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Math Class


Fri, May 4th, 2001
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Monday, May 7, 2001

My father was a mathematical marvel. He could figure stuff out in his head faster and more accurately than anybody I ever knew. I dare say I did not inherit either his good common sense or his ability to figure. That is not to say that I am completely without some arithmetic. This spring I had the opportunity to stop at an agricultural chemical supply warehouse on business. I was not in a hurry, but I was not inclined to loiter there either. The warehouseman, letís call him Joe, is a good man who has been helpful to me in the past. This time, before Joe could help me, he had to help a farmer load some ag chemicals. I stood nearby ready to help if I could.

Joe rolled out with a forklift loaded with thirty-six cases of Prowl herbicide. Joe yelled to the farmer, "How much of this do you need then, Bill?"

Bill dug into the front of his bib overalls and pulled out the official used envelope of the 2001 crop production season. "It says here that I need 120 gallons of Prowl," Bill called.

Joe shut off the forklift. "Okay. 120 gallons?" Joe asked, "How many cases is that?"

Bill and Joe gathered at the pallet full of Prowl, adjusted their bifocals and studied the side of one of the yellow and black boxes.

"Here we go," Bill said, "Thereís two bottles in each box and each bottle holds two and a half gallons."

"So, thatís five gallons of Prowl in a box," Joe calculated proudly.

Bill agreed. I thought for a moment he was going to shake Joeís hand or pat him on the back. In the meantime, I felt the first pangs of anxiety as I realized how long this might take.

"So, if you need 120 gallons, how many boxes do you need?" Joe spoke this mostly to himself, but Bill and I were keeping right up with him.

"Right," Bill said. The two of them stood near the pallet and looked at several of the boxes as if the answer was printed on them. I felt the hot sun starting to beat down on my forehead as I anticipated spending the rest of my life on Joeís loading dock.

I took a chance. "I think that 24 boxes would be what you need," I ventured rather quietly, just so they both could hear.

"Well, letís see," Joe said, "twenty boxes times five would be a hundred gallons. But, thatís not enough."

"No. Thatís right. Thatís not enough," Bill agreed, "But, five times thirty boxes would be a hundred and fifty gallons and I donít want that either."

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ďItís all about roadsĒ

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Monday, April 30, 2001

ďThe only thing the county board is concerned about are roads,Ē one person commented to me a few weeks ago.

And the way in which she said this implied that this was not necessarily a good thing.

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To the Editor,

Exposure to mercury is a very serious health threat because it stays in your system a lifetime. This silver liquidized metal causes damage to the liver, brain, and developing fetuses. Mercury is found in fish tissues, the ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, May 4th, 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

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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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