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A small world


Wed, May 31st, 2000
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May 15, 2000

"This is my letter to the world,
That never wrote to me,--"
~Emily Dickinson


An Amish buggy stops beside me on the Big Woods road. Its occupants introduce themselves as Jacob and Sarah Byler and their children. Jacob asks if I am the person who writes about the woods in the "Fillmore County Journal." He says they read all my columns. We talk about their
family, the dry weather and Sunday visiting.

On another day, two women stop to ask directions to Clara Vickerman's home place. The directions are easy to give as Clara's place borders our land. The driver says she is Clara's great granddaughter. I tell her I knew Clara when I worked at Green Lea Manor. She asks if I'm the one who wrote about the nursing home for the "Journal." She tells me her grandma, now over one hundred years old, enjoys my columns.

Over the years, Clara's place has been home to several people including the eccentric Charlie Starks who lived there in a two-story dwelling he built from a car. Charlie visited me one day to talk about the Big Woods. From my columns, he knew I care about the woods as much as he does.

Writing for the "Journal" gives me great pleasure; it makes me feel more a part of my community than ever before. Through it I have met new people, renewed acquaintances and have been given opportunities I wouldn't otherwise have.

An especially interesting opportunity was an invitation from Donna Rasmussen to be on the Fillmore County Water Planning Citizen's Advisory Committee. The expertise I witnessed at my first meeting gave me respect for the complexity of water issues and made me realize how much I have to learn.

My story about Rueben Blagsvedt and his notorious son Pancake brought many comments. One was from Bobby Norby who said he believes Pancake got his Indian artifacts by robbing graves. While we looked for an Indian grave he knows about on my land, Bobby told me more stories of the Big Woods.

After writing about Alden Risser, the former Stewartville physician and birdwatcher whose favorite birding spots were in Fillmore County, I had a good visit with my neighbor Olive Peterson. Olive is a nurse who lived and worked in Stewartville for many years. She said she knew and loved Dr. Risser, as did all the people in that town. Another response came through the Mayo Clinic when a secretary looked at my name and asked, "Are you the Nancy Overcott who writes for the 'Fillmore Cou .....
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
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There’s Snakes in Them Thar’ Hills

Wed, May 31st, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

With records for at least 39 of Minnesota’s 50 or so native amphibians and reptiles, the rugged stream-dissected Blufflands of the far southeastern corner of Minnesota is easily the most herpetologically diverse region of ..... 
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Play Ball!

Wed, May 31st, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

Outside the old St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanes-boro, the sweet strains of the Count Baise and Duke Ellington orchestras float through the warm evening air. Even before entering the theatre, you know you are about to be ..... 
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Beat the Rain

Wed, May 31st, 2000
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Monday, May 22, 2000

Most of the people I know are glad it is raining today. It has been very warm and dry this spring. Even though the weather has been warm for weeks, the recent overnight cold caused some of the small corn and soybean plants ..... 
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Who wants to be a commissioner?

Wed, May 31st, 2000
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Monday, May 22, 2000

If you didn't know it by now, this is an election year. Come November, voters in Fillmore County will be casting their ballots for president, senator and congressmen. Both of the seats held by state Representative Greg Dav ..... 
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Play Ball!

Wed, May 31st, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

Outside the old St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanes-boro, the sweet strains of the Count Baise and Duke Ellington orchestras float through the warm evening air. Even before entering the theatre, you know you are about to be ..... 
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A Walk in the Woods

Wed, May 31st, 2000
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Monday, May 8, 2000

Can two actors hold an audience's undivided attention for nearly two hours, with nothing more than a script and a sparse stage? In the case of Commonweal Theatre Company's A Walk in the Woods, which opened at the St. Mane T ..... 
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Strawberry Time

Wed, May 31st, 2000
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• Combine 2 cups sliced strawberries with 1/2 cup sugar and a 3 oz. package (dry) strawberry gelatin. Set aside.
• Generously grease the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan and sprinkle in 11/2 cups miniature marshmallows.
• Then mix a two-layer wh ..... 
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Monday, May 29, 2000

Wed, May 31st, 2000
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To the Editor,
The article written about the Amdahl twins in the May 15th issue was very interesting. Lorraine Hover was employed by my aunt and uncle, Ella and Casper Ladsten at the Newberg Store.

It stated that Dr. Nass had delive ..... 
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