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Sam goes to the show


Fri, Aug 24th, 2001
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Monday, August 27, 2001

Last Thursday, I found myself sitting in on a Town Meeting. The only reason that I had for attending was my curiosity. I had never attended one and I wanted to see what it was all about. The meeting started off with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and I realized that I hadnít recited the Pledge since grade school and was surprised that I remembered it. The Pledge was about the only thing that those in attendance agreed on.

Mayor Selmer Snaffelberg chaired the meeting and asked for a reading of the minutes of the last meeting but Town Clerk, Dorinda Dopplemeyer said that she was sorry but she had misplaced them and would try to find them when she got home. It was moved and seconded that the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting be suspended. The motion passed and the minutes were not read. The Chair then read the Agenda which was limited to the question of what to do about replacing the Community Center which had been destroyed by fire the year before.

Marvin McGarvey wanted to know why there had been no hazard insurance on the building. Town Council member, Inver Ingersall said that since the Community Center was located next to the fire hall, it seemed to be a waste of the tax payers money to pay insurance premiums on something that probably wouldnít be needed. He said that if that had been a mistake, it had been an honest mistake and he couldnít see any reason to get into that now.

Wilburt Wrumplemeyer wanted to know how much money they were looking at to replace the building. Mayor Snaffleberg said that it would cost about $200,000 and that was about $109,975 more than they had in the treasury. Marvin McGarvey wanted to know if they couldnít apply for state or federal grants. Mayor Snaffleberg said that because they had been left out of the Census, there was no recorded population in either the state or federal government and since grants are based upon population, they werenít eligible. Sylvia Silverspring wanted to know why they were not included in the Census and what was he, the Mayor, going to do about it?

Mayor Snaffleberg stated that the only item on the Agenda was the question of the Community Center and he didnít know why we werenít included in the Census and he didnít know what he was going to do about it and we would limit the discussion to the Community Center. Wilburt Wrumplemeyer wanted to know if Congressman Simple could be of any help? Percival Peabody said, tha .....
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Commute 004

Fri, Aug 24th, 2001
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Monday, August 13, 2001

I am often asked why I live in a small town and commute forty-five minutes each way to work. I say that I prefer the lifestyle. If the person asking has ever lived in a small town, they probably know what I mean. If not ..... 
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"In Those Days You Walked."

Fri, Aug 24th, 2001
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Monday, August 20, 2001

The Art of Farming is a project of the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability to gather stories about farm life in southeastern Minnesota before World War II. Stories have been gathered from individuals near Harmony ..... 
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Butterflies through Binoculars

Fri, Aug 24th, 2001
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Monday, August 6, 2001

What creature flies; makes no sounds; does not bite, sting or carry disease; is bright orange with dark bands on its upperparts and silver spots below; and is common in meadows, fields and along roadsides in Fillmore Cou ..... 
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Why Study Turtles Anyway?

Fri, Aug 24th, 2001
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Weaver Dunes Field Report Late Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, August 20, 2001

With nesting finally completed, those of us working on the Weaver Dunes Blandingís Turtle Research Project can at last step back to enjoy a m ..... 
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Summer Peaks in the Garden

Fri, Aug 24th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, August 27, 2001

The best of summer is now upon us. Fresh vegetables are overflowing and filling our suppers with sweet corn, new potatoes, cucumbers and more. Broccoli, even though worms have eaten their way through the ..... 
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Dry Spell

Fri, Aug 24th, 2001
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Monday, August 27, 2001


This has been one hot dry summer. Over the last ten weeks we have received less than two inches of rain. I donít know if that qualifies us for a drought, but it certainly is a wicked dry spell. Even with the satura ..... 
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Shark Stories

Fri, Aug 24th, 2001
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Monday, August 20, 2001

Oh, the shark has, pearly teeth babe...

Sharks have been in the news lately. A few weeks ago, Jessie Arbogast, a Mississippi eight-year old, was attacked by a 6-1/2 foot bull shark in the Gulf of Mexico. Jessie l ..... 
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