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Mr. Pike takes a vacation


Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, November 6, 2000


My wife, Deb, and I went back to Door County for a four-day visit after a seventeen-year absence. Our eagerness to get our vacation underway had us driving across Wisconsin in the dark on a highway we dubbed "Dead Deer Drive". Although we drove quite tenuously, it appeared that most Wisconsin drivers had about as much respect for the rules of the road as did the deer.

Arriving safely in Door County, we observed that they had not missed us and had gone ahead and made changes without consulting us. We also noticed that it is now much more commercially oriented than we remembered. Many of the motels and restaurants had in-season and out-of-season rates. The rates were clearly stated, but the dates for the discounts were not. We finally figured it out. When the weather is nice and the tourists arrive in great herds, that is in-season. When the weather is bad and the tourists stay home, that is out-of-season. The weather made it in-season during our entire vacation so it was nice for sightseeing, but harder on the credit card.

Door County has several claims to fame. One of them is the abundance of maritime artifacts such as lighthouses and maritime museums. Many of these are free or low-cost. They were all closed. Other claims to fame are the Door County shops, boutiques and galleries. These were all open and they sold everything. There was a business next to our motel that sold glass items. They offered a nine hundred-dollar giraffe-shaped glass chair. I begged to take it home but Deb said it did not match our dcor. There were many other glass items small enough to stick in the pocket of my overalls that cost more than most cars Ive owned. Most of what we saw were the standard offerings of animals wearing clothes, plastic fruit, dried grass, desiccated flowers, and exhausted lumber decorations that all looked like birdhouses. People were buying this stuff.

It seems strange to be somewhere and not run into someone I know, but it happened this time. However, I did meet a new friend in a little shop in Egg Harbor. He was there doing a book signing. His name is Robert Stowell, a retired dairy farmer and poet. He lives in southeastern Wisconsin. I talked to him for a time while Deb did a thorough job of shopping. It turned out that he often visits friends in Fillmore County and has been within a few miles of our house many times. I bought a copy of his book. Small world.

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Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

In love with language

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, November 6, 2000

One of the first things I notice when I travel is the sound of other languages being spoken - Asian, European, Middle Eastern...

I recently travelled internationally and realized how much I missed these sounds. ..... 
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Monday, November 6, 2000

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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To the Editor,

It is now time to vote. Please vote your conscience. If you are pro-life, pro-choice, or pro-abortion; consider this question. Are you happy your mother did not abort you when you were in her womb? We should wonder if th ..... 
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr., 98, formerly of the Mabel and Burr Oak areas, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at the Harmony Health Care Center where he had resided seven years.

He was born June 21, 1902, in Henrytown and attended school there. On ..... 
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Mildred S. Livingood

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Mildred S. Livingood, 94, formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester.

Mildred S. Johnson was born March 31, 1906 at Amherst, Fillmore County, grew up and attended school in Fillmore County. In ..... 
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Harvey C. Wilson

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Harvey C. Wilson, 56, of rural Whalan, a self-employed mechanic, died of a heart attack on Monday, October 30, 2000 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where he had been a patient three days.

Born February 21, 1944 in Auburn, WA, he moved a ..... 
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Ardis LaPray Wilson

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Ardis Wilson, 86, of Virginia Beach, VA, formerly of the Pilot Mound area, died October 24, 2000, at her home.

Survivors include a son, Wallace L. Braa of Virginia Beach; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Marilla ..... 
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Signe L. Vatland

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Signe L. Vatland, 93, of Stillwater, MN, and formerly of Mabel, died Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at Linden Health Care Center in Stillwater.

Mrs. Vatland was born May 2, 1907 in Canton to Emery and Mina (Eggerbrotten) Johnson. She married Floyd ..... 
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David Henry Seelye

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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David Henry Seelye, 59, of Darby, Montana, died at his home on October 24, 2000.

Mr. Seelye was born January 18, 1941 in Decorah, IA. He was the son of Harold Seelye and Dorothy (Bucknell) Seelye. He married Rosemary Christopher on November 3 ..... 
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