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A Cup of Christmas Mania


Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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By Wayne PikeMonday, December 17, 2001

I was lying on the couch after supper tonight admiring the Christmas tree. Visions of recent lutefisk suppers danced in my head and occasionally I thought I could still taste it even though it has been a couple weeks. My mind went back over the years with fond memories of Christmas past. The next thing I knew, a ladybug was biting my right eyelid. Those darn things are everywhere this year.

Getting back to my Christmas memories, I gazed again at our tree, fresh out of the box and grandly festooned with family keepsakes. It is a marvelous effect although I have very little to do with the festooning. My wife is the "Grand Festooner". The rest of the family, four festoon-challenged males, occasionally get to watch her place each decoration in precisely the correct place. The kids get to festoon their own small tree in their living area. I don’t really care to festoon around the house, but I sure like to use festoon when I write. Festoon, festoon, festoon. Just can’t get enough of it at Christmas.

There are even a few gifts under the tree even though it is days before Christmas. One of these days I will have to get busy. I have a hard time with shopping. When I walk into a store to shop for my wife, my mind goes blank. I tend to mentally misplace the subtle hints she gives me throughout the year. She has even teased me over the years about shopping for her at one of those mall stores that sells only women’s intimate apparel. She said I would not have the nerve to go into one of those stores. Last year I called her bluff. I walked in by myself. My mind did not go blank. Instead, I went blind and turned invisible. All the "intimate apparel" looked the same. It would have helped if it was "one size fits all" and "all colors match any complexion", but that was certainly not the case. The young ladies who worked there, all young enough to be my daughters, knew better than to come and help a pathetic forty-something old man like me. They knew that I was a completely hopeless case who could never make up his mind and just might be dangerous. The clerks helped the women customers while leaving me wandering daft and dazed amid the fishnet and satin. They knew their chances of making a sale to me was such a long shot that I wasn’t worth their time. I gave up and got the heck out of there, feeling guilty as could be and not knowing why. I hoped the security cameras hadn’t gotten a good look at my face. I’m sur .....
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Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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Monday, December 24, 2001

When I arrived at my office last Monday, there was a copy of the Sunday Winona Daily News waiting for me in the entry way. Under a front page story “Published farm subsidies stir up debate”, which listed the top 20 Wi ..... 
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To the Editor,

The Amish have been involved in a serious accident. This could be a golden opportunity for Fillmore County to request that the Minnesota Supreme Court review their decision that the silver tape is a good substitute for an orang ..... 
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Fri, Dec 21st, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, December 24, 2001

To the Editor,

On Dec. 15, 1995, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled to provide a state constitutional “right” to abortion. It also mandated taxpayers pay for abortion on demand - throug ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Dec 21st, 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, Dec 21st, 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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