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Pigs I have known


Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

I recently had the privilege of addressing the Fillmore County Pork Producers at their annual banquet. As a group they were very prompt, very polite, and I felt a little bad about keeping some of them up so late. Early in my planning for this event, I decided that there wasnt very much I could tell them about hogs that they did not already know, so I chose to regale them with something a bit more obscure and, I hoped, a bit more entertaining.

I justified this decision because, in my opinion, it would be a good thing if everybody knew a little bit more about everything. I have heard it said that what you dont know cant hurt you, but I have found the opposite to be true in almost every life situation. Perhaps it is a bit whimsical to try to imagine a case where not knowing what you are about to read about hogs will be detrimental to you, but reading it wont hurt you either.

For example, at any one time there are about 140,000 hogs of all sizes and shapes taking up residency within the recklessly unguarded borders of Fillmore County. That seems like a lot, but there are sixteen counties in Minnesota that have more resident swine than does Fillmore County. We hope that the hogs remain under close supervision as they outnumber Fillmore Countys human population by a factor of seven to one. If hogs and people were distributed equally across the countys landscape, each person would have twenty-eight acres to call their own and each hog would have four acres to root around on. That should be plenty of room for man and beast alike.

In a more down-to-earth moment, we discussed how much of our nations human population is losing the capacity to discuss anything about a pig or about nature in general. Paul Hawken wrote in "The Ecology of Commerce" that the average person can now recognize over one thousand corporate logos, but cannotz properly name less than ten native plants and wild animals that live around them. This bodes ill for those among us who rely on other species and the natural environment for our livelihood. A case in point made this evident on a recent public radio call-in program that I listened to. A caller insisted that hog producers should be encouraged and even coerced to raise white hogs because they smell better than hogs of other colors. I have it on pretty good authority that a hog is a hog when it comes to odor. I dont think that I would like to have the task of changing that caller .....
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What island are you from?

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, March 5, 2001

In the movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks, who plays a Type-A executive from Federal Express, finds himself alone on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific after surviving a horrific plane crash.

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To the Editor,
Monday, March 5, 2001

I enjoyed Nancy Overcotts interesting article about the little town of Spillville.

I remember in the 1920s when we stopped at the farm to see the Bily clocks. Showing the clocks were tw ..... 
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Henry Ulring

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Henry Ulring, 93, of Chatfield, retired manager of the Chatfield Creamery, died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where he had resided since August 1998.

He was born March 14, 1907, in Webster, MN. On Sept. ..... 
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Mildred G. Pekkala

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Mildred G. Pekkala, 90, of Superior, formerly of Preston, died February 10, 2001, at Villa-Marina Health and Rehabilitation Center in Superior.

Mildred G. Prigge was born Sept. 6, 1910, in Preston to Henry and Helga (Knudtson) Prigge. A long ..... 
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Walter J. Ode

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Walter J. Ode, 85, of Lanesboro, former co-owner of the Lanesboro Sales Commission, died of complications of a stroke February 26, 2001 at Gundersen-Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, where he had been a patient five days.

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June M. Marzolf

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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June M. Marzolf, 74, of Chatfield, formerly of rural Fountain, died February 26, 2001 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

June M. Brown was born June 11, 1926, in Orion Township, Olmsted County, the daughter of Carl and Avis (Manning) ..... 
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