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A Harry Potter party


Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with myself. I could start reading the book only after I completed some difficult task I had been putting off. Because once I started reading I couldn't do anything else until I had finished reading it.

My mouth dropped wide open when Meredith Ruen, and her cousin Caitlyn, both 5th graders, told me they read the fourth Harry Potter book (now that's 734 pages) at least four times each. Then, in unison the girls recited two of their favorite passages: "To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure," they giggled, then continued. "I have gone temporarily deaf and have not a clue of what you were saying."

Caitlyn, her brother Matt, a tenth grader; their mom Wendy Wellnitz, and dad, Jim Ruen are all fans of J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. As self-employed writers, Jim and Wendy, like many other writers, wished they could have authored these books. "It had been a long time since I picked up any book that kept me up past ten," Wendy smiled.

When I asked how they got into Harry Potter, Wendy admitted that she started it. "One Saturday morning while perusing the library, I read the first couple of pages, checked it out and by the end of that night Matt had finished it. The next day Caitlyn wouldn't take time to eat her lunch and read all through supper."

Wendy beamed, "It has been such good family fun."

"After the kids devoured it, Wendy got her turn," Jim said. "Then I got my chance. Right away we made a rule. No one could talk about the book until everyone had finished reading it. We are probably the only family in Fillmore County with three copies of the fourth book."

When Adrian (8th grade) and Kelly (5th grade) Anderson talked about the wildly imaginative and creative world of Harry Potter, their mom, Maureen said, "I feel left out," confessing she had not read the books (yet).

Dr. Stephanie Jakim said that when she read the first book out loud to her children, her son Matt got tired of waiting and finished it himself. Stephanie had to patiently wait her turn.

The Harry Potter books have not only given adults and children a common subject, they have shook the publishing industry and the New York Times hardback b .....
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Bush or Gore...Who cares?

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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By Andy CarlsonNovember 6, 2000

This election year could be one of the closest races ever. But this election isn't all that exciting. I mean come on, Bush and Gore's personalities are drier than happy hour at the Betty Ford Clinic. Worst of ..... 
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Possessed

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Author Moritz Thomsen writes of his house in an Ecuadorian jungle: "At first it is infuriating to discover what is going on beneath your nose; the books rotted; the phonograph records green with mold . . . boots turnin ..... 
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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

"Whats this?" One of the two teenaged boys impatiently thrusts an open plastic margarine tub in my face. "We found it out in the woods just lying on the ground coming back from our tree stands." At the bottom of their ..... 
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Election year notes

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Like everybody else Ive got a case of election year fatigue, but in spite of that Im finding a bit of perverse enjoyment in observing the whole spectacle. Say what you want about the shallow, unqualified and intellec ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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