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LOREN ELSE

Columnist Loren Else says a photo of his cousin's grandson came with a surprise – his grandfather's old pickup truck.
Columnist Loren Else says paying for college has changed dramatically, and not for the better. Something needs to be done.
Columnist Loren Else says history classes taken long ago still resonate today.
As a kid, if I scored some change, I might walk down to the local five-and-dime store and buy a pack of baseball cards. If I was lucky and had a dollar bill, the cashier would count back my change in a matter-of-fact fashion. It was a bit of a math lesson every trip to the store.

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Be kind to all, stop the animosity on social media, say thank you, help others, and respect those who came before you. Do the right thing.
Sometimes a kick in the posterior is just what someone needs. Randi Kallas was floundering a bit in college in the 1970s. In her junior year at the University of Minnesota, she had her sights set on a Journalism degree, but was running out of steam.
Columnist Loren Else says living in a country with freedom and equal opportunity for all is what that beautiful flag of 50 stars stands for.

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