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Spring Valley area residents share gratitude this Thanksgiving holiday


Fri, Nov 16th, 2001
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By Carol ThouinMonday, November 19, 2001

The mere mention of Thanksgiving conjures up images of a steaming hot, golden brown turkey as the centerpiece of a family's table overflowing with heaping bowls of potatoes, stuffing, gravy and a whole host of other traditional holiday favorites.

In grade school, we even acted out the First Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans with our construction paper hats and headdresses. While the images of that first Thanksgiving feast seem clear in our minds, historians recount a different story. Wild fowl and venison were most likely the primary source of sustenance for the first feast, which was said to have lasted three days, and enjoyed by English Colonists and the country's natives. The feast, which celebrated the end of the harvest labor, was simple and along with the meat, bread and beer were served. Today's holiday meal has been embellished to suit the modern day palate.

Today, Thanksgiving has become a holiday that seems to get sandwiched in between Halloween and Christmas. It's nearly overlooked entirely by the retail world, yet recent tragic events in our country have forced us all to pause and reflect upon that which we are most thankful. It's not only Ophra fans that are opening their gratitude journals these days to record lists that represent what's most important.

At this holiday time, several Spring Valley area residents were asked to share what they're most thankful for. Here's what they had to say.

Brandon Freiheit - age 13

Brandon Freiheit is an 8th grader at Kingsland Middle School in Wykoff. He lives with his parents and three younger brothers on a farm in rural Wykoff.

When asked what he's most thankful for, Brandon's answer was short and concise.

"I'm most thankful for my friends, family and good food," he said. Good food was what seemed most prevalent on his mind during the interview.

"I'm al-ways hungry," he said. "I can eat more than friends who outweigh me by 100 pounds," Brandon proclaimed.

His favorite is his grandma's traditional Thanksgiving Day feast -- turkey, gravy, stuffing and corn, which he admits to mixing all together for a special taste.

Friends were also on the top of Brandon's thankful list, especially those he plays Barn Ball with during recess. "Barn ball is just like basketball, only with no rules," he said.

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Journal Profile #84

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Name: Ellen Collett
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Shirley Gartner of Preston, MN is proud to announce the birth of her grandson, Kolby James Gartner. He was born November 12, 2001 to Gary and Stefanie Gartner Jr. of Faribault, MN. Grandparents are James and Karen Draper of Whalan. Grandfather is Gar ..... 
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The University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI awarded the following scholarships through the Stout University Foundation Inc.:
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