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Take This Until It Hurts


Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, May 21, 2001

I don’t know why I do this to myself. My birthday is in the spring and so is my semi-annual run-in with my dentist. I could simply make the dental appointment later in the year. That way I would be spared the double-whammy of getting older and having others verify it by identifying body parts that are disintegrating and on the verge of failure.

If I made it sound like my visits to the dentist’s office are a bit contentious it is only because of my childhood experience. I grew up on a farm without benefit of fluoride and with a somewhat fatalistic attitude towards keeping all my teeth all my life. I suppose that my dentist through my early years was the best available and I must give him the benefit of the doubt. I only saw him in the summer when it was time to have my teeth evaluated. My first visit to him each summer was to get an estimate of how bad the damage was. The next visit or two was to plug the holes that had accumulated over the past year. I recall that he actually said to me once, "This hurts me more than it does you." I think if that were actually true he would have found it pretty hard to go to work in the morning.

Modern dentistry and modern dentists make all that just a bad memory. Still, they can’t take all the pain away. This year’s visit was particularly ominous as I have a tooth that has been bothering me. My friendly and capable dentist suggested what I thought to be a fairly levelheaded and practical approach to treatment. He had me take penicillin pills for ten days. If that made the tooth feel better, then it was almost certainly a problem tooth deserving of more serious treatment. If it did not make my tooth feel better, then either nothing was wrong or we were studying the wrong tooth for the wrong problem. In essence, his advice was to take this medicine until you feel better and then call me when you feel worse again. Okay, that’s just a little confusing, but it made sense to me.

This run-in with my dentist made me remember the advice I received once from a veterinarian. This was when I was still milking cows. I owned a cow named Buffy. Buffy was a big black Holstein who was remarkable because her hair was so smooth and shiny. Buffy was a bit overweight and she didn’t give a lot of milk, but she was a good-natured animal and was almost like a pet. Buffy seemed to like having her head scratched and approached people to get attention. Her only personality trait that was at all bo .....
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

“It’s all about roads”

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, April 30, 2001

“The only thing the county board is concerned about are roads,” one person commented to me a few weeks ago.

And the way in which she said this implied that this was not necessarily a good thing.

About th ..... 
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Booster seats can save lives

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Monday, May 14, 2001

Booster seats save lives. It’s as simple as that. The law requires, and common sense dictates, that infants and toddlers need a special seat in the car to protect them in case of an accident.

Minnesota law states that ..... 
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Journal Interview

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Former Engineer Voight speaks outBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 14, 2001

Today, Monday, May 14, is Steve Voigt’s last day on the job as Fillmore County Highway Engineer. In March, the Fillmore County Board voted unanimously to advertise ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Council deals with art commission business, creates parking study groupBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 14, 2001

After six years with the Lanesboro Police Department, three as Chief of Police, John Carlin will step down as the city’s top law enfo ..... 
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Smoldering sawdust and sleeping tourists

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Monday, May 14, 2001

Zoning permits were the dominant agenda item at last Tuesday’s regular session of the County Board. Zoning Administrator Norm Craig presented the commissioners with a long list of Conditional Use Permits (CUP) passed on fr ..... 
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Fly Boys Come Home

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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By Geri Parlin
LaCrosse Tribune staff Monday, May 14, 2001

If you're a Navy pilot, you want to fly an F-18.

Why?

Because you want to fly the fastest, meanest fighter available.

That's what Lt. Bri ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, May 11th, 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, May 11th, 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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