Monday, January 17, 2022

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For the past 10 years I have been involved in the sport of track and field either as athlete or a coach, competing in both high school and at the Division 2 collegiate level. Although I have been involved with the sport for so long, 10 years ago I couldn’t have imagined myself ever being apart of a...
Earlier this year, one of my best friends from college and college teammate, CeCe, got a lot of attention in the news and especially on social media, after Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Donald Trump tweeted very mean things about her. Trump Jr. sent out tweets, ultimately accusing her of...
May is a time of memorial remembrances. In the coming week, many people will be heading out to area cemeteries to remember loved ones who have gone on from this world. Memorial Day will be observed across the region on Monday. While Memorial Day has turned into the unofficial start of the summer...
Ever since I was introduced into the journalism world four years ago, I have realized that the most important thing for any entity when dealing with media outlets big or small is being open and honest. Over the course of the last few years, I have realized that the best relationships I have built...
It was with enormous pride that I watched my son graduate this past weekend from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with family and friends cheering him on. Behind the backdrop of the famous Camp Randall Stadium, more than 5,000 graduates received their degrees with about 50,000 people in...
As seniors get ready to graduate from high school in the next few weeks, they’ll undoubtedly be asked the tough question often of “what do you want to do with the rest of your life?” I remember when I was 18 and getting ready to head off to college, people would always ask me that question, and...
One could have heard a pin drop last Friday morning at Medford High School as a packed gymnasium listened to a father share the heart wrenching story of losing his son nearly four years ago. Through the video, Lasting Impact, followed by a live presentation, Matt Maas shared his tragic story yet...
There is a term that has been used more and more often called “first world problems.” That was exactly the case for me last week. I had just gotten home from coaching a track meet and from picking up my girlfriend from work in Owatonna since she had car pooled with someone the day before to head...
As the final snow melts away and spring flowers appear, our staff at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is looking ahead to a busy year of programming for our 20-county region This spring, our Early Childhood team has already been focused on providing trainings to area child care...
Music has long been seen as a way to improve one’s quality of life. As I sat down Sunday afternoon at my daughter’s piano recital, I couldn’t help but think about the benefits not only to those who listen but also the pianists. For nearly two hours, I found myself mesmerized by many young people...

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