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Of People, Places and Things- The Journal's Birthday


Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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Overheard at Wheelers Bar & Grill in Harmony a few weeks ago:Two older men are having lunch. One of the men asks another man who has just come into the restaurant what he has been doing all morning.“Reading the Journal,” was the man’s reply.“What are you going to be doing this afternoon?” the other of the two men asked.“Reading the Journal,” the man said matter of factly.

In the excitement of putting out a paper every week, we missed the Journal’s birthday a couple weeks ago. If you look at the upper top right area of the front page you’ll see that this paper, October 14, is Volume 18 Issue 2. Yes, two weeks ago we started our 18th year.Back in1985, a free paper was a novel idea, especially in a rural area. Shoppers had been around for quite awhile, but the idea of having advertising pay for the printing and delivery of a newspaper was a novel idea. Free papers, primarily covering arts and entertainment, were around in large urban areas. These were targeted primarily at young people. Many of the more news oriented free papers, like the Village Voice in New York, were considered a part of the alternative press, and often scooped the large corporate papers on political stories. Most of these free papers were not sent through the mails, but picked up by patrons at distribution racks.Larry Salge, the Journal editor and publisher in 1985 wrote: “We knew that if we charged for subscriptions we could not reach every home, because some people would not subscribe even if it cost just a dollar a year.”And, yet, the owners at that time knew that they would have to charge more for advertising than other papers in order to cover the costs of printing and mailing the papers out. It took considerable risk to bring out the Journal back then, not knowing whether local business would support this new effort.Clearly one of the goals of the Journal was to bring the communities of Fillmore County together by delivering county news to a regional readership that went beyond the individual coverage that town newspapers provided.Salge wrote at the time: “Our staff worked hard to come up with an idea that would work for Fillmore County, both for the consumers and the advertisers... We didn’t want the Journal to be just another Shopper.” The first issue of the Journal came out on September 30, 1985. It was 16 pag .....
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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Today my column is dedicated to the gentle man whose body was found Saturday evening Sept. 21st in a ditch just north or Prosper. Isn't it terrible we wait till someone is dead before we can say something good about them. Kris Olson director of Sunri ..... 
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The Commute

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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When I was a child, we had portraits in our home of the Pope, former president John F. Kennedy, Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva of the Minnesota Twins. So it should be no surprise that I hold baseball players in high esteem.

Th ..... 
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Township Roads

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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I have noticed that a lot of people I know are married. My wife and I are married. Her parents are married. So are mine. Most of our aunts and uncles are married. Most of our friends are married. People we know who were married quite a while ago and ..... 
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Another One From Flaherty

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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Just about everyone knows what Columbus did in 1492, but almost no one knows what Heathcliff Hammarschlagg did in the year 845. What he did was, he discovered America is what he did. Both North and South and with only one ship, the Torsk, Heathcliff ..... 
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At Home in the Woods

Fri, Sep 27th, 2002
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It's a relief that 9/11 has come and gone with no additional terrorist attacks. But, it seems that there is still a lot to worry about--impending war with Iraq, more attacks, West Nile and other exotic viruses, the lagging economy and climate change. ..... 
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Prairie Notes-For Richer and Poorer

Fri, Sep 27th, 2002
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It’s been raining wedding invitations lately at our house. There’d been a drought for a few years—just long enough for this guest to gain a few years in age, if not in wisdom. I’m not much on ceremony, but weddings interest me. Like many people, I’ve ..... 
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Does It Matter?

Fri, Sep 27th, 2002
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I don’t normally write about national politics, but I have been troubled by recent events in Washington, in particular the move by the Bush Administration to seek Congressional approval for the President to take military action against Iraq. & ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Sep 13th, 2002
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This is our invitation for us cousins that I talked about last week, up to my sister Dolly's in Goodhue. Chocolate is a vegetable!

Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Beans = vegetables. Sugar is derived from either sugar cane or sugar ..... 
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