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Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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"Please Don’t 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 animal’s 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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Further tales of White Beaver

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

A few weeks ago I wrote a feature article in the Journal regarding the historical origins of Lanesboro’s Buffalo Bill Days, (It all started with White Beaver, July 31, 2000). Due to the usual constraints of space, the f ..... 
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Lord of the Dance

Sun, Aug 27th, 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, Aug 27th, 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 Country Squire

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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It seems as though it was yesterday but it has been al-most ten years since I retired. As a matter of fact, I can barely remember what it was that I did for a living. I can remember how I well I prepared for my retirement. I bought books on the birds ..... 
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Journal Profile # 78

Sun, Aug 27th, 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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Ground Cherry Pie

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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1 cup husked ground cherries
1 unbaked pie shell
2 eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
• Fill pastry shell with cherries. Beat eggs with salt. Add sugar and flour, then milk ..... 
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8/28/00

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, August 28, 2000

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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To the Editor,

Earlier this spring during the course of the controversy over the Reiland’s plan to expand their dairy operation, I was disappointed to hear one of our legislators refer to some environmentalists as “tree huggers” and “bunny lo ..... 
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