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A Harry Potter party


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

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with myself. I could start reading the book only after I completed some difficult task I had been putting off. Because once I started reading I couldn't do anything else until I had finished reading it.

My mouth dropped wide open when Meredith Ruen, and her cousin Caitlyn, both 5th graders, told me they read the fourth Harry Potter book (now that's 734 pages) at least four times each. Then, in unison the girls recited two of their favorite passages: "To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure," they giggled, then continued. "I have gone temporarily deaf and have not a clue of what you were saying."

Caitlyn, her brother Matt, a tenth grader; their mom Wendy Wellnitz, and dad, Jim Ruen are all fans of J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. As self-employed writers, Jim and Wendy, like many other writers, wished they could have authored these books. "It had been a long time since I picked up any book that kept me up past ten," Wendy smiled.

When I asked how they got into Harry Potter, Wendy admitted that she started it. "One Saturday morning while perusing the library, I read the first couple of pages, checked it out and by the end of that night Matt had finished it. The next day Caitlyn wouldn't take time to eat her lunch and read all through supper."

Wendy beamed, "It has been such good family fun."

"After the kids devoured it, Wendy got her turn," Jim said. "Then I got my chance. Right away we made a rule. No one could talk about the book until everyone had finished reading it. We are probably the only family in Fillmore County with three copies of the fourth book."

When Adrian (8th grade) and Kelly (5th grade) Anderson talked about the wildly imaginative and creative world of Harry Potter, their mom, Maureen said, "I feel left out," confessing she had not read the books (yet).

Dr. Stephanie Jakim said that when she read the first book out loud to her children, her son Matt got tired of waiting and finished it himself. Stephanie had to patiently wait her turn.

The Harry Potter books have not only given adults and children a common subject, they have shook the publishing industry and the New York Times hardback b .....
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Journey back to childhood

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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By David ParkerMonday, October 23, 2000

By now, everyone has probably heard of the Harry Potter books written by J.K. Rowlings. These books are classified as childrenís books. Consequently, many older people who would enjoy reading them have ..... 
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This work is not for the birds

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger ..... 
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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit

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

"Whatís 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 ..... 
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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 Iím 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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