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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:17 AM

During a conversation with a local woman who is interested in getting young people to vote and become more involved in the political process, a comment she made stunned me for a moment. She said that the parents of young people today have never seen effective government in action.

  • Now that I’ve devoted some time to the great things Mom has found at garage sales, I should say a few words about some of the other things she’s brought home from the city-wides. 
  • During a conversation with a local woman who is interested in getting young people to vote and become more involved in the political process, a comment she made stunned me for a moment. She said that the parents of young people today have never seen effective government in action.

     
  • Last week I brought up garage sales. They’re a big topic to tackle in one go, though, so instead I’m writing a series of articles about them and what they mean to the Clan. To us, garage sales are very important. If you read my most recent article, you’ll have an idea of how thoroughly my mom scours town when she goes to the citywide garage sales. She has a very serious, dedicated approach to it. With that kind of attitude, she has to have had some sort of success.

     
  • As I was wandering through the finish area of the Almanzo 100 in Spring Valley Saturday around 5 p.m. with my camera, I was stopped a couple times by bicyclists, handed cell phones and asked if I could take “selfies” of them. They didn’t ask for anything in the background, just a photo of them after finishing the 100-mile race on gravel roads throughout Fillmore County that took about eight hours.

     
  • City-wide garage sales started last week, and this gives me a great opportunity to say what the Clan thinks of garage sales.

     
  • From 2008 to 2011, Duane Benson spent much of his time being an advocate for the state’s youngest residents, pushing for quality early childhood learning. The former state senator and Lanesboro area farmer was the executive director of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF) at the time.

     
  • This fact has been proved plenty of times. Even a little scare can make me totally freak out, and I am very easy to startle. Blame this on my over-active imagination, but it happens a lot, especially in the dark. I do a lot of double-takes, and am forever convincing myself that I saw something out of the corner of my eye. But after I've finished gasping and jumping in fright, there's never anything there to be scared of.

     
  • Monday morning as I was flying from Pittsburgh to Minnesota, I was writing this column, editing news stories, formatting photos and, if I had time, designing pages for this week’s edition. In other words, I was at my desk, which just happened to be a laptop more than 10,000 feet above earth.

     
  • Minnesota State FFA Secretary Valerie Earley was the main speaker at the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA banquet last week. She felt at home since it really has been home for the Wykoff resident, who noted she is a “proud” member of the chapter even though she graduated from Kingsland High School in 2014.

     
  • The Clan has an incredibly busy life — who doesn’t — but sometimes our days are so packed Mom doesn’t have the time and brain capacity to get anything ready for supper. With 13 growing kids in this house, supper can’t just be skipped, so instead we try to have plenty of food options around that can quickly be thrown together into an “emergency meal.”

     
  • A big part of understanding my family, and by extension my family’s lifestyle, is understanding what a day looks like for us. For us, no day is ever normal. Our daily experience is so far from the ordinary that we’ve started to forget what normal is even like. Instead, an average day in the Clan will look something like this.

     
  • A neighborhood brimming with gang violence, nudity, extremely coarse language, and drug and alcohol abuse isn’t a place for kids, particularly impressionable youth about to enter their teen years.

     
  • Let me introduce you to my family, the Clan. Yes, the Clan. With Mom, Dad, and 13 kids (no twins!), I think we can call ourselves whatever we want. But actually, the sheer number of us is by far the least unusual thing about the Clan.

     
  • The controversy surrounding the “religious freedom” laws some states have tried to enact and the fatal incidents involving white police shooting black suspects have led to national dialogue on institutional discrimination or prejudice. Activists are inspecting laws and internal policies to make sure people are treated equally.

     
  • Indiana was in the national spotlight last week after the Legislature passed a “religious freedom” law that was signed by Gov. Mike Pence. Although the original intent may have held true to its name, many thought it was a smokescreen to allow businesses to discriminate against people by citing religious beliefs if they get sued.

     
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