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In the Lands of the Pte Oyate


Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

Sunlight shimmering, my wife Connie and I wrestle with the wind as we set up our campsite. Howling out of Nebraska, the stiffly blowing southern gale threatens to rip the ground cloth from our hands while we fumble with hammers and stakes and the furiously flapping tarpaulin. A nearby tent, its owners conspicuously absent, lies overturned, a twisted jumble of canvas and tent poles weighed down by an unknown heap of internal paraphernalia and whipping madly in the breeze like some tumbled-up ground hugging flag.

Exasperated, I give in. After all, this late August day in the Badlands has been a hot one. Not just hot but dry too, exceedingly so, just like the seemingly endless procession of days just before it. Holding our unruly blue tarp in place literally by the "seat of my pants," I dream of cold beers and visually survey our surroundings.

The soil is parched and cracked. Sparse vegetation, a mixture of shorter prairie grasses and other plants adapted to more arid conditions, is sun burnt and scorched golden brown. Lonely, widely scattered small pockets of trees alone seem vigorous, life-filled and green. One careless spark, a single stray ember would ignite nearby dried plants in an instant, unleashing, even on a day far less blustery than this, a fast moving searing circle of flame racing ever outward to blanket and blacken this sun-baked, desiccated land. An open campfire, no matter how well contained, will be out of the question tonight.

To the east, at a distance of perhaps 1000 yards meanders Sage Creek, now just a broken series of muddy puddles and pools of unmoving silt-laden water. This natural gash in the grassland, with sheer dirt-sided banks in some places nearly 30 feet tall, snakes away to disappear both northward and southward. Farther out, maybe a half-mile beyond Sage Creek’s shores, lays a sizeable rounded top knob, the first in a wave-like procession of similar hills stretching away to wall off the horizon. Slowly moving chocolate brown spots strewn here and there at the base of these buttes finally register in my brain, living, breathing beings that can only be Bison.

Rejuvenated, I point out our distant giant neighbors to Connie and grudgingly rejoin in her labor. The far-off buttes and their Bison, the American Buffalo to some, beckon us and speeds me along with my work. Our tent, apparently more wind-worthy then that of our missing human companions, is buckling and be .....
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A walk in the woods

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

There’s 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. It’s a perfect time for a walk i ..... 
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The Bat

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

There have been radio programs, comic books, and television shows featuring people who have, for reasons of their own, assumed some of the characteristics of the little brown bat. As far as I know, all these attempts ..... 
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Survivors

Sun, Sep 24th, 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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Sam’s bath

Sun, Sep 24th, 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

Sun, Sep 24th, 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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BLT Bites

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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16 to 20 Cherry tomatoes
1 pound bacon, cooked & crumbled
1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/3 cup chopped green onions
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese
2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
• With a small sharp knife, cut th ..... 
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9/25/00

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, September 25, 2000

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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To the Editor,

There has been some questions raised in the community about organ donation. This letter is written to dispel some of the myths and address some of these questions.

Organ donation is a life giving option for fami ..... 
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