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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
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  • ‘Poised’ Pirates continue their post-season run
    It’s driver’s ed time, so don’t be distracted
    You deserve a break today, and maybe even tomorrow, too
    Safety Town educates a new class of young children
    Enough reminders of an awful trade for the Minnesota Wild
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  • Poised’ Pirates continue their post-season run
    Pirate head baseball coach Ted Hasz has been preparing his team all season for the postseason and he said numerous times in post game comments that his team was poised to make a run in the postseason. The Pirates started their started the run last Thursday by beating Northern Freeze and continued Saturday by beating Thief River Falls and falling just short of Roseau. If not for one rough inning against Roseau, the Pirates would be the North Subsection champions. Now, though, the Pirates take on Park Rapids Tuesday in a loser-out game. The road to state is a lot more difficult for Crookston after the loss but with all the pitching depth, solid defense and hot bats the Pirates have a chance to go even deeper into the postseason. As the old cliche goes, "take it one game at a time."
     
    It’s driver’s ed time, so don’t be distracted
    A whole bunch of older youth who maybe started out their navigating careers in Safety Town around a decade ago (read the thoughts above and to the right) this week start learning a more advanced lesson, on the form of the summer session of driver’s education. A significantly larger than usual group of teens is enrolled, including several from neighboring towns, and will converge at Crookston High School. Although it’s assumed that the driver’s education curriculum has changed as needed with the times, here’s hoping that the dangers of distracted driving are a big part of the lesson plan. No text is worth sending or replying to while driving. Good luck in class, everyone.
    You deserve a break today, and maybe even tomorrow, too
    Coming back to work after a vacation always seems to be a monumental task. It doesn't matter if you were out of town for two days or two weeks, getting back into your everyday routine is tough. 
    Although the idea of taking off an extra day (especially a Monday) is appealing, it seems like a waste of precious vacation time or, in some people's case, additional unpaid leave. It is easy to talk oneself out of an extra day away to catch up on unpacking, laundry and sleep. This is all good and well until you wake up on the day you are expected back at your desk. Why is it so very hard to get up and get going? Suddenly that brushed off idea of an additional vacation day sounds genius.
    Next time you take time off, remember the challenge of going back to work after a days of traveling and take an that extra day off. You deserve just one more day, don't you?
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    Safety Town educates a new class of young children
    The start of the summer tradition known as Safety Town kicks off today and will continue all week, with next fall’s kindergartners graduating on Friday. The Washington School gym floor is made up to look a little town, with stoplights, streets, sidewalks and a bunch of little cars that the kids ride around in. Local police and high school volunteers work with the groups of children, teaching them each day about how to navigate the world around them as safely as possible. Speaking of Safety Town last week, school board member Dave Davidson said it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start teaching the incoming kindergartners about distracted driving, which he said is possibly killing more people than drinking and driving. It’s not a bad idea.
    Enough reminders of an awful trade for the Minnesota Wild
    To fans of the Minnesota Wild, it’s probably painful enough to watch the Chicago Blackhawks steamroll their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. But the real twist of the knife comes courtesy of Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy. The Minnesota native signed with the Minnesota Gophers to play college hockey, then ended up turning pro and signing with the Wild organization, who drafted him. Sounds great, until the Wild braintrust traded Leddy to the Blackhawks for Cam Barker, who was a disaster in Minnesota and is no longer with the organization. Leddy, meanwhile, is rock solid on the blue line for the Blackhawks, and while it’s OK to be happy for him as an individual, it’s just a constant reminder of a god-awful trade.

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