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Snow Days


Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Monday, Febraury 18, 2002

It's the middle of February and the semester is already a month old. For me, it's about that time when the "new" classes you are in are starting to get a little boring. I'm not saying it's the classes that are boring, but more the constant repetitive schedule. Everyday it's the same thing over and over. You wake up and get ready for school. You go to all of your classes then go to your after school activity, from there it's home. Wake up and do it all over again the next day. I realize that as you get older your schedule becomes a vital part of your life. You have to be to work on time and you have to learn how to balance your time. What I'm trying to say is that the everyday activities need a little variation every now and then.

That's why I'm glad that it's Snow Days Week here at Fillmore Central. Snow Days throws a new element into the week and makes the week go faster and seem more productive.

Snow Days is a week of fun filled activities that hopefully keeps all the students involved. For Snow Days our school votes on Snow Days royalty. The school votes on a Prince, Princess, King, and Queen. This year's Prince was Michael Johnson, the Princess was Linzy Ramaker, the King was Jason Hollerman, and the Queen was Tricia Kingsley.

Besides the coronation and the selecting of the Royalty, there are numerous other activities. Each day of the week is designated as a dress up day. Monday was Retro Throwback Day, Tuesday was Look a Like Day, Wednesday was Comfy Day, Thursday was Valentine's Day-students dress in red, white, and or pink--and Friday was School Spirit Rivalry Day- where each class competes to have the most students dressed in school colors. On Thursday, Fillmore Central planned a fun-filled day of activities. There was a talent show, a drag queen contest, and a possible teacher taping. I'll save the teacher taping for last.

The talent show was a chance for students to show off their talents and skills, in front of the whole school. If people have enough courage to stand in front of the school, they usually do pretty well. Then there was the drag queen contest. It's a chance for students to show off their wild side or at least their creative side. They get to model for the school and the selected judges their impersonation of the opposite sex.

Last but not least, there was the Teacher Taping. This was a new activity for Snow Days. Each teacher has a jar located in the schoo .....
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Strange Cargo

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Monday, February 11, 2002

When my wife and I used to travel some years ago we would bring back certain mementoes. I should explain that these were not souvenirs in the sense that we did not buy things in shops or flea markets. For an example; ..... 
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Academy Awards for Mothers

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Monday, January 28, 2001

We are entering the seasonal no-mans landthe time between winter and spring that is even more difficult to define this year because of the unseasonably warm weather.

Its easiest for me to just think of it as ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Feb 15th, 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, Feb 15th, 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, Feb 15th, 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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Dear Virginia

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Virginia CooperMonday, Febraury 18, 2002

Dear Virginia, My houseplants are infested with fruit flies, what do I do?

If these little bugs look like fruit flies, the plants are probably infested with fungus gnats. Not a threat to your p ..... 
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Hope for a man with a big head

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Monday, February 11, 2002

I went to a seminar last week and tried to pay attention. Speaker after speaker talked about how they had to wear many hats in their jobs. This made me start thinking about hats. My mind wandered. I, too, wear many ha ..... 
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Two Journal writers have books in the works

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Monday, Febraury 4, 2001

Two Journal contributors have been busily working on books that should be coming out in the next few months.

Nancy Overcott

Nancy Overcott, whose column At Home in the Woods appears regularly in the Jour ..... 
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