• Congratulations, graduates!

• Class of 2019 seniors from our area - Alexandria, Brandon-Evansville, Osakis, Parkers Prairie and Minnewaska schools - will now turn their focus on two giant words: What's next.

• Instead of the newspaper spouting some sage words of advice, we decided to offer some quotes we found from Shutterfly. At least some of them, we hope, will inspire and resonate:

• "The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give into peer pressure to try to be something that you're not."

- Ellen DeGeneres

• "The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules."

- Neil Gaiman

• "Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning."

- Senator Orrin Hatch

• "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

- Arthur Ashe

• "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."

- John Dewey

• "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."

- C.S. Lewis

• "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe."

- Anatole France

• "Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential."

- Kerry Washington

• "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

• "The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse."

- Edward Koch

• "There are no regrets in life. Just lessons."

- Jennifer Aniston

• "Take pride in how far you've come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don't forget to enjoy the journey."

- Michael Josephson

• "The only thing you can do in this life is pursue your passions, celebrate your bloopers and never stop following your fear."

- Grace Helbig

• "Kid, you'll move mountains."

- Dr. Seuss

• "Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions."

- Albert Einstein

• "Every person you meet knows something you don't; learn from them."

- H Jackson Brown Jr.

• "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

- Mark Twain