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Survivors


Sun, Oct 1st, 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.

It is coincidental, however, that on the night a guy named Richard was named the $1 million "Survivor" winner, my daughter and her travelling comrades were at their homes unpacking their gear after returning from Menogyn Wilderness Adventure Camp, which is affiliated with the YMCA.

From a base camp two miles south of the Canadian border, six young women, three canoes, 235 pounds of dried food, and an assortment of camping equipment, were trucked northward 13 hours into western Ontario and dropped off in the Caribou Wilderness Area.

From there, the group made their way westward by canoe across a series of lakes to the Gammond River which eventually flows into the Bloodvein River in Manitoba.

The Bloodvein empties into Lake Winnipeg. There the adventurers caught a ferry, which took them to Winnipeg where they were picked up and hauled back to Minnesota. All in all, the trip took 23 days.

All of the young women, who ranged in age from 15 to 18, were invited to participate in this journey because they had prior experience canoeing in the wilderness. Their leader was a wizened elder at the ripe old age of 23.

Prior to going on their voyage, the group planned their trip, packed the food and supplies they would need and trained in whitewater canoeing, a skill that was essential to travelling down the Gammond and Bloodvein rivers.

On their trip, the travelers saw moose, caribou, loons, bald eagles and a few eccentric fishermen who had flown into a fishing outpost in the Canadian outback.

I watched proudly as my daughter and her group returned to the base camp last Tuesday. They were followed in rapid succession by six other Menogyn groups of young men and women, all of whom had experienced similar adventures - canoeing, hiking, backpacking and rock climbing in different parts of the United States and Canada.

Traveling in the wilderness as a group requires teamwork and discipline. It's about the sum of the parts being greater than the individual components; each part an essential to the whole. There is no room for slackers when you are shooting a rapids miles from civilization or rapelling down a cliff face on Lake Superior.

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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 # 80

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Name: John Goutcher
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Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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To the Editor,

The question has been asked, "Are we better off today?" The answer would be "NO" for us who live in Rural American.

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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Oct 1st, 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.

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Mildred S. Livingood

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Mildred S. Livingood, 94, formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester.

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Jayne Ilene Gossman

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Jayne Ilene Gossman, 69, of Preston, died September 20, 2000 at the home of her daughter in Granger, MN.

Jayne Finstad was born March 27, 1931 in Sunburg, MN, the daughter of Richard and Marina (Swenson) Finstad. She grew up in the area and a ..... 
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