Here are five things we would like to see happen.

Let’s just start summer vacation in the spring

We all know the theory, that kids are just too hard to teach once spring arrives because they’re too distracted by the warmer weather and green grass and all that. But isn’t that supposed to apply to the youngest kids in our schools? Is it actually possible that our high school seniors enjoyed their last day of school this past Friday, May 17 – which was actually the annual Senior Skip Day? So that means they have no school this whole week, while the younger grades do, and then they graduate this Friday, May 24. Of course, that means the fresh graduates have no school the whole week after that, while the younger grades do. Just how short can the school year get for our seniors? Is teaching kids in May really that impossible?

A more accurate weekend forecast

Granted, it’s early, but the weather forecast for the
long Memorial Day holiday weekend doesn’t look
too favorable. You know…not very warm, not a lot of sun…the kind of weather that doesn’t add up to a lot of fun at the lake, which is where a lot of people like to go. Can you imagine, with the cold,
non-spring we recently experienced, how many people have yet to put their docks and boats and other water toys into the water? So, then, we had the awful weather forecast for this past weekend, causing countless people to postpone the dock and boat tasks until
Memorial Day weekend. And, then, wouldn’t you know it? After a few early morning sprinkles, Saturday morphed into a beautiful day, the perfect day to put docks and boats in the lake. But because of the forecast, no one did. That’s a big swing and a miss, you weather scientists out there.

Rain is welcome and needed; let’s just not overdo it with a holiday weekend approaching

With Memorial Day weekend soon upon us, let's cross our fingers for good weather. It seems as though Memorial weekend, the official start to the summer season, is always miserable, gray and drizzling. Even with a history of unpleasant weather Minnesotans continue to play busy weekends filled with family and friends, only to have their good times rained out. No one would argue with the fact that rain is a good thing right now, but hopefully this past weekend's rain showers will continue through the first part of the week and then wrap themselves off in time for a lovely weekend.

Strong post-seasons for Pirate spring sports teams

Pirate boys' tennis, softball and track and field all get their postseasons underway this week with softball travelling to East Grand Forks Tuesday and boys' tennis travelling to Perham Tuesday. Track and field competes in the subsection meet Thursday in East Grand Forks. Baseball and both golf teams jump into postseason action next week. Boys' tennis has a great shot to qualify for the state tournament as the No. 2 seed, while softball is the No. 5 seed and hoping to pull off upsets. Track and field has several talented athletes looking to advance to the section meet and to state. Best of luck to all the Pirates competing, especially the seniors who have one last chance.

Is Twins’ season on the line already?

Baseball is truly a weird sport, especially when it comes to wins and losses. Just ask the Minnesota Twins. They had just come back from a road trip, fresh from taking 3 of 4 at Fenway in Boston. Pitching was decent, offense was prolific. Things were looking up. Not so fast. They lost 2 of 3 to the Orioles and White Sox, and this past weekend they got swept by Boston. What happened to this team? The scores have been all over the place so you can't make a solid argument for pitching vs. hitting. The Twins showed in April that they have potential to be a better team than the last couple of years. Their current record reflects that. They have got to figure their stuff out now before the season gets away from them.

– Amanda Wagner, Times’ intern