored for what it truly is; a memo ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Easter in a nutshell

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

What does Easter mean to you? For many people, Easter is a well-known holiday that most people recognize as an overabundance of Easter eggs, candy, and of course, the Easter bunny. But, what is the true meaning of Easter? And what does a long-eared, ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Mardi Gras 101

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

By Alexis Jorgensen Last Tuesday, February 17, was the celebration of Mardi Gras. Most of the Midwest is unaware of the traditions that happen at the celebration of Mardi Gras. When most people think about Mardi Gras, they think of beads, parties, ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Body image and the media

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

The media is often blamed for influencing the way that individuals feel about their body image. Many people of society have expressed concern with the way that the media presents its advertisements, photos, and overall appearance. The individuals ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Secret Santa

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

By Alexis Jorgensen Lanesboro is a truly unique community with a very fun atmosphere year round. Many people are aware of Lanesboro’s various town festivities such as Buffalo Bill Days, Rhubarb Fest, and Art in the Park, but the activities that ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Gobble all the way

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

Traditions are a huge part of any family. In the Lanesboro Burro family, we also have our traditions. Turkey bingo is an annual Thanksgiving tradition at Lanesboro High School. The entire school, Kindergarten through 12th grade, participates in this ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Small town

By Kaia Hongerholt

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

The band Rehab captured it best in their song “Welcome Home,” when they describe their hometown. Growing up in a small town is an experience that only the lucky ones receive. People who grow up in a large city like New York City or Los Angeles ..... 
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