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Clancys Clambake


Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Monday, March 11, 2002

It should have been the hi-light of the social season, it should have been a night to remember, instead it was the blight of the season and a night no one wanted to remember. The winter had been long, cold, dry and dreary and Clancy thought that it was high time something be done about it.

Clancy had given parties before and he knew that to be a success and any fun at all, a good deal of thought had to be given to the matter. A hall must be rented, a band hired and a truckload of refreshments must be ordered. There must be singing and dancing and special effects. He would have his old friend Mike moriarty lead the dancing with a Jig and a Reel. Kitty Callahan could sing anyone under the table and would be more than happy to oblige. For the special effects, Fancy Flanagan would do her Tumbling and Juggling act and for Master of Ceremonies, non other than Motor Mouth Muldoon!

Clancy shopped around a bit and found that the only available building that was large enough to hold the multitude was Finnegans Sales Barn which could be had for $125.00 for the night. Once he had rented the barn, the next item was the band but it couldnt be just any band, only MacNamaras Band would do and they could be had for $500.00.

Now he had the building nd the band, the next thing would be the refreshments and they would have to be liquid. What with all that singing and dancing going on, there was bound to be a mighty thirst amongst the revelers and water would never quench it. Now it wouldnt do for the boys to bring their own bottles; things could get out of hand and besides, the Barn and the Band had to be paid for somehow. His brother-in-law, Peter OTool owned the local lumber yard and agree to set up a temporary bar at no charge and things were beginning to look up. Now as for the liquid itself, Caseys Catering would stock the bar and cover the expense of the Band and Barn if Clancy would man the bar. That proved to be a bit of a problem since Clancy didnt have any friends or acquaintances that didnt drink and the temptation to help oneself might prove to be more than even a teetotaler could stand and besides there werent any teetotalers in the county as far as he knew. He finally struck a deal with the OHara boys, Tim, Tom, Ted and Terry who promised to tend with only a nip or two while on duty if Clancy would give them a bottle for their private stock.

Now everything that he could think of was set exce .....
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Forty is much better

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Monday, April 22, 2001

A decade ago, I worked at a bookstore in Fairmont with a wonderful woman named Rhea. She was a kind soul with a habit of championing underdogs. She was a chain smoker and feisty. Its embarrassing to remember that I was ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

A quick note on the NFL playoffs which are in full swing with the Vikings sitting on the couch watching on TV like most everyone else. Look for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots and Ravens to go to the next level. The Packers ..... 
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Bluff Country Bird Festival

Fri, Apr 19th, 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 th ..... 
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"Taming a Shrew is Highly Unlikely"

Fri, Apr 19th, 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 19th, 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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A Ham and Cheese Weasel, Please

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Monday, April 22, 2002

It has been a hard couple of weeks for our chicken population. We had sixteen hens until one day last week when I went out to find one lying dead in the barn. I wanted to dig a hole anyway to see if the frost was gone so ..... 
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Courage mounteth with occasion

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Monday, April 22, 2001

Courage mounteth with occasion, Shakespeare wrote in the second act of King John.

Shakespeare could have written those words more than three hundred years later observing the drama that has unfolded in Lanesbor ..... 
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Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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To the Editor,

The people of Lanesboro are angry. The tragedy of losing two historic buildings... the loss of two businesses... the cost of clean-up... inadequate insurance coverages... lack of communications of the truth due to legal rights. ..... 
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