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Clancy’s Clambake


Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, March 11, 2002

It should have been the hi-light of the social season, it should have been a night to remember, instead it was the blight of the season and a night no one wanted to remember. The winter had been long, cold, dry and dreary and Clancy thought that it was high time something be done about it.

Clancy had given parties before and he knew that to be a success and any fun at all, a good deal of thought had to be given to the matter. A hall must be rented, a band hired and a truckload of refreshments must be ordered. There must be singing and dancing and special effects. He would have his old friend Mike moriarty lead the dancing with a Jig and a Reel. Kitty Callahan could sing anyone under the table and would be more than happy to oblige. For the special effects, Fancy Flanagan would do her Tumbling and Juggling act and for Master of Ceremonies, non other than Motor Mouth Muldoon!

Clancy shopped around a bit and found that the only available building that was large enough to hold the multitude was Finnegan’s Sales Barn which could be had for $125.00 for the night. Once he had rented the barn, the next item was the band but it couldn’t be just any band, only MacNamara’s Band would do and they could be had for $500.00.

Now he had the building nd the band, the next thing would be the refreshments and they would have to be liquid. What with all that singing and dancing going on, there was bound to be a mighty thirst amongst the revelers and water would never quench it. Now it wouldn’t do for the boys to bring their own bottles; things could get out of hand and besides, the Barn and the Band had to be paid for somehow. His brother-in-law, Peter O’Tool owned the local lumber yard and agree to set up a temporary bar at no charge and things were beginning to look up. Now as for the liquid itself, Casey’s Catering would stock the bar and cover the expense of the Band and Barn if Clancy would man the bar. That proved to be a bit of a problem since Clancy didn’t have any friends or acquaintances that didn’t drink and the temptation to help oneself might prove to be more than even a teetotaler could stand and besides there weren’t any teetotalers in the county as far as he knew. He finally struck a deal with the O’Hara boys, Tim, Tom, Ted and Terry who promised to tend with only a nip or two while on duty if Clancy would give them a bottle for their private stock.

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Adventure in the Wisconsin "Dalles"

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, February 25, 2001

The Wisconsin Dells, just two hours away from Fillmore County, has an undeserved reputation for being a "cheesy" tourist trap.

I mean, it is cheesy. A place that has maybe some of the most interesting geologi ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

A quick note on the NFL playoffs which are in full swing with the Vikings sitting on the couch watching on TV like most everyone else. Look for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots and Ravens to go to the next level. The Packers ..... 
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Graze

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, February 18, 2002

Last November, I interviewed my Big Woods neighbor and dairy farmer, Bonnie Haugen, about her methods of growing grasses and grazing cows to provide a sustainable system that is good for the cows, the land, the farmer ..... 
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Squirrelly Southeastern Minnesota

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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By John LevellMonday, February 4, 2002

While a select few see them as game to be hunted and eaten and some folks think they are cute and fun to observe, most Bluffland area residents view squirrels as just two or three sp ..... 
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2002 Perennial Plant

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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of the Year
Virginia CooperMonday, March 4, 2002

The Perennial Plant Association has named Phlox 'David' to be the plant of the year. Each year this esteemed group chooses a plant whose character and grace deserve a place of honor.

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South Pole weather

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, March 11, 2002

There has been a change in the weather in the last few days. We are finally getting some cold weather after one of the mildest winters anyone can remember. It was about seven below zero this morning. Our youngest son tho ..... 
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Margaret Mead and Gilligan

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, March 4, 2001

The bamboo and leaf house sat on a slight knoll overlooking the shoreline. Below, the full fury of the Pacific Ocean pounded the beach with wave after wave of crashing surf. The howling wind caused the coconut trees along ..... 
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