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Sun, Sep 17th, 2000
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"Please Donít Touch the Rattlesnakes!"By John LevellMonday, August 21, 2000

Rattlesnake! The single word most likely to elicit a response from those who live or play along the Root River State Trail, especially during these more temperate, pleasant and all too fleeting days of summer. In fact just about everyone, whether a long-time resident, newcomer or tourist, has some tale to tell or question to ask about the "much dreaded rattlers."

Of course, things are much the same throughout the United States where the Timber Rattler, our resident species, is just one of 30 or so rattlesnakes that may be found in all the contiguous lower 48 except Maine, Rhode Island and Delaware. Rattlesnakes, more specifically the aforementioned Timber Rattlesnake, historically occurred in at least 2 if not all 3 of these currently "rattler free" states as well.

As is the case around here, opinions regarding rattlesnakes, deservedly or not, are almost invariably bad. Fear, hatred, and loathing, due no doubt to the animalís ability to deliver a painful, potentially dangerous and occasionally fatal bites, combined with hefty doses of misunderstanding have turned rattlesnakes into almost mythological "reptilian monsters" in the minds of humans everywhere.

Not surprisingly, much of what passes for common knowledge about rattlesnakes is far from accurate with a fair percentage of widely accepted "rattler facts" bordering on outright fiction. Rattlesnakes, for example, are not the primitive, unsophisticated holdouts from the dinosaurian era most High School biology classes would have us believe all reptiles to be. Instead, rattlesnakes are among the most highly specialized and successful animals existing on this planet.

Perhaps the most impressive evolutionary innovation of rattlesnakes is their venoms, potent chemical "cocktails" composed of numerous enzymes and toxins. Primarily digestive in nature, the principal function of these venoms is the capture of prey with actual chemical composition varying with the preferred food animals of each particular rattlesnake. Prey species are bitten, instantly injected with venom and then released to wander away and die, thereby significantly minimizing the risks of injury to the attacking snake. Rattlesnakes then use their forked tongues, super-sensitive scent detecting organs possessed by all snakes and some lizards, to precisely track stricken prey.

Venom is produced by specialized glands and is .....
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A walk in the woods

Sun, Sep 17th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

Thereís always a welcome relief to a September. The kids are back in school, the humidity and temperature drop a point or two and even the pesky summer bugs are starting to disappear. Itís a perfect time for a walk i ..... 
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A Favorite Teacher

Sun, Sep 17th, 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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Survivors

Sun, Sep 17th, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

This is a story about survivors.

No, it is not about the gameshow/psychodrama that was recently portrayed on CBS, where neurosis is a developmental skill highly valued by artificially created tribal groups.
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Samís bath

Sun, Sep 17th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

It was a beautiful Saturday morning, a day that you might expect to enjoy in June rather than September. My dog, Sam and I took a walk through the woods while my wife was entertaining some of her friends out on the d ..... 
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Journal Profile # 79

Sun, Sep 17th, 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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Apple Harvest Squares

Sun, Sep 17th, 2000
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1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup butter or margarine
4 cups sliced peeled apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup evaporated milk
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9/18/00

Sun, Sep 17th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, September 18, 2000

Sun, Sep 17th, 2000
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To the Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I am going to vote NO during the pork checkoff referendum. First of all, even though I am voting NO, I am an optimist: I think consolidation and proliferation of factory far ..... 
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