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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • CHS Student Authors: Fond memories of trip to Jackson Hole, which has had some stressful times lately

  • Last summer my friends and I from Trinity Lutheran Church made a trip to the Grand Tetons. We went to many different and scenic views including Yellowstone National Park, Ole Faithful, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and we experienced White Water Rafting.
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  •     Last summer my friends and I from Trinity Lutheran Church made a trip to the Grand Tetons. We went to many different and scenic views including Yellowstone National Park, Ole Faithful, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and we experienced White Water Rafting.    
        The drive from Crookston was a 14-hour ride across North Dakota and into Wyoming and Montana. I have many memories of hiking the mountains to great elevations to swimming in Fire Hole Canyon. We had many encounters with Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Bison, and a couple of bears which was heart racing.    
        My sister Kaylee, who has been on the trip before, was able to go on the trip this year once again.    
        This is the second trip my sister and I have been on together without our parents. Our first trip together was our school Music Trip to Disneyworld, Florida, which was easily one of the biggest highlights of my high school career, and I was only a sophomore.    
        One of the scenic towns we visited was Jackson Hole. I remember all the items I bought there in the many stores they had all around town and all the different places they had to eat. There was a huge ski resort located at the top of one of the mountains surrounding the town, and I would enjoy going back to try snowboarding on those giant hills of snow.    
        Recently in Jackson Hole there has been some significant plate movement around the town.    
        Town officials first noticed hill movement April 4th. They evacuated 42 homes and apartment units on April 9th when the slide was moving at about an inch a day. By Friday, the rate had surged to a foot a day.    
        Overnight, the shifting earth had bulged a road and parking lot at the foot of the hill as much as 10 feet high. The groundswell pushed a small town water pump building 15 feet toward West Broadway, the town’s main drag.    
        A large crack continued to widen near the four homes at highest risk, partway up East Gros Ventre Butte, a small mountain on the west side of town.    
        Meanwhile, a steady stream of rock and dirt tumbled off gouging the hill. Efforts to slow the slide, such as pouring rock and dirt fill behind large, L-shaped concrete barriers arranged in a line at the base of the slide, were on hold to keep workers out of the danger zone.            
    Page 2 of 2 -     It’s weird to think that 9 months ago I was enjoying myself in this town. 
        I never would have thought that this could happen.    
         Down the road in the future, I hope to visit Jackson Hole and many of the wonderful places we went to on that trip.   
        Desrosier is a student in Toni Grove’s broadcasting and communications course at CHS.

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