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  One benefit of being a reporter is the role of quiet observer in a community — following events but not interfering with the news as it unfolds. A story assignment in Jasper two years ago is one such event. The experiences of one family have left a lasting impression, and I continue to follow...
  Last summer my family unknowingly fostered a Canada goose. I last wrote about how Gary came to us as a duckling, but as he (or she) grew, it was obvious he was not a duck. The yellow and gray fuzzy ball developed beautiful gray, white and black feathers, and my husband, Bryan, taught Gary how to...
  An activity traditionally used to keep children busy is making its way into adult hands and eventually into my own hands in the not too distant future. Call me strange, but I have loved poking through the various pens, pencils and crayons in the office supply aisles. The purchase of new markers...
Juan Carreon receives the vinyl folder that will hold his Luverne High School Class of 2015 diploma from Principal Ryan Johnson earlier this month. Carreon worked through the school’s alternative school to achieve the diploma that only a handful of members in his family have achieved.
Experiences often shape who we are and define what we become in life. No one knows that better than Juan Carreon, a 19-year-old I met for the first time during his graduation ceremony on April 15. The informal afternoon gathering at Pizza Ranch was full of smiles, congratulatory conversations and...

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