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6th grader receives letter from President Obama


Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

Zachary Queensland, of Wykoff, Minn. shows off his letter from President Obama. Photo by Hannah Wingert

Twelve year old Zachary Queensland has been interested in history, especially World War II, and learning about the US presidents since he was in 2nd grade. He is currently a 6th grader at Kingsland Middle School in Wykoff and his interest has grown in the last four years.

Cindy Erding, a library and lunch assistant/para at the school, says that Zach has read every book available about WWII in the school library. He often quizzes her on presidential trivia when he comes into the library and has a book of his own about presidents that he has been enjoying.

During the recent presidential election, Zach followed the debates closely. Even though the elections are over, he still keeps track of what is going on in politics through the media and is looking forward to his dream vacation to Washington DC in August of this year.

So, when he had something to say about gun control, a current hot button issue, he decided, without prompting from anyone, to write a letter to President Obama about it. When he sent the letter off in late March, he said he was expecting some sort of a reply, but when a large manila envelope arrived in his mailbox in early May, he was surprised nonetheless.

Inside the envelope was an autographed picture of President Obama, a picture of Bo the White House dog, with facts about him on the back, and several informational brochures about the White House. But the best thing in the envelope and what surprised Zach the most, was a signed personal letter from the president himself thanking Zach for his enthusiasm and concern for our country.

The letter and the other items that were sent along with it, are currently on display in the Kingsland Middle School library for the students to view.
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ALICE MEYER

Mon, May 13th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

ALICE MEYER, age 94. of Wykoff, Minn., died Saturday morning, May 11, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Alice was born May 5, 1919, south of Wykoff the daughter of Gustav and Marie (Miller) Wondrasch. She was baptized May 19 ..... 
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Austin of Wykoff receives SMSU Scholarship

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

Marshall, Minn. -- Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., is proud to announce that Kelsey Austin, daughter of Tim and Cindy Austin of Wykoff, Minn., has been selected to receive an Alliss Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic yea ..... 
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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Legals

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:00pm (before the regular zoning meeting) has been set for a Public Hearing regarding the request for a Rezoning for parcel #30.0167.000 (Roger Westra) from residential to commercial in the Council room of the Municipal ..... 
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Letter about rebuttal to the writer from Harmony

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The April 15th Journal contains a letter critical of my recent factual analysis of the Obama/Biden gun control plan. The writer not only misrepresented my positions, but the letter was obviously meant to be insulting and demeaning ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Obama/Biden Gun Control

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Commentary

By Jeff Erding, Wykoff, MN “ALL IN ALL, IT’S JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL” [from THE WALL by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, 1979] You may be sick of the gun control debate, and I sure don’t blame you. You may be thinking: “This guy is ob ..... 
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Letter about the NRA

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

Letter about the NRA To the Editor, A recent letter condemed the NRA for: 1) “Promoting a climate of fear of the government” 2) “Defining Liberty in terms of no restrictions on guns” The writer further stated: 3) “our ownership of gu ..... 
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Linda Sue Schroeder

Mon, Feb 4th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

LINDA SUE SCHROEDER, age 60, passed away unexpectedly at her home in rural Wykoff on Monday, February 4, 2013. Linda was born August 19, 1952, in Austin, Minn., the daughter of Thomas and Marian (Snell) Lerum. She was a graduate of Austin ..... 
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Thompson Motors rolls with the changes

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Features

Since first opening the doors in 1940, Thompson Motors of Wykoff, Minn. has learned to roll with the changes in order to keep the business not only surviving but thriving. Started by Charles Thompson as a general repair shop and filling station, th ..... 
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