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A Harry Potter party


Sun, Nov 12th, 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 myself. I could start reading the book only after I completed some difficult task I had been putting off. Because once I started reading I couldn't do anything else until I had finished reading it.

My mouth dropped wide open when Meredith Ruen, and her cousin Caitlyn, both 5th graders, told me they read the fourth Harry Potter book (now that's 734 pages) at least four times each. Then, in unison the girls recited two of their favorite passages: "To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure," they giggled, then continued. "I have gone temporarily deaf and have not a clue of what you were saying."

Caitlyn, her brother Matt, a tenth grader; their mom Wendy Wellnitz, and dad, Jim Ruen are all fans of J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. As self-employed writers, Jim and Wendy, like many other writers, wished they could have authored these books. "It had been a long time since I picked up any book that kept me up past ten," Wendy smiled.

When I asked how they got into Harry Potter, Wendy admitted that she started it. "One Saturday morning while perusing the library, I read the first couple of pages, checked it out and by the end of that night Matt had finished it. The next day Caitlyn wouldn't take time to eat her lunch and read all through supper."

Wendy beamed, "It has been such good family fun."

"After the kids devoured it, Wendy got her turn," Jim said. "Then I got my chance. Right away we made a rule. No one could talk about the book until everyone had finished reading it. We are probably the only family in Fillmore County with three copies of the fourth book."

When Adrian (8th grade) and Kelly (5th grade) Anderson talked about the wildly imaginative and creative world of Harry Potter, their mom, Maureen said, "I feel left out," confessing she had not read the books (yet).

Dr. Stephanie Jakim said that when she read the first book out loud to her children, her son Matt got tired of waiting and finished it himself. Stephanie had to patiently wait her turn.

The Harry Potter books have not only given adults and children a common subject, they have shook the publishing industry and the New York Times hardback b .....
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On top of the world

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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By Kristin O'ConnorNovember 13, 2000

The court is their domain. The ball their weapon of choice. The net their gateway to victory. This is the universe that the Mabel-Canton Volleyball Team has created through a legacy of domination in the S ..... 
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Possessed

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Monday, October 30, 2000

Author Moritz Thomsen writes of his house in an Ecuadorian jungle: "At first it is infuriating to discover what is going on beneath your nose; the books rotted; the phonograph records green with mold . . . boots turnin ..... 
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The Living Museum:

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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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Born in the 19th century

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Monday, November 13, 2000

In 1895, Grover Cleveland was President of the United States, Stephan Crane published The Red Badge of Courage, and a six-dollar railroad trip from Minneapolis to California took four days. It was also the year ..... 
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Mr. Pike takes a vacation

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Monday, November 6, 2000


My wife, Deb, and I went back to Door County for a four-day visit after a seventeen-year absence. Our eagerness to get our vacation underway had us driving across Wisconsin in the dark on a highway we dubbed "Dead ..... 
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In love with language

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, November 6, 2000

One of the first things I notice when I travel is the sound of other languages being spoken - Asian, European, Middle Eastern...

I recently travelled internationally and realized how much I missed these sounds. ..... 
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