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Comments on a KKK letter

John Palmer, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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“Dear Editor: Recently we have come under fire for being a hate group. This couldn’t be further from the truth.” This quote begins a small cry of help from a “Loyal American Patriot” of the Ku Klux Klan, written to the staff of The Spur and other university newspapers across the upper midw...

Advocacy for Anthem Protests

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2017


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On Aug. 26, 2016 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick made his first waves for sitting during the National Anthem while it was sung during a preseason game. The protest originated with Colin’s disdain for the number of police fatalities that have been front page news over the last few years, almost...

NFl National Anthem kneeling

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

October 19, 2017


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When I listen to the National Anthem I think of our veterans. I don’t think of the presidents and the things that our country has done, but instead I think of the people who have died to protect that anthem and that flag. This means that seeing football players kneel during the Anthem makes it feel as ...

Toddler to adult center made for new grads

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


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It is widely believed that when those in college graduate, it means that they have finally evolved into their fledgling adult forms, and are ready to mature to their fully evolved form of a middle-aged adult in the coming years. Recent research shows that this train of thought is all wrong. Kimberly...

Hugh Hefner – the end of an era

Mary Tjeerdsma, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


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Hugh Hefner passed away from natural causes at the age of 91 on Sept. 27, 2017. Hefner was born on Apr. 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. In 1944, he graduated high school and joined the Army, where he worked as a clerk and made cartoons for an Army newspaper. After his discharge in 1946, Hefner attended the Ch...

Carter Meland’s visit

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

October 19, 2017


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On Oct. 2, Carter Meland, author and professor at the University of Minnesota, visited Southwest Minnesota State University to talk with students and faculty about his book Stories for a Lost Child. While Meland wasn’t quite able to top the stereotype of how most people picture teachers or writers, he...

SMSU Planning Committee loves last-minute ideas

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


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Many SMSU students, faculty, staff and alumni have been making plans to attend SMSU’s 50th anniversary celebration and are dreading the end of the festivities. One group of individuals, however, could not be more ecstatic as the end of the celebration draws near: the 50th anniversary planning commi...

The Brussels Sprout is out, and the Kale is in

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


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Many of you may remember last year’s satirical column, The Brussels Sprout. Cole Miska was the writer of this column, and we at The Spur couldn’t have asked for a better satire writer. But, he needed to take a lesson from Elsa and let it go. Cole was an all-around good guy. He was open, friendly...

Ted Cruz likes porn on Twitter

Ted Cruz likes porn on Twitter

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

September 29, 2017


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Just about every Twitter user knows that Ted Cruz liked a porn tweet around midnight on September 11. Cruz’s response to liking this tweet was that it was a staff member, not him, that did this. Most people, including me, don’t really care who actually liked it or not, we just find it hilarious that i...

President’s Corner

Rebekah Danielson, Student Body President

September 29, 2017


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Hello Everyone, There is a lot happening on campus, especially with homecoming right around the corner, but you should be aware of what your Student Government is doing as well. Our most recent adventure was to commit part of our senate meeting to do a ditch cleanup at our Adopt-A-Highway location. ...

Texas church closes, then later reopens doors to evacuees

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

September 14, 2017


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One day after the flooding of Texas due to Hurricane Harvey started, Lakewood church—the largest church in Texas—closed its doors to people looking for safety. They claimed that it was “inaccessible due to severe flooding.” Since that claim, numerous pictures have surfaced on the internet p...

President’s Corner

Rebekah Danielson, Student Body President

September 14, 2017


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Dear SMSU Student Body, Welcome back to campus! I’m excited to see where this school year goes. Student Senate has been brainstorming some great ideas with our committees in order to make SMSU better, little by little. I can’t wait to get those ideas solidified and present them to the student ...

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