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Recently released Minnesota books


Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

Last month I attended the annual convention of the Upper Midwest Bookseller Association in downtown St. Paul, a gathering of authors, publishers and independent booksellers.

I was impressed, as I was last year, by the number of fine books of regional interest being published and I made promises to more than a couple authors and their publishers that I would review their books in the Journal. So here goes:

Painting the Dakota, Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling, by Marybeth Lorbiecki,
Afton Historical Society Press.

A West Point graduate, Seth Eastman was a 19th century career army officer, who also happened to be an accomplished painter. In 1830 Eastman was stationed at Fort Snelling, which at the time, was the westernmost outpost in the country. Eastman started sketching the surrounding countryside paying particular attention to the customs and activities of the Dakota and the Ojibwe Indians of the area.

Eastman left Minnesota two years later for other assignments but returned to Fort Snelling in 1841 as Post Commander. By then he also had a reputation as one of Americas best landscape artists.

In Painting the Dakota, Marybeth Lorbiecki tells the engaging story of how Eastman juggled the two unlikely career pursuits of soldiering and painting. Her stories of the daily rhythms of the Dakota - their celebrations and games, their hunting and fishing practices and more - compliment the vivid images of Eastmans watercolors.

These paintings along with Lorbieckis narrative are a powerful testament to an extinct way of life and a part of Minnesotas history, that sadly, we know too little about.

Minnesota in the Civil War, An Illustrated History, by Kenneth Carley,
Minnesota State Historical Press.

On July 2, 1863, a regiment of soldiers from the First Minnesota made a charge against Confederate lines at the Battle of Gettysburg. Author Kenneth Carley describes the men as, "way-worn and foot sore. . . weather-beaten, soil-stained, dirty and ragged from weeks of tramping and camping in heat and in dust, in rain and in mud . . ." Of the 262 Minnesotans who charged on that hot July day, only 47 of them came through unscathed. All told, the First Minnesota casualties amounted to 82 percent of their number killed or wounded.

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Halloween Goat Stories

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

October is Pork Month so I would like to use this opportunity to talk about goats. I might as well confess that I have not known a goat in any particularly meaningful way. From what I hear about goats, it is possible t ..... 
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A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"Are you going to watch the debates tonight?" someone asked me last Tuesday.

"No, I don't have a dog in that fight," I responded, using a George Bush, Sr. analogy for "No, I'm not going to watch the debates."
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Advice to a young man & A couple of things Im not so sure about

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

I will begin by telling you that I am seventy-five years of age and that I am a recovering workaholic. I have been in a recovery program for the last fifty five years. I want you to understand that it is not easy for m ..... 
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Journal Profile # 80

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Name: John Goutcher
Home: Preston
Age: 60
Profession: Retired High School Educator/Administrator
Family: Wife Shirley, Son
Jeff, Daughter Jennifer
Personal Hero: Moses, he took a large grou ..... 
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Pumpkin Dessert

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Batter:
1 pkg. yellow cake mix (Reserve 1 cup for topping)
1/2 cup oil
1 egg
Mix well. Grease bottom of 9x13 pan and spread batter in pan.
Filling:
1-1lb. can pumpkin
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs ..... 
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10/23/00

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, October 23, 2000

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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To the Editor,

I would like to commend the Journal for continuing the Beyond Today column. You have presented these young writers with a wonderful opportunity.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our youth and for putti ..... 
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Oct 22nd, 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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