Fall is falling

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The cycle begins again.
School bells began ringing this week, a tell-tale sign that fall is falling, even though the calendar and thermometer says it’s still late summer in the dog days of August.
All four area schools reported back to the classroom this week and we wish all area students, their families and teachers a wonderful, memorable year ahead in 2019-20.
The first week of school brings a familiar look and feel that reminds us another year of change, learning and opportunity has arrived. Whether your family is embarking on that first magical day of kindergarten, the jump into high school, that quantum leap into college life, or into unfamiliar “empty nest territory,” it’s yet another reminder that the only thing constant in this life is change.
Monday was also the first day for fall sports practices and we look forward, as always, to covering the Huskies, Hawks, Hornets and Storm.
Another reminder is timely on the safety front, as local streets and farm intersections will be busier than they have been, often with young walkers and drivers who deserve all of our attention. Allow extra time when travelling around area schools, especially during these first few weeks of transition.
Road safety is extremely high on the radar this year, with persistent heavy rains creating serious challenges regarding rural road maintenance. Another wave of heavy rain this week confirms what we already know, that the ground remains heavily saturated leaving additional moisture nowhere to go.
It’s anything but normal driving conditions throughout the county, thus we as a community need to remind ourselves, our children and any family or friends who may be visiting the area to slow down and use extra precaution. With school buses and harvest farm equipment now or soon to be on our troubled roadways, we simply can’t be too cautious.
Kurt Johnson

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