Man dies after head-on crash near Olivia

He had been wearing a seatbelt.Road conditions were dry at the time on the two-lane highway. The State Patrol has not yet determined whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.Olivia is about 25 miles south of Willmar. 6, in a head-on crash with a semi truck on U.S. Highway 71, south of Olivia.The crash closed a stretch of the highway for several hours and rerouted traffic. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Todd Michael Serbus, 46, had been driving north on the highway, near Renville County Road 4.Shortly before 5:30 a.m., his GMC Sierra collided with a southbound 2009 Mack semi truck, driven by Daryl Eugene Erickson, 56, of Willmar.Serbus, who had been unbelted, was transported to Redwood County Hospital, where he died.Erickson was also transported to Redwood County Hospital, with injuries deemed non-life threatening. OLIVIA—A Redwood Falls man died Monday morning, Feb.

Minn. police department threatens drunk drivers with Justin Bieber dancing

How about watching Justin Bieber dance?A tweet from the Wyoming, Minn., police department during Sunday night’s Super Bowl threatened to submit people arrested for drunk driving to forced viewings of Justin Bieber doing the “shimmedy sham-sham shimmedy shake.”

The tweet said that drunk drivers being hauled to jail would have to watch Bieber’s T-Mobile commercial that aired during the big game in which the pop star did his version of celebratory end zone dances while dressed in a tuxedo.The warning was liked by nearly 15,000 people and retweeted close to 10,000 times.”Seems fair,” according to a Washington Post tweet commenting on Wyoming’s drunk driving deterrence proposal.More tweets about the game followed from the Wyoming police tweeter, including a clarification that the tweets were coming from Chisago County, not from the Rocky Mountains.If you drive drunk tonight we’re going to subject you to that Justin Bieber @TMobile Super Bowl Commercial the entire way to jail. Paul Pioneer Press is a media partner with Forum News Service Mario Anzuoni / Reuters2 / 2Need to sober up? Video of 6BEJrPyFx_E

1 / 2Justin Bieber performs at iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. #SB51— Wyoming, MN Police (@wyomingpd) February 6, 2017Wyoming Police Chief Paul Hoppe said the tongue-in-cheek tweets are a good alternative to a typical public service announcement about responsible drinking and driving.”It gets people to actually stop and read the message,” Hoppe said.Hoppe said with the retweets and media attention attracted by the original Bieber tweet may have resulted in up to 1 million impressions.He said his 10-officer department made no drunk driving arrests Sunday night in the town of about 7,900 people.The St. 2, 2016.

Don’t sweat it: Five reasons to sauna

Forum File Photo2 / 3Simone Wai and Joe Burgum put together a mobile sauna that comfortably sits six inside. Forum file photo3 / 3FARGO — In the dead of winter, the opportunity to sweat can be hard to find.However, saunas, which are an ancient Finnish tradition, offer more than just a relaxing getaway. Located in the dermis layer of skin over most of the body, sweat glands secrete mostly water and salt with trace amounts of the metabolism’s waste byproducts like ammonia, urea and uric acid.Once the body rises above 98.6 degrees, the eccrine glands specifically will start to work to cool the body to achieve homoeostasis.4. Douglas, author of “Ageless: Living Younger Longer,” sweating energizes skin like exercise energizes muscles. In-home saunas cost around $3,000 and can purchased at stores like Costco or Hot Spring Spas in West Fargo. Saunas boost immune system by removing toxins through sweat.Saunas allow your body to “sweat deeply,” removing toxins and impurities. Limit time in saunas and consult your primary physician with questions about the risks involved.Some area health clubs have saunas or stream rooms. Joint mobility improved in patients with rheumatic disease. 19.At the second annual Frostival in January, 36 people experienced temperatures from 180 to 210 degrees in “Log the Sauna.” In groups of six, sauna-goers breathed in Löyly , the Finnish word for steam that surrounds you after water is poured onto the hot stones, during the 45-minute session.Recent studies indicate short and consistent sauna sessions may provide several health benefits for mind and body. Finland still holds their saunaing in high esteem; two million saunas are available for Finland’s population of approximately 5.3 million, according to Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs.Most saunas are placed by lakes or coastal inlets. As we grow older, more dead cells accumulate in skin pores, saunas increase sweating naturally exfoliating dead skill cells.After a few sauna sessions, blood flow will increase to the skin which aids in creating new skin cells.5.Saunas reduce stress.Stress is perhaps one of the most harmful environmental effects on the body because it increases risk for heart disease and stroke. Ben H. An 2015 study from Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that men who engaged in frequent sauna use had a reduced risks of fatal cardiovascular events.Another study from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicated that 15 minutes in a sauna a day for 14 days improved the function of the endothelial cells lining the arteries by 40 percent.2. Here are five reasons to schedule your next sauna break.1.Saunas increase circulation and improve cardiovascular health.A sauna’s increased temperatures cause the body’s blood vessels and arteries to dilate, increasing circulation and overall cardiovascular health. Forum file photo1 / 3A group of women wait for their session in Log the Sauna during the Frostival 2016. It is heated with a wood-burning stove. The 2015 JAMA study highlights that consistent sauna use lowers blood pressure in patients with hypertension.Repeated sauna sessions create camaraderie in small private saunas and large gym steam rooms alike. Saunas provide a mini-escape for a small group to connect through conversation and storytelling.For any age group, prolonged exposure to high temperatures is not recommended. Folkways, which aims to serve culture creators and engage the community, received Emerging Prairie’s 2017 Social Impact award at 1 Million Thanks on Jan. Saunas, as we know today, may have been created by ancient inhabitants of Eurasia who threw water and hempseed on heated stones to create an stimulating steam. Athletes regularly use saunas, along with substantial water intake, in their post workout recovery.3. Saunas help new skin cells grow.According to Dr. Fargo’s Folkways assembled a Finnish   mobile sauna   in December 2015. Saunas improve mobility.Saunas reduce muscles tension and alleviate pain. The cedar wood sauna is mounted on a trailer. Log the Sauna will hold six people. Yet historical evidence indicates that Finns built the first wooden structures like the saunas we know today in the fifth or eighth century, according to an entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica.Today, many Scandinavian countries have a strong tradition of “saunaing” during the long winter months.

Man pleads guilty in crash that killed father, 2 children

The car’s driver, Lesley Gunderson, 30, of Noonan, died in the hospital a day later from injuries, and his 2-year-old and 8-year-old daughters died at the scene. WATFORD CITY, N.D. Koehler, 49, was scheduled to go on trial on the charges Monday in Watford City. 23 when he crashed into a car stopped ahead of him at a construction zone. Gunderson’s 4-year-old son suffered serious injuries and was flown to a hospital in Minot. 6. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 1 in Divide County.His plea was not part of a plea deal with prosecutors, and he is facing up to 30 years in prison.Prosecutors say Koehler, of Florida, was driving on Highway 5 in Divide County the evening of Aug. In an affidavit, police allege that he was using his cell phone a short time before the crash, and that he did not slow down despite signs warning drivers of the possibility of being stopped by a construction flagger. — William Koehler, who was charged with manslaughter in an August crash that killed two children and their father, changed his plea to guilty on all three counts Monday morning, Feb.   Koehler was charged a month later.

1 man dies after head-on crash near in south central MN

The State Patrol has not yet determined whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.Olivia is about 25 miles south of Willmar. OLIVIA—A Redwood Falls man died Monday morning, Feb. Highway 71, south of Olivia.The crash closed a stretch of the highway for several hours and rerouted traffic. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Todd Michael Serbus, 46, had been driving north on the highway, near Renville County Road 4.Shortly before 5:30 a.m., his GMC Sierra collided with a southbound 2009 Mack semi truck, driven by Daryl Eugene Erickson, 56, of Willmar.Serbus, who had been unbelted, was transported to Redwood County Hospital, where he died.Erickson was also transported to Redwood County Hospital, with injuries deemed non-life threatening. He had been wearing a seatbelt.Road conditions were dry at the time on the two-lane highway. 6, in a head-on crash with a semi truck on U.S.

U of M Crookston Fall 2016 graduates announced

Students completed their degree requirements during fall semester 2016. CROOKSTON – The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota Crookston recently announced its list of fall 2016 graduates. Anthony Arnold of Little Falls graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources.Brett Carlson of Deer River graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources.Leslie Ding of Pillager graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.Stan Harvey of Long Prairie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business.Christina Smith of Staples graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business.

Lady Gaga announces St. Paul date on world tour

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY SportsNEW YORK—Fresh off her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show in Houston, Lady Gaga on Monday, Feb. 13, according to her website (www.ladygaga.com/tourdates).On Sunday, Lady Gaga swung down from the roof of Houston’s NRG stadium to launch a set of her greatest hits during the National Football League championship game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium Sunday, Feb. 1, will promote the singer’s latest studio album, “Joanne.” She will also play dates in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, England and other European cities through Dec. The tour, starting in Vancouver on Aug. Paul on Aug. 5. Tickets will go on sale for that show and several more on Feb. 6, announced a North American and European tour. 14.Lady Gaga will play the Xcel Energy Center in St. 21.

Port: The halftime show America needed

In a performance that was fun and entertaining, exactly the halftime show America needed, Gaga didn’t lecture us about politics. Lady Gaga may have found herself a place in the history books for being the Superbowl entertainer who won widespread acclaim for something she didn’t do. No self-righteous symbolism. There was no preachy machinations. Just a fun show.I don’t say that because I’m a Gaga fan, though my wife and daughters are (my tastes run more to bluesy rock and twangy country), but because I like millions of other Americans was relieved that a celebrity chose to entertain us rather than set off on some pointless expedition to enlighten we dumb rubes.Click here to continue reading.

Back to Basics: Speaker to tackle ‘renewable energy revolution’

Paul so we’re always interested in meeting up with other people growing fruit. “I always learn a lot. There is a lot of great stuff happening fast and I want to share that information with people.”Hamilton spends much of the year giving similar presentations, approximately 50 according to her own figures.”What I like most about that is I’m always learning about new initiatives happening in local communities,” Hamilton said. “My husband and I have a small orchard in St. 11, at Pine River-Backus School when keynote speaker J. The group uses analysis of growth of clean energy in Minnesota. I always meet great people.”Hamilton is looking forward not only to speaking at Back to Basics, but also participating as an attendee.”I’ll be there all day so I look forward to meeting lots of people,” Hamilton said. I’d like to compare notes with other people and find out what works.”Hamilton and other participants should be able to find at least one expert in this exact field with Jim Fruth from Brambleberry Farms returning as both a vendor and presenter. Other presentations include instructions in yoga, creative writing, business bookkeeping, natural home remedies and many other subjects.Fresh Energy is a 25-year-old Minnesota nonprofit group specializing in independent energy. Drake Hamilton addresses those who attend. “I will give them lots of facts to describe that. Then I want to talk about how we can make sure Minnesota benefits from that. I look forward to that. The presentation by Hamilton, science policy director of Fresh Energy, will be part of this year’s theme, “The Power of Change.””I will talk about how Minnesota is a leader on clean energy,” Hamilton said. Full families are welcome to enjoy the day together.The event is hosted by Happy Dancing Turtle and Pine River-Backus Community Education.—   —   —   —   —Hamilton sees Minnesota’s participation in clean energy as part of a nationwide revolution.”I think the most important takeaway is that this state and the country are in a renewable energy revolution,” Hamilton said. 11, at Pine River-Backus School with workshop sessions, keynote speaker, vendors, exhibitors, lunch, door prizes and more.School-aged children’s programming runs concurrently. All of these are big job growth fields that have already started to take off in Minnesota. I want to talk about how those are the type of jobs a lot of millennials want to have today and how we can make sure we are rowing those opportunities all around Minnesota.”—   —   —   —   —Back to BasicsThe 11th annual Back to Basics will run from 8 a.m. “What that means for good paying jobs in fields like solar, wind energy, efficiency and something called the ‘smart grid,’ an electricity grid where technology makes it smarter. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. Members of the group include experts in science, economics and engineering. Clean energy will be the topic of the day at the 11th annual Back to Basics event Saturday, Feb.

Letter to the Editor: Health care relief bill

Some on the individual market saw 60 percent premium increases compared to last year and were paying thousands each month to keep their insurance and avoid a tax penalty.It wasn’t affordable, and Minnesotans deserved better.Late last week, the House and Senate passed a health care relief and reform bill I co-authored, Senate File 1, on wide bipartisan votes. I’m proud of our early accomplishments and can’t wait to continue this progress.Even before I took office, I heard from numerous folks about skyrocketing health insurance costs. We’re hearing bills and passing needed legislation into law, including a bill to provide health insurance relief and reform. Though just in our fourth week of the legislative session, we’re making big strides for Minnesota. There’s still more long-term solutions to discuss, but the passage of this legislation is an early victory for thousands of Minnesotans around the state.Rep. Thankfully, the governor quickly signed this bill into law.The main thing this bill accomplishes is providing a 25 percent premium reduction for those who don’t qualify for tax credits. Though prices may still be high, this reduction can mean big relief for hardworking families.As we looked for solutions, we heard from Minnesotans that while premium relief was a top priority, common sense reforms were needed. Other reforms will increase transparency, benefit small businesses and assist farmers.These are needed reforms to start to fix the health care mess, and I’m happy they were included in the final compromise.I’m encouraged to see members of both parties support a bill to provide premium relief and beneficial reforms. The bill includes a provision to preserve care for those receiving life-saving or end-of-life treatments.Minnesota also joins a majority of states to allow for-profit HMOs, increasing competition and options for folks around the state. Sandy Layman,R-Cohasset

Letter to the editor: Media’s duty is to serve public

One we share is membership in our democracy, with a heritage spanning 240 years, founded on ideals of mutual respect and healthy debate.The First Amendment protects (among other things) our fundamental rights to freedom of speech and the press. This is critical to our nation’s strength and resilience.The press fulfills its duty through (1) fact-based reporting; (2) publicly correcting mistakes; (3) holding journalists accountable for dishonesty; (4) researching the accuracy of claims made by public figures; (5) reporting on underlying factors rather than superficial impressions; and (6) clearly distinguishing between facts, misinformation (untrue statements presented as facts) and opinions (interpretations of facts).Sometimes media outlets fall short. Their duty is to serve the public: If media do not do their duty, then we citizens cannot do ours. That means being responsible for a reputation of accuracy, a certain level of intelligence, honesty and ambiguous political opinions.”

I’ve been thinking on some of these things lately. We all play different roles – in our families, friendships, churches and communities. In his Jan. It is not the government’s role to demand that the media “keep its mouth shut,” as White House Counselor Steve Bannon demanded recently.The media need not pass any ideological test, pledge loyalty to any individual or purvey propaganda. A press that does its duty makes it possible for citizens to do their duty. … In that case, it is we, the public, who must require that they do better. If the press is silent, if it acquiesces and fails to seek the facts, then our democracy flounders.Melissa Birch,Pequot Lakes As with most rights, they come with a duty: to hold government accountable. 26 column, Travis Grimler stated, “Freedom of the press is a freedom afforded to the members of the press, keeping them safe from government censorship and control.

Pine River-Backus Family Center happenings

14.• WIC: Will be here Feb. to 3 p.m. Following are upcoming events at the Pine River-Backus Family Center:• Pine River Area Food Shelf: Open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and from 3:30-6 p.m. • Family center Home Visiting Program: The family center’s Home Visiting Program has immediate openings for mothers who would like additional support with their pregnancy and parenting their child until the age of 3.Free prenative gift bags are available to all families who are expecting a baby and who live in the Pine River-Backus School District.• MNsure Navigator: Call 218-581-4292 for information or to set up an appointment.• NAPS: Pick up is from 2-4 p.m. Call Karen at 218-547-4292 for an appointment.• Tax help: Free tax help will not be available at the family center this year.The Pine River-Backus Family Center is open 8 a.m. Fridays.The center will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, for President’s Day. Tuesday, Feb. the second Tuesday of the month. Call Cass County at 218-547-1340 for an appointment.• Child and Teen Check-Up: Will be here Thursday, Feb. 23. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. 2. to 4 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: A wealth person’s dollar

It’s one-for-one; don’t let anyone fool you.”

Martin, and other liberals, assume that when a wealthy person gains a dollar, that person will selfishly keep it rather than spend it for goods that a working person produces. When they use their money to create or support business, it creates jobs, allowing working people to collect dollars.Just like Martin’s dollar, a chair can only be in one place at a time. But if an enterprising carpenter builds lots of chairs, he or she can trade them for someone else’s tables, and so on and so forth. A dollar can only be in one place at a time, so when a wealthy person gains one, a middle or lower income person loses one. That’s how our economy works.But if those “wealthy” people are not left alone, they may go to Mexico or China to build tables and chairs.Dan Rolling,Breezy Point This European point of view is failing over there, yet liberals in this country persist in pushing it.In our country, if those with money are left alone by the government and the do-gooders, they will invest their money to try and make even more money (those greedy devils). Liberals want to decide how many dollars people that they define as wealthy get to keep. Martin furthers the liberal view that President Trump’s supporters are a bunch of morons.For example: “Many Trump supporters unfortunately have very little idea of how easily our economic system is manipulated by the rich and powerful to benefit themselves. Then they want to use the power of government to legally confiscate (steal) those dollars and distribute them to someone who, in the liberal point of view, is more deserving.In recent years, green energy companies and Iran were deemed more deserving. In a recent letter, A.

Letter to the Editor: Political dishonesty

The people who elected Donald Trump top worries are terrorism, national security, the economy and the ballooning national debt. The same ol’, same ol’ out of the liberals. They promote speculative conspiracies to somehow make people think they are smarter than everyone. Our government’s first loyalty is to its citizens and the national interests and the preservation of our culture and our civil institutions. America is tired of the 20 percent professional class, which encompasses the vast majority of our media figures, economists, Washington officials and Democratic powerbrokers destroying what built this country – jobs and American ingenuity.The other 80 percent, the working class, is tired of the 30 years of Washington’s free-market consensus, which did nothing more than weaken our economic future. We are the people who elected Donald Trump.Pastor Dale Anderson,Backus Donald Trump is going to destroy America.Eight years this country suffered under failed economic policy, failed diplomatic policy, failed domestic policy. We voted for Trump because he isn’t afraid to say the things we also say, even if those things are deemed racist, sexist, xenophobic or politically incorrect.People are fed up, people are hurting, they are very distressed about the fact that their kids don’t have a future. And they are going to show us by resorting to violent protests, threats and obstruction of the political process set forth by the Founding Fathers.Grow up. And yet Democrats and their fringe groups want to point to a dismal future under Republicans? The Republicans are going to destroy America.

Crow Wing County Community Services wins innovation award

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The award was presented at the Crow Wing County Board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3.The Local Government Innovation Awards support local government redesign efforts and recognize outstanding cities, counties, towns and schools in Minnesota that demonstrate results in improving local services.The Time and Activity Dashboard leverages technology to help meet the community’s needs. Pictured (from left): Doug Houge, commissioner; Jay Sikknik, IT director; Rosemary Franzen, commissioner; Kara Terry, community services director; Lynn Clasen, IT project manager; Rachel Grimes, data analyst; Sheila Skogen, community services division manager; Rachel Nystrom, commissioner; Paul Thiede, commissioner; and Paul Koering, commissioner.Crow Wing County Community Services was recognized with a Local Government Innovation Award from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota for its innovative work on the Time and Activity Dashboard. The project has resulted in clear expectations and streamlined reporting of staff time in the state system, dynamic analytics to look at how staff are spending their time, broader analysis of program trends, and the identification of individuals and families with complex needs in order to develop strategies to help ensure that their needs are met.

Letter to the editor: Support Dayton’s water quality initiative

Patrick Coolican wrote: “Gov. In the Star Tribune article titled “Dayton vows to fight for water law,” J. Mark Dayton promised Friday to fight efforts at the Legislature to weaken or delay his signature 2015 water quality initiative, the nation’s first law requiring agricultural landowners to install and maintain vegetative buffers near rivers and streams to protect against farm runoff.” Coolican also wrote that the water summit is “part of a yearlong effort by Dayton to bring attention to Minnesota’s water quality challenges.”

We need to tell our Minnesota senators and representatives to support the water quality initiative to protect our water resources from the poison of agricultural runoff.Bob Uppgaard,Pequot Lakes

Smith named chair of state United Way board

Jennifer Smith, executive director of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties, was elected 2017-18 chair of the board of directors for United Ways of Minnesota. Elections were held recently during the association’s winter conference at Greater Twin Cities United Way.Smith was initially elected to the board in January 2015. I am tremendously excited to help lead the association in its work across the state, creating opportunities for local United Ways to work with one another to create greater impact at the local and state level.”The United Ways of Minnesota provides a variety of services, including consultation, public policy monitoring, state campaign relations, campaign support, opportunities for networking, staff and board training and statewide conferences and trainings.Individual United Way organizations from across Minnesota come together as a statewide association to advance the common good by focusing on the greatest needs in the respective local communities. “Being able to serve in a leadership role on the United Ways of Minnesota board of directors is an honor. Smith has served as the local United Way director since 2013 and said she is both honored and excited for this position.”Local United Ways are at the core of understanding and collaborating to solve the needs of their individual communities,” Smith said in a news release.

PR-B Family Center presents in St. Paul

The title of the panel was, “Building Success Through A Multi-Generation Approach, Prenatal to Age 5.” The audience and presenters included many leaders who work and advocate for Minnesota’s children every day.The message I carried from our nonprofit home visiting program had three main points. It is our duty to be an advocate for the many voices that are not heard.If you would like to know more about family center home visiting or would like to financially support our work, you can do this by going to www.prbfamilycenter.org or calling the family center.Leslie Bouchonville is executive director of the Pine River-Backus Family Center/Northland Area Family Center. On Jan. The first of those was to share why the program is important in our county, sharing that many children live in poverty (based on free and reduced lunch rates of 45 percent to 75 percent) and research tells us that financially stressed families are more likely to have strain and instability that pressure relationships between parent and child.The second message I shared was the importance of the first three years of a child’s life, which are the foundation for the opportunity to live happy, healthy, fulfilling lives. Paul. During the first three years of life, a positive, healthy relationship with a parent or caregiving figure is the most important factor for successful development.Targeted home visiting provides voluntary stabilizing support for at risk families where they are most comfortable – at home.My last message included the need for a sustainable funding to ensure that once we engage with families we can keep our commitment with the program visits and support.I feel fortunate to live in a state that has supported our youngest families and learners. 27, the Pine River-Backus Family Center’s Home Visiting Program was invited to participate on a panel for the 2017 Children and Youth Issues Briefing held annually in St.

Pinke: Teaching accountability to kids

Parents who brush it off and try to be their child’s buddy, instead of a disciplinarian, will only continue to be ineffective with their kids. The reaction of parents will determine the magnitude of the decision on their children. As a mom who once lived across the border in Grand Forks, N.D., I did the same for my young son.As the Thief River Falls superintendent said, teams rise and fall together. All kids need accountability and consistency.My parents instilled accountability when I needed it most, particularly during my junior and senior years of high school and into my college years. But it starts at home and continues in our schools.Reading about a small-town Minnesota school superintendent and school doing their part to hold a team accountable was encouraging. Parents put their kids on skates as soon as they can walk, and before kids are school age they are often playing competitive hockey. We also expect to see it in our schools and from our kids’ administrators, teachers and coaches.Teaching accountability takes focus, presence and teamwork, while leaning on our faith and the foundation our parents, teachers, coaches administrators and mentors gave to us when we were growing up. While it wasn’t mandatory from my school, my parents forced me to receive counseling. She can be reached at kpinke@agweek.com. I don’t know any students, teachers or parents in Thief River Falls, but I know hockey is like a religion in northern Minnesota, making the consequences all the more impactful. The action is to show that a team rises and falls together as a team. They [hockey players] are my kids. It was also reported that all players will participate in mandatory counseling. I remember being so angry with them, embarrassed too, but through it all, they walked beside me and never wavered from their accountability. My husband and I want to instill the same accountability in our kids. — A small town in northern Minnesota raised the bar recently when the Thief River Falls, Minn., high school superintendent suspended the junior varsity and varsity hockey teams for a week for inappropriate behavior, which was independently investigated. For us, that started in our kids’ daycare environment and should continue throughout their school, church and extracurricular activities.The comments made by Thief River Falls’ superintendent Bradley Bergstrom struck a chord: “We’re not singling out players. I kept going through hard times and earned a college scholarship in track and field and a higher grade point average in college as an athlete and single mom than I did in high school.My parents weren’t my buddy, but they loved me unconditionally and cared about my future more than my present messes. WISHEK, N.D. But if they’re not doing what they’re supposed to do, we will hold them accountable.”Bergstrom raised the bar for all schools, administrators, teachers, coaches and parents who must make difficult decisions with consequences. The parents who hold the hard line with their kids to teach them to respect the authority of the administration and school, and enforce consequences when kids don’t do what they’re supposed to do, will be more successful in building leaders who can learn from their mistakes.There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to discipline, enforcing rules, setting boundaries or teaching accountability. It indeed takes a village to raise as child — a deep network that consistently enforces boundaries and teaches accountability. We’re all in it together.Editor’s note: Pinke is the Agweek publisher and general manager. We’re not alone in this journey of raising a next generation of kids. Missing a few games will forever be etched in this team’s memory. All of the 2,072 kids in this district are my kids. I wouldn’t admit it then, but I learned some of life’s important lessons during those years.I don’t see consistent accountability and discipline as often as I did growing up.