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Township Roads: Cold Weather Reading


Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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It was too cold, in my opinion, to work outside for long this weekend. The boys and I managed to stay warm for a couple hours while we split firewood. I’m sure we could have kept warm all afternoon had we been splitting with axes and a sledgehammer, but we were using a borrowed gasoline-powered splitter. The guy standing in one place running the hydraulic ram has the toughest job staying warm. The other workers get to lift, carry and otherwise exercise their feet and limbs. It is a classic case of the two-edged ax. On one hand, we could have split wood all afternoon with an ax and stayed warm. On the other hand, we split a lot of wood in two hours with the splitter and then we quit to get in where it was warm to watch football. Although there may have been considerable value in the additional exercise, the wood burns the same and my back feels better today. Splitting more wood was an optional amount of work that could wait for a warmer day.On the dairy farm where I grew up, there was little of that optional work. When there was work to be done outside, it had to be done no matter how cold it was. It probably got done a bit faster and our definition of optional work got a little broader, but we had to get it done. After the work was done, I found a lot of satisfaction in settling down with some of the reading material that came into our house.Reader’s Digest was one of my reading diversions. The articles covered diverse subjects that were often strange and exciting to me. They were also fairly short to match my limited attention span. There was always time to read the Digest. If my time was short, I could page through and read the jokes at the end of each article. With a little more time I could improve my mind with It Pays to Improve Your Word Power. The feature articles had to wait until after chores were done for the day.Life magazine was still full-sized. The attraction to Life was the photography. I don’t recall reading much from Life other than the captions. Despite all the pictures, or maybe because of them, I think I may have learned more about the world from Life magazine than from any other media source. The Saturday Evening Post was another one of my favorites. I enjoyed the Post for its abundant cartoons. I read the cartoons first and then went back looking for interesting articles. I believe that it was the Post where I read the story, "Failsafe". It was a story about nuclear disaster .....
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Editorial Opinion : Leave no child behind

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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Governor Tom Pawlenty announced his choice for Education Secretary two weeks ago. New administration, new Education Secretary; new Education Secretary, new plan.

Cheri Pierson Yecke, I wish you the best of luck, but pardon me f ..... 
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The Commute: You go, baby

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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A year ago I vowed to get more physical exercise. I don't mind admitting I was somewhat impressed with myself for making this decision. In March, I had the chance to visit my doctor for an annual exam. His reading of my cholesterol levels moving in a ..... 
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Of People Places and Things: What would Jesus drive?

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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What would Jesus drive?   “To some, the question might seem amusing. But we take it seriously...”   So begins a recent advertisement from The Evangelical Environmental Network asking Christians to eva ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Jamie Rose Howe

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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The other day I was sitting in class minding my own business when I overheard a student proclaiming to another student, “Why aren’t you normal? Can you be normal for just one day?” My mind quickly wandered from my studies and I concentrated on these ..... 
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I’ll be home for Christmas

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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I'll be home for Christmas;   You can count on me […]  I'll be home for Christmas   If only in my dreams

I’m going home for Christmas! I am finally going ..... 
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Township Roads: The mystery dog

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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A new dog has come to live with us. We think she is a Jack Russell terrier, but we’re not sure if that brand of terrier has light gray spots like this one has. Her pedigree doesn’t seem to matter to her and it doesn’t matter to us. She is just a litt ..... 
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Journal launches book project

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Journal has launched a book project that will gather the stories from area readers. The theme of the book is “Stories that Tell Who We Are”.

Fillmore County Journal writers Bonnie Flaig Prinsen and John Torgr ..... 
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