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For the past couple of years, we have heard a lot about “the Pandemic”. There has been great concern about just how widespread it was and how devastating it might be to human life.  There were billions of dollars thrown at it, industry was disrupted, and basically the entire world was affect…

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Once again, we have seen devastating hurricanes hit North America. The first, Hurricane Fiona skimmed along the eastern seaboard but didn’t do real damage until it hit the Canadian Maritimes. As it happened, my husband and I were on a cruise boat that was headed for the same place. The ship …

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The week of Oct. 10 is Homecoming for our East Central students. This is a week steeped in tradition. Our volleyball team plays at home on Tuesday the 11th and the football team plays at home on Friday the 14th. Our cross country team, unfortunately does not have a home meet, they will be ru…

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To assist students in preparing for, and applying to, college, East Central School District will participate in the statewide College Knowledge Month held throughout the month of October. Events have been planned to create a “college-going community.”  College is a vague term.  College shoul…

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National Newspaper Week begins Oct. 2. While this isn’t the typical holiday that most families celebrate, it does provide a good opportunity to take a moment and recognize all the ways that local newspapers make a difference in communities across America.

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Since 2005, CBS 3 and KBJR 6 have been owned by the same company. We’ve gone through slogans like “for the family,” “people you can count on,” “in touch” and “Northland’s News Center”. Our new owners don’t like the fact that three and six compete against each other so now both teams have bee…

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We are living in a time where most people live with so much fear. Everywhere we look, there seems to be some painful, intense, or frightening situation happening. COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc, there is war in Afghanistan, an earthquake in Haiti, flooding in New York, drought in Minnesota…

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The past week flew by fast at the Meyer Ranch. Typically our daughter and her husband watch our dogs when we travel, so this week we were finally able to reciprocate by watching their dog as they traveled to Hawaii. When it came time for them to fly home we drove down to pick them up. It was…

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Have you ever wondered what school board members really do?  Being a board member is a serious commitment to our school and community.  Each of our school board members sit on important committees within the district, and also at the state and regional level.  Locally we have a safety commit…

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Once a voter returns their absentee or mail ballot the ballot goes through several steps before election day and being counted.

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Some years ago, I was one of a handful of prosecutors in the United States selected to train at the National Computer Forensics Institute in Alabama.  The course participants were a mix of metro and rural prosecutors.  During lunch, I sat at a table with the other rural county attorneys and …

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A few months ago Gary and I ordered a new chair, our furniture is either old or the cats have used it for scratching posts, it all needs replacing. Since Covid, ordering anything, no matter furniture or dog food, the industry of delivering products has changed. Anyone remember the acronym “J…

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I cannot not look at a chickadee. It’s my favorite bird. You should look for a chickadee. If you see one, the endearing creature might become your favorite bird. If you can see birds, look at birds. It’s an easy way to achieve an enhanced existence. William Ruckelshaus wrote, “Nature provide…

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The summer is almost gone and fall is on the way. The summer always appears to fly by and this one is no different. The busy times of life have been swishing by and I do not know about you, but it is hard to take time for family, friends and ourselves without wondering when and where it will…

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The internet that Silicon Valley promised us was supposed to be a haven for new ideas, robust free speech, and a free flow of information. Instead, the internet we got is dominated by a handful of Big Tech companies that wield unprecedented power over nearly every aspect of our lives.  

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Summer has been a great time to reflect upon the past school year and set goals for the upcoming school year.  One of the most useful tools any student can use is goal setting.  Goal setting allows you to formulate a plan to accomplish specific tasks.  Goals keep us motivated.  Students who …

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Mike and Mary Wiggins were Friday afternoon visitors at Wayne and Deb Stadin’s. Wayne and Deb Stadin attended a birthday party for their grandson Corbin, Saturday afternoon.  

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Last week was quite a battery of medical visits for Gary Meyer. Monday, for six hours he marched through labs, x-ray, surgery and then he went to the University Clinic on the shuttle and met with his cardiac doctor. At several stops the nursing staff welcomed Gary when they recognized him at…

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Friday morning Gary and I were picked up by Janet Halonen and we all headed to Cloquet for some shopping. Before we left town we stopped at “Carmen’s” restaurant and enjoyed a nice lunch. Later we stopped at Janet’s and admired her latest home improvements-which were really very nice. And, h…

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Last Saturday, Brian Makie, Columbus, enjoyed the sunny weather that day by driving his Vanderhall up to meet us for a lunch at Crazy Mary’s. As we enjoyed our lunch we learned about my cousin’s great vacation to the Black Hills. Brian signed up to join this unique group after he read a Face…

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Saturday was the yearly family picnic for my father’s branch of family, the Mecl clan. Every July there is a picnic at “the lake” that Jimmy Mecl (my dad’s brother) started nearly 70 years ago. During those years, the big city has come to the lake and no longer drive on a dirt road to their …

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My grandma Else died when I was 11 years old. It was the first time I saw my father cry. After hanging up the telephone, he walked into his bedroom, laid on his bed, and sobbed. I didn’t know what to say or do.

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In the predawn sky, four planets—Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn—are still strung in that order from left to right. But now the line of planets stretches all the way across the sky. 

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Minnesota is home to 14,000 lakes, 12,000 loons, 135,000 seasonal lake cabins and 3.9 million newspaper readers. Really? 

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Thomas Jefferson famously declared, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

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This past week was a fairly busy one at the Gary Meyer household. Tuesday our neighbor, Janet Halonen, stopped over to pick us up. We headed to Turtle Lake, Wisconsin for T-bone Tuesday. We had a great time and a great dinner. No one went home rich though.

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