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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit


Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

"What’s this?" One of the two teenaged boys impatiently thrusts an open plastic margarine tub in my face. "We found it out in the woods just lying on the ground coming back from our tree stands." At the bottom of their makeshift container, huddled on a folded paper napkin, a tiny ball of fur shivers uncontrollably, its head and tail tucked well out of view. "Tried to bite me once or twice," by far the largest of these would-be big game hunters quickly adds, just as I begin to reach inside.

I reach in anyway and cautiously give the fitfully sleeping body a gentle prodding poke. The little critter awakes with a jerk and I instinctively whisk my hand away despite my best efforts to do otherwise. Vaguely familiar eyes, incredibly large for the size of the animal’s head, blink uncomprehendingly in my direction. The tail is curiously flattened horizontally and is nearly as long as the rest of its body.

Recollections from a time long ago eventually dawn in my brain and I confidently pluck the tiny mammal up by the scruff of the neck and, much to the amazement of my two human visitors, plop it into the palm of my other hand. "Flying Squirrel, and a baby at that," I finally tell them. The little furred fellow eagerly nuzzles and nibbles at the folds of my fingers in a frantically hungry search for the milk-filled nipples of its lost mother, and I can’t help but chuckle when I realize that this is the probable source of the attempted "bites" reported by my young companions.

"It will die if it doesn’t eat soon," I continue, and begin to rummage through cabinets, cupboards, and drawers looking for possible food, supplies, and equipment. Our two hunters meanwhile, their curiosity peaked, barrage me with a seemingly endless stream of questions. "There’s Flying Squirrels around here, how come I’ve never seen ‘em? What do they eat? How big do they grow? Will it bite? How do you feed them?"

"While Flying Squirrels might be common," I explain, "most people don’t know they’re around because they’re small and mainly active at night. This little guy here is the first I’ve ever seen in Minnesota." I finally rustle up an eyedropper and find a can of powdered kitten weaning formula. "This one is a Southern Flying Squirrel, when full grown only about the size of a chipmunk."

I scoop weaning powder into a bit of milk, add a drop of honey for good measure and stir. "The slightly bigger Northern Flying Squirrel i .....
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Recently released Minnesota books

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

Last month I attended the annual convention of the Upper Midwest Bookseller Association in downtown St. Paul, a gathering of authors, publishers and independent booksellers.

I was impressed, as I was last year, ..... 
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Halloween Goat Stories

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

October is Pork Month so I would like to use this opportunity to talk about goats. I might as well confess that I have not known a goat in any particularly meaningful way. From what I hear about goats, it is possible t ..... 
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A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"Are you going to watch the debates tonight?" someone asked me last Tuesday.

"No, I don't have a dog in that fight," I responded, using a George Bush, Sr. analogy for "No, I'm not going to watch the debates."
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Advice to a young man & A couple of things I’m not so sure about

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

I will begin by telling you that I am seventy-five years of age and that I am a recovering workaholic. I have been in a recovery program for the last fifty five years. I want you to understand that it is not easy for m ..... 
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Journal Profile # 80

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Name: John Goutcher
Home: Preston
Age: 60
Profession: Retired High School Educator/Administrator
Family: Wife Shirley, Son
Jeff, Daughter Jennifer
Personal Hero: Moses, he took a large grou ..... 
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Pumpkin Dessert

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Batter:
1 pkg. yellow cake mix (Reserve 1 cup for topping)
1/2 cup oil
1 egg
• Mix well. Grease bottom of 9x13 pan and spread batter in pan.
Filling:
1-1lb. can pumpkin
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs ..... 
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10/23/00

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, October 23, 2000

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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To the Editor,

I would like to commend the Journal for continuing the “Beyond Today” column. You have presented these young writers with a wonderful opportunity.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our youth and for putti ..... 
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