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Pigs I have known


Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

I recently had the privilege of addressing the Fillmore County Pork Producers at their annual banquet. As a group they were very prompt, very polite, and I felt a little bad about keeping some of them up so late. Early in my planning for this event, I decided that there wasnt very much I could tell them about hogs that they did not already know, so I chose to regale them with something a bit more obscure and, I hoped, a bit more entertaining.

I justified this decision because, in my opinion, it would be a good thing if everybody knew a little bit more about everything. I have heard it said that what you dont know cant hurt you, but I have found the opposite to be true in almost every life situation. Perhaps it is a bit whimsical to try to imagine a case where not knowing what you are about to read about hogs will be detrimental to you, but reading it wont hurt you either.

For example, at any one time there are about 140,000 hogs of all sizes and shapes taking up residency within the recklessly unguarded borders of Fillmore County. That seems like a lot, but there are sixteen counties in Minnesota that have more resident swine than does Fillmore County. We hope that the hogs remain under close supervision as they outnumber Fillmore Countys human population by a factor of seven to one. If hogs and people were distributed equally across the countys landscape, each person would have twenty-eight acres to call their own and each hog would have four acres to root around on. That should be plenty of room for man and beast alike.

In a more down-to-earth moment, we discussed how much of our nations human population is losing the capacity to discuss anything about a pig or about nature in general. Paul Hawken wrote in "The Ecology of Commerce" that the average person can now recognize over one thousand corporate logos, but cannotz properly name less than ten native plants and wild animals that live around them. This bodes ill for those among us who rely on other species and the natural environment for our livelihood. A case in point made this evident on a recent public radio call-in program that I listened to. A caller insisted that hog producers should be encouraged and even coerced to raise white hogs because they smell better than hogs of other colors. I have it on pretty good authority that a hog is a hog when it comes to odor. I dont think that I would like to have the task of changing that caller .....
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Tooting our own horn

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Monday, February 19, 2001

It is usually at this time of year, after the groundhogs have seen their shadows and spring seems like an eternity away, that various news organizations hold their annual conferences. This is an opportunity for us new ..... 
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Editors note: The Journal invited the Houston Board of Education to respond to Ms. Tschumpers letter.

To the Editor,
In November 2000 the Houston School Board approved a three-year contract for the district superintendent. L ..... 
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Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,
I felt stunned and dismayed to read in the Notes from a County Kitchen column (Feb. 12, 2001) the quip that A small town is where everybody not only knows which men beat their wives, but also which wives need it.

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Henry Ulring

Fri, Feb 23rd, 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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Lula Vix

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Lula Vix, 88, of Houston, a longtime area farm homemaker, died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at Franciscan-Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse, WI.

Lula A. Ray was born May 6, 1912, in Houston County. She married Lloyd O. Vix in 1930 in Winona, an ..... 
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