Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming. He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018. He focuses on features and outdoor stories.
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RiverTown Multimedia invites you on a journey, an adventure involving 101 Things To Do in our publication areas. Each week we will select one place or activity and highlight it. We will launch the project the week of Jan. 7, 2019, and span 101 weeks until December 2020.
English is a language that is constantly evolving, and every year, new words are added to the dictionaries. This past year, Merriam-Webster added 850 new words and definitions. Many of these words seem like they have been around for several years. Often they have, because the dictionaries don't want to include words that are merely passing fads. Some examples of recently added words or meanings, with the date of their first known usage, are:
When Josef Mohr wrote the lyrics to "Silent Night" in Austria in 1818, he could have had no idea that three generations of his descendents would be proudly singing the song in Red Wing 200 years later. In a ceremony Sunday, Dec. 16, at United Lutheran Church, singers, wearing traditional clothing from the country they represented, sang the song in four languages. Kristianna and Franz Harris sang "Stille Nacht" in the original German, Emily Christianson sang in Norwegian, Jeanette Santiago sang in Spanish, and the choir and congregation sang in English.
Buying just the right gift for a family member or friend can be a challenge. That may be one reason gift card sales are soaring in the U.S. In 1999, $19 billion in gift cards were sold, according to WalletHub statistics. That number increased to $130 billion by 2015 and is projected to reach $160 billion this year. Though sometimes seen as impersonal, gift cards have entrenched themselves in American society. These statistics seem to hold for Minnesota, as well.
As a young girl in Red Wing, Rachel McNamara was active in diving and gymnastics. She never could have guessed that those sports would help her develop the body control, strength, and determination to take her to the 2018 World Cup ... in roller derby.
If teachers want students to work hard, be engaged, and learn well, those teachers encourage students to work on something they care about, something that fits their passions. That's exactly what Dr. Travis Thul, dean of Trade and Technology, hopes to do with the new Bicycle Design and Fabrication Program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing. The idea to start the program came from another program that already exists at the college - the Guitar Repair and Building Program.
A recent federal law makes it easier for consumers to protect their financial security by freezing their accounts with all three major credit agencies for free. Prior to this law coming into effect on Sept. 21, individuals could freeze and unfreeze their accounts, but those actions required paying a fee each time, according to Bruce Carlstrom, president of Lake City Federal Bank.
As students return to the classroom, it's a good time to consider the apps they are using on their smart devices. Some of them can be dangerous, according to local law enforcement officers. "This is a problem nationwide, and it is absolutely a problem in Minnesota," said Ryan Olson, detective with the Dakota County Electronic Crimes Task Force in Hastings.
After 25 years of striving to reintroduce whooping cranes into the eastern section of North America, Operation Migration will cease work at the end of 2018. "This difficult decision to dissolve the organization is heartbreaking for us all, but we have exhausted all possible avenues to avoid this outcome," said Joe Duff, CEO and co-founder of Operation Migration headquartered in Port Perry, Ontario, in a written statement.
It was an ambitious plan. Paddle 1,200 miles on three rivers in one summer. That's OK. Michael Anderson is an ambitious person, especially when there is an adventure involved. Add a social cause to that mix, and he's all in. When Anderson and Paul Twedt planned the Three Rivers Project, they knew it would be a challenge. They wanted to paddle the St. Croix River, the Minnesota River and the Minnesota section of the Mississippi River. They also wanted to pick up trash as they went.