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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 and trees of North America. I bought a cocktail shaker and a refrigerated beer tap that keeps a keg of beer at exactly 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

I built a barbecue pit on one side of the deck and I stocked the freezer with pork chops, ribs and beef steaks. I filled the shelves of my library with over thirteen hundred movies and I was all set to go.

How fondly I remember that first week of retirement. I sat out on the deck every day and watched the birds and squirrels. I read books and had a beer or two while enjoying the quiet and stillness of the woods. I was not just a Country Squire, I was a King In His Own Castle. Well, there have been some changes since then.

I forgot about one thing -- the King may have retired but the Queen did not! I was po-litely told, well sort of, that if there was going to be a man in the house all day, the woman was not going to be tripping over him all day so he had bet-ter get up out of that chair and find something to do and not in town!

Then I asked a dumb ques-tion. I asked her what I could do. I have should known bet-ter. She told me what I could do, when I could do it, where I could do it and how often.

It was always our dream to retire to a log cabin in the woods and we did. I thought that once that the logs were in place and there was a roof over our heads, that would be the end of it. Well, have since learned that those log rooms, there are eight of them, and planked and timbered ceilings have to be dusted by using a vacuum cleaner. I suppose that I should have known something was up when she gave me a Shop Vac for a retirement present.

I never gave the matter any thought before but I now real-ize that there are 32 windows in this cabin, they are double hung which equals 64 and each one of those double hung windows has a storm window, which is also double hung which makes for a total of 128 sheets of glass that somehow must be kept free of smudges, streaks and what-ever.

Then there is the deck where I used to sit, watching the squirrels and birds and reading while drinking a beer or two. that deck must be kept clean and what with all of those dirty birds flying about, it is a daily chore. It is my considered opinion tha .....
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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
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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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Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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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 Reilands 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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Arnold Tieskotter

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Arnold Tieskotter, 87, of Harmony, a retired farmer, died Tuesday, August 15, 2000, at Harmony Community Nursing Home.

He was born Jan. 16, 1913, in Winneshiek County, IA. On December 26, 1942, he married Mildred Kobriger in Castalia, IA, and ..... 
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