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South Pole weather


Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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Monday, March 11, 2002

There has been a change in the weather in the last few days. We are finally getting some cold weather after one of the mildest winters anyone can remember. It was about seven below zero this morning. Our youngest son thought he was going to church in his spring jacket. He didn’t even bother zipping it up. I was somewhat disturbed with him as I got into the car dressed in my coziest winter parka. I reiterated the riot act as it relates to dressing appropriately in the winter. I think I lost my bid for "Father of the Year" as I made him go get his winter coat. There are no "lost in a blizzard stories" in my past, so I have had to borrow one.

I have been using some of this cold weather time to get caught up on my reading list. I am all the way up to a true adventure story from about 1920. The book is "South" by Ernest Shackleton. It is the story of a group of very early explorers to the South Pole. Their intent was for half their group to walk all the way across Antarctica, a distance of about 1800 miles. The other half of the group was to sail to the far side of the continent and then walk to the pole and back the way they came. They were to deliver stores of food and fuel to various waypoints so that the group walking all the way across would have supplies on the last half of their journey.

Shackleton led the group that was going to walk all the way across the continent. They began their trip to Antarctica on a ship called the Endeavor. The Endeavor got caught in the sea ice and was mashed flat. Shackleton and his crew were marooned on the ice floes with as many supplies from the Endeavor as they could carry. Penguins and seals made tasty treats with the occasional baby albatross thrown in for good measure. They lived pretty well despite temperatures that occasionally bumped close to zero. Eventually, they made their way to an island in three little rowboats. The sickest and weakest of the group stayed behind here, living under an overturned boat for months while the strongest men sailed one of their tiny boats over 800 miles to get help. They succeeded and all survived with little more than some frostbite.

Shackleton’s compatriots, charged with delivering supplies from the other side of the continent, had no idea that Shackleton was not coming. They managed to get their ship, Aurora, close enough to shore to anchor in a bay. As expected, Aurora became stuck firmly in the ice. Some of her crew went onto .....
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Margaret Mead and Gilligan

Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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Monday, March 18, 2001

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s 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 15th, 2002
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Fri, Mar 15th, 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 15th, 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. Morken’s opinion on a “wait and see” attitude is a good one. My husband and ..... 
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Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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To the Editor,

On Saturday, March 2, 2002, I attended yet another wildlife banquet with three of my good friends. This time it was a National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet held at the Stewartville Sportsman’s Club in Stewartville.

As ..... 
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Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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March 18, 2002

Letter to the Editor,

The voters in R-P School District have been asked to consider passing a $18,455,000 building referendum. This proposal raises a whole new set of financial concerns for taxpayers. As has been ..... 
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten

Fri, Mar 15th, 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 15th, 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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