Crookston High School student writer misses his home state.

Toni Grove's News Broadcasting class at Crookston High School covers news reporting in both print and video media. Juniors and seniors in the class produce weekly news broadcasts for the CHS student body, publish the Pirate Pride newsletter and submit articles to the Crookston Daily Times, which are published periodically.

I have lived in Louisiana, Texas, and Minnesota, but my favorite place by far is Louisiana. I was born in Urania, LA on May 28, 1995 and moved to Houma, LA about six months after my birth. I lived there for about eleven years. I love Louisiana for the food, weather, and hospitality. I miss the nice people and AWESOME food, especially CRAWFISH!!!!

My family and I would have crawfish boils all the time. The whole family would get together, and we would gather a few picnic tables. We’d get a propane tank with a burner and a huge pot with a strainer and throw live crawfish, potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, whole onions, and sausage in the pot of hot water, along salt and other seasonings. Once the food was done, we would put it on a table that was covered with newspaper or tarps and we would dig in. It is the best thing I have ever eaten. It takes like amazingly seasoned chicken.

Another thing I miss is the storms. I was evacuated during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and I went to Houston, TX to stay with my dad. Once the storm had passed, I went home to inspect the damage and to my amazement, there wasn’t any damage to my house. I remember trying to go to New Orleans and seeing all the Humvees and soldiers helping to find and rescue people from rooftops and taking them to safety. I feel sorry for all the people who lost their homes and possessions.

The final thing I miss is the Southern hospitality. Many of the people in Louisiana are kind and openhearted. They invite you into their homes. Sometimes, they invite you to crawfish boils, too. Some people will even invite you to go fishing with them. My family has been helped so many times when we were stuck on the side of the road or needed financial help. The Southern hospitality is still around like it has been for centuries.