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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 occur in Lanesboro High School are typically unknown; for example, our annual Secret Santa tradition that occurs just before the students leave for winter break.

Secret Santa is one of the many school-wide bonding activities that Lanesboro does through FCCLA. Everyone who is involved in this organization, 7-12th grade, is given a handout at the beginning of December. The students all fill out the form with their name, locker number, favorite color, snacks they like, drink ideas, and any small gifts they may like to receive. Everyone then hands in their forms in to Mrs. Gathje, the FCCLA advisor, and after everyone’s forms are in, each student draws. Whichever student they draw is now their student that they get to buy presents for. Each day consists of a $3 to $4 gift Monday through Thursday, and Friday is around an $8 gift. After shopping around for the perfect gifts comes the fun part, giving your presents. This year, Secret Santa landed on the week of the 15 through the 19. It is not uncommon to see students tip toeing around the hallways the week of Secret Santa. Many try to hide their gifts in their shirts as they’re on their way to deliver presents. It is always fun to open your locker to find your favorite snacks or a neatly wrapped present waiting for you. Many students try to guess who their Secret Santa is by looking at the handwriting, how neatly the present is wrapped, or even by catching their Secret Santa while they’re putting a present in their locker!

Secret Santa is one of my favorite traditions at Lanesboro because it puts smiles on everyone’s faces and truly brings the whole school together. Secret Santa teaches all the students that giving can be just as fun as receiving, and even something little you do can brighten up someone’s day. This is a rewarding tradition at Lanesboro High School that will hopefully continue for years to come.

Alexis Jorgensen is a student at Lanesboro High School. She is one of five area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its sixteenth year.

Arlowe Gerald Rexford

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Arlowe Gerald Rexford, 84, of Lanesboro, died peacefully Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Park Lane Estates in Preston. Arlowe was born March 9, 1930 to William and Alice (Johnson) Rexford in Preston. He attended school in Lanesboro and went to wor ..... 
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“For the Birds” will feature Kevin Kling - St. Mane Theatre on Wednesday, Dec 10

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Lanesboro Arts is thrilled to host Kevin Kling in a top-notch production here in Lanesboro on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. The show is called “For the Birds”, featuring Zeitgeist (percussi ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts awarded 2014 Bush Prize for community innovation

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN - December 2, 2014 – Lanesboro Arts has won a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation from the Bush Foundation. The prestigious prize was awarded to ten organizations in a three-state region that have demonstrated a strong commitmen ..... 
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Lanesboro school board hears audit report

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro School Board with the audit report at their meeting on November 20. Ristau found no major financial issues when doing the report, and said the district is still going strong. There were some problems wit ..... 
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“Naughty or Nice” for the holiday Lanesboro Live show on Friday, Dec. 5

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Damon Prestemon has been waiting a long time to entertain audiences with his holiday version of the Lanesboro Live show, “Naughty or Nice”. He is really excited to engage the audience in deciding which version of songs will ..... 
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Valerie Jeanne Olson

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Valerie Jeanne Olson, 69, a longtime member of the Lanesboro community passed away November 11, 2014 at her home in Whalan. Valerie was born August 14, 1945 in Lanesboro to Richard and Mary (Lobland) Aske. She graduated from Lanesboro High School ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Mila Aryn Topness

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Mila Aryn Topness Mila Aryn was born October 24, 2014 to Aaron and Erin Topness of Lanesboro. Mila weighed 8 lb 3 oz and was 21 1/4 inches long. Grandparents are Betty Ehler, Jim Ehler, and Gene & Vicky Topness.

Celebration event for the ‘Libraries Grow Community’ Mural Project

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – The public is invited to attend a Celebration Event for the ‘Libraries Grow Community’ mural project at the Lanesboro Public Library on Tuesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. There will be refreshments – make your own ice cream su ..... 
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