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Two Journal writers have books in the works


Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Two Journal contributors have been busily working on books that should be coming out in the next few months.

Nancy Overcott

Nancy Overcott, whose column At Home in the Woods appears regularly in the Journal, has completed a book of essays called At Home in the Big Woods. Most of the stories take place in Fillmore County, with many of them originating in the Big Woods area near Canton where Overcott lives.

Overcott teams up with internationally acclaimed illustrator Dana Gardner who has contributed 50 drawings for the book.

Birdwatchers throughout the world are familiar with Danas work. He has collaborated with Dr. Alexander Skutch on several books on the bird life of Costa Rica. In fact, Dr. Skutch, an American ornithologist, writes the introduction to Overcott and Gardners book.

Gardner, who is originally from Lanesboro, but now lives in Berkeley, met Overcott after his late father started sending cutouts of her Journal articles to him. So, when Dana came back home to visit family a few summers ago, he made it a point to look up Overcott.

Dana is actually the one who came up with the idea for the book, Nancy recalled. At first I was merely flattered, but then I realized he was serious.

At Home in the Big Woods is being published by Taxon Media, the newly created publishing arm of Zoo Books in Lanesboro, a wholesale clearinghouse for natural history publications. This is Taxon Medias first venture into literature. While Zoo Books distributes natural science books throughout the world, the publishers see Overcotts book as having strong regional appeal.

Nancy has a strong following through her Journal articles, said Eric Thiss of Zoo Books, who partners with Dan Beaver at Taxon Media. And we already distribute many books with Danas illustrations in them.

At Home in the Woods is in the final edit with publishing tentatively set for April. Thiss expects to print a soft cover edition of around 2,000 with a limited hardcover run of 200.

Well let you know when the book is available for purchase.

Mary Bell

Also working on a book for summer release is Mary Bell, who first started writing for the Journal in 1997. Tentatively titled Jerky People: their jerky making, recipes, stories and tips, this will be Bells fourth book related to food dehydration and the making of jerky. Bell is also the author of Cutting Across Time, a history .....
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To the Editor,

Our legislators have had a large surplus of our tax dollars for the past six years. The legislators (both Republican and Democrat) have been on a spending spree, which in the last ten years has doubled the states budget.
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To the Editor,

I am responding to the letter written by John Seem of Harmony in the January 13, 2002 issue of the Journal.

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Vernon H. Vigeland

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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.

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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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Ronald Thorson

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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Decorah to Levi and Esther (Rotvold) Thorson. He graduated ..... 
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