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Agrees that final exams should be mandatory

I agree with Larry Schultz regarding his letter to the editor that final exams should be mandatory, period. I graduated with a degree in engineering from South Dakota State in 1950 and in most of the courses, the grade was based on tests....more >>

Opinions

Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Come play euchre with us, support the All Night Party

Please join us at the Oxford Hills Golf and Country Club (300 E. Drahner Rd.) on Friday, March 15 for a euchre party fund-raiser to benefit the Oxford High School Senior All Night Party....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Saving America from Itself and Facebook

. . . and what did we do before cell phones?

Okay, call me kookie, but I have been flirting with the idea of ditching my very own, personal Facebook page. I know, I know. Younger folk will think this is totally un-American -- but I have to admit, the thought has been bouncing around inside my cranium since January....more >>

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Counting down

I am one week away from my last bout of my nutrition program with Nuview Nutrition. Well, the last bout before I head into a lifetime of maintenance. A year ago seemed scary to think vegetables with no butter or covered in cheddar cheese would be alright....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Sixth grader calls for less coffee for kids

Dear Editor, I am in sixth grade in middle school. Some people in my school talk about drinking coffee and energy drinks. I think kids our age should not drink things like that. It will only cause problems for everyone....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader predicts 400 ft burn policy trouble

Dear Editor, In response to "A call to respect neighbors when open burning," Feb. 27, Tammie Heazlit should do herself and her neighbors a favor and report the neighbor who is burning from "7 a....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Start 'Holy Habits' in Spring

This past weekend with warm temperatures and sunshine, the birds singing in the trees and the snow melting, I sensed springtime in the air. It is always such a relief when it seems that we have once again made it through another winter....more >>
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Born October 1st
1904: Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-born American virtuoso pianist.
1924: Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the U.S. (1977-1981)
1932: Albert Collins, guitarist.
1935: Julie Andrews (Julia Elizabeth Wells), actress and singer whose films include Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.
1946: Tim O'Brien, novelist (The Things They Carried, In the Lake of the Woods).
October 1st
in history
1588: The feeble Sultan Mohammed Shah of Persia, hands over power to his 17-year old son Abbas.
1791: In Paris, the National Legislative Assembly holds its first meeting.
1839: The British government decides to send a punitive naval expedition to China.
1847: Maria Mitchell, American astronomer, discovers a comet and is elected the same day to the American Academy of Arts---the first woman to be so honored. The King of Denmark awarded her a gold medal for her discovery.
1856: The first installment of Gustav Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary appears in the Revue de Paris after the publisher refuses to print a passage in which the character Emma has a tryst in the back seat of a carriage.