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Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Memories of a rural childhoodBy Herb PankoMonday, May 21, 2001

As I recently stood on the site of what was once our old farm place in southeast Nebraska, the memories of those childhood years of long ago came rushing back.

I thought of those long, hot summer nights as I lay awake with my bedroom window open listening to the dream-like, haunting sounds of the crickets and frogs. I could again feel the cozy warmth in the barn created by the bodies of the cows as my father and I attended to the milking on those cold winter mornings. I remembered how proud I felt the time I showed my parents the large catfish I had caught in the creek behind our barn.

And despite the everyday drudgery of the evening chores -- the milking, feeding the hogs and chickens, and gathering the eggs, bringing in the wood and corncobs for cooking and heating -- there was comfort and security in this daily routine.

Perhaps it was the soothing sounds of the animals as I fed them; or maybe it was the instinctive sense of being grounded and anchored in the uncomplicated, natural rhythms of life on the farm.

The creek and the woods that were a part of our pasture seemed to a young boy to stretch forever to the horizon. It was there that my brother and I spent countless happy hours playing in this watery, wooded magic adventure land. And I could still smell the pungent aroma of burning leaves and hear the laughter of my schoolmates as we frolicked around the bonfire roasting wieners and marshmallows behind our country school. There was squirrel and rabbit hunting in our woods and fields, building snow forts and mock snowball war games, and a hundred other ways for a young boy’s life to be enriched in the rural Midwest.

All that was in stark contrast to what I saw and felt now. The house, the barn, the chicken and hog houses, the corncrib, the tool shed, and the rest of the farm buildings were gone. All had been bulldozed and destroyed, leaving hardly a trace that a farm had ever been here. The woods, too, were gone. Even the stately, patriarchal cottonwoods had been rudely and unceremoniously uprooted and burned.

What once had been a place of natural richness and biodiversity with a beckoning sense of wildness now seemed sterile, empty, and lifeless, a place forced to its knees, forced to bend to the cold, indifferent ways of today’s modern agriculture with its seemingly gargantuan machinery and all its herbicides and fertilize .....
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Foods Weekly Ads


Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Boyum and Underbakke confused over Engineer’s dismissalBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 21, 2001

Former Fillmore County Commissioners Donald Boyum and Robert Underbakke say they are as confused as the next person when it comes to the county’s dec ..... 
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Lighter than air...

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Monday, May 21, 2001

The County Board of Commissioners whisked through a very light agenda at last Tuesday’s meeting. Reports on Social Services and Corrections consumed most of a morning meeting that was even slim on administrative items.
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Life on a “thin skin” with Patton

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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Elden Grabau served with the famed Second Armored DivisionBy Charles PautlerMonday, May 21, 2001

One morning last February my fiancee and I decided to go to the VFW pancake breakfast in Spring Valley. This combined two ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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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 ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, May 18th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fri, May 18th, 2001
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