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On the Move


Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, October 22, 2001

The chill in the night air leaves little doubt that summer is actually gone. Area trees are trading their vibrant warm weather greens for more multi-hued autumn clothes. Our woodlands, bluffs, and valleys are completely mantled with a bright orange, red and yellow patchwork quilt of literally millions of soon-to-be fallen leaves.

Not to be outdone, southeast Minnesotaís marshes, grasslands, and cultivated fields also herald the changing of the seasons. The reeds, rushes and sedges of our wetlands, the bluestems, grammas and other flora of the prairies, crackle and rustle in the cooling breeze. Sun-dried and lightly burnt by nighttime frost, corn stalks and soybeans still stand golden brown, awaiting silently the arrival of the farmerís ravenous harvesting machines. Pumpkins and gourds, so long hidden under vines of dense tangled foliage, now starkly naked and exposed upon open patches of black dirt for all to see.

Local animals too send us signals of what is to come. Squirrels grow plump and fat, despite rushing frantically about in search of acorns and nuts and places in which to hide this wintertime fare. Their fur, like that of our raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and even deer, thickens and becomes more dense in anticipation of the long and cold times that lay just ahead.

For some time now area birds have been busy preparing for winter as well. While some will stay close to their summer homes throughout all of winterís frigid weather, a myriad of other species wing away to the sunny warmth offered by more tropical abodes. Some of these, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds for example, will slip away alone and largely unnoticed, replaced by wave after wave of others of their kind who reside even further to the north. Soon, however, these too will have long passed us by, creating the false impression of a sudden almost overnight departure.

Others, particularly smaller birds, have now gathered in sizeable flocks. At rest, they cover our power lines, trees and fields. Hundreds perhaps even thousands of individual birds just waiting for the start of their long and arduous southward journey. In an apparent demonstration of growing impatience, these flocks often take to the sky where they wheel and turn in unison, first this way and then that, as if performing some strange synchronized aerial ballet. Viewed from below, such performances evoke images of some giant, tota .....
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How to Plant Bulbs

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, November 5, 2001

If you still have a few bulbs lingering around in bags it's now or never time. They're not that hard to plant and it doesn't take long at all. You'll be glad you did come spring.

Two good rules f ..... 
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Take Your Time

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 22, 2001

Iím all goofed up again. Daylight savings time, or lack of it, is the culprit. Just when a guy is getting used to it then we spring ahead or fall back. It makes sense in my mind, but my body just doesnít buy the reali ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many peopleí ..... 
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To the Editor,

As many of you are well aware, the Fillmore Central School District, along with many surrounding school districts, will be conducting a referendum vote November 6. The referendum would provide much needed additional operating m ..... 
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Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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To the Editor,

I had the privilege of attending the informational meeting in Harmony on Monday night, for the purpose of discussing the proposed school referendum election (Fillmore Central).

First of all, I would like to thank the s ..... 
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Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, November 5, 2001

To the Editor,

I read the Fillmore County Journal every week. Not always every article but I scan all of the headlines and read what catches my eye.

There is one very noticeable ..... 
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