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In my humble opinion - by Deb Bently

I would like to thank the many folks who approach me and compliment my work as a writer. The most common phrasing is, “You do such a good job.” Those statements of gratitude are deeply meaningful to me and trust me, I take them to heart. I want you to know, however, that I am my own worst...
Being retired has some perks. Thanks to my flexible schedule, I can give some of my time to the Minnesota Education Association - the statewide teacher union - to provide presentations about topics important to teachers and education. I’d tell you more, but that’s not what this column is about...
I was led to the idea of writing an article about “abandoned” cemeteries when county facilities manager Brian Tomford appeared before the Waseca County board of commissioners requesting their approval for a policy which specifies some of the expectations surrounding county-managed cemeteries....
I watched the new movie “Weight of the Crown” on YouTube earlier this week. Probably because I don’t spend time on Facebook, I was likely among the last people in the county to learn about it. Some surprises, however, can be wondrous. Of course I knew of Arik Matson. Of course I understood...
As many of you know, I was an English teacher at NRHEG Secondary for more than 25 years. Any of you who are former students, you may be interested to learn “the shoe is on the other foot” now, since producing a weekly column is a little like being told “Write an essay on any topic.” Just like...
Each time I put gas in my car, or sometimes on long drives, I speculate that there are still molecules of gas in the tank from the very first time the vehicle–a 2011 Chevy–was driven. Given the age of the vehicle and the number of miles it’s traveled, that may seem far fetched, but it has more...
For last week’s paper, I wrote a news piece about how the Waseca police and fire departments and the Waseca county sheriff’s office are entering into a “bell-ringing contest.” That is, each will take a two-hour time slot ringing the bell for Salvation Army donations in front of Waseca’s Walmart...
It’s Thanksgiving week, and so I ask myself what I have to say about the topic of being thankful. I think back to a high school writing class I taught for a decade or more. It was titled “Extreme Nonfiction.” The idea behind the class was a response to student claims that “We could write a good...
The word “coincidence” is made up of two parts. “Co-” is a prefix that means “together,” as in “cooperate” (work together) or “coordinate” (plan together). Joined with “incidence” it means “happen together.” So when we say something is “coincidence” we’re saying they simply chance to have...
I worked fairly closely this past week with a group of local veterans. My task was to write a story about the “honor guard,” a group of nearly 30 who commit their time to attend the funerals of fellow veterans and present military honors for the family. You will find the result of those efforts...

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