Volume 88 Issue 4
Janurary 2010
Luverne High School
Luverne, Minnesota
By Alyssa Reese
On Feburary 13th, 2010, there is a very big event. The Music Department at
our school is hosting our annual Music Boosters Carnival from 5 to 9 p.m. Every
year, we sell raffle tickets to help raise money for the trips that the high school
band and choir take. We also use the time to share some time with people we
don’t usually talk to or see every day. It is a lot of fun for the students to set up the
booths and decorating them is the best part. I really encourage everyone to come
and support us and have a fun time with family and/or friends. See you there!!!
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Earthquake Strikes Haiti
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Minnesota Stereotypes
By Ryan Oye
By Sydney Boelman
Every state is known for something. Florida is the
sunshine state and the people from Wisconsin are all
cheese heads. Some of the stereotypes are understandable
like Florida’s because most of the time it’s nice and sunny
out, but others are just things people assume. Not everyone likes what their state is known for and I just happen to
be one of those people.
“Minnesota must be enjoying this cold weather.”
“It’s even pretty chilly out for the people of Minnesota
today.” Hearing this is very frustrating because it’s making it sound like everyone from Minnesota loves the cold
weather or it’s always cold here. We aren’t the only state to
get snow in the winter so it’s not fair to be pegged with a
reputation like that.
The cold isn’t the only thing people “know” Minnesota for. Minnesota is also known for being full of country
bumpkins. Do they seriously think that we all are a bunch
of hicks who only live on farms and ride horses everywhere? They make it sound like the rest of the world has
an advance in technology and we are stuck in the past.
Also, with these not so glorious things people think
about us, there are some that aren’t so horrible. Minnesota
is known for having people who are courteous, mild mannered and just downright nice people. That’s something
that I don’t mind being known as.
Stereotypes aren’t always bad, but sometimes people
don’t like them. There seems to be nothing we can do
about it, so I guess we’ll just have to live with it.
January 12, 2010, 4:53 p.m. a massive earthquake struck the
Caribbean island of Haiti. The earthquake measured 7.0 in magnitude, the biggest earthquake in 200 years. The earthquake struck
less than 10 miles from Haiti’s capital city of Port-Au-Prince. The
initial quake was later followed by twelve aftershocks greater than
magnitude of 5.0. The presidential palace in Port-Au-Prince collapsed as did many other buildings including offices, hotels, shops
and schools, burying hundreds, possibly thousands of people beneath the rubble.
Millions of people are displaced and thousands are feared
dead as rescue teams from all over the world are descending on
Haiti to help where they are able.
Bodies are being piled along the streets of the capital city.
Many are covered by sheets, which are being lifted by survivors
looking for their loved ones. Haiti is in massive need of food, water
and medicine, as well as bulldozers and heavy lifting equipment. It
is a race against time to find survivors trapped under the rubble of
collapsed buildings.
The international Red Cross initially estimated 45,000 to
50,000 people were killed in the earthquake. They now fear that
there may be more than 200,000 dead from this massive earth-
My Life Is Average
By Sydney Boelman and Savanna Bremer
Today, my dad woke me up for school. How did he do this? He played Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” from downstairs because he knew I would get up as
fast as I can to turn it off. It worked. Good thinking, dad. MLIA
Today, I had a dream about Taylor Swift singing a song about potatoes. The lyrics rhymed perfectly. I’m not even a big fan of Taylor Swift, but I think
this was the best dream I have ever had. MLIA
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Whenever I sleep in class, I sleep sitting up and I always wake up to find people laughing. Today I was sleeping and I had a dream that I was eating a
sandwich. In reality I was biting the air while saying “nom nom nom.” I woke up in mid “nom” to find the entire class (teacher included) laughing very
loudly. I laughed too. MLIA
Today, a guy in my biology class was annoying me. I tied his shoes together in a series of very difficult triple knots. Then the fire alarms went off. MLIA
My friends and I were driving in the middle of the night when we hit a stoplight. We looked to the left, only to find that the driver of the car beside us
was a clown. He looked at us and we all screamed. MLIA.
Today, I sent an email saying “I accept” to [email protected] I got a reply “Welcome Agent Batman. The Penguin has been seen kidnapping gummy bears from gas stations. We need you to save these little men. Go to your nearest gas station and guard them.” I did, and after a couple
minutes someone else ran in shouting “Step away from the gummy bears!” in full Batman apparel. MLIA
At lunch my friend told a stupid story, I then started to slow-clap at her stupidity, and for some reason everyone in the cafeteria started to clap. Just
then, the assistant principal walked into the cafeteria. He still thinks we were all clapping for him. MLIA
The other day I convinced a girl in my Spanish class that “muchachos” means rodents. Now every time the teacher says “Buenos días, muchachos” the
girl looks over at me with a very confused look on her face. Easily the funniest thing I have ever seen. MLIA
Today, I was at lunch with my mom explaining to her how unloved I am because no one was texting me. Two minutes later, I got a text and got real
excited. It was from my mom asking me if I felt loved. MLIA
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Movie Review: Avatar
Comedian Review
By Spencer Dammann
By Brooke Walgrave and
Sundra Xaphakdy
WOW! BLUE CREATURES! 3-D!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So many of you
may have heard of the new movie that just came out called “Avatar”
This sci-fi action movie is similar to Lord of the Rings [said by many
of the fans]. The movie takes place on another planet called Pandora. On this planet live the Na’vi, similar to humans they have their
own language and culture.
Jake Sully decides to pose as one of the Na’vi people after
his brother was killed in battle there. While on the planet, he falls
in love with one of the blue aliens named was Neytiri. We can’t tell
you anymore details, or what happens in the end, but we can tell you
that you should go see it! YEAHHHH!!!!!!! AVATAR!!!!!! 3-D!!!!!!!!!!!
BLUE CREATURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Sydney Boelman
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Last month you’ll recall I wrote a review for that no-talent
hack of a comedian Jeff Dunham. This month, however, is going to be
a change of pace. This month’s comedian is one of my favorites and
was named the 6th greatest comedian by British Channel 4. Bill Hicks
is the legend I’m talking about.
Born in Valdosta, Georgia, Bill Hicks was the son of Jim and
Mary Hicks, and had two elder siblings, Steve and Lynn. The family
lived in Florida, Alabama and New Jersey, before settling in Houston,
Texas, when Hicks was seven. He was raised in the Southern Baptist
faith, where he first began performing as a comedian to other children
at Sunday school. This is ironic if you evaluate the content of his more
recent gigs. However, Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the
age of 32. No longer will we hear his abnormal and abnormally enlightening opinion.
Hicks’ acts are plays on the audience’s emotions. He draws
you in and you think you know where he’s going, but just then he’ll
navigate the joke to a new direction. Somewhere more hilarious than
you could’ve imagined. His hilarious musings on society and people in
general keep you listening intently. Hicks’ material was less focused on
the everyday banalities of life and placed greater emphasis on philosophical themes of existence. Often Hick’s would invite the audience
to challenge established authority. To illustrate this point here’s an
excerpt from one of his acts: “Today, a young man realized that all
matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration — that we are
all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such
thing as death; life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves... Here’s Tom with the weather!”
Instead of writing a tacky conclusion filled with punch lines
and lame jokes, I’m going to end it the same way Bill ends his acts.
“The world is like a ride at an amusement park. It goes up and down
and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly colored and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been
on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: Is this real, or
is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come
back to us, they say, “Hey - don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because,
this is just a ride ...” And we ... kill those people. “Shut him up. We
have a lot invested in this ride. Shut him up. Look at my furrows of
worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to
be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try
and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok.
Jesus murdered; Martin Luther King murdered; Malcolm X murdered;
Gandhi murdered; John Lennon murdered; Reagan ... wounded. But it
doesn’t matter because: It’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime
we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and
money; a choice, right now, between fear and love.”
Artist You Ought Know: RED
Grammy-nominated Christian Rock band, RED, was established in Tennessee early in 2004. They definitely don’t play typical music Christian music though. Their metal sound gives them an edge that you wouldn’t expect from normal Christian groups.
The band’s debut album, End of Silence, came out in 2006 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Their album’s first single,
Breathe Into Me, got all the way up to number 15 on the U.S. Mainstream rock chart and in 2007 they won the “Rock Recorded Song of
the Year” at the 38th annual GMA Dove Awards.
RED has toured with other bands including Flyleaf, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Puddle of Mudd, Papa Roach, Chevelle,
Shinedown, Seether, and a few others. The band has won another GMA Dove Award for their song Lost and their song Pieces was featured
in the trailer for The Blind Side.
Innocence and Instinct, the band’s newest album, was released February 10, 2009 and sold more than 39,000 copies the first week.
Also, in its first week out, the album peaked at number 5 on the iTunes overall top albums chart. Making Radio and Records history, RED
became the first band in Christian rock history to have a song at number 1 with their song Fight Inside.
With Innocence and Instinct nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album 2010, RED shows that Christian music isn’t
just the stuff you hear in church.
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Boy’s Basketball
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By Nick Den Herder
By Ashley Siebenahler
Ok, so the boy’s basketball team has lost all but one of their
games so far. But the Cardinals are showing some promise after
a big conference win against Windom and some close games that
could have went their way.
We finally won a game against Windom on Friday, January
15. After building a 17 point lead in the second half, the Cardinals
saw their lead slip away slowly as Windom crept back into the
game. However, with the clock winding down, senior Jon Fodness
nailed a three pointer from the top of the key with 2.1 seconds left
to give the Cardinals a 3 point lead. After a failed inbound play
from Windom the Cardinals had finally claimed their first victory
of the year with a score of 52-49. Ok, so we almost gave it away,
but at least we won.
There are 8 regular season games until basketball sections
and 4 sections games until state, so let’s get out there and show our
team some school spirit and see some wins.
The Cardinal gymnasts have been having a pretty good season so far. They had an away meet in Pipestone on December 15,
and lost but it was motivation for them to get to work. Their next
meet was on December 22, in St. James and they came home with a
win. They had quite a few breaks because of the blizzards and cold
weather but made up for the loss to Pipestone last Friday when the
Varsity girls beat them! The girls will host the section meet on February 20, 2010 and would love a strong showing from the fans.
In case you’re new to this sport I looked for some frequently
asked questions about it. One of them was, when did gymnastics
originate? Gymnastics has been around for 2,000 years but 100
years as a competitive sport. Ancient Greek cities had courtyard for
physical activities called a gymnasia. These physical activities included running and wrestling. These were the first forms of gymnastics.
Another question was, how wide in the balance beam. It is usually
10 centimeters or 5 inches wide. The last question is what are the
uneven bars made out of? They are made out of wood with fiberglass on the inside which helps the bars to bounce. Now that you
know a little about gymnastics, go out and watch a meet and cheer
on the Cardinal gymnasts.
2010 Girl’s Basketball
By Meghann Stanley
This year, the girls’ varsity basketball team has not started
off too strong. With a record of 4-9, as of January 18, they are
slowly coming back and gaining more wins. The team consists of
14 players, six seniors, four juniors, two sophomores, and two freshmen. The varsity team has two senior captains, Alyssa Segenga
and Liberty Robinson, who are both guards for the Cardinals. The
Cardinals being halfway done with the season still have 13 games
left in the regular season. So, instead of sitting at home, come to a
game and show some cardinal spirit.
Time to Wrestle!
By Ashley Siebenahler
The wrestlers have been quite busy over the past month
with two away meets in Redwood and Martin County West. They
also had a home meet on December 17 that was a triangular with
Worthington and Windom. They lost to both Windom and
Worthington but had some individuals do well. At Redwood they
did well against Redwood and didn’t pull out a win against Jackson.
This last weekend the boys had a tournament in George-Little
Rock Iowa and did their best as a team. Senior Eric Kor won
three out of his four matches.
There are only a few more chances to watch the wrestlers compete so make sure you get out and cheer them on..
Can’t Check This
By Whitney Oehlerts
The Varsity Girl’s Hockey team is off to a great start this
season! As the only winter sports team with a winning record, they
have some big goals for the season. They would like to be section
champs this year and also have a good chance of making it to state.
The seniors this year are Mikki Fitzer, Paige Olson, Kat Dahl, and
Stephanie Schultz. Paige Olson says, “I just love everyone on the
team and there’s never any drama!”
Paige has also been known to get pretty fierce on the ice.
When she puts her game face on, the other team best watch out.
With their current record at 9-4-1, the captains, Mikki, Kat, and
Paige, have been doing a very nice job of leading their team to
victory. Let’s get some Cardinal Spirit out to the ice rink for our
Luverne Girl’s Hockey team!
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Burning its Way to the Top: Burn Notice
By Alyssa Reese and Jonathan Kruger
Burn Notice is not just another spy show. This
show is about a spy that gets fired. When a spy gets
fired, they get burned. Their bank accounts are frozen
and their assets are fried. All they have left is the clothes
on their backs and skills and knowledge.
They are also blacklisted (which means they are
put on every federal agency’s watch list). They are also
only allowed to stay in one place. The people that
burned the spy place them in a town that they must stay
in. This particular spy was burned and dumped in Miami. This spy’s name is Michael Westen (Jeffery Donovan).
Michael is dumped in Miami where he was born.
His trigger-happy ex-girlfriend, Fiona ‘Fi’ Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar) and his friend Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell)
are there to help him not get caught by people that he
helped take down. With the help of Fiona, Sam, his over
obsessive mother, Madeline, and his younger brother,
Nate, Michael must find out who burned him and put an
end to the threats on his life.
Burn Notice is on USA Network on Thursdays at 9
p.m. It’s an awesome show! We totally recommend it!
Echo/Annual Staff
Echo Co-Editors: Sundra Xaphakdy &
Whitney Oehlerts
Annual Co-Editors: Meghann Stanley
& Shannon DeBoer
Photo Editor: Nick Den Herder
Busniness Manager: Ashley Siebenahler
Art Director: Brooke Walgrave
Other Staff: Jonathan Kruger, Alyssa
Reese, Bobbie Cowell, Lexy Burmeister,
Tressa Oehlerts, Savanna Bremer, Sydney
Boelman, Ryan Oye, Spencer Damann,
Zach Foresberg, and Jacob Thompson
Adviser: John Sichmeller
Funny Facebook Photo
Album Titles
By Brooke Walgrave
and Tara Muck
1. Animals I ran over with my car
2. Our visit to Taco Bell: Before/After
3. My first Colonoscopy
4. My jar of toenail clippings: Day 29
5. My collection of snails
6. The sewage leak in our basement
7. The night we all threw up
8. Why my dog was making funny noises
9. My knee after the bikin accident
10. the real reason I got fired from Burger King
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Tech Corner
By Ryan Oye and Savanna Bremer
In 2010, Philips introduced its 3D intelligent display solution
in the professional market. Featuring high quality 3D, the display
delivers full brightness and full contrast with true color representation. With its multi-view technology and advanced 3D display signal
processing, the display provides a great viewing experience with no
3D glasses.
The display uses lenticular imaging to display two sets of the
same image. The lenses direct the light from the images to your
eyes. Each eye sees only one image. Your brain puts the images together and you interpret it as a three-dimensional image.
The new 42” and 56” hit the market early this year and are
currently going anywhere from $9,000 to $25,000 at most retailers. TV networks (ESPN and Discovery) are also incorporating
their own 3D television into the world of technology. ESPN and
Discovery are making 3D networks which will be broadcasted on
our current displays, requiring no special television to view. ESPN’s
first broadcast will air on June 11th for the world cup match between
South America and Africa. The network committed to a minimum
of 85 events, such as 25 World Cup matches, Summer X Games
and college sports including next year’s BCS Championship game.
Discovery Networks are teaming up to provide a more universal
approach to 3D programming with a basic cable and satellite network rather than a premium channel. They’ve not yet given a name
or launch date for the network, but it likely won’t be too far behind
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Technology at work: The eReader
By Alyssa Reese
The eReader puts a futuristic view on reading books. It was created
by Sony. There are several models that compete with it.
Some are:
Amazon Kindle
Screen Size-6 inches
Touch Screen-No
Rotating Screen-No
Storage-2GB (not expandable)
Content Availability-350,000+ books
Amazon Kindle DX
Screen Size-9.7 inches
Touch Screen-No
Rotating Screen-Yes
Storage-4GB (not expandable)
Content Availability-350,000+ books
Sony Reader Daily Edition
Screen Size-7 inches
Touch Screen-Yes
Rotating Screen-Yes
Storage-2GB (expandable via Memory Stick and SD)
Content Availability-100,000+ books
By Nick Den Herder
With so many complaints about Vista, Windows had to
come out with something different and better. This resulted in the
creation of Windows 7. Windows 7 is not completely flawless; experts say that some features feel unfinished, and others need a third
party to work correctly. However experts still agree Windows 7
runs much better than Vista.
When Windows Vista came out, they offered a flashy new
interface but it had poor performance. A lack of compelling features made people regret upgrading from Windows XP. Even
though Windows 7 is not flawless, the final shipping version seems
to be the great successor to Windows XP that Vista never was.
The biggest changes in Windows 7 were in the start menu and taskbar. In Windows 7, the taskbar replaces all the old icons and text
labels with larger unlabeled icons. These new icons allow you to
scroll over them to see a thumbnail of what you have open. If you
do not like this feature you can reduce the size and get the labels
There is also something called Aero Peek. If you click on
the Aero Peek it makes all your open windows transparent, so you
can see the desktop below them.
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Senior Spotlight
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Brett Van Meeteren
Eric Kor
Katie Ailts
Birthday: July 9, 1991
-FFA, 4-H, farming
What’s your favorite class?
-Ag Welding
Future Plans
-Graduate, work full time on family
farm, hopefully buy it and keep it
in our family, marry the woman
of my dreams, have four kids and
enjoy life.
Birthday: 2/20/92
-Football, Wrestling, Baseball,
What’s your favorite class?
-Phy Ed
Future Plans
-Go to college to major in engineering
Birthday: 11/14/91
-Choir, Work at Glens, RCYF
What’s your favorite class?
-Graphic Arts
Future Plans
-Go to Southeast Tech for Accounting/Business. Then find a
good paying job, marry someone
special have kids, and live happily
ever after.
Tressa Oehlerts
Kelsey Theesfeld
Gabriela Espinosa
Trevor Stoffel
Birthday: February 12, 1992
-Volleyball, FFA, Hunting,
Fishing, Camping
What’s your favorite class?
-Lifetime Fitness
Future Plans
-Go to college for Veterinarian Medicine, get the job of my
dreams, find a cowboy and live
happily ever after.
Birthday: October 19, 1991
What’s your favorite class?
Future Plans
-Go to USF, major in psychology, maybe play some softball,
get married and live happily ever
Birthday: April 20
-Here nothing, back home I
play basketball
What’s your favorite class?
-Lifetime Fitness
Future Plans
-Go to the college in my
Birthday: 12/25/91
-Football, Baseball, Basketball
What’s your favorite class?
-Independent Study with Mrs.
Future Plans
-Go to college, get a job, marry
the girl of my dreams and live
the life
Nick Den Herder
Birthday: 10/12/91
-One Act Play, Echo
What’s your favorite class?
-Graphic Arts, making websites
in independent study
Future Plans
-Go to Southeast Tech for the
Graphic Arts, then get a good job
Bits & Pieces
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Opinion Poll:
What is your New
Year’s resolution?
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By Tressa Oehlerts and Lexy Burmiester
Ethan HeidemanGrow another 6 inches,
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Uncle BuckDon’t buy anything that
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Mason CapistranTo not be grounded for
New Year’s
Michelle RogersTo pay off my car
Lucas NathTo not eat meat
By Jonathan Kruger
The Blind Side
Beth (Leigh’s friend):You’r changing that boy’s life.
Leigh Touhy: No, he’s changing mine.
Leigh Ann Tuohy(Sandra Bullock), seems to have the life most women would envy, a wonderful supporting husband, Sean (Tim Mcgraw),
and two great kids Collins and S.J.(Lily Collins and Jae Head). But one day while driving home, she sees, a larger than life teenager which everybody calls Big Mike(Quinton Aaron), when she tries to talk to him, he comes across as a little withdrawn, and is homeless so, she decides
to take him in, with her supporting family behind her. Leigh finds out his name is Michael Oher, and tries to dig up things about his past,
but has problems finding anything. She decides to have Michael play football. Michael faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American
offensive left tackle.
The movie is called Blind Side because Micheal Oher played offensive left tackle and his job was to protect the quarterback’s blind side!
The Blind Side is a must see movie full of heartwarming and fun moments. I saw it and I loved it. I recommend it to everyone.
Michael Oher: [after pushing an opponent all the way off the field] Sorry coach, I stopped when I heard the whistle.
Coach: Where were you taking him?
Michael Oher: The bus, it was time for him to go home.
Odds & Ends
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Senior Countdown!
By Meghann Stanley and
Shannon DeBoer
-86 lunches
-719 hours and 15 minutes
-43,155 minutes
-2,589,300 seconds
-181 scheduled sport activities
-6 Saturday schools
-22.5 weeks
-8 days off
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2009 In Review
By Alyssa Reese and Jonathan Kruger
These are just a couple of events that took place 2009 to look back on.
15th-An airplane crashes into the Hudson River; all people inside
were reported safe
20th-The Inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama-the
first African American President ever
28th-Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd) died at the age of 56
10th-A Russian and an American satellite collided over Siberia
20th-Socks (The Clinton Family cat) died at the age of 19
18th-Natasha Richardson (The Parent Trap ft. Lindsey Lohan) died
at the age of 45
24th-Concern starts about the spread of influenza from Mexico and
the U.S. to other countries
28th-Robley Rex (one of the two remaining WWI era veterans)
died at the age of 107
2nd-Jack Kemp died at the age of 73
8th-Star Trek: the Movie came out
5th-The Hangover came out
11th-Outbreak of H1N1 is deemed a global pandemic
24th-Transformers 2 came out
25th-Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died at the ages of 50(M.
J.) and 62(F. F.)
28th-Billy Mays died at the age of 50
15th-Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out
17th-Walter Cronkite died at the age of 92
21st-2010 Chevrolet Camaro came out
22nd-Longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century over Asia and
the Pacific
-lasted 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds
22nd-Windows 7 came out
7th-Typhoon Morakot hits Taiwan
-kills 500 & strands 1000+ people; worst flooding there in
50 years
9th-Rodney Scott Webb (American Federal Judge) died at the age
of 74
9th-Ipod nano with camera came out
13th-Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at
14th-Patrick Swayze died at the age of 57
29th-8.3-magnitude earthquake triggers a tsunami killing at least
189 people on American Samoa
20th-European astronomers discover 32 exoplanets
21st-Jack Nelson (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for journalism) died
at the age of 80.
13th-NASA found water on the moon
20th-New Moon came out
20th- Medal of Honor recipient Alejandro R. Ruiz died at the age
of 86
25th-The National Enquirer published that Tiger Woods had an
extra marital affair with Rachel Uchitel
-she denied everything
-he confessed to it
16th-Astronomers discovered GJ1214b, 1st exoplanet on which
water exists
18th-Jon and Kate Gosselin get their divorce finalized
20th-Brittany Murphy died at age of 32
25th-There was a failed terrorist attack on Northwest Airlines in
Detroit. Formally known as: THE UNDERPANTS BOMBER!! (as stated
by Fox News)
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Valentine’s Day Quiz
Keep track of your answers!
By Ashley Siebenahler and Bobbie Cowell
1. If your girlfriend/boyfriend asks you to take them out to the movies what would you do?
a. Say no because you’re not spending your money.
b. Think about maybe going.
c. Bring them of course!
2. Out of these songs which would be your Valentine theme?
a. Elvis Presley - Love me Tender
b. Beyonce - Crazy in Love
c. I Do – 98 Degrees
3. Girl or Boy which celebrity seems most like you?
a. Carrie Underwood
b. Eva Longoria
c. Missy Elliot
4. When it comes to getting a card for your significant other which of the following are you more likely to do?
a. Make a homemade priceless card J
b. Go buy one.
c. Who needs cards? Waste of time and money
5. If you open a gift on Valentine’s Day from that special someone and you truly hate the gift what would you do?
a. Act totally surprised and say you love it!
b. Tell them to take it back because it’s nothing like what you wanted.
c. Politely ask for the receipt.
6. You want to surprise your boyfriend/girlfriend. What’s the sweetest thing you would do?
a. Send a dozen roses with a whole relaxing night planned.
b. Make a homemade card and rent a movie.
c. Simply just say I love you. Thinking your love is priceless and nothing is better than your love.
7. If you were to take your lover to a new movie which movie would it be?
a. The Butchering
b. When in Rome
c. Valentine’s Day
8. You’re supposed to go on a date for Valentine’s Day, but your friends want you to do something else. You’d much rather be with your friends, so what
are you going to do?
a. Tell your friends that this time you’ll pass on hanging out.
b. Make up a lie to your girlfriend/boyfriend saying you have family matters and can’t hang out because an emergency came up.
c. Be honest and ditch your date.
1. a-1, b-2, c-3 2. a-3, b-2, c-1
3. a-1, b-3, c-2 4. a-3, b-2, c-1 5. a-3, b-1, c-2 6. a-3, b-2, c-1 7. a-1, b-2, c-3 8. a-3, b-2, c-1
1-10…You’re a mean person and have no heart. You must not like Valentine’s Day at all. You should be looking for someone you like because obviously
you are with someone you have no desire to be with. In other words get a new girlfriend/boyfriend or learn to be nice.
10-17…You don’t know how you feel right now. At times you only like to think about yourself. There also are times when you think about others, but
most the time you think about yourself. You’re the kind of person who doesn’t know how to react in situations. Learn to love Valentine’s Day because
you have the potential to be a great person. Maybe.
17-24…For the most part you have a good heart. You think about others a lot of the time. You are definitely one of those people who love Valentine’s
Day. If you do not have a boyfriend or girlfriend you should go find one right after you finish this quiz.
“I Love You” All Around the World
By Ashley Siebenahler & Bobbie Cowell
Dutch: Ik hou van jou
Italian: ti amo
Serbian: ljubim te
French: Je t’aime
German: Ich liebe Dich
Japanese: Ora omee no koto ga suki da
Spanish: Te quiero
Welsh: Yr wyf i yn dy garu di (chwi)
Russian: Ya Tibieh Lublue
Thai: Phom Rak Khun
Yiddish: Ich libe dich
Greek: s’ayapo
Irish: taim i’ ngra leat
Scot Gaelic: Tha gra\dh agam ort
Vietnamese: Em ye^u anh
Yugoslavian: Ya te volim
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Valentine’s Day
Movie Preview
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Valentines Word Search!
By Bobbie Cowell and
Ashley Siebenahler
By Bobbie Cowell
A new film appropriately titled Valentine’s Day is coming to theaters February 12,
2009. It follows intertwining storylines of a
group of people who live in Los Angeles on
Valentine’s Day. This new movie features an
all star cast with the following: Jessica Alba,
Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric
Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo,
Jamie Foxx, Jenifer Gardner, Topher Grace,
Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen
Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley
Maclaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, and
Taylor Swift.
This movie comes from the director of
Pretty Women. It is a comedy and a romance
film and will be great for dates or a night out
with the friends. If you have no friends you
can totally go alone too! It has an age group
for everyone and shows the different views
people have on Valentine’s Day. If you love
or hate Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t matter the
movie is still funny and has a great plot. Check
out the trailer at www.valentinesdaymovie.
Valentine’s Day Themed Facts
By Bobbie Cowell and Ashley Siebenahler
88 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day
the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (This total excludes packaged kids
valentines for classroom exchanges.)
Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to
the observance, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.
Research reveals that more than half of the U.S. population celebrates Valentine’s
Day by purchasing a greeting card.
There are 119 single men who are in their 20s for every 100 single women of the
same ages.
2.2 million Marriages take place in the United States annually. That breaks down to
more than 6,000 a day.
57% and 60% of American women and men, respectively, are 15 or older and currently married (includes those who are separated).
1,241: The number of locations producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2004.
These establishments employed 43,322 people. California led the nation in the number of
such establishments with 136, followed by Pennsylvania with 122.
515 locations produced non-chocolate confectionary products in 2004. These establishments employed 22,234 people.
3,467 Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2004. Often
referred to as candy stores, they are among the best sources of sweets for Valentine’s Day.
The per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2005 was 25.7 pounds. Candy
consumption has actually declined over the last few years; in 1997, each American gobbled
or savored more than 27 pounds of candy a year.
The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2005 for
all flower-producing operations with $100,000 or more in sales was $397 million. Among
states, California was the leading producer, alone accounting for nearly three-quarters of
this amount ($289 million).
There were 28,772 jewelry stores in the United States in 2004. Jewelry stores offer
engagement, wedding and other rings to lovers of all ages. In February 2006, these stores
sold $2.6 billion worth of merchandise.
21: Number of places named “rose”. The red rose has long been a symbol of romantic love. Rose Hill, VA., is the most populous, with more than 15,000 residents.
*source Hallmark Research
Creative Corner
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Fun Facts*
By Brooke Walgrave
By Brooke Walgrave
Boys who have unusual first names are more likely to have mental
problems than boys with conventional names.
Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19: Your mind has been focused on
something it shouldn’t be. So focus it somewhere more pleasant
Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18: Avoid talk radio, today. You are alBabies cry but they don’t produce tears until one to three months
ready talking to yourself WAY too much lately.
after birth.
Pisces Feb 19 - March 20: Temptation is everywhere, especially
if you’re willing to look everywhere for it.
A person swallows approximately 300 times while eating dinner.
Aries Mar 21 - Apr 19: Most of your problems in life could be
solved by sitting down with a pen and paper and doodling
2,500 newborn babies will be dropped in the next month.
Taurus Apr 20 - May 20: Let bygones be bygones. Use your time
to forge new grudges.
Ashton Kutcher has two webbed toes.
Gemini May 21 - June 20: The tattered remains of your heart will
On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year. serve you well today.
Cancer June 21 - July 22: It may or may not work in your advanIt’s estimated that millions of trees are accidentally planted by squir- tage to talk like a pirate for the next few days.
Leo July 23 - Aug 22: Beware of people with comb-overs.
rels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.
Virgo Aug 23 - Sept 22: Fish are friends, not food.
Libra Sept 23 - Oct 22: Love moves in mysterious ways, mostly of
Babies start dreaming even before they’re born.
them diagonal.
Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21: Consume Chinese food then follow
The ancient Egyptians bought jewelry for their pet crocodiles.
what your fortune cookie says
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21: Life is short. Sing in the car and the
50% of U.S. pizzas are sold with pepperoni on them.
shower today.
Justin Timberlake’s half-eaten french toast sold for over $3,000 on
Elvis Presley got a ‘C’ in his eighth grade music class.
Chuck Norris’s real name is Carlos Ray Norris.
Parrots play practical jokes on each other.
The first bomb the Allies dropped on Berlin in WWII killed the
only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
Valentines Gift Guide
By Ashley Siebenahler and Bobbie Cowell
It’s almost Valentine’s day and it may come up before you know it.
We’ve found a few gifts that should be budget friendly to anybody
and a couple items you can splurge on.
Whoopi Goldberg has no eyebrows.
Clinophobia is the fear of beds.
Polar bears can eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting.
‘Jedi’ is an official religion, with over 70,000 followers, in Australia.
*Jokes Corner*
Palomas Crown of Hearts Ring
Tiffany & Co.
By Jacob Thompson
What do you do with dead chemists? Barium
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six
months. (I wish that was a joke)
Gravity doesn’t exist. Earth sucks.
Health is simply the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
I can’t stop missing you, but my aim is improving.
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
100% of all people that drink Mountain Dew die. I think it’s time you
Public opinion is what people think other people are thinking.
Half Dozen Roses
Luverne Floral Shop
A vase of three roses $19.99
Offer many other sorts flowers for a vast array of prices, roses are
based on last year’s prices the prices for flowers vary depending on
demand and how many they have.