On hectic Highland mornings, Aaron Rodgers, local arts and culture tourism, the new and improved library, and Serena Williams...

Keep up the patience at politeness at Highland during hectic mornings
Granted, it's probably more hectic during the first couple days of school than over the rest of the school year, but it's pretty nutty at and around Highland Elementary School before classes start in the morning, with all of the parents coming to drop off their kids. The four-way stop down the block is busy on all four sides, and then the parents drive past the school, loop through the parking lot and then head out, while school buses are allowed to drive to the school entrance and drop off kids. But over the first two days, politeness, patience and common sense seemed to rule the day. Let's keep it up, because it's awfully busy at that school in the mornings.

Can we not lose our minds over Aaron Rodgers’ Sunday feat?
Could we possibly find some sane perspective or at least a little middle ground on what transpired Sunday night at Lambeau Field? Yes, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first half suffered what a appeared to be a significant leg injury. But he didn't leave the field "on a cart," as NBC commentators Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth repeatedly said. He limped off the field and then got a ride in a utility vehicle, in the front seat, to the locker room for further examination. It's not like he was sitting in the back with his leg in an air cast. In the second half, clearly hobbled by his injury and favoring his injured leg, Rodgers led the Pack to a tremendous comeback win over the Bears. But let's not forget that his receivers made some excellent plays, and the Packers' defense stymied the upstart Bears the entire second half. Now that it's over, and Michaels and Collinsworth are finally done gushing about Rodgers' "stunning" and "miraculous" performance, let's see how badly his leg is actually hurt.

Keep the arts and culture events coming
Maybe the local "sports tourism" initiative should be expanded to become a "sports, arts, culture and entertainment tourism" initiative, because it sure seems like people like to come out and check out events that have to do with art and culture in Crookston, and even more when there's a little entertainment thrown in. Certainly, if the goal is more "heads on beds" in Crookston's lodging facilities, an event like Friday and Saturday's Queen City Arts Festival isn't exactly going to fill a bunch of rooms. But there were people and artists from out of town there, and when you watched motorists pass by and look at all the activity at the corner of Second Street and North Main, they had to figure that this is a town where cool things happen. It's been a mighty busy summer here in Crookston, and fall is packed, too. And people still say there's "nothing to do." On the contrary.

More people check out new and improved public library
The Crookston Public Library continues to remodel and update its interior thanks to the support of the community. The project has raised $25,000, and that will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Otto Bremer Trust. The donations will be used to update the library’s equipment and furniture. New public restrooms, carpet, lighting, and new furnishings have been added to the building so far. Except for one day, the library has remained open throughout the whole renovation process to allow the public to see the progress being made. The library continues to welcome donations to help with the project. Donations can be made at the Crookston Public Library or at their website. These renovations will surely bring people to the Crookston Public Library to read and to learn. – This Five Thing by Anna Huck, student writer

A little love and appreciation for Serena Williams
You have to love Serena Williams, right? Forget her dominating, many-years run in women's professional tennis and her swift, successful comeback after giving birth, on Saturday in the U.S. Open Women's Final against Naomi Osaka, Williams was at her best, even though she lost. She probably wasn't at her best during the actual match, however. She lost the first set 6-2, but in the midst of a rally in the second set, Williams' coach was accused of coaching from his seat in the stands and Williams proceeded to get more upset. It got so heated that Williams was penalized a point and then a full game, and she ended up losing the second set 6-4, and the match. As the crowd lustily booed afterward and Williams had the microphone placed in front of her at courtside, showing 100 percent class she deflected all the attention to Osaka, 20, for her first Grand Slam victory of her career, and, with both women wiping away tears, Williams told the crowd twice to stop booing. It was a tremendous moment of sportsmanship that'd we'd all like to see more of. Yes, Williams let her frustrations show in her post-match press conference, but she was right. Men’s tennis players over the years have absolutely abused chair umpires and not received the consequences that she did.