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Beat the Rain


Mon, May 22nd, 2000
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Monday, May 22, 2000

Most of the people I know are glad it is raining today. It has been very warm and dry this spring. Even though the weather has been warm for weeks, the recent overnight cold caused some of the small corn and soybean plants to suffer some frost damage. The blackened leaves and cotyledons need lots of sunshine and heat, but the later planted, "yet-to-sprout" seeds needed this rain more than anything. According to local lore, this early drought and frost should count as two of the three times we will lose this crop this year. Only one more crop scare and we should have it made. Somehow I think we might have to lose this crop more than three times this year.

I drove by a farmer out planting soybeans this morning before the rain started. He stood out a bit because he was pulling a four-row planter with an old Farmall without a cab. The dust billowed behind the tractor and planter as he drove into the south wind. I did not envy him his job when it was time to turn and go north. His task must have seemed endless to him. The field he was planting was huge. I could not see the far end of the field from my vantage point.

The south wind was blowing up a storm. Clouds formed together in a solid gray mass covering the sky from horizon to horizon letting in some light from the east, but becoming grimly darker in the west. Distant lightning poked jaggedly from the gray clouds. I watched the farmer lean into the wind, one hand on the steering wheel, the other on the tractor fender, his eyes bouncing between the planter mark and the sky. Raindrops began to spatter against my truck. The farmer was going to get wet and he knew it. There was nothing he could do but keep going. Now it was just a matter of how wet he would get and how near to the other end of the field he would be before it got too muddy to leave the planter in the ground. He would be going home early, glad that what was planted was getting a drink, but disgusted that he did not get more accomplished. You never know around here. It might be weeks before it dries enough to plant again.

It sometimes amuses me how the television weather reporters tell us how a particular weather pattern or event will be just what the farmers want. It isnt like they really know or even have any idea about what would be best for farmers in general. If it looks dry out their window then the farmers need rain. If it is raining, they say that farmers would like it to dry up. The tel .....
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

The Remarkable Boy

Mon, May 22nd, 2000
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Monday, May 22, 2000

I was working one Saturday evening at the Old Village Hall, where I bus and wait tables. The night was like any other, busy with the rush of old folks who would later be attending the theater. About an hour before closing ..... 
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Who wants to be a commissioner?

Mon, May 22nd, 2000
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Monday, May 22, 2000

If you didn't know it by now, this is an election year. Come November, voters in Fillmore County will be casting their ballots for president, senator and congressmen. Both of the seats held by state Representative Greg Dav ..... 
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Chicken Salad on Catoloupe Rings

Mon, May 22nd, 2000
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2 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup halved green grapes
2 Tbls minced fresh parsley
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbls lemon juice
1 Tbls cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp prepared mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp su ..... 
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Letters from Monday, May 22, 2000 edition

Mon, May 22nd, 2000
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To the Editor,
I am writing in concern of the zoning regulations in Fillmore County. We own almost 16 acres of wooded property, which is zoned agricultural. Our intention was to build on this land, however, cannot due to the one non-farm h ..... 
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