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The page you are currently reading is part of a new free magazine for the Aberdeen area. It’s here to fill the hole in entertainment and information for young adults. I know that Aberdeen has a lot going on, cool events and cool people hidden away behind the town’s boring exterior. My friends and I decided we needed to uncover what makes the youth of Aberdeen great. So we gathered a team of talented writers and designers and put together this magazine. This magazine is about your classmates, your coworkers, your friends, your favorite local bands, the places you eat, the teams you cheer for, and it’s about you. Each month it will be filled with events for you to attend, information about things you enjoy, and funny and interesting columns to make your life more awesome. Most importantly, we are bringing this all to you for free. We know you’ve got car payments, rent, and college to pay for. You don’t have money to blow just to find out what’s going on. So we’re putting out this magazine free of charge. Just pick up the magazine, read it, take it home. It’s yours to keep. So, sit back and check out the rest of the magazine. We put a lot of work into it so we hope you enjoy it. If you do, tell your friends. It’s too good to keep a secret. Bryce Mills Executive Editor

July Events Calendar pg. 4


Band Spotlight: Cheap Death p. 6

Fashion for July pg. 10

Young Adults of Aberdeen: Melissa Sletto pg. 13

Table of Contents

July 2012

Humor pg. 16

Feature: A-Town Roller Girlz pg. 18


Health and Fitness


pg. 24

Music Review: CKY: Infiltrate-Destroy-Rebuild pg. 26

Video Game Review: Journey pg. 28

Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey pg. 29

Summer Recipes pg. 30

Creative Writing: Death of a Monster


pg. 31

He Said / She Said pg. 32

Horoscopes pg. 34


Random Fun Facts pg. 35

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Aberdeen? pg. 36

What do you think? pg. 37


July 2012

A-Town Magazine Executive Editor

Bryce Mills Twitter: @lastgeek

Graphic Designer

Kara Kirschenmann Twitter: @KaraJaydeK

Layout Designer

Elizabeth Zappa Twitter: @LizZappa89

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A-Town Magazine is printed monthly by Short Run Printing, Ltd., and is distributed for free at various businesses throughout Aberdeen. Content in this magazine or on the website should not be copied in any way without written permission from the executive editor. A-Town Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. Materials will only be returned if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope, so it is preferred material simply be sent via email. Content and opinions expressed in the A-Town Magazine are solely the opinion of their writers. A-Town Magazine neither condones nor condemns the content of these articles, advertisements, or editorial material. Š 2012 A-Town Magazine. All rights reserved.

Bryce Mills

Executive Editor Gamer, geek, and graphic design student. Writer, photographer, and founder. Likes working out and learning to cook new things.


July 2012

Kara Kirschenmann

Graphic Designer Fashion expert, mother of two adorable kids, and Advertising Design major. Enjoys hitting the town for a night out with friends.

Liz Zappa

Layout Designer and Copy Editor Enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, listening to music, and writing novels, short stories, and poetry. Does freelance writing, editing, and designing.

Erin Wolter

Music Reviewer Rock ‘n’ Roll Enthusiast. Musician, plays bass guitar, editor-in-chief of the Northern State University campus newspaper, The Exponent.

Victoria Lusk

Book Reviewer Loves reading novels, especially with a glass of wine. Thinks pedicures are God’s greatest gift to mankind. Loves shopping, traveling, and spending time with family.

Brennen Bollinger

Health and Fitness Guru Enjoys music, video games, hanging with friends, but mostly hitting the gym and getting his sweat on. Loves helping people with their fitness goals. Have an article idea and/or want to be a contributor? Email us:


Events Calendar

July 2012

July Events

Art July 1-July 12 The Beauty of Light


Wein Gallery. Presentation College Campus. This exhibit, created by Aberdeen artist Tiffany Straley, contains a set of 35 mm film photographs and lithographic prints inspired by the female form.

July 6 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Eureka’s quasquicentennial celebration

July 1-July 15 “Straight Up Color” The Art of Donald Montileaux

July 13 ­Rockfest

Dacotah Prairie Museum. This exhibit features works in which Rapid City artist, Donald Monileaux, fuses ancient symbolism with contemporary design, each work exploding with Lakota history, spirituality, myths and legend in radiant color and powerful compositions.

July 20 Nature Recycled

6-8 p.m. Artworks Coop Gallery. Lakewood Mall. Unique art created from pine needles, gourds, bones and corn-husks. Reception is open to the public with refreshments served.

July 21 James Valley Model Railroad Association

Free. 1-5 p.m. Old Milwaukee Road Depot. See four model railroad layouts running. There is a Lionel layout, two HO Scale layouts and a N Scale layout.See long trains running on the huge HO Scale layout.

July 27 Final Friday Art Crawl

Free. 4 p.m. Red Rooster Coffee House. 4:30 p.m. Capitol Theater. 5 p.m. Aberdeen Recreational & Cultural Center 5:30 p.m. Dacotah Prairie Museum 6 p.m. Gallery Go.


In and Around Aberdeen

$25 in advance, $30 at the door. 7 p.m. Eureka’s ballpark.

5 p.m. Central Park (1st Ave SE and Kline Street). Bands: Hollywood Undead, Trapt, Eve To Adam, Candlelight Red.

July 14 Music on Main - Free Show

1 p.m. Main Street. Gonzo 5, Dred I Dread, Carnage & Desdamona, and more.

June 14-August 2 Concerts in the Park

Free. 8 p.m. Thursday nights. Whether you like nostalgic, patriotic, or exciting new songs, they’re all here and sure to appeal to young and old alike. The Aberdeen Lioness Club offers concessions at the concerts including pop, water, popcorn and candy.

July 20 Party in the Pasture

9 p.m. Groton. This year’s event includes a performace by Dustin Evans and Goodtimes.

July 27 (Final Friday) Pauer Alley Jam

Free. 2-5 p.m. Pauer Sound & Music.

The Cactus Blossoms Free. 8 p.m. Ward Hotel.

Live Music at Slackers

Free. Midnight to 2 a.m. Slacker’s Bar.

Sports July 1|8|12|15|19|22|26|29 Aberdeen Exchange BMX

Free. Registration 6 p.m. Race 7:15 p.m. Track behind Boy’s and Girl’s Club.

July 6|13|20|27|28 Brown County Speedway Races Brown County Speedway.

July 7 Aberdeen Circus Amateur Baseball vs. Redfield Pheasants. 5 p.m. Fossum Field.

July 9 Wachs Classic Golf Tournament 11 a.m. Moccasin Creek Complex.

July 10 Aberdeen Circus Amateur Baseball vs. Groton. 6 p.m. Fossum Field.

July 14 Aberdeen Circus Amateur Baseball vs. Pierre. 1 p.m. Fossum Field.

July 15-July 19 25th Annual SD All Star Games

All Day. Barnett Center & Clark Swisher Activities Complex. Graduated High School Seniors from around the states will participate in volleyball, basketball, wrestling, golf, football, and cheer teams and will practice under guidance of selected coaches from around South Dakota.

Activities June 29-July 4 Wild West Days in Faulkton, SD Food, music, and fun for everyone.

July 4 Independance Day

Storybook Land Theatre performs in the Castle at 5p.m. The Aqua Addicts Ski team will perform at 7 p.m. The Aberdeen Municipal Band will perform at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks display will take place at dusk.

July 5|12|19|26 Farmers Market

3-6 p.m. Central Park. Goods sold consist of various fresh produce, homemade items such as jams, salsas, breads or other baked goods, as well as plants and flowers. Products can change weekly.

July 11 Melgaard Park 2 Mile Fun Run

$3 per person or $5 per family. 7 p.m. Melgaard Park. This event is for the recreational runner as well as the avid runner of all ages. The course will highlight the recreational trail along Moccasin Creek. Times will be kept, but the event will be noncompetitive in nature. No advanced registration is necessary. Drawings will be held to give away prizes to participants.

July 27-28, 2012 Storybook Land Festival

Free. All day. Storybook Land in Wylie Park. Come out for the day or the weekend and enjoy the park, stories, music, art, food and fun for all!

July 18 Aberdeen Circus Amateur Baseball

July 28 Make-a-Wish 9th Annual Poker Run

vs. Northville. 6:30 p.m. Fossum Field.

10 a.m. Registration at C&S Motor Sports, 1502 6th Ave. SE. Registration Fee: $15. T-shirts: $10.00

July 28-29 Hub City Open Tennis Tournament Adult Division

July 28 Aberdeen Family YMCA Bull Run

All Day. Registration information available at Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at 605626-7015. Registration deadline is July 20.

Events Calendar

July 2012

7 a.m. Aberdeen Family YMCA. 5k, 10k, ½ Marathon, Fun Walk, Munchkin Run.


July 2012

By Erin Wolter and Kara Kirschenmann

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e caught up with Cheap Death, a two-man garage rock act, before their set at Slackers on the first night of the Fallout Art & Bicycle Spectacle. Guitarist Dylan “Immy” Wolters, 22, and Drummer Anthony “Hobo” Ulrich, 24, described their basic idea for the band as having “low expectations and high hopes!”

Erin: So… how’s it all going? Immy: It is going good! Aside from a really big break, but yeah, it’s been going good. We were in a band called Toothless a few months ago, then we broke up, then immediately after breaking up – Erin: Who were Toothless? They sound familiar. Immy: It was me, [Hobo], and two other Seths – Seth Gosch and Seth Young. We played numerous shows. But

yeah, as soon as we broke up Toothless we kind of just called it quits and were lazy after we lost the members. I thought, “Wow, we should do something.” I was on a really big Hive kick because it’s what we’d listen to while we’d work in the [Ward Hotel] restaurant… so I thought, “Well, we should play some really garage-rock stuff.” We started a month ago and we have six songs, which is a lot for us ‘cause we’re lazy.

Hobo: It’s kind of like the Capture the Plague days where we had, like, six songs in three years? [laughter] and a countless number of covers that I never learned. Erin: Heh. It happens. So, who are you influenced by? I listened to one of your tracks on Facebook and it reminded me of Dead Kennedys. Not that I’ve honestly listened to much of them. I have Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death and that’s about it. Immy: That’s definitely in there. We’ve got a lot of punk bands. I think lately, for him and me, it’s been a lot of Ty Segall and White Stripes and Jay Reatard. There are a lot of garage-rock bands that have been coming out lately – they’re really awesome. And, not directly influenced, but they’ve influenced us a lot lately, there’s been a lot of black metal… I don’t know what that’s about. We’ve listened to a lot of Code Orange Kids lately… We’ve tried to incorporate the ridiculousness of their live shows into something we do, I guess, so we’re kind of all over the place. A lot of folk stuff and things here and there. Tom Waits is a huge influence. Anything lo-fi, recorded on tape recorders… Chode Rodeo is probably a big influence for us. Erin: So I’m assuming you guys are fairly local, right? Both Aberdeen boys? Hobo: Nay, for both of us, actually. I’m from Minnesota. I moved here six, seven years ago and I’ve just been playing in bands here. Immy: And I’m from Pennsylvania, so I migrated here for the lovely weather and great scenery [laughter], and the lack of road

construction [more laughter]. But yeah, I’ve been here almost two years now. Erin: So are you guys planning to make music your career, or are you just in it for the kicks and giggles of it? Hobo: I’ve been playing music for about ten years, so I can’t not play music. Immy: I think the last few bands that both of us were in, we tried to do a lot, and we quit because we got really burned out on it. In this one, we don’t really have any major aspirations except to record as much as possible and to have as much fun as possible. So, pretty

much everything we’ve done so far, we’re doing ourselves. Recording it ourselves, we’re going to make sure it’s ourselves, all that kind of stuff. A lot of DIY-type stuff in the future: floppy disk releases, that sort of fun stuff. But yeah, not so much. If it turns out to be a career it’s not going to really matter, but we’re not really striving for that. We’re just striving to have as much fun as we can.

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Erin: So, where does the magic happen? Immy: The magic happens – Hobo: – in his basement. Just two sweaty dudes and a VHS camera on a tripod.


July 2012 July 2012 Immy:We like to call our recording space “Cheese Industries.” We’ve got mikes hanging everywhere, from the rafters and stuff. We go down there and kind of write, mess around, and flip on the recording switch. That’s how we get stuff done. Hobo: Actually, we just practice learning songs. It’s been interesting. It’s like, usually every band I’ve been in, we just practice songs for months on end before we go live. Us, we’ve kind of just been. Like, he’d write something and I’d play drums to it, and then we’d record two times through. Immy: The last song we wrote was like… three days ago? Erin: What’s it about? What inspires your lyrics? Immy: Normally, I just write about a bunch of stuff that I really don’t even care about. I have one song that’s about friends that have screwed me over in the past. It was kind of cathartic to write about. I have a song about purgatory, and pretty much just about his and my entire life, not understanding religion, but being a part of it.


Kara: So do you share lyric writing, then? Immy: Not really. We talk about stuff and then I kind of write some stuff. Usually we’re on the same wavelength.Yeah, I guess you could call it sharing. I mean, I write the stuff. We talk a lot in his van while we smoke [laughs]. That’s what happens. Hobo: I hear the lyrics after we record, and I’m usually okay with them. Immy: I think this is the first time I’ve written songs that are semi-

related to my life in some way. Erin: So is it your usual punk fare – songs not over two minutes? Immy: Yeah. And it’s not just punk, no matter what I write, folk or hardcore. I think it’s literally impossible for me to write a song that’s over two minutes. Hobo: I think we average out to 1:30, 1:45. Immy: I’m not big into repeating things too much. I think it gets boring, so we try to keep everything short. Erin: What do you think of the overall music scene in Aberdeen? Immy: There’s so much I could say about it. It’s weird, because it’s really crappy right now. It’s really not good, but it’s really awesome right now as well. Something that we’ve been trying to do, at least as Cheap Death, is when I moved here, I heard all these stories about Ronald Raygun and all these old, crazy joke bands that all these dudes have here… About how everyone had so much fun at these shows and how people were dressed in costumes and everyone was having a good time and how it was a big, sweaty, fun fest. Then, when I came here, that all kind of died out and nobody was doing that anymore. We’re trying to bring some of that back and have a lot of fun. I would say if you wanted to hear a good performance by us, you should look into our recordings. But our recordings are about the same as our shows, and they’re really half-assed, but they’re really more about fun than they are about technical proficiency. We just try to have a lot of catchy hooks and stuff that people can dance to and have

fun with. We’re sober about ten percent of the time. We like to be pretty gnarly and as far as being a band, we just like to party a lot. Unfortunately, that isn’t the way it’s been the past few years, with MySpace, Facebook… It’s kind of like a spotlight that everybody’s under and they feel the need to be super professional, and like, “we’ve gotta have sponsorships, agencies, and we’ve got to be repped by somebody, and we’ve got to get signed to this label.” We really don’t care about that kind of stuff right now. We’re just trying to have as much fun as we can, and I think that’s something that’s starting to come back. Kara: Is there anywhere else besides Slackers that people can find you? Immy: As Toothless, we try to get out to Mankato and other places like that. Our main goal is to not play anywhere in town, unless it’s Slackers, because we love John and Lamar, and we try to support them as much as we can. Other than that, we don’t have a huge desire to play in town. We don’t want to become one of those town bands that everywhere you go, it’s like, “Oh, I’ve seen these guys eighty times and I know all their songs and jokes.”We don’t want to be like that. We want to go out, have fun, play shows, and meet new people. Come back every once in a while, because we both love the town and we love playing here, but our main goal isn’t to get really rooted and kind of stuck. Coming in from out of town, I try to bring in a little bit of fresh energy. That’s the reason we really support Slackers, because they’ve started doing stuff

that’s really entertaining and they really get everybody involved. And it’s cool that you guys are doing this magazine, and these things that we really like to be a part of, because they’re little sparks that, whatever they do or wherever they go, it’s something good for people to recognize what’s out there and actually get involved, instead of just sitting in their bedrooms and watching YouTube videos. Erin: How are you feeling about your first show tonight? Immy: Nervous energies… very nervous. We try to have as much fun as we can but we don’t want to look like shit entirely. We also don’t care too much, but it’s going

to be fun. We didn’t promote it at all because we weren’t really trying to get a huge turnout, since it’s our first show and there’s going to be a lot of mistakes, but as always, at Slackers, it’s going to be a lot of fun. And we try to shit-talk people into buying a lot of beer, just so the bar makes a good amount of money when we’re here, and just have a lot of fun.

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Erin: Do you think you’re going to be intimidated by this crowd at all? Immy: Slackers is the next step up from my basement. Coming here isn’t like playing to a crowd; it’s like playing to a bunch of friends. It’s going to be crawlin’. It’s like “ballin’.

See Cheap Death with Ish The Stomach and The Large Intestines at Slackers Bar on July 14 at 9 p.m.


July n o i h s a F


Outfits modeled by Melanie Bearheels

Sundresses are a great

way to stay cool and look nice. They’re great for a day on the beach, lounging around the yard, going out for a night on the town, or just out and about on a warm summer’s day. There’s a wide variety of different styles of sundresses out there with a broad range of prices that would fit almost anyone’s pocket book. Slip on a pair of flip flops for the beach, go barefoot around the house, or add some heels and jewelry to go out with the girls.


You can’t go wrong

with layering tank tops and putting on some shorts to beat the summer heat. A cami with a loose-fitting waistline tank top layered on top allows you to feel confident about your body and still look fashionable. Adding some heels instead of flip flops spices up the outfit for certain occasions.




This outfit would work great

for a summer night out. The top is flashy, adding flavor to the plain black shorts. For those girls who are not comfortable in heels or don’t want to battle the sore feet later in the night, these flats would work great. They aren’t as simple as flip flops and still look dressy enough to wear out on the town.

Are you interested in modeling for A-Town Magazine? Send a headshot and full body shot to

Young Adults of Aberdeen

Melissa Faye Sletto Age: 22

Passion: Art and Dance


July 2012

Where are you from?

I was born in Coon Rapids, MN (Fun fact: that’s where they filmed the movie Juno). But I lived in Sioux Falls from age one until I graduated from Washington High School at 18. I miss Sioux Falls sometimes. There is significantly more nightlife there, but it’s not like I have a whole lot of time for that anyway. Mostly I miss being close to my family. Aberdeen is nice, though. It’s the perfect size for someone who is always running late since a trip across town takes less than 15 minutes. Tell me about yourself. Well, superficially, I am an artist, dancer, teacher, and (this is using the term ever-soloosely) graphic designer. A little deeper than that I am the youngest daughter of two, a girlfriend, and a soon to be aunt. But as far as my attitude and outlook on life, I know how to follow rules. But more importantly, I know how to break them. I always say that I haven’t done my job correctly if I haven’t ruffled some feathers in the process. I apply that theory to both my art and my choreography.


What kind of art do you do? My pieces are almost always figurative, but the emotion the paintings convey change with mine. What I consider one of my most successful pieces is not figurative. It is not even a painting. I had become frustrated with my classes, particularly art history, where the topic “What is art?” came up frequently. Despite heated discussion, this question could never be resolved. I was struggling to find a subject matter for one of my lithographic prints when my boyfriend, Aaron, jokingly suggested that I draw a tree... in a bathtub. So, in spite of those discussions, I sketched up the most ridiculous composition I could think of: An old, claw foot tub, with a small ficuslike tree growing from it. The words “I

am a tree in a bathtub” written in awful middle-school-notebook bubble letters in its branches. I thought for sure Professor Kilian would say, “Ok, quit screwing around and take this seriously.” To my surprise, he appreciated the humor. What kind of dancer are you? My choreographing style is a patchwork of all of the instructors I have had over the years, including some I have never met, only watched in videos. Using this wealth of knowledge, I try to come up with combinations that are unexpected and fresh. I gravitate towards Contemporary dance for this reason. Its freedom of movement lends itself to my ever changing choreography. Did you want to become a dancer or artist first? That is a difficult question. I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon, but I have been told that I have been dancing even longer. I started dance lessons when I was five and gravitated towards art even in pre-school. When I was very young I wanted to be a ballerina but as I grew older I realized that I would much rather be the choreographer. I always wanted to draw and paint but it is only in the last five years or so that I

July 2012 have begun to think that I could make a career of it. What’s one of your favorite moments from being an artist? Currently, my favorite moments as an artist are when I have had an artists block for days and inspiration comes unexpectedly. I could stand in front of a blank canvas for hours and never come up with the ideas I get in the middle of a dance class or stopped at a red light. It is at those times I wish I was better at keeping a sketchbook. How about a moment from being a dancer? My favorite moment as a choreographer and dance teacher was watching a brand new Broadway class go from twelve dancers to twenty four in one year. It makes me feel good knowing that I have a positive impact on the program. What’s it like teaching dance? My dance classes are odd in that some weeks I will want to stress technique and conditioning while others I will push everything aside so that I can test out some piece of choreography that has been bouncing around my head. Do you feel like you have an impact on the people you teach? I feel like I do. I have to laugh when they start calling certain moves “the Melissa”. But more often than not, they impact me. Even my younger jazz classes have come up with choreography that I end up using in my advanced classes. Their creativity is endless! Do you think there is a cross-over between your art and your dance? Absolutely. I’ve even danced on some of my paintings. The rough gesture

marks made by dancing in paint makes for wonderful backgrounds that you just can’t achieve with a paintbrush. Several of my paintings feature dancing figures. Some are painted interpretations of photos I have taken of my students; others are taken from gesture drawings. The expression and movement of dance provides me with a wealth of material. Besides painting, I entertain myself with freelance photography. I am extremely interested in action shots. It’s an intriguing challenge to catch a movement at its climax. Do you have any other passions? I have an unhealthy obsession with interior design. I don’t currently have cable, which is probably a good thing because I would never leave my apartment for fear of missing a good episode on HGTV. What do you think you are going to do when you graduate college? Ideally, I would move on and get my Masters, possibly in Art History. At some point I would also love to get a degree in dance and choreography. If someone wanted to look at or buy your art, where could they go? My photography can be found on my Facebook page: FayePhotography. Everything else can be seen on my Facebook page: Sletto Studio Creations. You can also contact me at Anything else you want people to know? Keep an eye out for the ARCC Dance Studio’s Photo Exhibition. The show is set tentatively for late summer at the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center. A portion of the proceeds will go to providing new costumes and equipment for the dance studio.



July 2012

Kicks and Giggles Facebook makes you hate people you actually know. Twitter makes you love people you’ve never met. A guy is sitting at home when he hears a knock at the door. He opens the door and sees a snail on the porch. He picks up the snail and throws it as far as he can. Three years later, there’s a knock on the door. He opens it and sees the same snail. The snail says “What the heck was that all about?” Two young men from Minnesota were looking at a Sears catalog and admiring the models. Ole says to the Sven, “Have you seen the beautiful girls in this catalog?” Sven replies, “Yes, they are very beautiful. And look at the price!” Ole says, with wide eyes, “Wow, they aren’t very expensive. At this price, I’m buying one.” Sven smiles and pats him on the back, “Good idea! Order one and if she’s as beautiful as she is in the catalog, I will get one, too.” Three weeks later, Sven asks his friend Ole, “Did you ever receive the girl you ordered from the Sears catalog?” Ole replies, “No, but it shouldn’t be long now. I got her clothes yesterday!”


The Reverend Francis Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So... he told the associate pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced him to say Mass for him that day. As soon as the associate pastor left the room, father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn’t accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish. Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church! At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, “You’re not going to let him get away with this, are you?” The Lord sighed, and said, “No, I guess not.” Just then father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. It WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE! St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, “Why did you let him do that?” The Lord smiled and replied, “Who’s he going to tell?”

A lion woke up one morning feeling really rowdy and mean. He went out and cornered a small monkey, and roared, “Who is mightiest of all jungle animals?” The trembling monkey says, “You are, mighty lion!” Later, the lion confronts an ox and fiercely bellows, “Who is the mightiest of all jungle animals?” The terrified ox stammers, “Oh great lion, you are the mightiest animal in the jungle!” On a roll now, the lion swaggers up to an elephant and roars, “Who is mightiest of all jungle animals?” Fast as lightning, the elephant snatches up the lion with his trunk, slams him against a tree half a dozen times leaving the lion feeling like it’d been run over by a safari wagon. The elephant then stomps on the lion till it looks like a corn tortilla and rambles away. The lion lets out a moan of pain, lifts his head weakly and hollers after the elephant, “Just because you don’t know the answer, you don’t have to get so upset about it!”

A-Town Roller Girlz Aberdeen’s Roller



Derby Team By Bryce Mills


fter a shaky first half, the A-Town Roller Girlz have rallied and closed the score gap between them and the Fargo Furies. As the final seconds count down, the Roller Girlz are still down 59 points to the Furies’ score of 167. They call a time-out, giving them one last chance to even things up. With the Furies’ scorer in the penalty box, the Roller Girlz jammer, #3.14 “Applicious,” gives the team their last breath of hope. She takes off charging through the pack, doing her best to dodge the Furies’ blockers. She’s worn out after playing two full bouts tonight, and you can see the sweat dripping off her face. She’s pushed herself to the limit but she still manages to squeeze enough energy to clear the pack and make her first lap around the track. The crowd is on their feet, cheering each time she manages to skate through the Furies defensives untouched. You can see the pain on her face each time she makes it through, but she’s not giving up. 5.…10.…15.…20 points are added to the scoreboard and for a moment everyone thinks they might come back in time. The crowd is cheering like crazy, believing there might be a miracle tonight. Those hopes are quickly squashed as the Furies’ jammer races onto the track just as the final seconds of the jam count down. It’s all over. Applicious scored 24 points, but not enough. Fargo Furies win, 167 to 132. “Five more minutes we would have got it,” Crimson Splat-Her said after the bout. The Roller Girlz gave it their all, had a lot of fun, and can’t wait till the next one.



July 2012

The Roller Girlz The A-Town Roller Girlz is an all-women amateur flat track roller derby team. They were founded in March 2011 by Whitney Buchanan. They’ve been training with Applicious from the Sioux Falls Roller Dollz, along with other roller derby teams, and finally participated in their first bout against the Fargo Furies on June 9 at the Holum Expo Building located at the Brown County fairground. The team was represented by nine girls in the first bout: #12 Curl Up & Dye, #SR18 Crimson Splat-Her, #6M Ground Pounder, #14 Nicki Heat, #8 LayD Pain, #27 Robyn Banks, #9 Silent Thunder, #L7 Wendy O Wheel Yums, and the visiting #3.14 Applicious.

It’s All About The Team Why do the girls enjoy such a violent and fast paced sport? “It’s cheaper than therapy,” said Nicki Heat, one of the team’s strongarmed blockers. However, most of the girls feel it has to do with the team itself. “We’re all kind of unique girls…together we fit together,” said Crimson Splat-Her, the team’s president, “[They’re a] pretty good support group.”

More than just Derby The proceeds from their inaugural bout, A-Town Shakedown, went to benefit Kids Against Hunger. As a non-profit organization, the team will always donate their bout profits to a local charity. They put on the Zombie Prom and will do a Pumpkin Patch next October for kids as well as doing a pin-up calendar later in the year. The team tries to do a lot to benefit the area on and off the track.


Not Scared of Getting Hurt

Roller Derby is a dangerous sport but the Roller Girlz aren’t scared of getting hurt.They’ve had a broken ankle, scrapes, bruises and more. Even in practice they’ve fallen and gotten hurt. “They say it’s not a matter of if you are going to get hurt, it’s when.” But the girls don’t tend to think about it. It’s just a minor setback for them.

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Roller Derby 101

Get Involved

They are looking for new additions to the team including sponsors, skaters, referees, non-skating officials, and volunteers. If you are interested, talk to a Roller Girl or contact them at You can find more information about the A-Town Roller Girlz and upcoming events on their Facebook page or at

Roller Derby teams consist of four blockers and one jammer, the only player capable of scoring. Each play, or jam, begins with the blockers skating in front of the jammer in a close group known as the pack. Each team’s jammer attempts to be the first to make their way through the pack and become the lead jammer. After the make it through the pack once, they can start scoring by passing members of the other team, each giving their team one point. The jammers continue to make their way around the track, scoring more points until the two minutes run out or the lead jammer calls it off.


Finding your Inner Motivation


By Brennen Bollinger



Health and Fitness

July 2012

ello all! Have you ever heard the “phrase seeing is believing”? Of course you have. Now, have you ever seen Before and After photos of someone’s incredible body transformation and thought, “how is that possible?” or “There’s no way that’s the same person!” Well I’m here to tell you to believe it! About one year ago I was the individual sitting on the couch, watching TV, and munching on Doritos, that always wanted to be “the ripped dude” on all those fitness commercials. At 5’9”, 240 lbs. and 30 percent body fat I was not exactly the idea of fitness. Sick

of this lifestyle I finally, with the right motivation, supplementation, nutrition, and training, was able to be one of those very transformations and drop to 185 lbs. and 6 percent body fat. As you can tell by the title, this article will be about how to become motivated to change your body and lifestyle to lose weight, build muscle, or just live better overall. I will help you achieve your goals with various tips in those three very important keys to success mentioned above and today I will be telling you how to find the motivation needed to become a successful transformation yourself.

Step One:

Change the way you look at dieting! The first step you need to take is not necessarily to join a gym or say, “Okay, today is Day 1 of my diet!” Instead, change your point of view about the dieting and/or transformation process. By this I mean don’t view dieting as such a bad thing. Consider it a necessary lifestyle change to fuel your body for the road ahead.


You have got to really want this change in your life. Not just because you want to be insanely shredded or to fit into that sexy little swimsuit. Not because you want to attract that certain member of the opposite sex or have something to throw back at all those people that might have judged you before. You have to want this change for you!

This is called limitless motivation. This leads to a permanent lifestyle change that will ensure your success. It will bring you more happiness, better relationships with your friends and family, and a better inner you to match a sexier outer you forever. If thoughts like these start to motivate you then you’re on the right track.

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” ~William James

Step Two:

Break the status quo and become fit! For every success story from flab to fit there’s a hundred others of people who have fallen off the wagon. If you’re one of the many people who’ve strayed from the path, or lost your way entirely, don’t be ashamed or disheartened. Maybe your selfconfidence is low, or it’s never

been that high to begin with. It’s understandable that you’d think, “Well, I’m just born this way; it’s genetic, and nothing I do can change it.” I won’t judge you for thinking that. I used to say the same. But by doing this you’re condemning yourself to an unhealthy way of life.

The one thing that everyone has in common who has completed a transformation in their physique is the belief that they can succeed. Committing yourself to training and eating foods that don’t satisfy those old cravings are really just a small price to pay for the great feeling that comes with success.

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Step Three:

Build a motivational tool belt! Now that you understand you have to change your mindset, let’s get you motivated to run that mile or pump that iron. This can come in many different forms. For me it was a long hard look in the mirror. Other things you can include are motivational quotes or posters. Maybe a picture of

your favorite bodybuilder or dream body you wish to obtain. Try working out with a partner. That way if you aren’t feeling motivated one day they can help get you going. Tell your friends you’re planning to transform yourself; that way you must stay accountable for your success.

Most importantly, give yourself a good look in the mirror as you progress and take some before and after photos. Witnessing the physical changes to your body is by far the most satisfying and motivational thing I keep in my arsenal.

So there you have it folks. My tips on getting yourself motivated to change your body, become fit, and live a better life all together. So get out there and make it happen. Nobody can do this but you!


Music Review

July 2012

CKY: Infiltrate-Destroy-Rebuild By Erin Wolter Released: Sept. 24, 2002 Genre: Alternative Metal Label: Island Records Number of Tracks: 10


efore I express my highly critical and scrutinizing evaluation of this album (not biased based on my love for CKY at all), let me explain why I’m reviewing a decade-old record. First off, it’s a great album that isn’t widely known within the general public; secondly, what better way to test the waters of my music-critic career than describing an album that I’m familiar with? I’m sure that by this time, you readers are going all Monty Python on me (“GET ON WITH IT!”). So without further ado, let me enlighten all of you with knowledge of this eargasmic anthology! Infiltrate-Destroy-Rebuild, often referred to simply as IDR, is the second studio album by West Chester, Pennsylvaniabased alternative metal band CKY. Deron Miller, lead vocalist, and Chad Ginsburg,


lead guitarist, contribute to the band’s distinctive sound that is reflected in all four of the band’s studio releases, and is especially prominent within IDR. The album’s ten tracks are short (the longest track, Inhuman Creation Station, barely scratches the 4:00 mark), sweet, and catchy, packing a punch that even pop-only lovers can dig. CKY’s lyrics are often mini-stories, often centered around horror, and IDR is no exception: Escape from Hellview, Frenetic Amnesic, Shock and Terror, and Inhuman Creation Station are prime examples. The record’s other tracks imply various other themes, including parasitic behavior (Attached at the Hip) and the resulting fear of abandonment (Sink Into the Underground); motivation (Flesh Into Gear, Plastic Plan, and Sporadic Movement);

and even of loneliness (Close Yet Far); all of which tie in to the album’s general theme of changing something’s current, corrupt state and remaking it according to one’s own ideas of how it should be. Overall, Infiltrate-DestroyRebuild has something for both rockers and even pop lovers— in fact, Flesh Into Gear, released as a single, reached number 38 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 2002, and the album as a whole reached 99 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, giving the band its first taste of commercial success. CKY’s next two albums, An Answer Can Be Found (2005) and Carver City (2009), improved upon IDR, but maintain the unmistakable CKY sound. If you’re looking for a punchy sound that’s not overly heavy, I would definitely recommend Infiltrate-Destroy-Rebuild.

Video Game Review

July 2012

Journey (PS3)

By Bryce Mills


here has long been a debate over whether or not video games can be considered art. But now there is another video game that can be held up and without question say, “yes, this is art.” The game is Journey and it holds the old mantra, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey” to heart. Players begin the game in an empty desert and simply begin to walk. No goal or instruction beyond


what each button does, but still players seem to know where to go in an almost instinctive way. Throughout the game, you will see other players that look identical to you. With no name or way to communicate, beyond simple tones that your characters can make, you will find yourself working together to solve the puzzles and challenges throughout the game. With no goal beyond simply making it to your destination, there is no failure. You cannot

die so it will allow you to focus on the magic of the world. Journey captures a majestic beauty as elegant creatures fly about the air guiding you on your way through landscapes that look like they were painted just for you. The emotion Journey evokes through its use of music and light range from peaceful bliss to quiet fear. Its story is told through short cut scenes, without words, that allow the players to understand the world through a series of animated cave drawings. Journey is a very experimental game and it’s hard to say there is anything quite like it. It perfectly mixes co-op and single player with a balance of art and gameplay and delivers a truly remarkable experience. The only downside of Journey is the entire game can be completed in just over an hour, but it’s something you will want to go back and try again and again. Journey is a downloadable game exclusive to PlayStation 3. You can also purchase the Journey Original Soundtrack from the PSN Store & iTunes.

E L James

Fifty Shades of Grey By Victoria Lusk


pparently, Fifty Shades of Grey is both New York Times #1 Best Seller and backed only by a lot of hype. Even after reading horrible review after horrible review, I had to see what all the fuss was about. It did not take long to disappoint me. In fact, if I had not already dished out ten whole dollars and wasted precious Kindle space, I would have quit reading after the first paragraph. Ultimately, I am glad I didn’t. After all, it would have just been wasted money and space – well, in actuality, it still might be, but at least I found something nice to say. Sort of. Keeping that “nice” thought on hold puts more suspense in this little review than the whole first book. My first impression was that E L James was trying way too hard. It read like she had a horrible first date with a thesaurus that drank too many letters and threw up – and that, my friend, is not an exaggeration. Seriously, if this is what today’s readers like and/ or can comprehend, Dickens and David Copperfield, as well as Hemingway and his Old Man, are rolling in their graves. They would never use the phrase “pedal to the medal.” I will never use the phrase. No one should ever use the phrase

again, especially in a slow moving storyline. I found myself wondering early on if its appeal was that it was relatable… but it is clearly not. The book is incredibly contradicting and unrealistic. The protagonist, Anastasia Steele, begins as a senior in college who has never been drunk–or had her hand held. (One of these is more believable than the other…) Christian Grey is a young Donald Trump, but remains mysterious. Ana’s surprised by things like him having his own jet. Um, hello – Google him. And then RUN. At least that way the book would end sooner. (At this point, it’s not that I couldn’t stop reading, it’s that I could not stop aching for it to get better.) Ironically as a love story not for the faint hearted, the book’s plot, classic good girl gone bad, has been done and redone – more often in adult movies. The book definitely earns a R-rating for its language, nudity, and for its overwhelming adult content. If I would have not already know better, I would have assumed the book was written by an eighth grader, or at best, a freshman

comp student. It’s that bad. It, of course, should not be read by eighth graders – I’m an older twenty-something and I had trouble swallowing some of the ways the sexual content crosses lines, if there ever were any drawn. James does manage to put together one or two classy oneliners. At these rare moments, it’s good… until about four words later when it’s not. In short, the book is plagued by repetitive mistakes and ill-used words that ruin it. James and I can agree only on one thing – an f-word definitely belongs in this book, but mine ends in “(f)ail” instead of rhyming with truck.

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Mediterranean Chicken Salad 1/2 lb. Chicken, cubed 4 oz. Feta Cheese 4 oz. block of Mozzarella, cubed Parmesan Asiago Balsamic Vinaigrette (or variation) 1 package of Cherry Tomatoes 1 Small can of Black Olives, sliced 1 Small can of Green Olives, sliced 1 Red Onion Spinach or lettuce


Directions Cook chicken in frying pan. Add tablespoon of vinaigrette to give chicken extra flavor. While chicken cooks, chop tomatoes and onion to desired amount. Combine all ingredients, including mozzarella, Feta and olives, in large serving bowl with spinach or lettuce and coat with vinaigrette to taste or serve as side. Chill for 1 hour. Makes appx. 3 servings. Saves well for a few days in fridge as leftovers if made with spinach. Feel free to substitute various ingredients according to taste or diet. Can be a very healthy meal if you use low-fat and low-sodium cheeses and/or dressing.

Cinnamon Mexican Apple Pancakes Mac’n’Cheese with Bacon 1 package of Velveeta Shells and 2 cups whole wheat flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ cup white sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups milk 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 medium apple - peeled, cored and chopped 6 slices of bacon

Directions Fry bacon until well done. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sugar. Combine the eggs, milk, honey and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Add apple and crumbled bacon and stir. Pour batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto a hot nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray (medium to medium-low heat). Turn when bubbles form on top; cook until second side is golden brown. Makes appx. 12 pancakes. Can substitute whole wheat flour for allpurpose, if desired, since it’s generally cheaper.

Cheese (12 oz. box) 1 lb. hamburger 1 package of taco seasoning 10 oz. can of Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice & Cilantro, or variation thereof (You only need half the can so if you can find a smaller size, buy it) Extra cheese if desired (such as American Cheese Singles) Tortilla chips

Directions Cook the Shells and Cheese according to the directions on the box. Meanwhile, make the “taco meat” according to the directions on the taco seasoning packet. When the Shells and Cheese is done add diced tomatoes and extra cheese (if desired). Stir in taco meat. Top with crushed tortilla chips or use chips to scoop and eat. Serves appx. 4. Recipe can be as mild or as spicy as you like, depending on the ingredients you buy.


Death of a Monster

wonder how many I’ve killed. I’ve lived too long and gotten away with it far too many times. I’ve left children without mothers, wives without husbands, and on the most cruel of days I’ve forced parents to bury their children. I could not stop myself from the task, but I remember each kill. The ghosts of my victims still haunt me, remind me how they died… how I killed them. There was a young girl, not much older than 8, she was laughing and playing in a bright white princess dress. She saw me before it happened. She screamed for her mom… for her dad. They were too far off and I was far too quick. The dress was stained red before they even got close. I remember a soldier. He was truly strong, maybe as strong as me. He wore his uniform with pride, glad to serve and protect his loved ones…including his wife…and three boys. I wonder if they would be glad to know he fought for them. I came from behind, leaping at him from the darkness. He turned and our eyes met. I looked down and snarled at him on the ground. I cut his arm, but he drew his knife and took some blood as well. I recoiled but he was bleeding too badly. I could tell he wasn’t just fighting

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for himself, he intended to kill me so he could live to see his family. I charged him again and he plunged his knife into my side. I shrugged it off and cut his stomach open. He died trying to hold his organs in. He died calling for his wife. Another ghost whispers to me, telling me not do it. He knows what I intend to do tonight. He knows I will finally kill the monster. I hold back the tears. He is the reason I lived and he is the reason I must die. I look at the time and realize I must hurry. I say a quick prayer and step upon the chair, pulling the noose around my neck and pulling it tight. That’s when I hear the ghost again. “Daddy, don’t do it.” I smile down at the vision of my former son, “I have to son. I’m doing this for you.” He was my first victim. It was just me and him in the house the first night I changed. I was in my bed when the monster came out and it, like any trapped animal would, tore apart the room looking for an exit. John was four. My son was 4.…He heard the noise and came to my room because he was scared. Why did you do that? Why couldn’t you have stayed asleep…or ran away? You thought I would protect you. Oh god. I always told you I would, I would keep you safe. The door opened and John found the monster where

his dad should have been. It was no longer looking for an exit, it found food. He screamed for me. He ran away calling for me and there I was…just behind him, chasing him down. John looks up at me again, “It’s ok, dad. I love you.” I try to smile through all the tears. Let him know his dad’s not scared. Let him know its going to be okay. I whisper back, “I love you too” as I kick the chair out from under me. The rope didn’t break my neck. I just hung there dangling. Either way the noose would end it. Then I see moonlight peer through the windows. Did I wait too long? I could feel the adrenaline rush through my body, then my skin started to harden. I could feel myself getting stronger at the same time I was losing air. For the first time in a long time, I felt fear. I tried to swing, hoping it would choke me faster. My muscles started to tense as my bones broke and change before me. I would scream if I had enough air to muster a breath. At that point I blacked out, knowing the monster had refused to die. My only hope was he would choke on the noose like I did before it. I had hoped I would not see the morning sky. I hoped I would wake to see my son again; smiling, knowing I finally did it. I killed the monster.

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He Said

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He Said: M


ost of my “friends” are female. I’m not entirely sure why this is. It might be because it’s a lot easier to randomly talk to a girl than to talk to a dude you don’t know. It might be because women are just easier to get along with. It might simply be because I have more invested in my female friendships than the male ones. You see, the girl friends aren’t really friends. They are cool, interesting, and fun people that I find attractive. They are all potential girlfriends. Some have more potential than others, of course. Obviously any of the girls with boyfriends have less potential and if a girl isn’t quite my type I’m probably not going to view her the same way as my hot Bio major friend. But I wouldn’t mind dating just about any of my female friends and the ones that I don’t want to date right now I will probably want to date some time down the line. It might be something they do or say or they might just wear their hair a new way and my mind will file them under potential girlfriend category. If you’re a girl who thinks I’m the only guy like this, you are incredibly wrong. I want you to think about every guy you hang out with on a regular basis, filing out anyone you just see because they are in your class

Girl friends are possible girlfriends

or you work with them. Now I want you to really ask yourself if you think that person would date you if they had the chance. The answer is probably “yes.” If it’s not, it’s probably because you are just fooling yourself or your “friend” is smooth as butter and you won’t realize he is into you until it’s too late. This doesn’t mean that guys and girls can’t get along as friends. One of my best friends is a girl and it’s not like I’m about to ask out her or another of my other girl friends. It’s just important to be aware that in the back of every guy’s mind they are judging every girl as a potential mate and just because you “friendzoned” them doesn’t mean your guys are just friends.

She Said:


f course girls and guys can be friends! As long as you are both okay with the other secretly longing to be more than friends with you. In my experience it seems the guy friend is the one usually in love and has settled being friends rather than losing her entirely. Is this healthy? Heck no. No one really comes out on top with this arrangement. Sure there are perks, like having your guy friend around to help you with almost anything that you need quicker than you could snap your fingers. However, it’s also an irritating and inconvenient situation at times. If your guy friend is madly in love with you, chances are he will get upset with you when you are with the guy you are interested in or if you have a boyfriend figure around.You don’t want to lose him as a friend, either, yet you’re annoyed with the fact that you have to walk around on eggshells to spare his feelings and to avoid any awkward conflicts. This means

Guy friends are complicated if your significant other is involved, the “friend” may not want to be involved. These situations are just plain annoying. There is a less extreme situation where you are friends and no one is in love, but one or the other wouldn’t mind getting more out of it than just friendship if the opportunity comes around every now and then. Say you make plans for a night alone watching movies after striking out with who you thought was Mr. Right. Well, you know that he will be there to comfort you in pretty much any way you will let him. Go guy friends. Maybe I’m being a bit blunt, but it’s the truth. Girls and guys can be friends as long as there’s some sort of mutual agreement that you’re both okay with putting up with the obviously implied yet usually left unsaid.

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July 2012 Cancer (June 22-July 22) You’ve always been pretty good at hiding the bad things in life from people around you. A breaking point is coming, though. While this sounds terrible, it will ultimately be a good thing. As it turns out, help from those closest to you will be your saving grace. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) You’re like a love-lorn puppy dog these days, eyeing the girl or guy you’ve liked for ages but have never had the courage to approach. Your heart aches to make them yours, but it just doesn’t seem to be written in the stars. This could be because you two just weren’t meant to be together, or it could be the possessive boyfriend or girlfriend they happen to be with at this time. Whatever the case, do not lose hope. Either they’ll see the error of their ways, or you’ll get over it.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You wish that your life was a movie, and who wouldn’t? The plot to your life comes with the perfect script and all you have to do is follow along. Your friends always have the best timing and every bad person in your life gets what’s coming to him or her. The best part is that, unless there’s a sequel, things will always end happily ever after. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) The dog days of summer have you feeling pretty lazy and you are completely okay with that. The past few months have been very stressful and for a while you weren’t quite sure if you would make it with any sanity in tact. However, pretty soon you’re going to start feeling ambitious and want to get back on your feet. So enjoy this relaxation while it last because it will be over before you know it.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’re in one of those “I hate everyone” moods and no one is safe from your wrath. Let’s face it: people are jerks. They’re rude, obnoxious, back-stabbing and generally intolerable. Before you bite anyone’s head off, though, take a few deep breaths. Run around the block a few times. Lock yourself in your room for a few days. Eventually the feeling will pass and mankind will once again be safe.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Your room is strewn with issues of People and Us magazines and celebrity news sites are bookmarked in your browser. You know everything about Hollywood’s brightest stars, right down to George Clooney’s shoe size and the type of shampoo Ryan Reynolds uses. But now it is time to join the real world. Sure, it doesn’t include Louis Vuitton or Rodeo Drive, but it’s got a 24-hour Wal-Mart!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Relationships are tanking right about now. Your boyfriend won’t pickup the phone or your girlfriend is mad at you and “you should know why!” It’s time for a night out with friends, away from boyfriends or girlfriends. Go have fun! Laugh about stupid things or get everything off your chest by sharing it with people who will naturally be on your side.Trust me, you’ll feel much better!

Aries (March 21-April 19) Your sweet tooth will get the best of you this month. Kit Kats, cookies, chocolate cravings of all kinds will wreak havoc on your diet, your teeth, and your waistline. The only way to survive this binge is to hope it’s followed by a period of craving nothing but salads and lean meat. And don’t forget to floss and brush twice a day.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) There’s a feeling in the pit of your stomach that’s saying something just isn’t right. You have a pretty good idea of what that “something” is, but you are in denial. Whether this refers to a relationship you are in, the career you have chosen, a video game consol that you just bought, it doesn’t matter. It’s time to stop ignoring that bad feeling you have and just accept that it’s time to let go.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) As you sit there with your glass of wine or sparkling grape juice, contemplating the meaning of life, a genius idea will finally dawn on you. What this idea is, I cannot say. Only you will know the ultimate power this realization can have on your life.Whether it’s something as small as how to finally solve that math problem, or as big as finding the cure to cancer, congratulations to you for your discovery!

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) You’re going to have a few busy weeks ahead of you, but busy A side of you is coming out that no one knew you had: you’re in a good way (not busy in the “12 cups of coffee and two hours funny! You’ve got a wisecrack for every comment and one-lin- of sleep” busy).You will meet up with an old friend after a long ers are pouring out of you at every turn. Everything that comes period of separation and a big event will give your romantic out of your mouth is pure gold. Perhaps it’s time to take this life the burst of energy and excitement it’s been lacking for a new-found ability to another level. Everyone is willing to see while. You will be able to take a fun road trip and party hard a standup comedian perform and some extra cash for making with all of your friends while never getting in trouble with people laugh is no joking matter. your boss.


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Watermelon is actually a vegetable, not a fruit! It is most closely related to cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash. The first activity of an adult mosquito is to mate. The females lay their eggs and then live from days to months afterward. The male mosquito dies within days after mating.

Fun Facts


An average person laughs about 15 times a day. Dipsomania refers to an insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages. Some octopuses have been known to eat their arms off when they are exposed to stressful situations.

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How well do you know Aberdeen? Whether you’re a native Aberdonian or you just moved here, try this quiz to see just how well you know the Hub City. 1. Super 8, the world’s largest budget hotel chain, was founded in Aberdeen in 1972. It got its name because: A. The original location had 8 rooms B. 8 was the owner’s favorite number C. The original cost for a room was $8.88 D. It started with 8 employees 2. Famous children’s author, L. Frank Baum lived in Aberdeen for three year before moving to Chicago, where he penned his most famous piece of fiction, TheWonderfulWizard of Oz. What years did Baum live in the Hub City? A. 1889-1891 B. 1901-1903 C. 1929-1931 D. 1955-1957 3. Who is the Mayor of Aberdeen? A. Chris Chalmers B. Mike Rosenthal C. Sam Kramer D. Mike Levsen 4. Which company is the major employer for the Hub City area? A. Avera St. Luke’s Hospital B. Wyndham Worldwide C. Aberdeen Public School District D. Kessler’s, Inc.


5. Aberdeen is the county seat of Brown County. However, the original county seat was in which small nearby town? A. Westport B. Columbia C. Mina D. Warner

6. There are two disc golf courses around Aberdeen. Can you name both? A. Kuhnert Arboretum B. Richmond Lake Disc Golf Course C. Moccasin Creek Country Club D. Melgaard Park 7. South Dakota officially made a state in 1889. When was Aberdeen officially founded? A. 1878 B. 1880 C. 1882 D. 1893 8. Aberdeen received its name after a town in which country? A. Scotland B. England C. Germany D. Netherlands 9. The Wings have made Aberdeen their home since 2010. What is the name of their mascot? A. Wally B. Wilma C. Rodger D. Winger 10. Aberdeen has many chain restaurants but Subway seems especially prominent. Just how many Subway restaurants are there in Aberdeen? A. 2 B. 3 C. 4 D. 5

How’d you do? 8-10 You’re an Awesome Aberdonian 5-7 You know your way around 0-4 You need to get out a little more 1. C 2. A 3. D 4. A 5. B 6. A,B 7. C 8. A 9. D 10. D


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