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An afternoon in La Crosse


Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

We were wandering around downtown historic La Crosse last weekend, which, I couldn’t help but notice, in places, looks a bit like downtown historic Lanesboro. The secret is out, if you want your town to be economically viable in the 21st century, you’ve got to restore it to its 19th century appearance. Although in La Crosse, we were able to easily find a parking space and we didn’t get run over by any errant bicyclists.

We’d come to the river city to research further into the life and legends of Dr. Frank David Powell, who you’ll remember, if you’ve been reading your Journal, preferred to go by his Indian moniker, White Beaver.

In 1881, White Beaver pulled up stakes in Lanesboro and moved his medical office to La Crosse where he performed surgeries of all kinds, sold his own concocted snake-oil potions and for four terms served as the city’s mayor. In his spare time he performed as a sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

On 2nd Street and Main, we walked into the historic Powell Building, which has been tastefully renovated and houses a few little shopping boutiques, the kind that I usually stay out of, as well as a restaurant called, aptly enough, Doc Powell’s.

Doc Powell’s logo is not, as one would expect, of the flamboyant and long haired White Beaver, but rather a cartoon sketch of a dude who bears an uncanny resemblance to the lantern-jawed late night comedian Jay Leno.

On their Web site, Doc Powell’s says that they are "affordable, reasonable" and a great place for "quality casual dining", and after the tasty tuna steak sandwich that I ate there, I certainly am not going to argue.

Doc Powell’s also advertises its adjoining brew pub as an "alternative to noisy sports bars", which downtown La Crosse, with its rabid Packer fans and unleashed college student drinkers, is notorious for. And true to its word, the brew pub and the restaurant section, where we were seated, were both as quiet as a library on a Saturday night, except, that is, for the noises that started coming from our infant son, Alex.

For almost ten months now, Alex has been the epitome of the good-natured and mild-mannered baby. Everyday, we’ve marveled at the smiling and graceful way that he’s taken to the world. Strangers have even stopped us on the sidewalks and skyways of downtown Minneapolis to dote on our boy. I’m only bragging a little and not exaggerating at all when I say that .....
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A Favorite Teacher

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Monday, September, 2000

The sunlight is suddenly different. Insects seem to respect our peace and quiet at night a bit more than they did a few weeks ago. There is a scent of dust on sunny days and the air feels cooler and dryer than just days ..... 
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Dad

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call I’ve always dreaded. "Sit down," my brother Derald said softly. "Dad died just a little while ago."

Waves of emotion. Deep sighs. Ti ..... 
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The dark at the bottom of the stairway

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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My wife drove into town to look for some material for a chair that she is going to re-upholster and would be gone for an hour or two and as she was leaving, suggested that I find something useful to do. I sat at my desk and gave the matter some thoug ..... 
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Journal Profile # 79

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Name: Jim Attwood
Home: Preston
Profession: Court Administrator for Fillmore County
Family: Wife Kathy, Daughters Jessica and Emily
Hobby: History, travel, ham radio, computers
Last Book Read: ..... 
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Homemade Ketcup

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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4 qt. canned tomato juice
2 cups sugar
1 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 onion
(red food coloring)
• Cook 2-1/2 hours or 1 hour and add 2 tabl ..... 
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9/11/00

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, September 11, 2000

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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To the Editor,

As a property owner and taxpayer in Fillmore County and Pilot Mound Township, I am concerned about the growth of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. Eagle Bluff is located approximately five miles NW of Lanesboro, MN. I ..... 
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Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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