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A 'do-it-yourself' building experience


Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

"Welcome to the world’s largest do-it-yourself project," Ann Osland said in greeting from the front door of her new log home.

It’s here on a windswept ridge in Holt Township, that Ann and her husband, Wallace, a retired Spring Valley funeral director, have been building the house of their dreams for the past five years. It has been a project that has consumed their time and their energy, keeping them busier in their retirement years than they ever could have imagined.

"Retirement for me is just a different line of work," Wallace said, philosophically. "I always have a hammer or saw in my hand." And one gets the sense, after touring the spacious 3,900 square foot house, that he wouldn’t have it any other way.


Wallace said that they wanted a log home but after studying the different designs went with one that was conventionally framed. "We liked that style because of its versatility," he said. He pointed out that the house was actually framed with a stud wall and that split half logs were then applied on both the exterior and interior walls.

Critics have often said that log homes tend to be drafty, but the Oslands have been able to insulate the house soundly. They began by installing R-30 value blanket insulation in between the studs and followed with a one-inch thick Styrofoam board. Then they covered it all with a thin plastic sheeting to keep out vapor before applying a Tyvek-type housewrap to the whole thing. The ceiling, too, is insulated at an R-40 value.

As a finishing touch, Ann has carefully caulked the spaces between the exterior and interior logs. It is clear that the only draft this house is going to get will be when a window is left open on a blustery day.

The building materials for the house arrived on semi-trailers as a package from Greatwood Log Homes, which is part of the Wilderness Log Homes Company of Plymouth, Wisconsin.

The Oslands had spent years reading magazines and log home literature as well as visiting several log companies before going with the Greatwood company.

"We liked the feel of Greatwood," Ann said, "and after doing a cost comparison we decided to go with them." Using a stock design they made modifications to the plans to suit their own tastes. After attending a weekend building seminar, they felt they had the rudimentary knowledge it would take to construct their own log home. Naturally, there would be much in the way of .....
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Can't get no satisfaction

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

You've heard of disgruntled customers withholding payment until a service is rendered to their satisfaction. Well, the county is doing just that. Sort of!

The County Board decided on Tuesday to make only a pa ..... 
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Planning Commission looks at issues

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

There wasn’t a whole lot happening Thursday night when the Fillmore County Planning Commission held their monthly meeting. In fact, the meeting may just go down in history as one of the shortest ever.

First o ..... 
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Unfortunate Circumstances

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Early settlers faced danger in daily lifeBy Al Mathison"A whole family in the course of a half day is wiped entirely from the face of the earth," the Lanesboro Journal reported in a news story from 1892.

As the writer recounted the hor ..... 
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Dad

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call I’ve always dreaded. "Sit down," my brother Derald said softly. "Dad died just a little while ago."

Waves of emotion. Deep sighs. Ti ..... 
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All about raspberries

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Diseases of Raspberries By Virginia CooperMonday, September 25, 2000

There are two kinds of diseases that commonly infect raspberries, the serious and the not-so-serious. Of the serious kind, we have anthracnose, cane blight, spur blight and b ..... 
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This work is not for the birds

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger ..... 
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In the Lands of the Pte Oyate

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

Sunlight shimmering, my wife Connie and I wrestle with the wind as we set up our campsite. Howling out of Nebraska, the stiffly blowing southern gale threatens to rip the ground cloth from our hands while we fumble w ..... 
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A walk in the woods

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

There’s 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. It’s a perfect time for a walk i ..... 
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