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"Two-Sixteens, We Called it."


Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Thoughts on runawaysEdited By Beth WaterhouseMonday, July 2, 2001

The Art of Farming is a project of the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability to gather stories about farm life in southeastern Minnesota before World War II. Stories have been gathered from individuals near Harmony, Lake City and Wells Creek near Red Wing.

We did all our hay cutting with horses. My brother and I had a team. For threshing we used horses at all times. But I personally never plowed with horses.

I plowed with six horses, three in front and three behind. You might wonder how that would ever work, but it did. The horses got used to that. You had a two-bottom plow. "Two sixteens" we called it; you took 32 inches a swath then. Some people used eight horses in the bigger fieldswhere you could have a three-bottom plow.

Two of the horses for sure had to walk in the loose plowing, then. Must have been hard work, compared to those on the other side walking on a hard surface. I guess they did, I dont know how they did that. I have never seen a three-bottom plow, but I know they had them out West, in the wheat country where the fields were larger. Just naturally a lot harder work.

Ive had horses run away from me a number of times. Theyd scare at something and just take off. There were bumblebees; with the plow youd plow up a bees nest. They would sting the horses. Ive seen half a dozen runaways in my life. They would take off and sometimes they would have half their harness on when you found them.

I can remember dragging with horses. I didnt get to go to high school, I had to work in harness! That was my job in the spring, to drag cornstalks; Id walk behind and theyd drag all day long. Every day. It was done to break up the cornstalks so you could plow it. Youd drag it and make it into rows.

If there were too many stalks to plow under, what do you do but burn it? Yeah, thats what we did. Well, the equipment didnt have any clearance and the stalks wouldnt go through the machinery, so what do you do but burn it?

I dont know where my dad bought this horse. It was a racehorse but something had happened to her leg. The racehorses name was Walla Walla Walamy but we called her Mabel. (laughter) I was driving this horse and it decided to go under a bridge that was just high enough for the horse. And I slid off the back end and hit the dirt. It was a nice horse, otherwise!

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Niagara Cave

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, June 11, 2001


Our guide flips a switch and plunges us into a darkness so black no eyes can see. It is cold down here over 200 feet below the surface. The roar of a 60-foot waterfall drowns all other sounds. Even those of us who ha ..... 
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"The Great Wall of Weaver"

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

As if near record flooding along the Upper Mississippi was not enough already, mid and late Spring 2001 for the most part proves to be gloomy, cool and gray. With the exception of two or three consecutive sunny, unseasonab ..... 
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Combating Weeds

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, July 2, 2001

Weeding is one garden topic that we can never say enough about. Weeds are the bane of gardeners everywhere, the one thing standing between us and 'House Beautiful.'

In her book, 'My Weeds, A Gardene ..... 
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It must be the altitude!

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

I wandered off again. This time I dragged my family to a combination business conference and vacation in exotic far away Colorado. This is an annual conference that is scheduled for the same week in June every year. It see ..... 
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The Death Penalty, with Chinese Characteristics

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, May 28, 2001

The European Parliament, considers capital punishment to be both barbaric and inhumane, regardless of the means by which the death penalty is carried out. They routinely mention the United States in the same breath as Chin ..... 
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To the Editor

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday July 2, 2001
As a citizen of the Preston area, I am concerned about the environmental impact the Pro-Corn Ethanol Plant expansion will have on our water resources. The following data is available on the Department of Natural Resources websi ..... 
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