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Talking to Strangers


Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Monday, April 23, 2001

Those of us who live along quiet and sparsely populated township roads pride ourselves on knowing what is going on around us. After all, how tough should it be to keep track of the few neighbors with whom we are privileged to share this wilderness? There are only eight humans in full time residence on our square mile so we are certainly capable of knowing every one of them, especially since four of them are in our own family.

However, I dont feel it is my business to know everything about what goes on in the neighborhood. Having lived in our present location for only sixteen years, I am still a relative newcomer. I am usually proud to be among the last to know what is going on around here. This lack of useful information about my neighbors is an ironclad guarantee against gossip. It also provides occasional opportunities to look foolish.

One such opportunity occurred recently. My wife, Deb, and our youngest son, Ted, accompanied me on a shopping venture after work one evening. We ran from store to store in the city, dodging between the thunderstorms and the heavy rains. It poured down in buckets as we left town and headed back home across the dark countryside.

We were delayed in our travels by a stop at a convenience store for milk. I couldnt help but notice the well-dressed woman ahead of me in the checkout line. She was buying a cup of coffee in a silver mug plus a hot dog covered with ketchup and sauerkraut. I recall that I envied her as I thought of eating like that at 10:30 at night. If I ate like that before going to bed the resulting heartburn would kill me. She left the store and joined a gentleman in a small black car parked a few spaces beyond our car.

We continued our journey through the rain. As we came over a hill just a few miles north of our final turnoff, I noticed that the car ahead of us had stopped in the middle of the blacktop road. The car began to back up and turn around. It was obvious that the small creek that normally crossed under the road was now swollen to a good-sized river and was boldly crossing over the road. I turned our vehicle around and headed for our alternative route. Before we gained speed another car came over the hill. I blinked the lights as we met. The small black car from the convenience store stopped across from us.

I rolled down my window. The man driving did the same. I explained the high water to the gentleman and asked him where they we .....
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Its all about roads

Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Monday, April 30, 2001

The only thing the county board is concerned about are roads, 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,

There are some bills coming out of this legislative session that would appropriate our tax money to two specific controversial animal-feedlot projects. This money is specifically targeted to cover the expense of court-ord ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Apr 27th, 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

Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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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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