Brooklyn Hager, 15, is a freshman at Rugby High School, where she is involved in cross-country, volleyball, basketball and softball. She enjoys sports, writing and photography. Brooklyn is the daughter of Dustin and Angela Hager, members of North Central Electric Cooperative.

Teen-2-Teen: January 2022

Have you ever been outside late at night and seen the sky full of bright, shining stars? How about a meteor shower or the dancing northern lights? If you have yet to experience seeing these celestial shows, there are plenty of opportunities to view these beautiful phenomenons in the upcoming year.

Teen-2-teen: November 2021

Will NelsonThomas Jefferson once proclaimed, “The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.” I have recently contemplated this quote with much thought. It has resonated with me ever since I saw a poll that the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center conducted, which showed that over one-third of Americans, or roughly 37%, could not name a single right protected by the First Amendment.

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TEEN-2-TEEN: JULY 2021

The second habit is exercise. Make a goal of going outside for a walk every day. Studies have shown that when you connect with nature, you are less depressed, especially during the winter months. I have made a habit of walking outside every day in sunshine, rain or snow, although my neighbors probably think I am crazy for venturing out on blustery winter days. If you need accountability, ask a family member or friend to meet you for a walk. If walks are not your thing, find something else that gets you moving on a regular basis and make it a part of your day.

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TEEN-2-TEEN: JULY 2021

The second habit is exercise. Make a goal of going outside for a walk every day. Studies have shown that when you connect with nature, you are less depressed, especially during the winter months. I have made a habit of walking outside every day in sunshine, rain or snow, although my neighbors probably think I am crazy for venturing out on blustery winter days. If you need accountability, ask a family member or friend to meet you for a walk. If walks are not your thing, find something else that gets you moving on a regular basis and make it a part of your day.

Karly

November 2020: Teen-2-Teen

I am part of that 1 percent. Last year, I enlisted in the North Dakota National Guard. Why did I choose that path? I wanted to serve my country and follow in the footsteps of my Grandpa Jim Bitz, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. The National Guard will allow me to attend college tuition-free and have a civilian career while still serving my country.

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SEPTEMBER 2020: TEEN-2-TEEN

Reaching out to young adults is one approach to address the problem of overuse of technology. But most can’t even imagine not posting every meal of every day on some social media platform. It is important to remind teens to get off their devices, go outside, breathe the fresh air and connect with people, places and the planet. There’s a more fulfilling world out there that goes well beyond a screen.

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AUGUST 2020: TEEN-2-TEEN

Therefore, as we near the 100th anniversary of the demolition of a barrier that further separated man and woman, I should like to discuss the impact this movement has had not only on my life, but on the lives of millions of women spanning a century. This event is the ratification of the 19th Amendment, in which it was decreed that the right to vote may not be denied or abridged by the American government on account of gender.

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July 2020: Teen-2-Teen

Some of the people affected by the cancellation of spring sports were the seniors. The class of 2020 didn’t get to have one last season playing their favorite sports, such as track, baseball, softball or golf.

Younger students were also affected. This year would have been their first year to play these school sports.

But students weren’t the only people who had to tolerate this worldwide suspension. Professional athletes were also sidelined. Basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey all came to a close.