Singing, Sight-seeing (and Sickness!) In The City That Never Sleeps

Carnegie Hall. Broadway. Central Park. Times Square. The Plaza Hotel. All these landmarks–and much, much more–have been experienced by a large contingent of Worthingtonians this week. Today marks the last full day that 105 Worthington High School (WHS) choral members (along with several adult chaperones and “tag-alongs”) are in the Big Apple. Kids who just…
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Spring Fling

Spring is due to officially arrive Wednesday…but being a nearly lifelong Minnesotan, and one who celebrates her birthday in late March to boot, I know this is almost never the time when spring truly begins in this state. As a child, Groundhog Day annually inspired false hope in me that winter might magically be gone–poof!–in…
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Open Wide

While National Children’s Dental Health Month wrapped up a few days ago, a recent post by a Facebook friend that mentioned her pending trip to the dentist for a cavity fill–and her extreme anxiety about it–left me mentally musing on my life to date as a dental patient. “I detest the dentist!” responded one person…
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The First’s Lasts Are Still Firsts

Listening to parents of kindergartners in the early fall often brings a smile to my face, along with a twinge of impatience, as they somewhat naively intone, “It was so hard to say goodbye to Mikey when the bus came.  How can he be in kindergarten already?  To think this is his first day of…
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Pinball Wizard

Ah, the late ’70s. In those halcyon days of yore, Mankato adolescents flocked to pinball parlors, like Aladdin’s Castle in the (now essentially defunct, then brand-new) downtown Mankato Mall. Positioned across from a movie theater, it was the perfect lure for teenage boys, who were seeking to impress each other (as well as gaggles of…
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