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Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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"Please Donít Touch the Rattlesnakes!"By John LevellMonday, August 21, 2000

Rattlesnake! The single word most likely to elicit a response from those who live or play along the Root River State Trail, especially during these more temperate, pleasant and all too fleeting days of summer. In fact just about everyone, whether a long-time resident, newcomer or tourist, has some tale to tell or question to ask about the "much dreaded rattlers."

Of course, things are much the same throughout the United States where the Timber Rattler, our resident species, is just one of 30 or so rattlesnakes that may be found in all the contiguous lower 48 except Maine, Rhode Island and Delaware. Rattlesnakes, more specifically the aforementioned Timber Rattlesnake, historically occurred in at least 2 if not all 3 of these currently "rattler free" states as well.

As is the case around here, opinions regarding rattlesnakes, deservedly or not, are almost invariably bad. Fear, hatred, and loathing, due no doubt to the animalís ability to deliver a painful, potentially dangerous and occasionally fatal bites, combined with hefty doses of misunderstanding have turned rattlesnakes into almost mythological "reptilian monsters" in the minds of humans everywhere.

Not surprisingly, much of what passes for common knowledge about rattlesnakes is far from accurate with a fair percentage of widely accepted "rattler facts" bordering on outright fiction. Rattlesnakes, for example, are not the primitive, unsophisticated holdouts from the dinosaurian era most High School biology classes would have us believe all reptiles to be. Instead, rattlesnakes are among the most highly specialized and successful animals existing on this planet.

Perhaps the most impressive evolutionary innovation of rattlesnakes is their venoms, potent chemical "cocktails" composed of numerous enzymes and toxins. Primarily digestive in nature, the principal function of these venoms is the capture of prey with actual chemical composition varying with the preferred food animals of each particular rattlesnake. Prey species are bitten, instantly injected with venom and then released to wander away and die, thereby significantly minimizing the risks of injury to the attacking snake. Rattlesnakes then use their forked tongues, super-sensitive scent detecting organs possessed by all snakes and some lizards, to precisely track stricken prey.

Venom is produced by specialized glands and is .....
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An afternoon in La Crosse

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

We were wandering around downtown historic La Crosse last weekend, which, I couldnít help but notice, in places, looks a bit like downtown historic Lanesboro. The secret is out, if you want your town to be economicall ..... 
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Lord of the Dance

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

My wife told me that I had won first prize and was chosen to be her escort for her all-school reunion last weekend. I actually looked forward to the event, especially when it was her reunion and not mine. It was unlikel ..... 
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Survivors

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

This is a story about survivors.

No, it is not about the gameshow/psychodrama that was recently portrayed on CBS, where neurosis is a developmental skill highly valued by artificially created tribal groups.
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The dark at the bottom of the stairway

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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My wife drove into town to look for some material for a chair that she is going to re-upholster and would be gone for an hour or two and as she was leaving, suggested that I find something useful to do. I sat at my desk and gave the matter some thoug ..... 
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Journal Profile # 78

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Name: Tyler Benson
Home: Rushford
Age: 15
Profession: I am a ninth grade student at Rushford-Peterson
Family: Dad, Mom, & Sister
Hero: My Mom, Dad and Uncle Ron
Hobby: I like goi ..... 
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Easy Wild Rice Hot-dish

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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1 lb. hamburger
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
Brown together, then add to the browned meat,
1 box Uncle Benís wild rice
1 cup water
1 can beef broth or consomme
1 can of mushroom soup
Put altogether in a casser ..... 
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9/4/00

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, September 4, 2000

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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To the Editor,

On Saturday, September 16, the Preston Good Samaritan Center will sponsor its 3rd Annual Memory Walk. We are one of over 200 communities in 50 states participating in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. The walk raises pub ..... 
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