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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit


Sun, Oct 29th, 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, Oct 29th, 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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Halloween Goat Stories

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

October is Pork Month so I would like to use this opportunity to talk about goats. I might as well confess that I have not known a goat in any particularly meaningful way. From what I hear about goats, it is possible t ..... 
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A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"Are you going to watch the debates tonight?" someone asked me last Tuesday.

"No, I don't have a dog in that fight," I responded, using a George Bush, Sr. analogy for "No, I'm not going to watch the debates."
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Advice to a young man & A couple of things Im not so sure about

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

I will begin by telling you that I am seventy-five years of age and that I am a recovering workaholic. I have been in a recovery program for the last fifty five years. I want you to understand that it is not easy for m ..... 
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Journal Profile # 80

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Name: John Goutcher
Home: Preston
Age: 60
Profession: Retired High School Educator/Administrator
Family: Wife Shirley, Son
Jeff, Daughter Jennifer
Personal Hero: Moses, he took a large grou ..... 
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Cranberry Relish Salad

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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1 package (3 oz.) strawberry gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
1 package (12 oz.) fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In ..... 
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10/30/00

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, October 30, 2000

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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To the Editor,

To the Editor,
A big thank you for the article "Finding his own way" (Journal, October 23). Very few medias would recognize what a human interest this story is for so many in our local community. It shows interest in ..... 
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