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What an Experience!!


Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, Febraury 25, 2002

On April 6, 2001, twenty-nine students from Kingsland High School (including myself) and five chaperones left home to tour France for a week. After sixteen hours in the air we finally arrived in Paris and began the trip we were all so excited about for the past two years.

As we rode the bus to our first hotel, we tried to see everything we possibly could. We all noticed the tiny cars we thought only existed in cartoons. My favorite was the Smarte Car which is about two-thirds the size of a VW Bug.

Once we checked into our hotel we went to the Louvre, which holds one of the largest art collections in the world. I actually saw the original Mona Lisa as well as thousands of other beautiful Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance paintings sculptures, and artifacts.

On day two, which happened to be Palm Sunday, we had a choice of sleeping in, going to Pierre Lachaise and the Eiffel Tower, or going to a Catholic Church service in a gothic cathedral. Since this could be my only chance to see Paris, sleeping in was out of the question. The church service in a cathedral sounded interesting, but I dont understand French so I wouldnt have learned much, if anything, from that sermon.

Pierre Lachaise is similar to the cemeteries in New Orleans: graves above the ground. Jim Morrisons grave is one of the least attractive but had the most flowers. Then we found Frederick Chopins grave. His stone has an elegant white marble sculpture of a woman above it.

Later we took a four-hour bus tour of Paris. We saw the Arc de Triomphe, the American Embassy and several other significant buildings and landmarks. We also toured Notre Dame Cathedral. Honestly, it wasnt as impressive as the Cathedral in Chartres, which is known as Europes grandest gothic cathedral with the worlds most beautiful stained glass windows. On the outside of the wall enclosing the sanctuary are 3D sculptures that tell the story of Jesus life. Later, on the third day we explored Chambord, one of the several chateaus in the Loire Valley. Chateau de Chenonceau was my favorite. We had a blast taking crazy pictures in the formal gardens.

One of our most interesting tours was of Mont St. Michel, an 8th century monastery built on granite surrounded by water during high tide and quick sand at low tide.

On the seventh day of our tour we had the opportunity to see the sight of one of the most important, pivot .....
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Clancys Clambake

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, March 11, 2002

It should have been the hi-light of the social season, it should have been a night to remember, instead it was the blight of the season and a night no one wanted to remember. The winter had been long, cold, dry and drear ..... 
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Adventure in the Wisconsin "Dalles"

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, February 25, 2001

The Wisconsin Dells, just two hours away from Fillmore County, has an undeserved reputation for being a "cheesy" tourist trap.

I mean, it is cheesy. A place that has maybe some of the most interesting geologi ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

A quick note on the NFL playoffs which are in full swing with the Vikings sitting on the couch watching on TV like most everyone else. Look for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots and Ravens to go to the next level. The Packers ..... 
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Graze

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, February 18, 2002

Last November, I interviewed my Big Woods neighbor and dairy farmer, Bonnie Haugen, about her methods of growing grasses and grazing cows to provide a sustainable system that is good for the cows, the land, the farmer ..... 
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Squirrelly Southeastern Minnesota

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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By John LevellMonday, February 4, 2002

While a select few see them as game to be hunted and eaten and some folks think they are cute and fun to observe, most Bluffland area residents view squirrels as just two or three sp ..... 
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2002 Perennial Plant

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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of the Year
Virginia CooperMonday, March 4, 2002

The Perennial Plant Association has named Phlox 'David' to be the plant of the year. Each year this esteemed group chooses a plant whose character and grace deserve a place of honor.

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South Pole weather

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, March 11, 2002

There has been a change in the weather in the last few days. We are finally getting some cold weather after one of the mildest winters anyone can remember. It was about seven below zero this morning. Our youngest son tho ..... 
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Margaret Mead and Gilligan

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Monday, March 4, 2001

The bamboo and leaf house sat on a slight knoll overlooking the shoreline. Below, the full fury of the Pacific Ocean pounded the beach with wave after wave of crashing surf. The howling wind caused the coconut trees along ..... 
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