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The Gift of Life


Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger and black peppers.”

After a pause, I asked the man with a deep accent on the other end of the line, "Where are you calling from?"

"Tanzania."

"What time is it there?"

"Noon," he replied.

After answering his questions as best I could, I lay back down. In my Internet-based business of selling food dehydrators, books and supplies, giving advice in the middle of the night is not all that unusual.

Then a few minutes later the phone rang again. This time, we were both convinced it had to be my son, Eric, or his wife, Shayla announcing they were on their way to the hospital, but again it was the Tanzanian devil. This time he wanted to know how to dry bananas.

Everything had been ready for weeks: the crib, high chair, blankets and most importantly lots of lots of room in our hearts for unconditional love. We had talked with other first-time grandparents about the sheer joy of an absolutely fabulous, beautiful new baby.

The responsibility of being grandparents and passing down our traditions to another generation helped Joe and I acknowledge how influential our grandparents and parents have been. We remembered the cookies, the Sunday pot roasts after church, tobogganing on fresh snow and hot chocolate, the family get-togethers, the stories, and the fishing expeditions. We talked about how going to our grandparents meant there was one safe place, when the rest of the world seemed out of control and scary. They provided the rock, the foundation, and the base that we could always count on.

Since Eric and Shayla knew they were expecting a boy, my grandson has already had an identity for quite some time and I think this has helped all of us to connect with him. The wait was all that was left. One night I dreamed of a little boy standing next to the road with two older Indian men, one on each side of him. Eric dreamed of seeing his son lying in his crib, looking up with open eyes.

Then on Wednesday, December 13th at 10:59 p.m. Hunter Evans Gehrke entered this world. At the hospital, I saw Eric and Shayla instantly bond with this little buckaroo, falling into the role of parent as naturally as one breathes. I was overwhelmed with pride watching .....
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The Pledge of Allegiance to America

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

Today there is, and perhaps there always will be, conflict in the world. The United States, however, fortunately enjoys peace and freedom.

Like other things of great value, this security did not come cheaply. A ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court Report

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Recent misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor dispositions

• Driving After Suspension, 2 counts - Robert Lee Walker, 33, Cannon Falls, MN. Sentenced Jan. 17, 2001, fined $690.

• Moving Misdemeanor, Seat Belt- Robert John Frazer, 19, Pr ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile # 82

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Name: Suasan SceerDhein
Home: Harmony – proud to have grown up in Iowa, but have lived in various parts of Minnesota for about 10 years
Profession: Educator
Family: Husband, Joel Dhein
Hobbies: Photograp ..... 
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Three-Bean Hot Dish

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Three-Bean Hot Dish

1 pound hamburger
1 large onion
1-1/2 pound bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can lima beans, drained
1 large can or 2 regular cans pork and beans
1/2 cup ..... 
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