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Amid the Clutter


Fri, Dec 14th, 2001
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Monday, December 10, 2001

I have three computers on my desk. I pretend that the sheer number of microchips and high-tech gear humming in proximity to me are directly proportional to the important role I play in putting out a paper every week. For you grammar enthusiasts, I think pretend is the action verb in that last sentence.

Situated around these three machines, like insulation in an attic, is a mixed blend of editorial chaos: legislative manuals, county statistics, a folder on federal farm policy and an odd assortment of newspaper bric-a-brac, including scraps of paper with odd things written on them.

Just like a mechanics bench that is littered with tools and auto parts, this editors desk is chock full of all the essentials of running a newspaper. But unlike the mechanic who has a photographic memory of where he last put his 1/2 inch open-ended wrench, I cant find a bloody thing. That is until, a semi-annual clean-up, re-file and throw-away party exhumes the detritus.

Last weeks party found a few lost treasures stockpiled in the heap, placed there long ago in the belief that this is important stuff, Ill find a use for it. And so, like an archaeologist at a sub-Saharan dig looking for a lost bedouin tribe, Ive blown away the dust and catalogued these artifacts as ready for public consumption.

All of these tidbits have been sent in by readers, who trust that any editor worth his salt will find a use for them. Its an odd assortment, but heres a few gems.
Directions to a great bird sighting area as given in rural Fillmore County, sent in by Art Overcott of Canton.

Ya sure, take the road from Spring Valley to Preston. Not the one that goes past the park, the other one, and go a couple miles past where the town hall used to be, and then turn left at that corner where the two teenagers got hit by that old couple from out of town. Then turn right on the tar road right before the yellow barn... What? Well, no, you cant see the barn until youre past the turnoff... Huh? No, they tore it down years ago, theres nothing there anymore. Uh, its the one with the four way stop that the DOT put in after the accident... Hmm, come to think of it I think they painted it white last summer, but, well, you know, its the one that used to be yellow. I cant imagine why they would have painted it yellow... Where you from? You just looking for birds? Plenty of birds right around here... Why do you need to go w .....
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To the Editor,
Monday, December 17, 2001

To the Editor.

In response to news that Lanesboro and Lanesboro Public Schools are proposing to fund a position to bring industry and families with children into the city, I hope that ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Dec 14th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Ronald Thorson

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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Decorah to Levi and Esther (Rotvold) Thorson. He graduated ..... 
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