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The Compass Never Tells the Truth


Fri, Jan 11th, 2002
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By Wayne PikeMonday, January 14, 2002

I am somewhat skeptical of those directional compasses that you buy to keep in the car. My grandfather’s compass that he had in his 19 Ford was the last one that I knew of that worked properly, with the possible exception of those built-in digital compasses that come in newer cars. My wife, however, is a more trusting person. She spent a few dollars at a hardware store so she could be even more sure of herself as she reads the map and guides me on our occasional trips. I revel in the fact that I can tell her, "I told you so" because the compass she bought is absolutely always wrong. But then, regardless of much evidence to the contrary, I can be wrong, too.

This past weekend, we made a trip to Champaign, Illinois with our two younger sons. We left on Saturday, a beautiful spring day for the first weekend in January. It was calm and in the twenties when we left home. It is a seven-hour trip to Champaign. During the fifth hour of the trip we ran into a snowstorm the likes of which we have not seen here this season. The visibility was poor and the road was slippery. As we got closer to Champaign, the snow quit and it was good driving again. We checked our compass occasionally just for fun. It said we were going northwest when we were actually going mostly east and a little south.

We enjoyed Saturday evening at our nephew’s wedding reception. We visited with our relatives and met some of his bride’s family. The reception was over early so we went to our motel room to lay in the dark and listen to the older of our two sons snore. This activity was occasionally interrupted by noisy neighbors tearing up and down the hall and talking to their kids like it was two in the afternoon instead of two in the morning. It was one of those nights when I was glad to see the sunrise put an end to the frustration of not sleeping.

My brother and his family provided breakfast at his house. We visited with the relatives for a while and then headed for home. The Interstate was dry and we were confident of our route. We all felt good despite our lack of rest and were pleased that everyone had enjoyed such a good time.

As we drove, we talked about the reception and the roominess of the church hall. The sky started to clear after about an hour on the road. I noticed the sun shining in the passenger side window and I asked my wife if I should turn down the heat. We saw a pink concrete stave silo next to a larg .....
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When I arrived at my office last Monday, there was a copy of the Sunday Winona Daily News waiting for me in the entry way. Under a front page story “Published farm subsidies stir up debate”, which listed the top 20 Wi ..... 
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To the Editor,

What is most interesting about publishing farm payment recipients on the web is not necessarily who gets the money. Although the fact that media stars, sports heroes and wealthy professionals are raking in the dough raises eyeb ..... 
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To the Editor,
Monday, January 14, 2002

To the Editor,

In response to the Fud4thot cartoon on 12/24/01; I too, thought it was disgusting. Better judgement should have been used by those who publish the Journal. I disagree wit ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

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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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