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Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Some root causes of the September 11 tragedy
By Herb PankoMonday, November 12, 2001

The horrific events of September 11 left us paralyzed with shock, grief, and anger. We struggled for explanations but realized that as a nation we hade entered a new era of vulnerability. It was encouraging to see our country united under the banner of patriotism, but there were also responses that were quite unsettling.

There was something not only ironic but also troubling about attempts at trying to fit God into this event. Many wondered, for example, how God could “allow” such a horrible deed. One had to wonder if those who uttered such remarks had any idea that they were engaging in the same type of senseless rhetoric that the terrorists used.

The real problem that is endemic to three of the world’s most popular religions - Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - is that all three, being derivatives of the Abrahamic monotheistic tradition, have conceived their Supreme Being as having a number of human qualities. This contradicts the more metaphysical and mystical faiths that de-emphasize these anthropomorphic characteristics. Add to this the fact that all three religions use ultimate authority “holy” books that were allegedly written between 1400 and 3000 years ago by primitive, often barbaric, cultures who had little understanding of the natural world. The fact that they attributed disease and cataclysmic events to an often angry, vengeful god is further indication of their pre-modern, naive, and unsophisticated belief systems.

In addition, such “sacred” texts are open to interpretation; and the human-like god who supposedly inspired the writers can be given any attributes that suit any individual’s or religious group’s purposes. Since most traditional religions frequently claim the ways of God are mysterious and unknown, it is often impossible to completely dismiss the beliefs of nontraditional or extremist factions. From a strictly theological viewpoint, for example, it is impossible to say that the terrorists’ religious beliefs are any less valid than that of the mainline traditional creeds. However, if we properly take religion out of the picture, what we have is still an evil committed on September 11 that is beyond comprehension.

Although the three mainline religions have denounced this terrible act, they must bear some responsibility, for their doctrines contain the seeds of such violent actions. By conceiving a divine pow .....
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Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Planning Commission turns down subdivisionBy Mike McGrathMonday, October 29, 2001

At its monthly meeting last Thursday, the Fillmore County Planning Commission failed to recommend approval of a proposed five-lot subdivision on 40 acres ..... 
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“Still more bridge concerns”

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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By John P. LevellMonday, November 12, 2001

Mayor John Brose called the November 5, 2001 meeting of the Lanesboro City Council to order at 6:35 PM. Council members Hal Cropp, John Dollar, Kevin Drake, and Peggy Hanson, City Administrator Barb H ..... 
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State interest in county farm increases

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathAt last Tuesday’s meeting of the County Board, Commissioners Duane Bakke and Harry Root reported on their Monday, October 29 meeting with a delegation from the Legislative Committee on Minnesota Resources (LCMR) at the county farm. The ..... 
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"You are a Hjørnevik, but who are you?"

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Delivering tragic immigrant news about the 1862 Sioux Uprising 114 years later By Deb Nelson GourleyMonday, November 12, 2001

When I found the Hjørnevik farm near Evanger i Voss, in the Bergan area of Norway in 1976, I felt like ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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