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Another Jailhouse Story...


Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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The Night of the Aga Kahn
By Neil HaugerudMonday, July 10, 2000

It was 2 a.m.- a deep black night. The moonless and starless sky offered no contrast to the ‘everywhere white’ of the landscape. Our forward pro-gress was hampered by snowdrifts swiftly forming on the road and blinding whiteouts swirling in the 30 mile-per- hour bitter wind.

Five inches of new snow covered the narrow roadway where only farmsteads and wooded windbreaks in unsheltered areas offered a shadowy reality of place.It was the winter of 1961. We were in Sumner Township - one of the most sparsely settled areas of the county. Suddenly there it was - one of the strangest sights I had ever seen, outlined in our headlights. It was like a black and white TV screen, three dimensional, with poor reception, flashing on and off as the snow blew across the picture.

At first it appeared as if a black balloon, slightly compressed on each side, was suspended in the sea of white nearly six feet off the ground. Diagonally on either side of the black object, about three feet apart and three feet lower, were two black objects about the size of hands.

I applied the brakes and skidded to a stop, only three feet shy of the spooky apparition. Deputy Ron Turner, who had accompanied me, squinted and blinked his eyes -a puzzled look of disbelief on his face.

Ron wiped the frost from the windshield trying to get a better look, hampered by the windshield wipers furiously slapping at the driving snow.

"What the hell! Could that be her?" he said.

For me it appeared as if the balloon became an eerie black face suspended in the air and the black hands reached to brush the snow from the head. Then the head and the hands moved toward us.

Ron and I were responding to a call from a citizen of Sumner Township, who thought he might have seen a black person wandering in the blizzard and became too frightened to stop. There were no black people living in all of Fillmore County during this time.

Ron and I got out of the car. As I approached the figure it became apparent the apparition was a real person. Beneath the black face, with the collar turned up to the base of the chin, was an ankle length, pure white fur coat, The spiritual being was nearly 6 feet tall, had the facial features of a woman and limped as she walked towards us.

"What in the world are you doing out here in this blizzard?" I asked.

No answer.

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Plan Now for Fall Vegetables

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

It’s not too late to sow seeds of many short season vegetables. Many gardeners want to get all their seeds in and then just let it grow! But staggering planting dates will give you a longer harvest season. This week there ..... 
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Scenes from Childhood

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

We stand on a cracked sidewalk, looking across a cyclone fence at vacant lots and trees, all that remains of the Sumner Field Housing Projects in North Minneapolis. In 1938, the year he was born, my husband's family becam ..... 
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Root River Blues Revisited: In the Wake of the Flood

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, June 26, 2000

6:00 a.m. Thursday June 1, 2000: The South Branch of the Root River, small, clear and perhaps somewhat low for this time of year, placidly meanders and winds its way through Lanesboro towards a merger with the mighty Miss ..... 
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A mystery writer visits

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Running a motel in Helena, Montana, was a very confining business, the mystery writer and Chatfield native, Elizabeth Gunn told an audience last week at the Harmony Public Library. "There were whole years where we didn’t ..... 
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Flight

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 3, 2000

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright flew a powered aircraft for twelve seconds. Their flight covered a distance of about forty yards at a speed of almost seven miles per hour. Six years later, the Wright boys s ..... 
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Start with the courthouse

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 3, 2000

Start with the courthouse. That's my advice to the soon-to-be appointed Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee that was created by the county board last Tuesday. The evaluation of the shops and other facilities can w ..... 
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Curdlecod goes Asiatic

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Chester and Cynthia Curdlecod are the local gourmets of Flabbergast County and one evening last week we were invited to their home for dinner. They take pride in their ability to prepare sumptuous meals from the local fish, fowl and fauna and avoid b ..... 
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Journal Profile # 73

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Name: Winifred Eiken
Home: Henrytown
Age: 63 on April 12
Profession: Amish Tour Guide
Family: Husband - Roger; 2 sons - Ashley and Richard; 2 daughters - Jill and Joan; 12 grandchildren; 1 great ..... 
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