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A Favorite Teacher


Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Monday, September, 2000

The sunlight is suddenly different. Insects seem to respect our peace and quiet at night a bit more than they did a few weeks ago. There is a scent of dust on sunny days and the air feels cooler and dryer than just days ago. Our kids went back to school today and the summer is over.

The start of school makes me think again of my teacher, Mrs. Grasskamp. She taught me for my first four years of school. She had been teaching a long time when I met her. She taught my older brothers before me and my younger brother after me. Our school was a one-room country school that my class had to share with only three other grades. Earlier times saw that small school contain eight grades at a time.

Mrs. Grasskamp was a tiny woman. When I think of her I am always looking down into her face. This may well have been the case as I was always tall for my age. Her stature was, to my knowledge, never a problem for her in the classroom. In a time when corporal punishment would not have been criticized and might have been encouraged by some parents, Mrs. Grasskamp would never have seen the need. She maintained a gentle control on the students under her care. When we stepped out of line, a quick word from her and a shake of her head brought us quickly back.

Mrs. Grasskamp was not a resident of our rural neighborhood and I never knew her well personally. She commuted thirty miles to work. That was very exotic to me because I knew she lived in a place that I had never been. She drove a blue Valiant and was never late. Once in a while, her husband dropped her off and picked her up, but he remained a mystery man, always waiting in the car and never coming into the school.

We treated Mrs. Grasskamp with respect because she demanded it and never gave us any reason to doubt it. If we were good, we were rewarded with more work. I always responded to that sort of backward approach, but then I think I would have done almost anything that Mrs. Grasskamp asked me to do. One of our work rewards was the task of burning wastepaper at the end of the day. Two boys (always boys, never girls) were assigned to collect the wastepaper at the end of the day and burn it outside in the burning barrel. This job usually fell to me, but one day my friend, Larry, was given the job. It took Larry a long time to burn the trash. School ended without Larry coming back into the classroom. I saw him in the coatroom, putting on his hat and going to th .....
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Dad

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call Ive always dreaded. "Sit down," my brother Derald said softly. "Dad died just a little while ago."

Waves of emotion. Deep sighs. Ti ..... 
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The dark at the bottom of the stairway

Sun, Sep 10th, 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 # 79

Sun, Sep 10th, 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
Last Book Read: ..... 
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Homemade Ketcup

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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4 qt. canned tomato juice
2 cups sugar
1 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 onion
(red food coloring)
Cook 2-1/2 hours or 1 hour and add 2 tabl ..... 
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9/11/00

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, September 11, 2000

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
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To the Editor,

As a property owner and taxpayer in Fillmore County and Pilot Mound Township, I am concerned about the growth of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. Eagle Bluff is located approximately five miles NW of Lanesboro, MN. I ..... 
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