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The Christmas Tree


Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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Fiction by Frances Townsend
Monday, December 10, 2001

“Mom, I can’t believe you expected me to get all excited about some doll!”

Rachel took in her daughter’s outburst with a wide-eyed open-mouthed expression. The sudden rush of feelings had caught her off-guard before she could raise her emotional defenses. Here they were, two adults, reminiscing about the good old days - mother and grown daughter peering into the sweet mists of Christmas past. So where had this slush-ball of anger come from, hurtled right into her face?

Rachel had looked forward to this lunch date with her daughter, Mollie. How seldom they saw one another these days, even though they lived in the same city and worked only a few blocks apart in Manhattan. At least Mollie was making it on her own; many of Rachel’s contemporaries were maintaining unofficial bed-and-breakfasts with adult children moving back home for weeks or months at a time. But Rachel did wish she had a closer relationship with her only child, who often felt like a stranger. It was hard to believe they had lived in the same house all those years. And now, as Mollie raged, Rachel wondered how it was possible they were describing the same events.

How well she remembered that Christmas! Mollie had been 10 and Rachel twenty-eight, the same age Mollie was now. Her husband Bill had walked out a few months earlier, abandoning them both. His words were, “If you aren’t interested in making me happy, I’ll find somebody who does want to.” As selfish as he was, when he left, it hurt like she couldn’t believe.

That year, she was determined that Mollie would have the happiest possible Christmas. Hours of overtime work funneled the needed dollars into her Christmas fund. Rachel remembered the beautiful dolls she was never able to have when she was a child, and she decided to buy the best one in town for her own daughter. Wouldn’t that be the perfect gift?

Rachel’s musings were interrupted. “Mom! Aren’t you even listening?”

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“Sure, Honey. The year you got the doll we went to your Aunt Louise and Uncle Henry’s on Christmas day. You had your cousins there to play with.”

“As if a 12 and 14 year old are going to have much to do with a 10 year old. They treated me like a babysitting assignment,” Mollie said. “And I about died of embarrassment when we opened the presents. They got make-up and cassettes of the latest music and grown-up things. And what did I get? A dol .....
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Foods Weekly Ads


Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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Zoning changes on the table Thursday nightBy Mike McGrathMonday, December 10, 2001

On Thursday evening, December 13, the Fillmore County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the zoning ordinance. The h ..... 
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“Of Bridges and Taxes”

Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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Monday, December 10, 2001

Approximately twenty Lanesboro residents were waiting when Mayor John Brose called the December 3, 2001 meeting of the Lanesboro City Council to order at 6:32 PM. Council members John Dollar, Peggy Hanson, Kevin Drak ..... 
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Commissioners seek answers for subdivision questions

Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathThe subdivision proposed by Rebecca Barr in Fillmore Township was again on the commissioners’ agenda last week. This time the county board dealt with the project head-on in their chambers, listening to comments from the zoning administ ..... 
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Holiday lights sparkle at history site

Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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Root River Antique Historical Power hosts annual Christmas light show
By Mary JergensonMonday, December 10, 2001

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

When Mel Torme penned those opening words ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Dec 7th, 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, Dec 7th, 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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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Dec 7th, 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 #84

Fri, Dec 7th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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