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Jason Berghorst

  • By Jason Berghorst, reporter
    August 22, 2017
    There’s a first time for everything. I had one last week when I purchased my first brand new major household appliance. I’ve purchased brand new TVs, computers and furniture before, but never an appliance. When I bought my house eight years ago, the refrigerator, range, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer all came with the house. I really hesitate to type this, but so far only the washing…
  • By Jason Berghorst, columnist
    October 17, 2016
    Since my middle school years, I've had an interest in politics. I think it actually is important who is elected and I think it matters how our elected officials act and react to people and situations. In my opinion, our candidates reflect on us as a nation, and their character counts. So, as you can probably imagine, I'm not enjoying this campaign season. This election season is like a…
  • By Jason Berghorst, columnist
    September 19, 2016
    This is a big weekend in Luverne. Sure, there have been a lot of "big" events in Luverne this summer. Buffalo Days, Fourth of July at The Lake, Hot Dog Night, the county fair, a beer fest, and other events have given local residents plenty to do. But this weekend is the Tri-State Band Festival, the 66th annual festival in fact, which means it's been around longer than all but one…
  • By Jason Berghorst, reporter
    August 23, 2016
    Like me, you felt it this past Friday and Saturday. Some of you, like me, were energized by it and liked the feeling. Others of you dreaded it. But we all noticed it. The change of seasons was in the air last weekend. Temperatures in the sixties during the day and low fifties at night felt downright chilly. It felt like fall. It felt great. Don't get me wrong, I like summer and have…
  • By Jason Berghorst, reporter
    July 25, 2016
    Remember the movie, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop?” In the 2009 comedy, the main character takes a job as a mall security guard and patrols on a Segway making sure the mall is safe and clean. Of course the humor in the movie is that, although he takes his job very seriously, the “mall cop” has little actual authority. I can’t help but feel a little like Kevin James’ character in the movie sometimes. In…
  • By Jason Berghorst, reporter
    June 27, 2016
    It’s going to be a long four months until Nov. 8. I’m already tired of the presidential campaign even though, officially, it’s barely begun. And that’s very unusual for me. I’m one of those government teacher-types that thoroughly enjoy watching, reading and talking about politics. Except this year. Sure, the 2016 presidential campaign has been “interesting” so far. But interesting doesn’t always…
  • By Jason Berghorst, reporter
    July 06, 2015
      Growing up in Luverne in the 1980s and 1990s, I experienced a very quiet Fourth of July holiday in my hometown. Some years our family would travel to Leota to see fireworks or maybe to Hills to swim at the Rez. Any holiday activities were always in other towns. Luverne was closed for the Fourth. Independence Day is a summer, outdoor holiday. Luverne has no lake. There was no beach and no…
  • By Jason Berghorst, reporter
    May 25, 2015
      One of the many benefits of being a teacher that I appreciate is the school calendar. I’m not just talking about having “summers off,” although that is part of it. I’m also not referring to how some schools now consider May to be summer and August to be fall; that’s a topic for another column. I’m talking about how the flow of the school calendar marks the passing of time, gives us milestones…
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