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A Harry Potter party


Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with myself. I could start reading the book only after I completed some difficult task I had been putting off. Because once I started reading I couldn't do anything else until I had finished reading it.

My mouth dropped wide open when Meredith Ruen, and her cousin Caitlyn, both 5th graders, told me they read the fourth Harry Potter book (now that's 734 pages) at least four times each. Then, in unison the girls recited two of their favorite passages: "To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure," they giggled, then continued. "I have gone temporarily deaf and have not a clue of what you were saying."

Caitlyn, her brother Matt, a tenth grader; their mom Wendy Wellnitz, and dad, Jim Ruen are all fans of J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. As self-employed writers, Jim and Wendy, like many other writers, wished they could have authored these books. "It had been a long time since I picked up any book that kept me up past ten," Wendy smiled.

When I asked how they got into Harry Potter, Wendy admitted that she started it. "One Saturday morning while perusing the library, I read the first couple of pages, checked it out and by the end of that night Matt had finished it. The next day Caitlyn wouldn't take time to eat her lunch and read all through supper."

Wendy beamed, "It has been such good family fun."

"After the kids devoured it, Wendy got her turn," Jim said. "Then I got my chance. Right away we made a rule. No one could talk about the book until everyone had finished reading it. We are probably the only family in Fillmore County with three copies of the fourth book."

When Adrian (8th grade) and Kelly (5th grade) Anderson talked about the wildly imaginative and creative world of Harry Potter, their mom, Maureen said, "I feel left out," confessing she had not read the books (yet).

Dr. Stephanie Jakim said that when she read the first book out loud to her children, her son Matt got tired of waiting and finished it himself. Stephanie had to patiently wait her turn.

The Harry Potter books have not only given adults and children a common subject, they have shook the publishing industry and the New York Times hardback b .....
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Technology these Days

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

Computers have come a long way in the past couple decades. My family has had one in the house since the early 90s. They are very nice to have for word processing, and the advent of the Internet has done wonderful thin ..... 
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The Underground

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Monday, November 27, 2000

Earth
Day after day
Wave after wave
Where are you going? Where are you going?
Earth wounded by so many wandering men!
Earth fertilized by the bodies of so many.
But the earth is us,
We' ..... 
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The Living Museum:

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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A Historical OverviewBy John LevellMonday, November 13, 2000

So just where in southeastern Minnesota can one experience balmy 80 degree temperatures while viewing exotic tropical wildlife right through those long, cold an ..... 
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Our flag is still there!

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

By the time you read this, our great national "civics lesson" might finally be over and we’ll know if our next president is the one some call Tweedle-dee or the other one called Tweedle-dumb. But don’t count on it -- ..... 
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Heating Season

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 20, 2000

It has become a family mission to see how far into the fall we can get without using any LP gas for heat. As I begin this writing, it is the first of November and we have not turned on our furnace since last April. Th ..... 
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*Political Asterisks*

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 20, 2000

The asterisk is a wonderful punctuation mark. The star-like figure is used to indicate omissions, footnotes, references, exceptions, etc. In the hands of a grammar-deficient writer like me, the uses become nearly infi ..... 
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