Vote Greg Davids
 
Letterwerks Sign City
 
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Sunday, October 19th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 3439 | 3440 | 3441 | 3442 | 3443 | > | >>

Beneath Tropical Seas


Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
Posted in

Monday, February 5, 2001

Waves roll in and then recede, as the ocean endlessly caresses this lonely tropical shore. Shallow, crystal clear and deliciously warm are the waters of the all-encompassing sea. The white sand beach is deserted, polished smooth, and except for the gentle sounds of the surf is eerily silent, peaceful and serene. Not even a single insects persistent whining buzz splinters the mood of pristine tranquility.

Although reading like one of those tourist agency advertisements for some South Pacific Island paradise, the location described in the opening paragraph above is far away from any place so exotic. Could it be somewhere down in the Caribbean then, out in the Indian Ocean, or perhaps maybe one of those isolated rocks that dot the Sea of Cortez?

The answers, however, to each of these questions remains no, as our quiet, wave lapped shoreline is to be found much more closer to home. Somewhere right here in southeastern Minnesota in fact, since it is time and not distance that separates us from this seemingly mythological destination.

To reach our beach we must first travel back into the heart of the early Paleozoic, the "Era of Ancient Life" somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 million years ago. More specifically, we are in the Ordovician, a unit of geologic time lasting some 65 million years and named for a "Stone Age" Celtic Tribe that once inhabited Wales where rocks of this period were first identified.

From outer space the Earth, while certainly recognizable, probably appeared far different than it does today. For starters, all of the present day continents were most likely fused together into a single gigantic mass of land. Known as Pangaea, this island "super-continent" straddled the equator placing what was to eventually become todays Minnesota well within the worlds more tropical zones.

As was the case in the immediately preceding Cambrian Period, shallow saltwater seas cover much of future North America. The name of this earlier period 500 million years before the present has Celtic connections as well, being derived from "Cambria," which is what the ancient Romans called the Celts homeland of Wales.

The Ordovician shoreline, on dry land at least, is equally alien and unfamiliar. There are no trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses, nor are there any ferns or mosses. Away from the waters edge, the landscape is barren and desolate, almost as lifeless as the moon. Without vege .....
[Read the Rest]
Vote for Pieper
Foods Weekly Ads

Escape from America

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
Posted in

Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Im a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like its going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Cast Iron Epidemic

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
Posted in

Monday, January 29, 2001

I decided that it was time to change oil in both of our vehicles last Sunday. I drafted our sixteen-year-old son, Matt, to help. I thought it was a good opportunity for Matt to profit from some of my long experience an ..... 
[Read the Rest]


Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
Posted in

A Fear of FlyingBy John TorgrimsonMonday, February 5, 2000

When I booked an October flight to Ireland for my son and I last summer, I believed that by planning far enough in advance I would eliminate any chance of a screw-up later on. After al ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
Posted in



Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
Posted in

Fillmore County District Court Report

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
Posted in

Recent misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor dispositions

Driving After Revocation - Aric Vernon Wold, 30, Peterson, MN. Sentenced Jan. 24, 2001, fined $365.

Underage Consumption and Disorderly Conduct - Jeremy James Berg, 19, Eyo ..... 
[Read the Rest]

NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
Posted in

New Homes Remodeling Additions
Poured Basement Walls Driveways Retaining Walls
Agriculture Horse Barns Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
Posted in

Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 3439 | 3440 | 3441 | 3442 | 3443 | > | >>
Studio A Photography