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Bluff Country Bird Festival


Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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Monday, March 18, 2002

"I think of Fillmore County as my true home," says John Hockema, one of Minnesota's most skilled birdwatchers. John and I are visiting over lunch at the Harmony House. We have just come from a planning meeting for the third Bluff Country Bird Festival, which will take place in the Spring Valley area May 17-19. John will be one of the field trip leaders, as will I.

John has seen and identified 225 species of birds in Fillmore County, more than anyone else in the last decade. Only three people surpass his 313 species seen in Minnesota in 2001. But, birding for him is not just about listing. It's about habitat, songs and calls, behavior and conservation. It's about teaching, socializing with other birders and solitude.

John spent his boyhood summers with his grandparents, Marjorie and Henry Hockema, on their farm in Sumner Township, north of Spring Valley. He went to school in Hastings where his father lives. In 1984, at age 13, he met his mentor, Dr. Alden Risser of Stewartville, at the Sumner Center United Methodist Church, which they both attended. At that time, Dr. Risser had been studying birds for over 50 years and John had been keeping a nature notebook for several years.

John, his younger brother Chris and Dr. Risser took their first bird walk together on October 10, 1984, in Forestville State Park. After that, for over a decade, they birded together almost every Saturday during the summer and vacations from school. They also took some long distance trips. On one trip, to the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, John, Chris and their friends Eric and Josh got lost. They found their way by climbing a tree to look for landmarks. When they returned to their cabin, Dr. Risser was calmly reading a book; he assured them he had faith that they would return. John, however, hadn't been so confident. When he reached the cabin, he fell down and kissed the cabin floor.

John and I met in 1987 at a Lanesboro area Christmas Bird Count. We quickly became good friends and birding buddies. Over the years, we have had some good outings together. Our most memorable one took place in the spring of 1989 along Shattuck Creek near Highland with Dr. Risser and other Fillmore County birders. That day we found a Lawrence's warbler, the rare hybrid of a golden-winged and blue-winged warbler. John tells me that this bird is still his favorite sighting in Fillmore County.

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"Taming a Shrew is Highly Unlikely"

Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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Monday, April 1, 2002

Despite a superficial mouse-like appearance Shrews are not rodents, the mammalian group characterized by chisel shaped incisor teeth to which mice, rats, squirrels and a host of other plant eating species belong. Instead, ..... 
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2002 Perennial Plant

Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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of the Year
Virginia CooperMonday, March 4, 2002

The Perennial Plant Association has named Phlox 'David' to be the plant of the year. Each year this esteemed group chooses a plant whose character and grace deserve a place of honor.

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Another Man's Cows

Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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Monday, April 8, 2002

When our neighbors go on vacation for a few days, our sons are often called upon to care for the pets they leave behind. It is rugged duty, but the boys manage. They dont seem to mind driving around the neighborhood, pla ..... 
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Margaret Mead and Gilligan

Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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Monday, March 18, 2001

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travels sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Our world has sure gotten smaller.

When I was a kid, it never seemed ..... 
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Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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To the Editor,

I am writing in regards to the April 10 referendum in Lanesboro to restore the Historic Coffee Street Bridge. This referendum is for $98,000, though this figure does not tell the whole story. It is the cost of doing nothing or ..... 
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Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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To the Editor,

On Wednesday, April 10, the voters in Lanesboro are going to the polls to vote on a $98,000 referendum to restore the Historic Coffee Street (Old Wagon) Bridge and also to get lighting for the bass pond parking lot along with l ..... 
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Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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To the Editor,

As a graduate of Rushford-Peterson high school, I have been following the debate over the new school. As an outsider, I may not have access to all the bits of information, but have tried to gather as much information as I could ..... 
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Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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To the Editor,

I have read with great interest the many articles and letters to the editor surrounding the vote for a new Rushford-Peterson school coming this April 23. I think that is it human nature to want to get the best value for the mon ..... 
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