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A little of this, A little of that. - 8.15.16


By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
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Back in the day, Christmas, Halloween, and the Fillmore County Fair were my favorite times of the year! Actually, I referred to the Fillmore County Fair as the Preston Fair. It was in my hometown, and I felt a childlike ownership of the fairgrounds. My grandpa often served as a ticket seller at the front gate, so for a short while I thought he owned the fairgrounds.

At first the rides were the most fun. The Merry-Go-Round, the Tilt-a-Whirl, the Ferris Wheel and the Roller-Coaster were thrilling. It took me a few years to build up enough courage to ride the Bullet. My younger, risk-taking sister, Julie, shamed me into going on it. I almost barfed, but I lied and said it was so fun. She told me I should go on the ride again if it was so much fun. By that time I had recovered enough to haughtily remind her “You are not the boss of me.”

Eventually, I discovered a universal rule. Do not eat before going on a scary ride! After the ride I could indulge in all the fair food I could afford. I loved them all: the corn dogs, the cotton candy that literally melted in my mouth, the caramel apples that stuck to my teeth, and the warm mini-donuts coated with sugar. The donuts were my sister Barbie’s favorite. She would buy one bag immediately and devour it. Then just before she left she would buy another bag to take home to taunt her siblings by eating them very slowly and licking the sugar off her fingers. Much later, she learned to share with much prompting by Mom and much loud whining from the siblings. The irony being that we had been rotten role models in that gracious art of sharing. I think Mom got that strange sharing idea from Grandma.

As I got older, the fair got even better. They had blue cotton candy and even multi colored. Everyone knew there were no calories in any colored or flavored cotton candy. It was light as air. Fair food vendors added funnel cakes. Their booth was conveniently located next to the mini-donut stand. Then the corn dog sellers added battered onion rings and cheese curds to their menu.

Eventually I discovered the 4-H buildings. My grandma had entered her glads. She won a blue ribbon! Actually, I come from a long line of blue ribbon winners even though I have never won one. My mother won for her banana bread, and Barbie won for her canned spaghetti sauce. Julie thought I was so boring because I liked to look at the flower arrangements. Julie’s only interest in the fair rev .....
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A View From The Woods... Up to the cabin

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

Up to the cabin Shortly before my husband and I met forty years ago, his parents bought a little island on a big lake up north. I started visiting the cabin with him, and, like the rest of the family, we all grew to love this particular place on ea ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 7.18.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
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Hitch-up the buckboard, gussie up the kids in their best-go- to-meeting clothes and head to Houston, Minn., for Hoedown! It is the most rip-roaring, hoot- shooting celebration this side of the Root River. You’ll see plenty of handsome horseflesh ..... 
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A View From the Woods - Living close to your food

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

I wander out to the garden, wondering what’s for dinner tonight. The peas are fattening up nicely, tucked in their pods, so I pick a mess of them. Some lettuce still looks good, so I slice off a deep green clump of romaine, and a handful of chives ..... 
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A Little Of this, A little of that. ~ 6/20/16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
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I can read your mind. Want to test me? O.K. I’ll tell you two things that you wish you had more of. TIME AND MONEY! Easy question; easy answer! Of course, I’m not really a mind reader. I’m just an astute observer of human behavior. A ..... 
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The mystery of the marker tree deepens

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

Loyal readers may recall that I wrote in my March 21 column about a distinctive tree that lives in the far corner of our woodland. The vertical trunk takes a right angle turn at about four feet high, grows horizontally for about eight feet, and then ..... 
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The Working Mom

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
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The Rainbow Ribbon It has been quite a few years since I have attended an elementary school awards ceremony, but watching the elementary track and field day recently in Lanesboro sparked a great memory. At the awards ceremony, the children who do ..... 
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A Little Of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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Now that I have contacted the Witness Protection Program, I can publicly state that “I AM NOT FOND OF RHUBARB!” Neither will it be necessary for any of the organizers of the Lanesboro Rhubarb Festival to punish my family members. My husband ..... 
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A View From the Woods - A bear visits Duluth

By Loni Kemp

Mon, May 16th, 2016
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A black bear visited the city of Duluth about this time last year. According to Sam Cook of the Duluth News Tribune, workers at Duluth City Hall saw the bear in front of their building the morning of May 5, 2015, about fifty feet up in a tree. He sl ..... 
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