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Jeg er Norsk-I Am A Norwegian


Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Monday, November 19, 2001

"Ich bin ein Berliner" is what John F. Kennedy said when he went to Berlin, Germany. He meant to say that he was one with the people of that city, but to the Germans it came out as, "I am a doughnut." Although I am no John Kennedy, I would like to claim that "I am a Norwegian" by my actions. Of mostly German blood, I make this claim to Norwegian ancestry because I have become an eater of lutefisk. I have come to dine on lutefisk at regular intervals at a neighboring Lutheran church. They have a lutefisk dinner every November and I am a regular.

The first time I attended was when I was just out of college and new in their town. I went alone and ended up seated with seven ladies whom I shall describe as small in stature and relatively mature, having already outlived a husband or two. The serving began with the mashed potatoes, rutabagas, lefse, and meatballs. The lady across the table from me took each serving dish from the server, helped herself, and then passed it on to her buddy. By the time the dish reached me, there was still plenty left. That is, until we got to the lutefisk. I could not believe the heaps of jiggly fish the ladies piled on their plates. When the lutefisk platter got to me, there were just bits of slippery white material left. I didn’t know it then, but I found out later, that the ladies were sorting through the good stuff and leaving me with the overcooked and bony leftovers. When the server brought seconds and then thirds, the pattern was repeated. Those ladies loved their lutefisk and were not about to let my presence slow them down or impede their consumption. I get along well with older ladies and they generally take to me, but watching them eat lutefisk unnerved me. It was like sitting among a pack of coyotes gorging on a fawn.

From then on, the experience has been much better. I have even learned some of the terminology of lutefisk. For example, to establish myself as an eager eater, I learned that it is polite and appropriate to ask questions of my table mates. "Have you been to many fish suppers this season?" is a good way to start followed by, "How have you found the fish this year?" Asking about their attendance at fish suppers is simply a way of finding out how gullible your dining companions might be. Referring to lutefisk simply as "the fish" is a signal that you know all about it, almost as if you had gone out and caught it yourself. The rest of the chatter waits until lat .....
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Monday, November 26, 2001

“Food is the communication between the person cooking and the people eating,” I heard Julia Childs say on a TV program the other day.

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To the Editor,

I was growing up at a time when it looked like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might one day have a run at the presidency. He had this to say about conflict:

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Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,

I must address Herb Panko's article, "Another View: Some root causes of the September 11 tragedy" in the Nov. 12, 2001 issue of the Fillmore County Journal. He says that "[Christianity, Judaism, and Islam] use ultimate authorit ..... 
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Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, November 26, 2001

To the Editor,

The 2001 tax bill passed last spring dramatically changed how many government services are funded. Under the new law, much of the cost of K-12 education will now be paid ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Nov 23rd, 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, Nov 23rd, 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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