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Fall is Apple Time


Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 22, 2001

It’s Sunday afternoon. Time to watch theVikings if they are winning. This usually leaves time to do something else. This particular October Sunday is cold and wet, too nasty to do much outside. I happened to stop at Joe’s orchard the other day and bought a large supply of apples. Following the quite reasonable policy of "you-bought-them, you-use-them", I decided that I should bake a pie. It’s in the oven right now. No blood shed in the preparation phase. No smoke in the baking phase. Everything is going according to plan. That’s a bit unusual for my kitchen experiences, but I get lucky once in a while.

I remember when my mother used to bake pies. She always had extra dough and filling with which she made miniature pies in little aluminum pie pans. Anybody lucky enough to be around the house when the pies were done shared one of these mini-pies. The regular size pies waited until after supper. It must have been gratifying for my mother to see her fully fed family devour an entire apple pie after a big meal. On the other hand, it may have been somewhat discouraging to watch an hour’s effort disappear in less than two minutes. I am embarrassed to say that often there was little acknowledgement of my mother’s efforts and the delightful results thereof. That she even kept trying was evidence of amazing dedication on her part.

My apple pie did not require such extensive baking efforts. I exchange cash for apples and, although I peel them myself, there are no worms or rotten spots to cut around. I didn’t even have to make the crust. There just happened to be one in the freezer. I just thawed it in the microwave and laid it in the bottom of a pie plate. The rest is history and heat.

Our "you-bought-them, you-use-them" rule is slightly different from that which I grew up with on the farm. During that time, if we grew it, we used it. Our apple orchard consisted of a half dozen quite mature trees plus a few other "volunteers" that grew where they were accidentally planted. My parents and grandparents identified these old trees as Haralson, Macintosh, Greenings, and some other names I can’t remember. Some of these trees were so old that I suspect they were straight from Johnny Appleseed’s bag.

We kids were careful to keep our eyes on the apples all summer. We were not very patient. As soon as we saw the first tinge of pink on an apple, one of us would climb up to get it. After all, the apples might be re .....
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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many people’ ..... 
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To the Editor,

Lanesboro Public School is raising money to purchase new equipment for the school and to sponsor educational field trips. We are asking community members to help our school earn cash through a fundraising program from General M ..... 
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Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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To the Editor,

The Chatfield community has enjoyed a long tradition of excellence in student achievement and an education system we can be proud of. Your support continues to be necessary in order to offer all of our children the academic cou ..... 
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Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, October 22, 2001

To the Editor,

I am writing to plead with all Fillmore Central school district tax payers to vote “YES” for the school levy referendum on November 6 for two reasons.

First, the ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Oct 19th, 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

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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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