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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The Beauty Of The Rainbow

It’s not often you see a sight like this at Worthington High School: all the Caucasian kids sitting on one side of the room, all the students of color on the other side. But that was the strange and oddly jarring scene that greeted me when I arrived at the WHS choir room one afternoon…
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Packing It Up

If you are a person whose house is purged of ribbons, wrapping paper, candy canes, balsam firs, colored lights and all things red and green by 12:01 a.m. each Dec. 26 or, unfailingly, at least by New Year’s Day, go ahead and stop reading now–this column is just not for you. If, however, you are…
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Bursting With Loyalty

By some standards, I am a very loyal person. Namely, judging by the number of “loyalty cards” causing my so-called slimfold (now more “jumbo-sized”) wallet to nearly burst at its seams, or by the quantity of conveniently sized rectangular plastic doo-hickeys affixed to my keychain (it would be more accurate to call it a “card…
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