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The End of Treadmill Time


Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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Monday, April 9, 2001

It must be spring, or at least the calendar tells us it must be. The first cardinal of the season finally found our bird feeder, just in time to begin discovering his naturally provided foods as they are exposed from under the snow cover. Something tells me he wonít be back. Bluejays that have bullied their way around the feeder all winter are suddenly too good for it and have quit bothering our precious sparrows. Just the other morning, there must have been a hundred red wing blackbirds under the deck eating the spilled millet that the more fussy birds kicked out of the feeder during this long cold winter.

Kacie, the Domineering Dalmatian, knows it is spring, too. This morning she was uncommonly whiny for a Sunday with the family at home. I think she knew that if she sounded pathetic enough I would get the idea that she wanted to go for an extended walk. She was right. I thought that it was her turn for some attention. She isnít a cold weather dog so, except for a couple of short romps in the snow, she has not been for a good walk for five months. That is a long wait for anybody and it is an eternity for an energetic Dalmatian. It was time to take her out and see how she managed the long down time.

I admit to being a bit anxious to hit the road to see how I managed the down time, too. I spent far too much of the winter hunched over a computer keyboard and sitting in a car than is good for me. Not that I havenít tried to do better. Over the years, my wife and I have tried several different tools to help motivate us to exercise during the winter months. We started off with an exercise bike. This was a relatively inexpensive mistake in fitness paraphernalia. The idea seems simple enough. All we had to do was sit there and watch television or read a book while our legs whirred along on autopilot melting away excess pounds and stress. A problem soon became evident. After a week of exer-cycling, our backsides were so bruised we couldnít stand to look at the thing, much less sit on it. The saddle on the exercise bike must have been designed for a race of super-narrow or super-padded humans. After a few more tries over the course of several months, the exercise bike was done racking up miles and became a full-time clothes rack.

Our next try at a tool to take the drudgery out of winter fitness was a ski machine. This was a bit more challenging and interesting to operate than the bike. It took some technique to o .....
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Monday, April 16, 2001

I went for a walk with my two kids a few Sundays ago.

The sky was wonderfully blue, the sun warm and we knew that the last vestiges of winter would soon be gone.

We crossed the road to our neighborís woo ..... 
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To the Editor,

I have been following with more than a little trepidation the announcements from Senator Kenric Scheevel and Representative Greg Davids regarding bills in the legislature that would mandate biodiesel as a 2% (increasing t ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Apr 13th, 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

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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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