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Cozumel getaway


Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

It was a few years in the making, but during Christmas and New Years, it all came together for Jim and Ruth Ostrem of rural Lanesboro. Their four children and families came from Minnesota, New Mexico and Virginia on Christmas Day to sunny Isla Cozumel in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. They stayed in a walled compound in two sprawling houses, with two pools, lush green plants, brilliant pink bougainvillea and other climbing flowers and just a few small iguanas.

Appropriately, the place was called Cozumel Getaways and is located in a neighborhood, a fairly short walk from town. Two maids came each day to clean and Pedro was there every day and could get them whatever they wanted, assuming they could get across what they wanted, with their limited Spanish and Pedros limited English. Pointing to items and doing charades for things like more toilet paper and having the floor mopped, worked well.

True to form, Ruth could not be kept from her bread-making, even on vacation, so the first trip was to the local market, found by meandering and negotiating the uneven sidewalks to the hub of activity and vendors selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to sandals, Christmas decorations, fresh watermelon and papaya, avocados for making guacamole and tortillas and cheese for making quesadillas, the kids favorite, and flour for making bread.

San Miguel is the town on Cozumel and it is located on the western edge of the island along the waterfront. Cruise ships land daily at the Cozumel pier and there are ferries that run between San Miguel and Playa del Carmen on the mainland about 12 miles away. Plaza del Sol is the town square or zocalo. Streets branch off of the zocalo in all directions and are filled with restaurants, shops and street vendors, catering to the cruise ship crowds and other tourists. During certain times of the day the streets are full of tourists and other times Jim and Ruth and their group found the shops fairly quiet. Each Sunday evening in the zocalo live bands play music.

Long before the trip came to be, Jim wanted to have his two granddaughters get their hair braided. One of his first trips was to the zocalo to find a braider. Despite some prodding by the Mexican lady braiding hair, to go for all-over braids, both girls decided on a few braids embellished with string and beadwork. Grandpa Jim even helped hold a braid while the vendor added b .....
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Sheriff Connolly resigns

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
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Fillmore County Sheriff Jim Connolly offered his resignation to the board to be effective April 29, 2005. Chairman Amunrud thanked him for his long service of 32 years, 16 of which he served as sheriff. Sheriff Connolly thanked his staff for their su ..... 
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Hearing set for Lutes-Scrabeck project

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
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On Tuesday night, February 8, the Harmony City Council authorized their city attorney to begin drafting the development agreement for the Lutes-Scrabeck First Addition project. They also set a public hearing for March 8 on the matter.

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Fillmore County District Court: Wykoff woman charged with manufacture of methamphetamine

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
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Pamela Sue Burns, 55, of Wykoff, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, February 7, with six felony counts related to the manufacture of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process.

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Preston City Council Report: Police office expansion

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
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A proposal for an expansion of the police office at city hall was approved at the Monday, February 7, council meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman described the size limitations of the city police office that only has space enough for one desk. Pr ..... 
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Commonweals The Wild Duck explores the nature of truth

Fri, Feb 11th, 2005
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Know a dirty little secret about someone that youre just dying to tell?

Are you sometimes tempted to blab things because, you tell yourself, the truth should be known, regardless?

Before you tell your next ..... 
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R-P School Board discusses facilities at special meeting

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
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The R-P school board met Monday, January 31, in a working session theyd set up to discuss the issue of facilities.

Board chair Jim Kitchens expressed his hope that the group could come to consensus and offer some direction to S ..... 
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The search for perfect snow

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
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Judging by the meltdown from white to grizzle, this will be another imperfect winter. Warm temperatures, unseasonable rain, snowmobiles, 4-wheelers and skiers gobble up cross-country tracks. Ski enthusiasts are reminded that the search for perfect sn ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Escapee returns to Fillmore County to face 1999 charges

Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
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Ronnie LeRoy Snyder, 38, Calmar, Iowa, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, January 31, 2005, with several felony charges dating back to 1999. Snyder, who was recently serving time in other states, was released to Fillmore County ..... 
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