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A little of this, A little of that ~10.10.16


By Kathy Little

Mon, Oct 10th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Bats, rats, spiders and snakes are NEVER included in my Halloween décor because I am truly afraid of them. Witches, vampires and ghosts seem quite harmless compared to them. I am always on the lookout for the former and alert other people by pointing and shrieking in abject terror!

Yes, I know that bats are “our friends” and eat mosquitoes. As long as they out of my hair, I try to ignore them. But I lived in an old abandoned farm house that my husband and I remodeled that really had bats in the belfry or attic. They squeak and cunningly escape into living spaces where they hang from curtains and cleverly wait for me to discover them. Then I automatically go into the “flee or fight” mode, which means that I flee while screaming for my brave husband to fight with handy weapons such a hammer or tennis racket.

This has nothing to do with the vampire legends or Dracula. It is obviously a family fear because my sister Barbie once called the Preston cops to remove one from her home. Bats may be our friends, but sometimes they carry rabies, which can mean several shots in the stomach. This really did happen to a person I know. A bat was sleeping on a couch arm in a room that had been closed up for a few weeks. He sat down and put his arm on the couch, and it bit him. So, maybe the bat felt he was being attacked and bit in self defense; but the person still had to have the series of shots just in case. Lose, lose for bat and human.

This bat phobia is irrational. Nevertheless, it once prompted me to kill a perverted bat crouching behind my toilet to watch me bathing one summer night. My husband was not at home to rescue me; so I was forced to hack that bat to death with a machete. Why I just happened to have a machete handy is a story for another column!

Rats have always haunted my life. As a child, I lived equidistant from an industrial sand pile, a soy bean mill and the Root River. My house was in a rat resort. We always had cats because of this. The mill workers always put out rat poison. Some rats always ate the poison. The cats always ate the poisoned rats. We always got new cats! You see the pattern. Also, there was this movie Willard about a rat that rallied his resources and wreaked revenge on humans.

My philosophy regarding spiders is “Live and let live” unless they invade my laundry room which is in the basement or weave cobweb condos in my ceilings.

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A View From The Woods - Do It Yourself

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Oct 3rd, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

Do It Yourself I often visit my 84-year-old mother for several days at her senior apartment outside of the Twin Cities. She likes to take me to the large living room downstairs where friends gather at all hours of the day and evening to chat, drink ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 9/19/16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Columnists

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Today’s article is the autumn edition of your invitation to participate in Hazardous Household Waste collection day. The fall HHW in Fillmore County is scheduled for the first Tuesday in Oct ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. ~ 9.12.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

The dreaded invitation on fine paper with a beautiful bluejay arrived in the mail today. I knew it was coming, but I had done my best Scarlett O’Hara, “I’ll think about that tomorrow” routine for a couple of weeks! Now there was no denying ..... 
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A View From The Woods - After the deluge

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

I stir from sleep in the night, hearing a loud thrumming of rain on the roof. I turn over, glad we closed the windows at bedtime. By morning, the barely lightened sky keeps us dozing later than usual. The rain has ended, but the morning remains d ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 8.15.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Back in the day, Christmas, Halloween, and the Fillmore County Fair were my favorite times of the year! Actually, I referred to the Fillmore County Fair as the Preston Fair. It was in my hometown, and I felt a childlike ownership of the fairground ..... 
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A View From The Woods... Up to the cabin

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

Up to the cabin Shortly before my husband and I met forty years ago, his parents bought a little island on a big lake up north. I started visiting the cabin with him, and, like the rest of the family, we all grew to love this particular place on ea ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 7.18.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Hitch-up the buckboard, gussie up the kids in their best-go- to-meeting clothes and head to Houston, Minn., for Hoedown! It is the most rip-roaring, hoot- shooting celebration this side of the Root River. You’ll see plenty of handsome horseflesh ..... 
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A View From the Woods - Living close to your food

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

I wander out to the garden, wondering what’s for dinner tonight. The peas are fattening up nicely, tucked in their pods, so I pick a mess of them. Some lettuce still looks good, so I slice off a deep green clump of romaine, and a handful of chives ..... 
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