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Moving On


Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Monday, April 22, 2002

Finally the year that has seemed a lifetime away is here, only now its a little depressing to realize that we will soon have to go our separate ways. Years of anticipation for the big homecoming game, senior prom, and before long it will all be part of the past. Upper classmen always speaking of how it all goes by so fast.....

It all began in the little chairs with a soft spoken Kindergarten teacher who encouraged us to color inside the lines. Then it was on to the first grade, where we began to develop our own personalities, only I decided to change my entire identity into Mary Poppins, except for the flying thing.

By second grade we were consumed with our reading, writing, and arithmetic assignments. In third and fourth grade we all worked diligently on the murals which hang in the elementary hallway at Spring Grove. That was also the time in which we discovered three way calling and spent an endless amount of time on the phone each night.

Who will ever forget the first day of fifth grade, with a new teacher, Mr. Grinde, who stood about five feet taller than the rest of us. Not only did we have a brand new teacher, but fifth grade brought sports and more difficult classes.

Next we had the grueling spelling bee, and Minnesota State Project. However, we did get to go to the capitol as well as learn a lot about politics in Mr. Nelsons sixth grade, as we fought to bring Minnesota Public Television to our area...a bill passed does not mean there is funding. This year also brought the sixth grade play, with Noahs cardboard box ark, directed by the incredibly patient Mrs. Bristle.

Next came Jr. High which was quickly followed by that first day of High School, at a new school. Now our schedules seemed jam-packed with a social life, extra curricular activities, and piles of homework. Now we not only talked on the phone for hours but we got to go out too. Three years of high school was filled with games, homecoming dances, concerts, movie and sledding parties, and of course trips to the cities for state tournaments. However, four years with lots of opportunities and decisions has quickly passed.

As Graduation Day approaches, the emotions are overwhelming. The excitement of moving on, yet fear of what moving out will bring. The thrill of meeting new people and the anguish of being apart from the friends that I have come know and love. Looking forward to new experiences, but still cheri .....
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Clancys Clambake

Fri, Apr 19th, 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 drear ..... 
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Forty is much better

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Monday, April 22, 2001

A decade ago, I worked at a bookstore in Fairmont with a wonderful woman named Rhea. She was a kind soul with a habit of championing underdogs. She was a chain smoker and feisty. Its embarrassing to remember that I was ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Apr 19th, 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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Bluff Country Bird Festival

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Monday, March 18, 2002

"I think of Fillmore County as my true home," says John Hockema, one of Minnesota's most skilled birdwatchers. John and I are visiting over lunch at the Harmony House. We have just come from a planning meeting for the th ..... 
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"Taming a Shrew is Highly Unlikely"

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Monday, April 1, 2002

Despite a superficial mouse-like appearance Shrews are not rodents, the mammalian group characterized by chisel shaped incisor teeth to which mice, rats, squirrels and a host of other plant eating species belong. Instead, ..... 
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2002 Perennial Plant

Fri, Apr 19th, 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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A Ham and Cheese Weasel, Please

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Monday, April 22, 2002

It has been a hard couple of weeks for our chicken population. We had sixteen hens until one day last week when I went out to find one lying dead in the barn. I wanted to dig a hole anyway to see if the frost was gone so ..... 
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Courage mounteth with occasion

Fri, Apr 19th, 2002
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Monday, April 22, 2001

Courage mounteth with occasion, Shakespeare wrote in the second act of King John.

Shakespeare could have written those words more than three hundred years later observing the drama that has unfolded in Lanesbor ..... 
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