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Good work, Rob

Joining Rob LaPlante and his wife, Dana, at the state newspaper contest awards banquet last Thursday evening, Jan. 28 was fun.  Rob, our sports and school news editor, had been notified just before Christmas that he had won an award.

As a first-time banquet attendee, he appreciated going there with someone who had been there before and could tell him what to expect.

Rob placed third in the sports story category.  When it was his turn to walk up to the stage and receive his award, a few pictures were taken by yours truly, and then some posed photos were taken outside the banquet hall in the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington-Minneapolis South hotel.  Dana had some fun with a few photo props (such as a mustache and a derby hat) on a table next to a Minnesota Newspaper Association backdrop.

Congratulations, Rob.  You are a hard worker, and hard work often results in rewards.  We appreciate all that you do.


Recover after smoking

This monthís Wellness on Wheels column in the Journal-Press provides interesting data regarding the speed with which a smokerís body can recover after giving up smoking.  Have a look.


Dubious weather recap

Some very light snow fell Monday evening, Jan. 25.  Otherwise, we enjoyed March-like weather.  The highs were: 31, 31, 28, 40, 36, 33, and 38; and the lows were: 23, 24, 11, 7, 15, 16, and 29.


Thanks for the tip

Thanks to an anonymous caller who told us about Jodi Lee of rural Annandale and her barrel racing Horse of the Year, Ty.  You can read about them on the feature page this week.