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Margaret Mead and Gilligan


Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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Monday, March 18, 2001

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travels sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Our world has sure gotten smaller.

When I was a kid, it never seemed that we went anywhere. From Austin, where I grew up, we might make an occasional foray to Albert Lea, Owatonna or Rochester to see relatives for an afternoon. Otherwise we pretty much stayed at home.

Traveling to the Twin Cities seemed like a journey to the end of the earth. I remember going to St. Paul in the fourth grade and being at the capital when Orville Freeman was governor. He tousled my hair as he walked down the hall and gave me a hey, how you doing kid, welcome to the capital.

A few years later, my dad took me to a Twins game that first year the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota. And that fall we saw the Minnesota Gophers, with the late Sandy Stephens at quarterback, beat Vanderbilt at old Memorial Stadium. Those were big trips back then.

My first big adventure in life was taking the train to North Dakota. I got on the Rock Island Road in Albert Lea at dawn one summer morning in 1964 and got off a west-bound Great Northern train in Williston, North Dakota sometime after dusk that same day. I remember wearing a blue blazer and tie and my mom packing me a sack lunch that could have fed a small army. I had 20 bucks in my wallet. I was 14.

Since then, traveling has been a part of my life. I think just plain curiosity keeps me going to different places. There is also something to be said about occasionally needing a change of scenery. I also think there is merit in being somewhere where you can be anonymous, if even for a short time.

When I first moved to Fillmore County, I was surprised to meet a few old timers who had never been out of the county, much less the state. But all of that has changed of course.

In the last several months the Journal has carried stories about local people traveling all over the world - to Jamaica, Mexico, and Ecuador. This week there is a feature about a medical mission to Honduras.

There are people in Preston who go to Nicaragua every year on a medical ministry program. And there have been Fillmore County youth groups that have worked in Haiti and Mexico recently.

There is an annual pilgrimage of winter vacationers from Fillmore County who descend on Cancun each February as if it were a migratory right of .....
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Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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To the Editor,

Voters in the Rushford-Peterson School District have heard many facts regarding the costs associated with building a new school and the costs to repair our existing one. However, a fact that I believe that has been overlooked i ..... 
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Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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Nothing we can do will improve the quality of life in any community more than quality schools. Young people who are involved in quality education do not engage in self-destructive activities and are an asset to the community. ..... 
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Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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To The Editor,

The new school Information Committee has been working for the past several weeks to research questions that voters in the Rushford-Peterson district have regarding the new school bond issue vote on April 23. Some recent questio ..... 
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Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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To the Editor,

At Eagle Bluff our role is to teach students to gather the information that they need on a subject, to look at the costs, the benefits, and the alternatives, and then to make a wise, informed decision on the particular issue. T ..... 
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Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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April 15, 2002

To the Editor,

Kingsland High School has lost a number of students to car crashes because they were not wearing their seat belts. This year at Kingsland we are stressing the importance of seat belts.

We h ..... 
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten

Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten, 81, of Mahtomedi, Minn., formerly of Harmony, died February 10, 2002 at New Prospective in Mahtomedi.

Lucille Evelyn Johnson was born March 12, 1920, to Helmer R. & Ella Arneson Johnson in Fremont Township, Winneshiek ..... 
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Ardith H. Ristau

Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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Ardith H. Ristau, 70, of Preston, died February 9, 2002 at Park Lane Estates in Preston.

Ardith Hellickson was born March 12, 1931, in rural Ostrander, and attended country school there. Her family later moved to Carimona Township in Fillmor ..... 
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LaVonne Petersdorf

Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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LaVonne Petersdorf, 76, of Mabel, formerly of Rochester, died of cancer February 7, 2002 in the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

LaVonne Blagsvedt was born Dec. 21, 1925, in Lenora, Minn. to Ole and Frieda (Selbach) Blagsvedt. She gradu ..... 
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