The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 8, 2012

Our View: Program helps teen parents help themselves

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To the South Central Teen Parent Project and its focus on educating teen parents. The collaborative multi-county effort is using a state grant earmarked for population groups in need to serve dozens of teen moms, including 19 in the greater Mankato area.

The grant is funding a workshop series that tackles topics such as budgeting, family planning, healthy lifestyle, work-readiness skills and practical life skills, such as an understanding of basic car maintenance. Last week auto mechanic Terry Tacheny showed the teens how to check tire pressures, oil, fluids and to detect what engine belts sound like when they’re going bad.

And the project isn’t just about information. The key component of the teen mom project is its “single point of contact” adult mentoring model. That person-to-person communication is an important part of getting the teen parents on track to a stable life.

Remember Pearl Harbor

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To those Americans still living who remember Pearl Harbor and those still alive who served in World War II.

On Friday, the 71st anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor was commemorated by some, forgotten by others. Fewer Americans actually remember the event that catapulted the United States into World War II because there are few of those Americans still living. Also, events designed to observe the momentous occasion tend to get more interest on the anniversary years that end in zero. But whether it’s the 71st or not, Pearl Harbor remains one of the signature events in the history of our country; indeed, in the history of the modern world.

We hope you took a moment on Friday to consider how Pearl Harbor changed America and the world. Even 71 years after the fact, the world is largely what it is today because of what was touched off there.

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