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We love our children.

How many times have we heard someone say, “Love your children all you can, while you can, because they grow up so quickly?” You don’t want to miss a single moment of the love, fun and personality that is there to give and receive.

That is why I can’t understand how any adult, including parents, can do some of the things they do to hurt or harm these blessings they have been given.

I recently read with interest the story about the mother who wrote about her toddlers playing school. They hardly get by the “tea party” or cookie stage before they share grown up things with Mom and Dad.

There is nothing like being “home schooled” by loving parents. It’s more than they learn at any time in their life, and yes, it’s often from an older brother or sister.

I smiled, then laughed when the mother explained how the tiny tots had been playing school, writing, coloring and playing. Then her little boy took his sister to hide in a safe place from the “shooter guy,” and then I cried. We aren’t living in a very nice world for our children sometimes.

Reading, drawing, singing and learning school skills are such a part of the school process now it is sad to think about not being able to do those things. Kids used to be afraid of storms and fantasy boogie men, mice and snakes, and I suppose they still are, but they have also learned from home or preschool that there are things they need to deal with that even Mom and Dad have a hard time handling.

There are things we aren’t able to do, but we can be alert and aware that things can happen anywhere. I guess it is most important to teach our children/grandchildren to be brave and strong, do the best they can, and not be afraid. When we talk with them it is best not to talk too much, just enough. We should explain why school, parents, firemen and the police teach all of us to be protective and what to do and not do if something bad is happening. More than one child has saved a life because they knew CPR.

Most also know how to call for help by dialing 911, and if they don’t we need to teach them. Kids are smart and they remember that you should get down on the floor and roll to put out the fire in their clothes, crawl along on the floor if there is thick smoke and not to hide.

It is also important to remember that a closet or the bathtub, or getting under the bed or furniture during a bad storm, are places to use to protect yourself.

It is also important to remind them that it is important to not take chances that aren’t necessary or let bullies tease them into doing bad things.

We all need to protect ourselves by using whatever it takes to be safe. It might be hard for children to understand that there are those who would hurt them. They shouldn’t be afraid, but cautious and knowledgeable that sometimes people will take advantage of them so they have to be smart. It is good for them to have a friend so they aren’t alone.

If they think something isn’t right, or if someone tries to take them away or harm them, they should “SCREAM” for help.

There is a lot for children to know. Hopefully we have prepared them if something were to happen.

Do not be afraid. God is watching over you. What else is there to do? Nothing is as dangerous as fear. It is hard to live a good happy life if you are afraid.

Don’t watch creepy shows on TV or read scary books or tell spooky stories. Celebrate Halloween with a happy face and as a fun holiday.

PS. When I went to school every classroom had a United States flag and we said the pledge of allegiance and sometimes we sang patriotic songs.

We should be patriotic and respectful of our country. People do everything they can, legal and illegal, to get into our country. I can’t figure out why they treat it badly.

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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.

Birthdays and anniversaries :

• Thursday, October 12th: Katilyn Crabtree, Christopher Wallace, Beth Spande, Elena Grace Spande, Marilyn Dobberstein, Terrie Mullenmaster, Lewis Kelly, Charlie & Becky Phagan, Larry & Terry Jensen

• Friday. October 13th: Hunter Knutson, Adrianna Schewe, Journey Lynn Utpadel, Courtney Deml, Otto Nels Oquist, Mitchell Wallace, Jackie Flor, Rita Thompson, Suzanne Peterson, Becky Wallace, Mikkel & Jennifer Iverson 

• Saturday, October 14: Jim Lutgens, Reece Alexander, Chris Ritz, Janet Goette, Dan Hanson, Delana & Daniel Routh, Breanna & Tim Briedenbach

• Sunday, October 15: Colin Farr, Corbin Brocker, Tony Anderson, Sandy Jensen, Edwin VerHey, John Dittlevson, Madison Lynn Homuth, Barb & Jack Kuckenbecker, Heidi & Tim Schaefe

• Monday, October, 16: Kade Schember, Jenny Shaunce, Sabrina Marie Bauers, Donna & Gordon Hanson, Jamie & Amber Jensen, Travis & Stacy Simon

• Tuesday, October 17: Lucas Bailey, Pat Wayne, Dale Strenge, David Killian, Sherrie Dahl Shott, Dustin Wayne, Pam & Rick Cook, Sidney & David Kasper, Andy & Mary Ditlevson

• Wednesday, October 18: Gordon Jensen, Carrie Nolan Allen, Andreas Quinn Vu, Stan & Cindy Nelson, Randy & Cindy Horan, Tait & Jennifer Ingvaldson, Carol & Larry Cox

• Thursday, October 19: Robert William Pulley, Jody Johnson, Katie Ann Carlson, Jan Klocek Louks, Roger Larson, Jeanene Reese, Kristi Nelson, Everett Thompson, Barbara Olson, Esther Rodi, Jim & Laureen Hohansee

• Friday, October 20: Kimberly Wangsness, Matthew Beckman, Shannon Smith, Diana Beckmann, Jenny Herbst, Erick Widlund, Casey Kunkel, Nicole Larson, Doris Scripture Steele, Rick Kelly, Adam Lang, Scott & Joni Groth, Laurie & DeWayne Jensen, Jim & Nancy Bottelson, Brad & Nicole Edwards

May you find joy and pleasure all around you on your special day!

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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