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Once upon a time, I was part of a set of students working for the university I attended. As part of any of our trainings there was always a set of activities at the beginning, called ice breakers. These short tasks, questions or activities were designed to get folks talking and interacting. 

My trips to Moose Lake this week so far have been taken in the first car I ever purchased. My senior year of high school I took out a $3,000 loan and paid it off to buy my first car. For ten years I have owned this 1995 Plymouth Acclaim. The old girl and I have had over a decade of adventure…

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During my time in the newspaper industry I have learned quite a bit about newspapers in general. With any job there is a jargon, newspapers are no different. 

 In the history of the United States, certain groups of people have been subjected to horrible treatment.  African Americans were enslaved for two hundred years.  Native Americans were forcibly relocated.  Many of these actions reflected the official policy of the United States Government at…

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I should have listened to Poncho, but it was 12:30 a.m. and I didn’t want to be bothered. With his acute sense of smell and hearing, he knew there were marauders nearby. I got up and closed the window and reprimanded him for barking and disturbing my sleep. He continued to growl and rumble, …

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My first paper day here at the Star-Gazette some wonderful person in front of me in the drive-thru at a certain chain coffee place kindly paid for my lunch. This was a first for me,