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Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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February 4, 2002

To the Editor,

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

I will not disagree that war is a terrible thing and all, or most, that comes from it, but Im truly sick and tired of the terrorist attacks being justified by our bombings of Nagasaki or Hiroshima. I, for one, along with many would not be here today if these two bombs had not been dropped.

Lets step back to 1945. The Japanese people would not have surrendered (unconditionally) unless the two bombs had been dropped.

My father was one of the thousands scheduled to invade mainland Japan. It has been proven that the Japanese people would have fought to the bitter end.

We sit back 55 plus years later and say we could have done this or that, but given the era and the technology of the time, I believe President Truman made the right decision.

Yes, there is poverty, starvation and famine in the world today as well as for centuries past. We, as Americans, have to remember that our government is, in my belief, one of, if not the best, in the world today. I personally have not ever left this countrys borders, but I will say to anyone who doesnt like living here and the freedoms that are given to every citizen, you have the right to leave.

I also believe that we need to stand up and stand firm when it comes to defending these rights and values.

As it was in 1941, we did not attack Japan - they attacked us. Also we did not attack these extremist groups (terrorists) - they attacked us and now we will finish it one way or another.

I was fortunate not to have had to ever be drafted or experience war. I am very proud of our servicemen and women past and present, and believe now as I always have that we need to stand united and give them and our government all the support they need.

Last, but not least, I do want to say that freedom of speech is one of the greatest privileges of our country. Mr. Seem is entitled to his opinions as I am mine, but we need to take a good hard look at the cost and sacrifices so many have given so that we may live the way we want in this wonderful country. God bless America.

David Barlow
Preston, MN

February 4, 2002

To the Editor,

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

I will not disagree th .....
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten

Fri, Feb 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, Feb 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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LaVonne Petersdorf

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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LaVonne Petersdorf, 76, of Mabel, formerly of Rochester, died of cancer February 7, 2002 in the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

LaVonne Blagsvedt was born Dec. 21, 1925, in Lenora, Minn. to Ole and Frieda (Selbach) Blagsvedt. She gradu ..... 
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A. Milo Omodth

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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A. Milo Omodth, age 91, of Spring Grove, and formerly of Mabel, MN, died Feb. 11, 2002 at Tweeten Health Services in Spring Grove.

He was born Sept. 13, 1910, in rural Blackhammer, MN to John and Julia (Tollefson) Omodt. He attended South Fo ..... 
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Frances M. Miller

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Frances M. Miller, 96, of Harmony, a homemaker, died February 9, 2002 at Harmony Healthcare Center where she had resided since 1998.

Frances M. Sprague was born Dec. 17, 1905, in Todd County, Minn., and grew up in the Fergus Falls area. On ..... 
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Donald Earl Mercer

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Donald Earl Mercer, 61, of Chatfield, retired owner of Wander Inn Bar and Grill, died February 10, 2002 in a car-bus accident on U.S. 14 east of Utica.

Born July 27, 1938, in Douglas, he graduated from Rochester High School in 1956 and live ..... 
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Richard "Dick" Knox

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Richard "Dick" Knox, 78, of Mabel, died February 7, 2002 after a brief illness following an accident.

He was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Winneshiek County, Iowa to Richard Emmett and Anna (Mullaney) Knox. He graduated from Canton High School in 19 ..... 
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Walter Pete Kissinger

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Walter Pete Kissinger, 82, of Harmony, died at Rochester, MN on Feb 13, 2002.

He was born Jan. 26, 1920 near Wessington Springs, SD. He moved to Spring Grove, MN in 1945 after his discharge from the Army. On Oct. 11, 1947 he was united in ..... 
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