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On the Move


Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, October 22, 2001

The chill in the night air leaves little doubt that summer is actually gone. Area trees are trading their vibrant warm weather greens for more multi-hued autumn clothes. Our woodlands, bluffs, and valleys are completely mantled with a bright orange, red and yellow patchwork quilt of literally millions of soon-to-be fallen leaves.

Not to be outdone, southeast Minnesota’s marshes, grasslands, and cultivated fields also herald the changing of the seasons. The reeds, rushes and sedges of our wetlands, the bluestems, grammas and other flora of the prairies, crackle and rustle in the cooling breeze. Sun-dried and lightly burnt by nighttime frost, corn stalks and soybeans still stand golden brown, awaiting silently the arrival of the farmer’s ravenous harvesting machines. Pumpkins and gourds, so long hidden under vines of dense tangled foliage, now starkly naked and exposed upon open patches of black dirt for all to see.

Local animals too send us signals of what is to come. Squirrels grow plump and fat, despite rushing frantically about in search of acorns and nuts and places in which to hide this wintertime fare. Their fur, like that of our raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and even deer, thickens and becomes more dense in anticipation of the long and cold times that lay just ahead.

For some time now area birds have been busy preparing for winter as well. While some will stay close to their summer homes throughout all of winter’s frigid weather, a myriad of other species wing away to the sunny warmth offered by more tropical abodes. Some of these, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds for example, will slip away alone and largely unnoticed, replaced by wave after wave of others of their kind who reside even further to the north. Soon, however, these too will have long passed us by, creating the false impression of a sudden almost overnight departure.

Others, particularly smaller birds, have now gathered in sizeable flocks. At rest, they cover our power lines, trees and fields. Hundreds perhaps even thousands of individual birds just waiting for the start of their long and arduous southward journey. In an apparent demonstration of growing impatience, these flocks often take to the sky where they wheel and turn in unison, first this way and then that, as if performing some strange synchronized aerial ballet. Viewed from below, such performances evoke images of some giant, tota .....
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Virginia CooperMonday, October 15, 2001

To get a head start on spring planting prepare planting areas now. If next spring is a wet one, you will be able to get out there early and sow your peas and spinach without waiting for the ground to dry ..... 
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Fall is Apple Time

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Monday, Octovber 22, 2001

It’s Sunday afternoon. Time to watch theVikings if they are winning. This usually leaves time to do something else. This particular October Sunday is cold and wet, too nasty to do much outside. I happened to stop at J ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many people’ ..... 
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To the Editor,

Lanesboro Public School is raising money to purchase new equipment for the school and to sponsor educational field trips. We are asking community members to help our school earn cash through a fundraising program from General M ..... 
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To the Editor,

The Chatfield community has enjoyed a long tradition of excellence in student achievement and an education system we can be proud of. Your support continues to be necessary in order to offer all of our children the academic cou ..... 
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Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, October 22, 2001

To the Editor,

I am writing to plead with all Fillmore Central school district tax payers to vote “YES” for the school levy referendum on November 6 for two reasons.

First, the ..... 
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