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Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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"Please Don’t 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 animal’s 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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Further tales of White Beaver

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

A few weeks ago I wrote a feature article in the Journal regarding the historical origins of Lanesboro’s Buffalo Bill Days, (It all started with White Beaver, July 31, 2000). Due to the usual constraints of space, the f ..... 
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Cars

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

My grandfather on my father’s side was quite mature when I was born. I’m sure he must have been almost seventy. I don’t think that I got to know him very well before he passed on. He wasn’t the type to bounce you on his ..... 
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A conversation about farming

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

A farmer friend of mine, who has been milking cows for the past 30 years, was recently lamenting the fact that all of his immediate neighbors no longer milk cows for a living.

“The valley used to be full of dai ..... 
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The Country Squire

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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It seems as though it was yesterday but it has been al-most ten years since I retired. As a matter of fact, I can barely remember what it was that I did for a living. I can remember how I well I prepared for my retirement. I bought books on the birds ..... 
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Journal Profile # 77

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Name: Pat Hudella
Home: Carimona
Age: 56
Profession: Retired Medical Secretary
Family: Husband Roger; 2 daughters, Laurie & Bonnie; 6 grandchildren
Hobby/Interests: Reading, watching the many b ..... 
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Peach Pecan Pie

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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1/4 cup soft butter or Oleo
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups diced fresh peaches
1 unbaked pie shell
• Cream together the butter, sugar, and flo ..... 
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8/21/00

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, August 21, 2000

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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To the Editor,
The Fillmore County American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” at Sylvan Park in Lanesboro on Friday evening, August 11, and Saturday morning, August 12 was truly a memorable and successful event. Over 260 people walked for the cau ..... 
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