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Hauling


Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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My family and I went to a wedding in Wisconsin on a recent Saturday morning. The wedding site was straight east of our place about one hundred twenty miles. There was no good way of getting there due to the negligence of the last glacier that failed to sufficiently level the landscape to allow for straight roads. Southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin are just not designed for efficient travel by road. Many times we had to go too far north or too far south to get where we were going. This was true both before and after we had found a bridge to cross the mighty Mississippi.

We arrived intact and early for the wedding. Our only tense times came from traffic jams on narrow roads brought about by hard-working farmers who were busy cleaning out their livestock barns and yards. It was perfect timing for them. It hadnít rained in a couple of weeks so the ground was firm. The fields of oats and barley had been harvested during the previous week. The straw was baled and the ground was bare, ready for the applications of fresh organic matter. Perfect timing for the farmers, not so perfect for us. As careful as the farmers were trying to be to keep the roadways clean, we had to swerve and dodge a bit to keep our car clean enough so that we did not attract attention at the wedding.

Seeing all those tractors and spreaders on the road reminded me of my own experiences at that cleaning chore. That doesnít make me an expert at it, although a little practice makes perfect in this area. There is a broad base of data to study as cows, hogs, sheep, and poultry each have their own unique characteristics when it comes to their deposits. Iíve heard it said that Eskimos have hundreds of words to describe the various types and textures of snow. Farmers, if they put their minds to it, could have hundreds of words to describe what is left behind by each species of livestock. The fact that the day-to-day working vocabulary for this material is boiled down to just one or two words doesnít mean that there are not distinct differences.

The topic of animal waste and the disposal thereof came up with my friend, John, just the other day. I was telling him how my sons were setting themselves up for a barn-cleaning calamity with their thirty-two chickens. John agreed that there is nothing worse than a bunch of chickens to make a miserable cleaning chore. We pondered how tiny animals like chickens can pack their bedding, and anything else they happen to drop .....
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The accidental artist

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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For Hong Kong native Peter Mak, the journey to Lanesboro isn't as far as it seems. You see, Mak's exhibition of art work at Cornucopia Art Center has a local connection. Mak's wife is Barbara Tammel, the daughter of Marilyn and Donne Tammel of rural ..... 
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Curdlecod goes Asiatic

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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Chester and Cynthia Curdlecod are the local gourmets of Flabbergast County and one evening last week we were invited to their home for dinner. They take pride in their ability to prepare sumptuous meals from the local fish, fowl and fauna and avoid b ..... 
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Journal Profile # 76

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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Home: Trotwood, Ohio
Profession: Domestic Engineer
Family: Husband Anthony, four daughters: Autumn-20, Candice-18, Olivia-13, Carmen-10, and one son Charles-8
Personal Hero: Laura Ingalls Wilder for wisdom, wit, s ..... 
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Chicken and Rice Dinner

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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Cold Water Dill Pickles
(recipe for two quart jar)
Fill jar with washed cucumbers and add:
3 or 4 stalks of dill
3 tablespoons salt
1/4 cup vinegar
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7/31/00

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, July 31, 2000

Sun, Jul 30th, 2000
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To the Editor,
The Minnesota Department of Health Nursing Home Survey Team spent the week of June 30, 2000 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. We are very pleased to announce that we had only four deficiencies, and they are being correcte ..... 
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