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Girl Talk
Blue shoe, black shoe …
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

January 22. 2014 11:12AM
The title of this “Girl Talk” column reads much like a Dr. Seuss story.

And I will say the story I’m about to tell you was a bit whimsical – much like many of the famed Dr. Suess stories.

The comical moment took place on a late Monday afternoon at the local library. I’d wrapped up the Challenger earlier that day and stopped by to snap some photos of the life-sized board games being played at the library that day. As I stood there with camera in hand watching the fun unfold before me, I took a gander down at my shoes, and that’s when I saw it: one blue shoe, one black shoe – and they were both on my feet – at the same time.

I giggled to myself, and then thought, it was bound to happen. You see, I shopped the end-of-season shoe sale racks late last winter. And that’s when I discovered a pair of shoes that I liked on sale rack, so I bought them in Navy blue and black. I knew I was taking a possible fashion risk by having the same shoe style in two very similar colors in my closet, but they were priced right, and I was ready to take that chance.

I’m putting the blame for my fashion faux pas on the fact that it was Monday morning, and that I was just coming off the rush-rush season of Christmas and was heading into a two-day break from work. But Monday morning gets the brunt of the blame.

While I could have kept my fashion faux pas all to myself, I didn’t. I tipped off the librarians leading the game day, and that’s when the young teens caught on, giving me a roll of the eyes that today’s teens have become so known for.

But I didn’t care. In fact, I shot one back at them: “I have another pair just like this one at home!” I said.

And the funny thing is, I honestly don’t have a problem laughing at myself. In fact, I’m pretty sure I laugh at myself on a daily basis. Don’t we all?

Yes ladies, I’m living proof that there are hazards to finding a good deal on the sale rack. But it’s a risk I’m willing to “step” into.
ACL surgery sidelines Heidi Hoff
Brandon Valley girls basketball standout Heidi Hoff was spotted on the sidelines of Saturday night’s boy’s basketball game in Brandon against Harrisburg. Sitting next to her was older sister, Kelli, and a pair of crutches.

Well, my curiosity got the best of me, so at halftime I investigated the situation and learned that she tore her ACL and had surgery earlier in the week to repair. The injury occurred while Hoff was suited up for the University of South Dakota Coyotes women’s basketball team.

“I’m done for this year,” she said, “But luckily I still have two years to play.”

That optimistic outlook, Heidi, will go a long ways in your recovery. Your fans back here in Brandon Valleyland wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back on the court next season!
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry in January are instant oatmeal, Homestyle Bakes, pancake mix, syrup, Ramen noodles and pizza sauce.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock.
Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.






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