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The Skunk Works


Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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Monday, March 25, 2002

I noticed the scent of a skunk when I went into our barn a few weeks ago. I had hoped that the skunk was just a passer-by who had become mildly offended or that maybe I had driven over a road kill and gotten some of that scent on the tires of my pickup.

A couple nights after that first hint of skunk, our sons came running in from the barn to report that they had seen a skunk dining at the cats steel feed pan. They encouraged me to get the gun. I found my shotgun and dusted it off. I dont use it very often and I wasnt sure that blasting away in the barn at night was the best way to get the target practice I needed. Although the shotgun was easy finding the ammunition was not. The skunk was gone by the time I finally found the dilapidated cardboard box of shotgun shells. I was somewhat relieved.

The boys and I discussed what we should do with the skunk. Leaving it alone and letting it wander away seemed like a good idea to me. Someone suggested trapping the skunk. "How do we trap the skunk without trapping the cats?" I asked. After some thought someone suggested, "Lets put a fence around the trap to keep the cats out." Okay. That would solve one problem, but might not be very productive. There seemed to be two solutions. One choice was to do nothing and let the skunk stay the rest of its life, enjoying our cat food and raising its skunk babies in the shelter of our barn. The second choice was to shoot it. Aside from it leaving voluntarily and soon, I could think of no other alternative.

Several days passed without a skunk sighting and I was thinking that our problem might have solved itself. Then, last Monday night, when I was already in my jammies, a son came in and said that the skunk was back. I was somewhat more prepared this time. I had found my rifle and it replaced the shotgun. I figured that the rifle would be better for the barn walls if a confrontation with the skunk came down to indoor gunplay. I grabbed two bullets and headed out. Peeking in the barn window, I noticed the cats sitting high on the firewood pile. They were peering down at a hefty skunk eating their food.

I loaded my rifle with my two bullets and, in best TV show fashion, pushed open the barn door to face the skunk. He was already headed for cover. I took careful aim and fired away.

I need to explain that it had been a quite a while since I shot my rifle. The last time I used it was outdoors, in the dayligh .....
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Margaret Mead and Gilligan

Fri, Mar 22nd, 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 ..... 
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Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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To the Editor,

In response to Roger Colbenson's letter dated March 11 . . .
The cost figure that the Rushford-Peterson Board of Education has been given by TCI for building a new school facility is $18,455,000. The State of MN would 'equal ..... 
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Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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To the Editor,

I have been reading all the articles, the letters to the editor trying to get a good idea of what a new school could mean to the community. I think Mr. Morkens opinion on a wait and see attitude is a good one. My husband and ..... 
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Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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To the Editor,

With all the calls and conversations I have had with district people (Rushford-Peterson Public Schools) , I feel I should write on the comments.

1). No interest on the loan has been addressed - big dollars and a large y ..... 
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Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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March 25, 2002

To the Editor,

Voters in the Rushford-Peterson district have a very important decision to make April 23. I've been trying to read all the information on the building issue, and I've heard a lot of opinions. In ge ..... 
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten

Fri, Mar 22nd, 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, Mar 22nd, 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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