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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Opinion: This week's five things

  • The newsroom weighs in on this week's five things they'd like to see happen locally or around the world.
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  • Keep it simple, if possible
    Tonight’s a big night for the school board and the district administration, in the form of a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the CHS auditorium to discuss the things district residents will be voting on Nov. 5. Despite the administration’s efforts, all of the explaining in the world will not clear up all of the details for people. There are many repair, improvement and upgrade projects on the list for the three schools and swimming pool. Some projects voters have the final say on, and some they do not. That’s what most people know going into tonight’s meeting, and that’s probably all they’re going to have a firm grasp on when they’re ready to vote. It’s the job of the board and administrators to keep this as simple as possible, and try to find the difficult balance between over-explaining things to the point that you drown people in the details, and not explaining things enough.
    Snow starts to fall, which brings out bad drivers
    We all know winter is coming and it happens every year. Sometimes it is early, sometimes late. The first snow of the year seems to bring out drivers who forget what winter is. While traveling, it is easy to notice those who are seemingly nervous about the fluffy precipitation. Drivers slow way down, get nervous about turning and just act ridiculous. If you're going to be nervous about the first snow, don't travel on that day (if you can help it). The rest of us, who remember what this season brings, would like to do the speed limit and not have to worry about trying to get around the timid drivers.
    Struggling on your college decision? If you’re able, visit some campuses
    There are many factors that play into the final college decisions for future freshmen and their parents. Do I want a big, public university or a small, private one? Does this university have the program or major I want to go into? How far away is this institution away from home? Do I feel safe in the community? Are any of my friends going to this school? A lot of these questions can be answered simply by visiting the campus. A highly important factor, campus visits can really give you the feel of college and college life and can help potential students decide if it is the right place for them. If you have the means to, take time to schedule campus visits. It may just give you a piece of mind and, potentially, security about the ever-changing world of college and what it means for you and/ or your student.
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    Golden Eagles show they can compete, and win
    Throw out all your previous notions about UMC Football. This isn't the team you are used to. They are winning. The Golden Eagles still have plenty of work to improve and be competitive with the top teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, but they are showing they can win and be competitive in most games. True freshman quarterback Kyle Larson has improved immensely since the season opener. The receivers, while still dropping some balls, are catching more and more. The run game is diverse and keeps defenses on their toes. The offensive line has also shown vast improvement since the season opener. The defense is solid and has shown at times how good it can be. In Saturday's win over MSU Moorhead the defense put together a complete game and held the Dragons under 300 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles are 2-5 and host Minot State next Saturday. It then travels to face Minnesota Duluth, hosts Northern State and finishes the season on the road against Mary. Finishing the season with three or even four wins is definitely a possibility and is a a goal for UMC head coach Mike Fritze and his squad. With two wins now on a muddy Ed Widseth Field, UMC is embracing the rain, mud and cold. As long as the Golden Eagles keep winning in the mud, what's the rush to get turf in?
    Does Freeman start down Carter’s path on Monday Night Football?
    Longtime Minneapolis Star Tribune sports columnist Patrick Reusse wrote a doozy of a column on Sunday, predicting that the Vikings will get as much out of new quarterback Josh Freeman as the team did many years ago when they plucked then-troubled wide receiver Cris Carter off the NFL waiver wire for $100. Carter caught more than 1,000 passes and scored more than 100 touchdowns. He’s in the NFL Hall of Fame. Maybe Reusse figured, “Oh, what the heck, that’s what depressed Viking fans are hoping for, so why not feed the hope?” Certainly, these are surreal times for the Purple, as the team brass hopes to get a good look at the young, athletic and big-armed Freeman for the rest of what looks like a lost season in order to deduct if he’s worth keeping around over the long term. He can’t be much worse than the quarterbacks who preceded him in Minnesota, post-Brett Favre. But Cris Carter-like? Oh, Patrick…
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