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A walk in the woods


Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

Theres always a welcome relief to a September. The kids are back in school, the humidity and temperature drop a point or two and even the pesky summer bugs are starting to disappear. Its a perfect time for a walk in the woods.

And who better to take a walk with than a veteran woodsman like Walt Norby. Walt has lived the better part of the past eight decades in the vicinity of the Big Woods in Eastern Fillmore County and is a walking encyclopedia of the areas legends and lore.
Walt spent his boyhood on a nearby ridgetop farm and, after a career of logging and farming, his connection to the Big Woods is both spiritual and practical. Hes an avid fisherman and arrowhead hunter and the years havent slowed him down hardly a bit. In fact, I had to hasten my step to keep up with his pace in order to hear what he was going to tell me about next.

The woods, to Walt, are a place to learn and to look at nature, but most of all the woods are a place to remember those who walked there before us.

Walt said he had a full days work of chores to do back at home where he runs a campground. "I love walking, though," he laughed. "Id rather walk in the woods than work anytime."

He told me that a good place to find arrowheads is in a mold board-plowed field right after a rain. "Thats your best bet," he said. "If you look along the streams youve got to look where the loose gravel and small rocks have piled up." I asked if hed been having much luck finding anything this year.

"I found an 1878 Indian head penny right here on this trail awhile back," he said. "Then I found a 1911 dime after another rain."

Its clear that Walt is none too fond of 4-wheelers in the woods. "Its a fright. Just look at the ruts theyve made here by going through when its too muddy," he said. "I like to bring my horse and buggy down this trail and with these ruts it makes for a pretty rough ride."

Walt stopped for a moment and pointed across the South Fork of the Root River at a pine and oak covered hillside. "There was a farmer named Johnny Munts who used to have a hayfield on top there," he said. "He got tired of hauling hay down that hill and so he strung two telephone wires side by side. Then he put the loose hay on the wires and it worked pretty good in getting the hay down to his barn. But then he jumped on and tried to ride the wire down. He pretnear cut himself in half doing that."
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Survivors

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

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Sams bath

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

It was a beautiful Saturday morning, a day that you might expect to enjoy in June rather than September. My dog, Sam and I took a walk through the woods while my wife was entertaining some of her friends out on the d ..... 
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Journal Profile # 79

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Name: Jim Attwood
Home: Preston
Profession: Court Administrator for Fillmore County
Family: Wife Kathy, Daughters Jessica and Emily
Hobby: History, travel, ham radio, computers
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Apple Harvest Squares

Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup butter or margarine
4 cups sliced peeled apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup evaporated milk
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Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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Wed, Sep 20th, 2000
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To the Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I am going to vote NO during the pork checkoff referendum. First of all, even though I am voting NO, I am an optimist: I think consolidation and proliferation of factory far ..... 
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