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Margaret Mead and Gilligan


Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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Monday, March 18, 2001

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Our world has sure gotten smaller.

When I was a kid, it never seemed that we went anywhere. From Austin, where I grew up, we might make an occasional foray to Albert Lea, Owatonna or Rochester to see relatives for an afternoon. Otherwise we pretty much stayed at home.

Traveling to the Twin Cities seemed like a journey to the end of the earth. I remember going to St. Paul in the fourth grade and being at the capital when Orville Freeman was governor. He tousled my hair as he walked down the hall and gave me a “hey, how you doing kid, welcome to the capital.”

A few years later, my dad took me to a Twins game that first year the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota. And that fall we saw the Minnesota Gophers, with the late Sandy Stephens at quarterback, beat Vanderbilt at old Memorial Stadium. Those were big trips back then.

My first big adventure in life was taking the train to North Dakota. I got on the Rock Island Road in Albert Lea at dawn one summer morning in 1964 and got off a west-bound Great Northern train in Williston, North Dakota sometime after dusk that same day. I remember wearing a blue blazer and tie and my mom packing me a sack lunch that could have fed a small army. I had 20 bucks in my wallet. I was 14.

Since then, traveling has been a part of my life. I think just plain curiosity keeps me going to different places. There is also something to be said about occasionally needing a change of scenery. I also think there is merit in being somewhere where you can be anonymous, if even for a short time.

When I first moved to Fillmore County, I was surprised to meet a few old timers who had never been out of the county, much less the state. But all of that has changed of course.

In the last several months the Journal has carried stories about local people traveling all over the world - to Jamaica, Mexico, and Ecuador. This week there is a feature about a medical mission to Honduras.

There are people in Preston who go to Nicaragua every year on a medical ministry program. And there have been Fillmore County youth groups that have worked in Haiti and Mexico recently.

There is an annual pilgrimage of winter vacationers from Fillmore County who descend on Cancun each February as if it were a migratory right of .....
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Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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To the Editor,

In response to Roger Colbenson's letter dated March 11 . . .
The cost figure that the Rushford-Peterson Board of Education has been given by TCI for building a new school facility is $18,455,000. The State of MN would 'equal ..... 
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Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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To the Editor,

I have been reading all the articles, the letters to the editor trying to get a good idea of what a new school could mean to the community. I think Mr. Morken’s opinion on a “wait and see” attitude is a good one. My husband and ..... 
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Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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To the Editor,

On Saturday, March 2, 2002, I attended yet another wildlife banquet with three of my good friends. This time it was a National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet held at the Stewartville Sportsman’s Club in Stewartville.

As ..... 
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Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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March 18, 2002

Letter to the Editor,

The voters in R-P School District have been asked to consider passing a $18,455,000 building referendum. This proposal raises a whole new set of financial concerns for taxpayers. As has been ..... 
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten

Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten, 81, of Mahtomedi, Minn., formerly of Harmony, died February 10, 2002 at New Prospective in Mahtomedi.

Lucille Evelyn Johnson was born March 12, 1920, to Helmer R. & Ella Arneson Johnson in Fremont Township, Winneshiek ..... 
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Ardith H. Ristau

Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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Ardith H. Ristau, 70, of Preston, died February 9, 2002 at Park Lane Estates in Preston.

Ardith Hellickson was born March 12, 1931, in rural Ostrander, and attended country school there. Her family later moved to Carimona Township in Fillmor ..... 
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LaVonne Petersdorf

Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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LaVonne Petersdorf, 76, of Mabel, formerly of Rochester, died of cancer February 7, 2002 in the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

LaVonne Blagsvedt was born Dec. 21, 1925, in Lenora, Minn. to Ole and Frieda (Selbach) Blagsvedt. She gradu ..... 
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