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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit


Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

"Whats this?" One of the two teenaged boys impatiently thrusts an open plastic margarine tub in my face. "We found it out in the woods just lying on the ground coming back from our tree stands." At the bottom of their makeshift container, huddled on a folded paper napkin, a tiny ball of fur shivers uncontrollably, its head and tail tucked well out of view. "Tried to bite me once or twice," by far the largest of these would-be big game hunters quickly adds, just as I begin to reach inside.

I reach in anyway and cautiously give the fitfully sleeping body a gentle prodding poke. The little critter awakes with a jerk and I instinctively whisk my hand away despite my best efforts to do otherwise. Vaguely familiar eyes, incredibly large for the size of the animals head, blink uncomprehendingly in my direction. The tail is curiously flattened horizontally and is nearly as long as the rest of its body.

Recollections from a time long ago eventually dawn in my brain and I confidently pluck the tiny mammal up by the scruff of the neck and, much to the amazement of my two human visitors, plop it into the palm of my other hand. "Flying Squirrel, and a baby at that," I finally tell them. The little furred fellow eagerly nuzzles and nibbles at the folds of my fingers in a frantically hungry search for the milk-filled nipples of its lost mother, and I cant help but chuckle when I realize that this is the probable source of the attempted "bites" reported by my young companions.

"It will die if it doesnt eat soon," I continue, and begin to rummage through cabinets, cupboards, and drawers looking for possible food, supplies, and equipment. Our two hunters meanwhile, their curiosity peaked, barrage me with a seemingly endless stream of questions. "Theres Flying Squirrels around here, how come Ive never seen em? What do they eat? How big do they grow? Will it bite? How do you feed them?"

"While Flying Squirrels might be common," I explain, "most people dont know theyre around because theyre small and mainly active at night. This little guy here is the first Ive ever seen in Minnesota." I finally rustle up an eyedropper and find a can of powdered kitten weaning formula. "This one is a Southern Flying Squirrel, when full grown only about the size of a chipmunk."

I scoop weaning powder into a bit of milk, add a drop of honey for good measure and stir. "The slightly bigger Northern Flying Squirrel i .....
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Election year notes

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Like everybody else Ive got a case of election year fatigue, but in spite of that Im finding a bit of perverse enjoyment in observing the whole spectacle. Say what you want about the shallow, unqualified and intellec ..... 
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Mr. Pike takes a vacation

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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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 5th, 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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Monday, November 6, 2000

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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To the Editor,

It is now time to vote. Please vote your conscience. If you are pro-life, pro-choice, or pro-abortion; consider this question. Are you happy your mother did not abort you when you were in her womb? We should wonder if th ..... 
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Nov 5th, 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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Mildred S. Livingood

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Mildred S. Livingood, 94, formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester.

Mildred S. Johnson was born March 31, 1906 at Amherst, Fillmore County, grew up and attended school in Fillmore County. In ..... 
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Harvey C. Wilson

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Harvey C. Wilson, 56, of rural Whalan, a self-employed mechanic, died of a heart attack on Monday, October 30, 2000 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where he had been a patient three days.

Born February 21, 1944 in Auburn, WA, he moved a ..... 
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Ardis LaPray Wilson

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Ardis Wilson, 86, of Virginia Beach, VA, formerly of the Pilot Mound area, died October 24, 2000, at her home.

Survivors include a son, Wallace L. Braa of Virginia Beach; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Marilla ..... 
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