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North to Alaska


Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Local man takes two-month dream tripBy Carol ThouinMonday, November 27, 2000

As he cast his line out over the sparkling, pristine river he couldn't help notice the majestic purple, snow-capped peaks of Mt. McKinley framed by lush green Alaskan timberline. The air is crisp, the scenery a post card, and the salmon fishing -- out of this world.

It was a dream Steve Majors, from Spring Valley, woke up from more than once. An avid outdoorsman, Majors was fascinated with the notion of visiting what many outdoor enthusiasts consider paradise. His dream came to fruition this past summer as he packed his half-ton 4X4 Ford pickup on June 27 and headed north to Alaska.

"I left with no particular plans -- just to have fun," Majors said. Although exact destination points were sketchy, Majors researched the trip for nearly a year before venturing out and counted on books like the Milepost, a best-selling guide to Alaska, to give him pointers. "I highly recommend the Milepost to anyone thinking about traveling to Alaska," Majors said. "It's the Bible to the North Country."

Once on the road, Majors found that he didn't want to stop driving and logged 700-mile days. Day one took him to Williston, North Dakota. Day two to Airedrie, Alberta and day three to Fort St. Johns, British Columbia; on day four, Majors drove to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory.

"I was getting such a scenery rush that I didn't want to stop driving," Majors said. "I started keeping a journal of the wildlife I saw when I got on the Alaskan Highway -- black bear, elk, mountain goat, mountain sheep, moose, caribou, grizzly bear, lynx, coyotes, wolf -- I finally had to quit because there were so many."

When he did finally stop for the night, Majors alternated between motels and sleeping out of the back of his off-road pick-up -- a perfect rig, he says, for such a vacation.

On day five Majors reached Fairbanks, and decided to follow in the footsteps of earlier prospectors who waded the glassy streams panning for their fortune.

"I think I only ended up with enough gold to buy a postage stamp or two," Majors admitted, "but the experience was worth it." Another memorable excursion involved driving up a remote mountain in Hyder, Alaska to view the spectacular Salmon Glacier.

"It took nearly 25 minutes to get to the peak -- and there were no guardrails." said Majors. When his truck began pushing through thick clouds and .....
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Stalemate costs county

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

The case of Jane Doe

Jane Doe, obviously a fictional name, worked at the Fillmore County Health Department from 1982 until she retired in January 2000. An LPN, Jane worked as a receptionist, ..... 
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Planning Commission

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Good Earth Village to expandBy Al MathisonMonday, November 27, 2000

There were several items on the Fillmore County Planning Commissionís agenda last Tuesday evening. The first was a conditional use permit (CUP) request by Alliant Energy to ad ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditorís department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sometimes I get yelled at

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

I think that most of us have heard stories about the absent minded professor. Well, I am not now nor have I ever been a professor, but I am and always have been absent minded. In my case, being absent minded is like n ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Nov 26th, 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 ..... 
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Technology these Days

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

Computers have come a long way in the past couple decades. My family has had one in the house since the early 90s. They are very nice to have for word processing, and the advent of the Internet has done wonderful thin ..... 
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The Underground

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

Earth
Day after day
Wave after wave
Where are you going? Where are you going?
Earth wounded by so many wandering men!
Earth fertilized by the bodies of so many.
But the earth is us,
We' ..... 
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The Living Museum:

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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A Historical OverviewBy John LevellMonday, November 13, 2000

So just where in southeastern Minnesota can one experience balmy 80 degree temperatures while viewing exotic tropical wildlife right through those long, cold an ..... 
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