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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 seems that we leave home right after Memorial Day, go to our conference, return a week later on the Fourth of July, and ten minutes later it is Labor Day. Five minutes after Labor Day is Christmas and then we have eight months of winter until we leave again for our conference in June. Perhaps I exaggerate a bit, but that is the way it seems.

Our conference was held in Breckenridge, Colorado, a place where the altitude and the prices are tremendously high. The natives must think that everybody who comes there has an abundance of red blood cells and cash with a corresponding shortage of common sense. We were told of the dangers of altitude sickness that occurs with disturbing frequency at 10,000 feet above sea level. I think it would be a little hard to sell a tourist attraction around here if you advertised that almost one out of every four visitors would get sick, possibly to the point of death, just from breathing. For those of us who thrive at twelve hundred feet, it was a very breath-taking event. It made us wonder what happens when those high altitude people come down to our level. We get short of breath up there. Do they get "long-of-breath" down here? Do they have to wear paper bags over their heads to avoid hyperventilating?

We found Colorado to be a bit short on a few other things beside air. Patience and civility seemed to be quite rarified, as well. A couple of times we found ourselves being treated in a very un-nice fashion that I might call downright rude if I wasnt so tediously polite. Im not talking about road rudeness. I have come to expect that. After all, almost no one wants to follow a kid-and-luggage-packed eleven-year-old mini-van. Aside from that, there was the Colorado guy who moved my shirt to steal my towel at one of the motel pools. I would have taken offense and said something, but he was a lot bigger than me, quite a bit younger, had several buddies with him, and had just finished a bottle of beer the size of Pikes Peak. I let it pass. There were other times when people in stores butted in line ahead of us as if we were invisible. One of these line-butters had an attack of conscience and actually confessed to the clerk that we had been in line before him. He said this .....
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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

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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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To the Editor

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001The Journal asked Sandra Benson, Fillmore County Recycling Education Coordinator to respond to Ms. Dorns letter.

I understand the frustration Patty Dorn and others may feel if they think that all of their efforts at ..... 
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Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, July 2, 2001

I disagree with Rory Kramer's assessment of the Fillmore County Journal (Letter to the Editor, June 11, 2001). I find it a much more interesting paper than it was ten years ago. For one thing it be ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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