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On the Move


Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, October 22, 2001

The chill in the night air leaves little doubt that summer is actually gone. Area trees are trading their vibrant warm weather greens for more multi-hued autumn clothes. Our woodlands, bluffs, and valleys are completely mantled with a bright orange, red and yellow patchwork quilt of literally millions of soon-to-be fallen leaves.

Not to be outdone, southeast Minnesotaís marshes, grasslands, and cultivated fields also herald the changing of the seasons. The reeds, rushes and sedges of our wetlands, the bluestems, grammas and other flora of the prairies, crackle and rustle in the cooling breeze. Sun-dried and lightly burnt by nighttime frost, corn stalks and soybeans still stand golden brown, awaiting silently the arrival of the farmerís ravenous harvesting machines. Pumpkins and gourds, so long hidden under vines of dense tangled foliage, now starkly naked and exposed upon open patches of black dirt for all to see.

Local animals too send us signals of what is to come. Squirrels grow plump and fat, despite rushing frantically about in search of acorns and nuts and places in which to hide this wintertime fare. Their fur, like that of our raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and even deer, thickens and becomes more dense in anticipation of the long and cold times that lay just ahead.

For some time now area birds have been busy preparing for winter as well. While some will stay close to their summer homes throughout all of winterís frigid weather, a myriad of other species wing away to the sunny warmth offered by more tropical abodes. Some of these, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds for example, will slip away alone and largely unnoticed, replaced by wave after wave of others of their kind who reside even further to the north. Soon, however, these too will have long passed us by, creating the false impression of a sudden almost overnight departure.

Others, particularly smaller birds, have now gathered in sizeable flocks. At rest, they cover our power lines, trees and fields. Hundreds perhaps even thousands of individual birds just waiting for the start of their long and arduous southward journey. In an apparent demonstration of growing impatience, these flocks often take to the sky where they wheel and turn in unison, first this way and then that, as if performing some strange synchronized aerial ballet. Viewed from below, such performances evoke images of some giant, tota .....
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Searching for Canadian Explorer

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, October 29, 2001

Last week I visited my mother who lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. One of our favorite things to do is shop in Canada. We have discovered a wonderful garden center full of hardy plants grown to ..... 
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Fall is Apple Time

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 22, 2001

Itís 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 J ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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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 peopleí ..... 
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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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To the Editor,

I am writing to share with each of you the perspective of a Fillmore Central graduate.

You, as taxpayers, have the opportunity and the responsibility to help provide the upcoming citizens of the community a greater cha ..... 
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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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To the Editor,

The Fillmore Central School Board is asking our taxpayers to approve a levy of $350.00 per weighted pupil unit. This amounts to approximately $378,000 the first year and this amount will decrease as our enrollment declines in f ..... 
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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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To the Editor,

I have lived my entire life in this community. I have paid taxes on a farm as well as a home in town. I have raised four children here and worked in Preston and feel a strong need to write this letter.

The State of Minn ..... 
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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, October 29, 2001

To the Editor,

To members of the Rushford-Peterson School District concerning your vote on the levy referendum to be held on November 6.

1. The referendum is now affordable for ..... 
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