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Tuesday, February 09, 2016 9:03 AM
Courses in which students receive both college and high school credit are becoming more common in area high schools. A student last spring received a high school diploma from Kingsland High School and a two-year associate of arts diploma from Riverland Community College after taking several College in the Schools classes at the high school for dual credit. More Kingsland High School students are on track to do the same this year.

  • Courses in which students receive both college and high school credit are becoming more common in area high schools. A student last spring received a high school diploma from Kingsland High School and a two-year associate of arts diploma from Riverland Community College after taking several College in the Schools classes at the high school for dual credit. More Kingsland High School students are on track to do the same this year.

  • The old saying, “damned if they do, damned if they don’t” came to mind the other day when I read about a controversial new law that was passed by Denmark’s parliament on Jan. 26. In response to the strain of having to provide all types of services to 20,000 Middle Eastern asylum-seekers, Denmark passed a law requiring refugees to pay for these services.

  • For an industry that is supposed to be dying, there was certainly a lot of youthful energy at the Minnesota Newspaper Association annual convention last week. 

  • As I was driving my 25-mile commute from Canton to Rushford this Monday morning, I couldn’t help but think how much more pleasant the morning felt than the previous Monday.

  • What changes would you make in your life if you found out you had just four months to live? The question may seem morbid, but it has more relevance than asking what you would do with the millions of dollars if you won the lottery.

     
  • I have been trying to educate myself as much as possible so that come November, I will be able to make the most well-thought out decision when it comes to casting my vote for the President of the United States. Over the years, I have strived to be well informed, concerning the candidates, and haven’t let “party affiliation” affect my decision. As a dyed-in-the-wool independent (with a small “i”) I have voted for nearly as many Republican Presidential candidates as I have Democrats.

  • As an experiment a few weeks ago, we started allowing anonymous comments on our website, a practice some news organizations follow. The reason many don’t is because the conversation often devolves into unsubstantiated personal attacks and crude, divisive dribble.

  • Much has been discussed about President Obama’s now famous emotional display while he was discussing keeping gun control on the front burner during his last year in office.

  • The beginning of the year is when experts and their predictions blanket the media with projections, or guesses, on all sorts of topics, including politics, the economy, culture, technology, even war. Many will be forgotten by the end of the year so most people will never remember how far off they really ended up being. 

  • Last week’s snowstorm brought back a flood of memories from an adventure I survived about three dozen years ago.

  • Our website has become an integral part of our operation as many people like to get their news electronically rather than in paper form or share our news with others, which is easiest through online links. 

  • The last week in December is traditionally the time when folks review the past 360 days. TV shows air some of the craziest news stories, newspapers, especially weeklies, publish their annual “Year In Review” issue.

  • Art at the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul has come under scrutiny as the building is being renovated this winter. Part of the examination of art on display is due to the renovation, but another reason is some critics claim certain paintings, particularly those depicting American Indians, are historically biased or demeaning.

  • When motoring along our thoroughfares, be it a black-topped county road, a state or federal highway, if you suddenly meet a law enforcement officer's vehicle, what's the first thing you do? Be honest now. Don't you let off the accelerator, glance down at the speedometer or tap the brake pedal if you have the cruise control turned on? And after meeting the vehicle, don't you check your rear view mirror to see if the officer's brake lights go on? I know I do.

  • I’m pretty sure I’m connected to the Internet more than I’m not during my waking hours these days. I’m constantly checking email, messaging people and looking up information on a browser at work. I do the same at home. Even when I’m out in public, it seems, I’m checking my smartphone, particularly if I am in a situation where I’m waiting for something.

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