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Edgar, Nucla and Niwot


Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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By Wayne PikeMonday, August 13, 2001

I am looking out the window at our drought-scorched pasture. I should go outside to accomplish something, but it is too hot. I am just going to let my mind wander back to our trip to Colorado in June. We got snowed on there about fifty days ago. The heat inspires me to take just one last shot at Colorado and then Iíll let them rest.

As you might recall from my earlier ravings, the Colorado folks got my attention by being unusually rude. They were also, I found, mostly emigrants from Minnesota. I attributed their rudeness to an unfortunate adaptation to their living at unnaturally high elevations. I have done further research into this elevation dilemma and reached no conclusions worth mentioning. I also researched a few other facts about Colorado and reached more conclusions, all similarly without merit. But, Iíll tell you about them anyway.

When it comes to elevation, every person in Minnesota is separated from every other person or thing in the state by no more than 1699 feet. We have a mountain in northern Minnesota, Eagle Mountain, that soars to well over 2300 feet. Okay, not to stretch the point, it is actually 2301 feet tall. The lowest point in Minnesota is Lake Superior at 602 feet. Our own state literature brags that Minnesota, "Ölies as flat as a butterfly pressed under glass" when compared to much of the United States. I wasnít quite sure how that mental image is supposed to be useful in encouraging people to visit our state, but there it is.

Colorado has a high point of 14,431 feet and a low point of 3,350 feet. The highest point in Minnesota is 10 feet lower than the lowest point in Colorado. What does all this elevation stuff really mean? I think we can sum it up by saying that it is pretty much all downhill from Colorado to Minnesota. Everything could have been very different. After all, Minnesota was here first, becoming a state in 1858. Colorado didnít join the Union until 1876. We Minnesotans had first choice and could have chosen the high ground, but polite as always, we chose the low ground and allowed the latecomer Colorado the distinction of higher elevations.

Colorado chose its state motto after Minnesota made its choice, so Colorado should have known to be more careful. Coloradoís motto is,"Nil Sine Numine". This is Latin and the approximate interpretation is "Nothing Without Providence" or "Nothing Without the Deity". They make fun of themselves by admitt .....
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Shark Stories

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Monday, August 20, 2001

Oh, the shark has, pearly teeth babe...

Sharks have been in the news lately. A few weeks ago, Jessie Arbogast, a Mississippi eight-year old, was attacked by a 6-1/2 foot bull shark in the Gulf of Mexico. Jessie l ..... 
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To the Editor,

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Monday, August 6, 2001

We would like to address a problem that has bothered us for several years at the Fillmore Fair and also some of the other local fairs in our area.

Our problem is with the 4-H Livestock Auction. We feel the auct ..... 
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To the Editor,
Monday, August 6, 2001

Emotions rule over law at Board of Adjustment meeting (July 30, 2001 Journal).

My sympathy goes out to the Livingoods.

My wife and I own a small farm on the outside of Mabel. Fil ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Aug 17th, 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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