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The Underground


Sun, Dec 3rd, 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're not on it,
We're in it for all time -
- Robert Desnos


Saturday afternoon: I have gathered a big pile of clothes, put them in my washing machine, added soap and turned on the water. Ignoring the fact that the machine sounds different than usual, I go outside to scrub the birdbath. I ignore the fact that the pump sounds different, that is, until the water stops running. I check the electric box and find the circuit breaker off. I switch the breaker on repeatedly and each time it kicks out.

When my husband arrives home, he can tell by my face that something is wrong. He knows he will have two jobs, one to deal with my anxiety and the other to fix what caused it. He first checks for obvious problems, but finds nothing. He says he will have to wait until morning to check it out thoroughly. I pull my soap-soaked clothes out of the washing machine and hang them up to dry.

My four pop bottles of standby water probably won't see us through the night, so we look around for good water containers, but don't find any. Our neighbors, the Erikson's, loan us their containers and give us water. And now it's back to the old days, some twenty years ago before we had a well, except today we haul water from the neighbors instead of from our spring along the Big Woods road. Another difference now is that we're a quarter century older and water feels heavier than it used to.


Without the convenience of running water, it takes me two hours to wash dishes. Towards the end, I become more efficient as I begin to recall how I did it in the past. Of course, we don't have the use of our toilet now either. It's been a long time since we've had to pee in a jar.

On Sunday morning, Art determines that the trouble is not above ground. Our twenty-four year old pump has probably pumped for the last time. It's a relief to know the worst.

We call Larson Well Drilling of Mabel, the company that drilled our well twenty-four years ago. They still remember us and say someone will be here Monday morning at eight o'clock with a new pump.

I pour our remaining water into old ice cream pails, pop bottles and jars and return to Erikson's with the empty jugs, saying to myself, I will never .....
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The Living Museum:

Sun, Dec 3rd, 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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Rushford Library looking at expansion

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 20

To build or to remodel? That is the question a Library Taskforce has been considering for the past couple months in the city of Rushford.

The existing public library in the Tew Building, located near Rushfords cent ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court Report

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Recent misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor dispositions

Driver-Open Bottle/Allow Open Bottle - Thomas Ellis Douty, 27, Rose Creek, WI. Sentenced November 7, 2000, fined $190.

Issue Worthless Check (2 counts) - Sheryl A. Qualy, L ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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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


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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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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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile # 81

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Name: Kyle W. Colbenson
Home: Rushford
Profession:Teacher; Farmer; Woodworker (Depends on the time of day!)
Family: Wife Angela
Personal Hero: Anyone who can make a living farming without having an addit ..... 
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