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Wed
28
Jan
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Fourth graders write persuasive letter to Superintendent

Wed
28
Jan
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Slices of Life: Big game, bigger commercials

By Jill Pertler
 
It’s the time of year when the term “F-word” takes on a whole new meaning. Especially if, like me, you reside in a home with a bunch of football fanatics. For most of the season, their fervor doesn’t impact me. I leave them to their games on the big screen (with booming surround sound) and find myself a nice crime or home improvement show on the small TV upstairs. (Or maybe take a nap.) It’s not that I don’t understand or appreciate football. I do. I can provide an audible definition for terms like false start, face mask and flea flicker. I know a first down is better than a fourth down, but not as good as a touchdown, and they call it the line of scrimmage for a reason. I am familiar with the yellow hanky (which is not used for blowing one’s nose) and know the final two minutes of the game can last as long as the entire first half. At least it seems that way.
 
Wed
21
Jan
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Home Country

Daybreak. Coffee. The Big Two. There’s something so satisfying about getting out of bed when the world is still dark and quiet and resting. Making the coffee gives us time to scratch and think.

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Wed
21
Jan
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Time to Pass Keystone XL Legislation

One of the first items the 114th Congress is taking up is a bill that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. A long-time supporter of the project, it was the first bill I signed onto when I took office.

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Wed
14
Jan
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Becoming a Lawyer

By Roger Baron, Professor of Law, and Sarah Baron Houy, Esq.
 
Wed
14
Jan
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It’s about how you feel, not how you look

By Richard P. Holm, MD
 
A 92-year-old retired college professor patient of mine, who seems significantly younger than his stated age, walks a mile and half every day. He said to me on his own one time, "When you exercise every day, you feel so much better. Why don't people do it?" I think part of the problem is that getting started hurts a little, but maybe it is also because our motives are misplaced.
 
Thu
08
Jan
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Prenuptial Agreements

The law permits parties to enter into “prenuptial agreements” prior to becoming married. These agreements are also referred to as “antenuptial” or “premarital” agreements, as well as the colloquial “prenup.”
 
Thu
08
Jan
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Rural mail will suffer with more plant closures

A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for First-Class and Periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.
 
Wed
17
Dec
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Consider God’s plan for each of us

At this Christmas time, we pause to reflect upon how God breaks into our human existence, into our history, in a most powerful and amazing way. Coming first in the embrace of a baby to invite our love, and then revealing His divine power in healing and forgiving, Christ draws us into an intimate relationship with God and all creation.

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Wed
17
Dec
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Keep Jesus at the center of it all

Every year Colette, Ethan, and I (and I am sure Callie and Nathanial too as soon as they are old enough to participate with us) enjoy participating in the Christmas Cantata for this community. This year, like always, the songs get stuck in our heads

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