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Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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A Fear of FlyingBy John TorgrimsonMonday, February 5, 2000

When I booked an October flight to Ireland for my son and I last summer, I believed that by planning far enough in advance I would eliminate any chance of a screw-up later on. After all this was not a last minute best-buy on the Internet. I had a real live ticket that said Minneapolis - Amsterdam - Dublin. One connecting flight, two carriers: Northwest and Aer Lingus. What could go wrong?

My son and I arrived at the Minneapolis terminal more than two hours ahead of our scheduled flight. I looked at the thin lines and thought, Man, this is going to be easy. It wasnt until the ticket agent handed us our boarding passes with, That will be Amsterdam, London, Dublin. Enjoy your flight, that I thought, Oh, oh, were in trouble.

Whats London doing in there? I asked. If I wanted to connect in London I wouldve skipped Amsterdam.

Hm, she said, and escorted us two blocks down the terminal to another agent. Agent 2 did a clickety clack on the computer and said that the problem looked to be in Ireland.

Flights are being re-routed from Amsterdam to Ireland, Agent 2 said. Theyve got you going through London.

When I asked why, she mumbled, I dont know, but maybe its a terrorist thing. You know they have problems in Northern Ireland.

I thought, Wow, what a thing to say to a would-be-traveler to Ireland. But before I could even get a What are you talking about? out of my mouth, Agent 2 asked Agent 1 to take us two blocks back to meet Agent 3.

Agent 3 looked like he moonlighted as a SWAT commando - flat top haircut, pale green eyes and a stern, no-nonsense disposition.

Agent 3 clickety clacked on his computer, paused to look at our tickets, then clickety clacked some more.

After what seemed like 15 minutes of clickety clacking, number 3 looked up and said , Theres an Aer Lingus strike. It turned out that the Aer Lingus cabin crew members went on a 24-hour wildcat strike on the very day my son and I were flying into the bloody country.

A half hour later we had our new tickets, but the SWAT guy warned us about our bags.

When you get to Stansted youll have to get your bags and put them on the Ryan Air plane, he instructed.

Where the hell is Stansted? I asked. I had been to Heathrow and Gatwick in London, but Stansted? And what was Ryan Air?

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Fillmore County District Court Report

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Recent misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor dispositions

Driving After Revocation - Aric Vernon Wold, 30, Peterson, MN. Sentenced Jan. 24, 2001, fined $365.

Underage Consumption and Disorderly Conduct - Jeremy James Berg, 19, Eyo ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jan 26th, 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


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jan 26th, 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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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile # 82

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Name: Suasan SceerDhein
Home: Harmony proud to have grown up in Iowa, but have lived in various parts of Minnesota for about 10 years
Profession: Educator
Family: Husband, Joel Dhein
Hobbies: Photograp ..... 
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