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Ill 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

Im going home for Christmas! I am finally going home after being away from Minnesota and ol Fillmore County for four months. And after living in the city, I cant wait to see stars and expanses of fields, old tractors and gravel roads. Im so excited that I leave for the airport two hours early because I cant wait to get home. When I board my plane from Boston to Chicago, I am delighted to hear that we are ahead of schedule, and should be arriving in Chicago earlier than expected. Excellent, I think to myself, Ill be home even earlier! How nave I was. We were leaving the gate when something bumped something else and a light bulb broke on the plane. Well, it took half an hour to figure out whether anything else was damaged, then another half hour to see if they had a replacement bulb in stock. It takes yet another half hour to fix the bulb, and another half hour to actually leave the gate and get into the air. I now know the answer to the joke - how many airline technicians does it take to change a light bulb? We lose more time in the air, and Ive only got a 1-1/2 hour layover in Chicago before Im supposed to catch my flight home. Some hope returns when the stewardess informs me that the flight might still be waiting for me. When we finally land, I sprint off the plane and find the gate, completely deserted. I rush over to the customer service desk, designed to assist and aid helpless travelers like myself. "II was supposed to be on the flight to Rochester," I disheartingly sputter out.And without a pause, without a, "Im sorry" or even a "Well," she replies, "Heres a hotel voucher." No, just wait a second! She doesnt seem to understand that Im supposed to be going home tonight. Home, the thought that I had been comforting myself with for days; home, what I had been looking forward to for weeks; home, what I had been away from for four months! So, I ask her one more time, trying to confirm what I feared. "You mean there are no more flights to Rochester tonight?!?" "No.""Are there any other flights on any other airlines to Rochester tonight?""No.""Can I get on a flight to Minneapolis tonight? .....
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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 were not sure if that brand of terrier has light gray spots like this one has. Her pedigree doesnt seem to matter to her and it doesnt 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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Journal Writing Project: Matt Ruen

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
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The exact origin of chess is uncertain, but what is certain is that the game of Chaturanga, a precursor to chess, was being played in India by the time of Alexander the Great. (320 BC) Chaturanga spread quickly, becoming popula ..... 
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Of People, Places & Things: The Year of the Sheep

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
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2003 is the year of the sheep in the Chinese zodiac. People born under the sign of the sheep are said to be wise, gentle and compassionate, characteristics that many of our world leaders may need to find more of in the coming year.

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At Home in the Woods: Project Wild

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
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When I arrived at the Depot building in Lanesboro one day last October, Don Ward, Lanesboro historian, was already talking history with Carrol Henderson, Supervisor MN DNR Nongame Wildlife Program, and Adele Black, curriculum collaborator on the Proj ..... 
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Township Roads: Some things I never thought

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
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The end of every year stimulates my memory. My family often tells me that they cant remember the circumstances of many of the stories I tell, but I guarantee I dont make them up. Not all of them anyway. Having a memory for events may be a mixed ble ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
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God bless thy year!

Thy coming in, thy going out,  Thy rest, thy traveling about,  The rough, the smooth,  The bright, the dear,  [Read the Rest]
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