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Chicken Run


Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Its hard being brave when youre a chicken.
~from the movie Chicken Run

I am not much of a golfer. I rationalize my poor scores with the notion that I am involved in too many other activities to devote the necessary practice time to be any good at the game. I tell myself that some day Ill take the sport up full time, and I too will be able to sit around the clubhouse and say, Well, let me tell you about my birdie on number four.

And so it was with mixed emotions that I accepted an invitation from a friend of mine from the Twin Cities to play golf with a group of his friends at Mississippi National near Red Wing. Not only did I have reservations about whether my golf game was up to the standard of this high powered course, but the 8:00 a.m. tee-time meant that I would have to leave home somewhere around six in the morning to get there in time.

Darkness comes early in October, and it was rainy and foggy on the eve of my golf date. In the middle of the night, my wife heard a commotion in the yard only to find out that we had left the door of the chicken coop open. About 25 chickens were grazing under the security light as if it were normal to be out eating bugs at three in the morning.

Whats going on out there, my wife yelled outside. One bantam rooster let loose with a soprano-like cock-a-doodle-doo, almost as if it was answering her directly. She came back to bed complaining that the dog must have wondered into the coop and scared all the birds out.

Our chickens are about as diverse a flock as one can get, a combination of French Silkies, Rhode Island Reds, Araucanas, and, most recently, bantam Whinedots. The last group are descendants from a lone midget rooster that we were given by our neighbor last spring. We soon started calling him Perv (short for pervert) as we noticed that he spent all of his waking hours chasing the ladies.

Not surprisingly, the last batch of chicks that we hatched in the summer had been a bakers dozen of quail-like short-legged fowl bearing an uncanny resemblance to Perv.

The birds were still clucking and pecking the grass when I left the next morning. The air was cool and windy and the breeze brought tears to my eyes. In the darkness, I grabbed my clubs from the shed and threw them in the back of the pickup and headed toward the highway.

I was just settling in for a long ride, wondering just how little sleep I really .....
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Henry Ulring

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Henry Ulring, 93, of Chatfield, retired manager of the Chatfield Creamery, died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where he had resided since August 1998.

He was born March 14, 1907, in Webster, MN. On Sept. ..... 
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Ronald Wayne Kiehne

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Ronald Wayne Kiehne, 64, of rural Harmony, died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, due to a farm accident.

Mr. Kiehne was born on November 10, 1936 at the family farm, the son of Ethel and Emil Kiehne. He graduated from Harmony High School in 1955. H ..... 
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Jerry Hahn

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Jerry Hahn, 54, of Spring Valley, a farmer, died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born August 15, 1946, in Austin. On August 3, 1974, he married Barbara Feuerhak at the Assembly of God Church in Spring V ..... 
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