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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 sold their invention to the Army. That craft, the first airplane the Army bought, could fly at speeds up to forty miles per hour. The Army paid thirty thousand dollars for this contraption. In todays money, that amounts to just over a half million dollars.

Fifty years after the Wrights first sale to the Army, my brothers and I shared a fascination with airplanes. It was a still a time before most people had ever flown. We made it a point to try to identify every plane that came near the farm. Even during suppertime we had to know what type of airplane was flying over. When we heard an engine, one of us kids would jump from the table and run to the door to catch a glimpse of the intruder. We might have to wait a moment before the plane came far enough over our big maples to be identified.

"Is it Roger?" someone at the table would yell.

"I dont know. I cant see him," the boy on watch would say.

The plane engine noise grew louder as it seemed to just skim the tops of our trees.

"Is it Roger?" someone who was just sitting there would holler through their mouthful of liver and onions. They were getting impatient to know who had the nerve to fly over our farm.

"Yeah, its Roger," the lookout finally said as he came to sit down again.

Of course it was Roger. It was always Roger. Roger was Roger Tolefsrud, our neighboring flying farmer. As far as I knew, Roger was the only one who ever flew near our place. His airfield, an alfalfa strip behind his house, was just a half-mile from our line fence. His landing approach often took him right over our house. I think he did that just to check out what we were doing. Because he flew an airplane, Roger was the most interesting person I thought I knew. When I finally met him face to face, I recall being surprised that he looked just like a normal human being. I guess I expected a pilot to sport a helmet and a parachute at all times and not to show up in public wearing farm clothes and a cowboy hat. Some of the mystery and romance went out of flying just then.

A recent trip to Oklahoma City on airplanes finally brought me down to earth regarding the romance of flying. Of four scheduled flights, my traveling com .....
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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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Wedding Punch

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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2 cans (12 oz. each) frozen lemonade concentrate
2 cans (12 oz. each) frozen pineapple juice concentrate
1 quart water
1 liter ginger ale
1 liter bottle sparkling water
1 large bottle sparkling white grape juice or champagne ..... 
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Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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To the Editor,

This is great! I will no longer have to wait long periods of my life for Mom to mail old issues of the Journal. The Journal is at my finger tips at any time of the day or night (www.fillmorecountyjournal.com). It has been the g ..... 
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