With the new school lunch rules, whether you are a 98-pound high school freshman or a 250-pound senior lineman on the football team, you get the same amount of food.

In the Nov. 21 edition of the Gazette, a story was published addressing a hot topic across the nation – school lunch.
The story, which was written by Joshua, was well done and really addressed the issue at the heart of the matter.
What the kids are eating is based on federal guidelines, and is an effort to address the obesity “epidemic” in the U.S.
I want to be sure you know we appreciate the local school lunch staff and believe they do an incredible job with what they are given. The problem is the federal rules, while well-intentioned, certainly has its shortcomings.
The issue is portion sizes. Whether one is a 98-pound high school freshman or a 250-pound senior lineman on the football team you get the same amount of food. While the freshman may be full at the end of the lunch period, I am pretty sure those athletes who need the fuel to not only get through the day but also an hours long after school practice schedule are not getting all they need. I know there are options for students to fill up on fruits and vegetables, but the reality is the misguided federal rules have created a one-size-fits-all program that doesn’t fit a lot of the students.
I am hoping those developing the guidelines are willing to go back to the drawing board to come up with a better solution that doesn’t leave students hungry at the end of the day. There must be a better solution.

Since I did the story on the John and Laura Rigge and the extended Rigge clan who own and operate the Grandview Winery north of Belview, I have heard nothing but positive comments from people who have been to the Minnesota River Valley location – especially when it comes to the pizza.
While I am not a wine connoisseur, I do enjoy a good pizza. I’ve wanted to go down and give it a try, and this past Saturday I got that chance. My better half and I were invited to join the Zwaschka family for pizza this past Saturday night.
Knowing I would miss out on a bit of the Notre Dame vs. USC college football game that night, I was a bit reluctant, but in the end figured this was one of those times to score some points with that side of the family.
So, I went.
I was prepared to see a lot of people, but the standing room only crowd certainly demonstrated the kind of success the winery is having. I saw several familiar faces at the winery that were not only from the Belview area but from all across Redwood County from Morgan to Lucan.
The pizza was very good, and I would encourage others to make a trip down to try it for yourself. Just be prepared to wait for a while. The wait is worth it.

Jennifer Salvevold a Redwood Falls native and high school graduate has exhibited her prowess with a camera recently, and that ability is on display at the Minnesota Zoo.
Salvevold, who has submitted photos to the Gazette in the past, won the Northern Treks category in the Minnesota Zoo and National Camera Exchange contest. Her photo of a grizzly bear is currently on display at the zoo, as well as on the zoo’s Web site.
According to Salvevold, there were 1,500 photos submitted in one of seven categories, and as a best-in-category winner, she is going to have her photo on display until next year’s contest.
It’s an impressive photo, and I encourage you to take a look at it either by paying a visit to the Minnesota Zoo or by visiting its Web site at www.mnzoo.com.
Congratulations, Jennifer.