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I am glad our paper doesn’t have room for some sad, tragic and notoriously bad stories. There are times when I am reading newspapers and I am appalled at some of the reports in the paper. Robbery, vandalism, murder, shootings, drunks, suicide, preventable accidents and incidents we never thought would be reported are in the papers of our rural communities.  

What turns people on to be so radical? What sets them off? Sometimes incidents like this make the news because there aren’t so many of them. It is enough to turn your stomach to read about things some people do and not just once, but many times.

Reading the Shelly Malakowsky story was so tragic and unreal. I wonder who the "buddies" were who thought it was so funny that their friend was so obnoxiously drunk that they had to help carry him out to his car, and even start the engine for him. 

Those things that they did helped kill a young mother as well as the baby that she was expecting. How could one live with that? Worse is Shelly’s mother, who has had to think about it all these years. No one should have to remember their child like that for the rest of their life.

It seems like we should be able to do more than we are to correct these stupid, uncalled for acts of violence. I still remember the alcoholic who said, “I couldn’t help it. I was drunk!” Duh!

Shelly’s daughter Ashley has had to deal with a great number of things over the years—the worst, not having a mother. She could have lived a life of hostility because of what happened to her but she didn’t.  She has tried to do a number of things to help others learn from what happened to her.

Thankfully not all people who go out for dinner or spend time with friends and have a drink overindulge.  It is so easy after one drink to think one can drink more and still be able to drive home. Things happen quickly and can have tragic endings, especially if one has been impaired by alcohol.

Many people are picked up for drunken driving, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Alcohol impairs judgment and as a result people don’t made good judgments in regards to alcohol. They think, “just one more won’t make a difference.” 

Impaired drivers are still killing more people every year than those who are murdered. That is really scary!

I have noticed an increasing number of people drinking on television again. Wine has become the “thing” it seems, and champagne and drinks are a big part of parties, celebrations, graduations and even baptisms. Would it help to let the television networks know that when they publicize drinking on television there are young children and adolescents who see it and think it is the “grownup” thing to do?  Why do people think that they have to have a drink in their hands to have a good time?

You may not like him but it is nice to know we have a president who has never indulged in alcohol. I wish there were more people who could say that!

Every 51 minutes drunk driving ends a life. Currently, the law enforcement officers have a “crackdown” campaign in place. What can we do to help? 

MADD, Mother’s Against Drunk Driving has developed a mission to end drunk driving, support those affected by drunk driving, prevent teenage drinking and strive for stricter impaired driving policies.

Cigarettes have also come back on programs, but not quite as much as the amount of liquor. I can’t help but think if people “had” to drink they wouldn’t appreciate the way it tastes.  

This is just my point of view. I would like to see fewer alcoholic celebrations, and stop the influence of children by all the advertising and programing that is taking place. Fewer bad habits, more positive thinking.

Thank you to the people who think of others. Please don’t drink and drive!

Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about events such as family and school reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and birth and wedding announcements. In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us. Also, if you have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please contact me.

If you have birthdays and anniversaries you would like to include, or news to share, please contact me via e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; by postal mail, P. O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035; or telephone, (507) 256-4405.

This week’s birthdays and anniversaries include:

• Thursday, September 7: Tanner Ryan Green, Caleb Wacek, Janice Nelson, Charles Phagan, Allen Wacek, Jennifeer & Jed Popiel, Summer & Wayne Schultz, Erik & Gina Cooper, Brant & Rhiannon Boerner

• Friday, September 8: Pastor Joel Xavier, Natalie Aaseth, Cindy Loberg Smolinski, Anna Lois Erickson, Brittani Hagen, Karen Briggs, Kelly Hagen, Amy Johnson Svoboda, Jennifer Johnson Popiel, Jimmie Olson Jr., Jamie Thompson, Brenda Dokken, Bob & Karen Vaith, Brain & Jody Wayne, Jessica & Jay Eidem

• Saturday, September 9: Eva Lauren Wayne, Charlie Pence, Paul Aronson, Bruce Cerney, Corey Haddy, Steve Hanson, Roger Herbst, Jim & Mary Brocker, Randy & Deb Parks, Spencer & Suzanne Wayne

• Sunday, September 10: Taya RaeAnn Lembke, Emily Crabtree, Caden Jensen, Curtis Blouin, Craig Blouin, Pauline Fetterly, Steve Granowski, Kathy Knudson, Sally Utpadel Waknitz, Connie Krusemark, James Ian Furness, Charlie & Diane Marlin

• Monday, September 11th: Geoffrey Stieglbauer, Andy Arends, Dawn Misgen Meier, Craig Torgerson, Annabella Sevcik, Matthew Mueller, Kathy Nelson, Mark Calverly, Paul & Jo Otto, Steve & Mary Bailey, Leanna & Jared Peterson, Tim & Angie Butler, Brian & Jodi Wayne, and Rich & Linda Weckwerth

• Tuesday, September 12th: Stacy Kubiatowicz, Joanne Vanden Heuvel, Chloe Sue Walterman, David Wacek, Robert Kasper, Courtney Thostenson, Nikolas Zimprich, Eric Hunnicutt, Jennifer Wallerich, David Jepson, Tuyen Vu, Kris Klocek

• Wednesday, September 13th: Jaelyn Elizabeth Mckinney, 2013; Reece Ellingworth Drinkall, 2013; Tali Wayne, Jaxon Richards, Russell Goette, Jason Ingvaldson, James Plunkett, Clifford Tufte, Sherre Utpadel, Lisa Zamora, Andrew Zinke, Korey Peterson, Amber Stohr, Lisa Ritz, Ruby Troxel, Ann & Rodney Hamilton, Rhonda & Derike Shelton, Carrie & Brian Farr

There are times I made mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know. Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries.

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