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Recently released Minnesota books


Sun, Oct 15th, 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, by the number of fine books of regional interest being published and I made promises to more than a couple authors and their publishers that I would review their books in the Journal. So here goes:

Painting the Dakota, Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling, by Marybeth Lorbiecki,
Afton Historical Society Press.

A West Point graduate, Seth Eastman was a 19th century career army officer, who also happened to be an accomplished painter. In 1830 Eastman was stationed at Fort Snelling, which at the time, was the westernmost outpost in the country. Eastman started sketching the surrounding countryside paying particular attention to the customs and activities of the Dakota and the Ojibwe Indians of the area.

Eastman left Minnesota two years later for other assignments but returned to Fort Snelling in 1841 as Post Commander. By then he also had a reputation as one of Americaís best landscape artists.

In Painting the Dakota, Marybeth Lorbiecki tells the engaging story of how Eastman juggled the two unlikely career pursuits of soldiering and painting. Her stories of the daily rhythms of the Dakota - their celebrations and games, their hunting and fishing practices and more - compliment the vivid images of Eastmanís watercolors.

These paintings along with Lorbieckiís narrative are a powerful testament to an extinct way of life and a part of Minnesotaís history, that sadly, we know too little about.

Minnesota in the Civil War, An Illustrated History, by Kenneth Carley,
Minnesota State Historical Press.

On July 2, 1863, a regiment of soldiers from the First Minnesota made a charge against Confederate lines at the Battle of Gettysburg. Author Kenneth Carley describes the men as, "way-worn and foot sore. . . weather-beaten, soil-stained, dirty and ragged from weeks of tramping and camping in heat and in dust, in rain and in mud . . ." Of the 262 Minnesotans who charged on that hot July day, only 47 of them came through unscathed. All told, the First Minnesota casualties amounted to 82 percent of their number killed or wounded.

"(We) got the worst cutting up we ever had - but not as is usually the case - without any satisf .....
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

Soybean Dust

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

My family and I went on a short shopping trip last Saturday. It turned out all right despite having to go into stores and having to buy things. Our almost-sixteen-year-old son tried on navy blue blazers in several store ..... 
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A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 15th, 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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Samís bath

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

It was a beautiful Saturday morning, a day that you might expect to enjoy in June rather than September. My dog, Sam and I took a walk through the woods while my wife was entertaining some of her friends out on the d ..... 
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Journal Profile # 80

Sun, Oct 15th, 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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Cheese - Cranberry Bread

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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2 cups fresh cranberries
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
Grated rind of 1 orange
1/4 cup butter, ..... 
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10/16/00

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, October 16, 2000

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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To the Editor,

People of the Lanesboro community: we extend a heartfelt thank you for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality you recently extended to a group of Elderhostelers who spent six days in your community.

We had th ..... 
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Oct 15th, 2000
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr., 98, formerly of the Mabel and Burr Oak areas, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at the Harmony Health Care Center where he had resided seven years.

He was born June 21, 1902, in Henrytown and attended school there. On ..... 
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