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Township Roads: Going Home


Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

My family and I have moved from one quiet spot in the country to what we hope is another quiet spot in the country. We have left our acreage in LeRoy and moved just over fifty miles north and east. Our "new" place is six miles southwest of Elgin.

The farm that we now live on is where I grew up. It has been in our family for one hundred and thirty six years. But, whoís counting? Holding the ancestral fort seems to be a rather large responsibility for one as young as I, even with the help of an eager wife and sons.

People have already asked me if I have experienced flashbacks and floods of memories since moving into the house. They expect that I will recall lots of things that happened during the eighteen years I lived here more than thirty years ago. They want to know, "Can a person really go home?"

Frankly, I donít know yet. Iím too tired. I have more questions than answers. For instance, I would rephrase the question in the following manner, "Can a person really go home without painting all the walls and the ceilings first?" I might also ask, "Can a person really go home without replacing half a dozen stuck faucets the first week?" I also wonder, "Would a person go home if he knew what he was getting into?"

The farm home we are moving into was built in 1929. The home we moved out of was built in 1977. There are some big differences in home construction in forty-eight years. The farm home has been well maintained and remodeled, but it is still five decades older than what we left and many things need work.

Painting was the first thing we had to do around the place and, for those of you aching for a flashback, this initiated a painting memory. Right after I was out of high school and before going to college in the fall, I was still living on this farm with my folks. My summer job was painting a barn for a doctor friend of ours who owned a farm a few miles away. It was an old dairy barn and it was a smaller barn, but it had the traditional rooflines with the high peaks.

The doctor wanted me to do an excellent job of painting. I did as he asked. I carefully scraped every square inch of peeling paint. I replaced broken boards and hammered down nails as I went. I had no power equipment or scaffolding to work with, just a very long aluminum extension ladder to get to the high places. I wasnít too productive at the top of the ladde .....
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The Commute: The Pastor finds relief

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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Iíve just returned from another week at the original "Chautauqua" in New York, with a familiar dilemma: I have a real urge to talk about it, but find the whole place oddly indescribable.

Once again I spent the week with my dear ..... 
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Ramblings: From taxes to corked bats to ardent citizenship

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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ēAll of those Pawlenty taxes went into effect on Tuesday, July 1. ďNo Taxes TimĒ cut funding to local government, slashed human services, took money from the tobacco endowment, and borrowed money to build roads to balance the state budget. But he did ..... 
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Township Roads: The Train to Minot

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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My wife, Deb, and I took the train from Red Wing, Minnesota to Minot, North Dakota for a recent conference. Flying was expensive, as apparently only one airline wants to take an airplane out of service every day to fly it to Minot. Driving was practi ..... 
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Another One from Flaherty: The Dormant News

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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We have in Flabbergast County a very fine County newspaper in The Dormant News whoís slogan is all the news thatís fit to print and even some that ainít. I thoroughly enjoy reading it and what I find especially interesting are the social items that a ..... 
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Are you Game?: Pitching wins championships

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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At last the NBA Finals are over. Now begins the NBA second season where trades are made, players are drafted and veterans a little too long in the tooth call it quits.

There are many questions to be answered: Where will Jason Ki ..... 
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