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The Mighty Ducks


Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 9, 2001

It has been quite awhile since I was a volunteer coach. My first opportunity came in my early twenties when Bob, a friend of mine, and I were coaxed into coaching soccer to a mixed group of six and seven year olds in a YMCA program.

Neither one of us had ever played soccer before in our lives. But in the end, it didn’t matter, the kids hadn’t either.

When it came time to hand out the team T-shirts, the Kings, Lords, Princes, Mavericks, and Musketeers all came forward and quickly put on their gleaming blue, green, red, purple, and yellow shirts. Almost magically the jerseys transformed the kids into a motley crew of short-legged Pele’s.

When our turn came, the kid’s were smiling at the anticipation of putting on their spanking new turquoise uniforms laying in the box. But soon after donning their jerseys their happy faces quickly changed to confusion and sadness.
Instead of the regal sounding DUKES, a noble name worth defending in the goal if there ever was one, a printers error had turned the team into the DUCKS.

There were several, “Well, I ain’t going to be no Duck,” making the rounds of the rebellious group, when Bob, a perpetual five year old, quickly turned the scene around.

“Well, who wants a poopy name like the Dukes, anyway?” my colleague asked. “What kind of sound does a Duke make? Huh?

The silent kids looked up at him quizically. There was no question that Bob had their attention. Mine too, for that matter.

“What kind of sound does a Maverick make? he continued.

None of the kids had an answer for that one.

“What kind of sound does a Prince make? he followed.

Again silence.

“Well, then tell me, what kind of sound does a Duck make? he asked, knowing that he had the crowd in the palm of his hands.

Eleven kids let out a QUACK, QUACK, QUACK.

He did it again. “What sound?”

QUACK, QUACK, QUACK.

Somehow, Bob’s ingenuity had transported the team from the lowly “what kind of name is the ducks” into “WE ARE THE DUCKS.”

And that became our cheer.

“Who are we?” we would incite our team before every game.

“We are the ducks,” the kids would yell.

“What sounds do we make?”

And the kids would bellow out QUACK, QUACK, QUACK.

We didn’t win a game. In fact, we only scored one goal the entire season. But with this group of kids, it didn’t matter. They were the DUC .....
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To the Editor

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday July 2, 2001
As a citizen of the Preston area, I am concerned about the environmental impact the Pro-Corn Ethanol Plant expansion will have on our water resources. The following data is available on the Department of Natural Resources websi ..... 
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To the Editor

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001The Journal asked Sandra Benson, Fillmore County Recycling Education Coordinator to respond to Ms. Dorn’s letter.

I understand the frustration Patty Dorn and others may feel if they think that all of their efforts at ..... 
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Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, July 2, 2001

I disagree with Rory Kramer's assessment of the Fillmore County Journal (Letter to the Editor, June 11, 2001). I find it a much more interesting paper than it was ten years ago. For one thing it be ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Ronald Thorson

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Decorah to Levi and Esther (Rotvold) Thorson. He graduated ..... 
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