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Stormy Weather


Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
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A ruby-throated hummingbird whizzed past us. An eastern wood-pewee called and a rose-breasted grosbeak sang variations of his song never stopping to take a breath. We saw a few warblers,

indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles and other species. I was leading a field trip in Forestville State Park at the request of a friend who invited four of her Twin Cities area women friends to spend the weekend at her cabin near the park. The day was cloudy and rainy, as so many of our spring days were, making it

difficult to see the birds clearly, but the group was friendly and appreciative nevertheless.

In general, the migratory birds are coming through earlier than

they once did, likely due to warmer and earlier springs. In spite of the later spring this year, more like it used to be, the birds

still came early. Numbers have been dwindling over the last several decades, but this year they seemed to be slightly up, only a temporary reprieve, I'm afraid.

Birds are showing up where they shouldn't be. My friend John from Rochester called a few weeks ago to say he was at a pond about three miles south of Preston looking at a white-winged scoter, a diving duck that is common in open salt water and rare inland. The scoter was still there when we came to take a photo of it. John called more recently to report another Fillmore County

record at the same pond, a glossy ibis, a heronlike bird common

on the East Coast but rare inland.

The second day, Sunday May 22, that I led the five women on a field trip, we walked part of the Harmony-Preston Valley Trail.

The morning was again cloudy with rain threatening. A ruffed

grouse drummed and a great blue heron flew along Camp Creek. Woodpeckers sent wooden messages. A great crested flycatcher sang wheep! wheep! Three species of vireos appeared, a few warblers and other more common birds.

When I arrived home in early afternoon, the weather improved and I wished it had improved earlier. Before long clouds drifted in again, thunder rumbled and then suddenly a siren, a tornado warning for Fillmore County. Menacing clouds, wind, rain and hail came our way and our electricity went out. Sun returned and the electricity came on an hour later.

Others didn't fare so well that day. The tornado we missed touched down near Lime Springs and created a path to the Harmony area and northeast of there, damaging houses, farm buildings and trees but fortunately .....
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One moment, please... You wouldn't D.A.R.E.?

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

Online at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com, I often post reader polls for you, our readers, to cast your vote on a variety of subjects.

The results of a recent onli ..... 
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Guest commentary: The Rushford Muni closes

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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By Robert Dahl, Rushford City Council Member

After an interminable time of losses, the Rushford muni is now closed. Asking the city tax payers to continue to support and pay for the losses it has sustained is untenable.

For a time aft ..... 
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One moment, please... Standing out in a crowd, 6/6/11

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

Ya know, I never realized how invaluable a small school learning environment was until I lived here.

Yes, my graduating class was 472 students, so I have a very ..... 
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Thanks for the memories....

Fri, May 27th, 2011
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Many of you are probably old enough to recognize the title as Bob Hope's theme song. The rest of you are thinking, "Bob who?" Well, I am old enough to not only remember Bob Hope but to have learned how to type on a manual typewriter, play 50's music ..... 
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-52947

Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-52947

Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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Try to forget about gasoline price wars

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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As the prices for gasoline begin to creep toward the $4 per gallon mark, it appears that President Obama will get his wish for "gradual adjustment" to high gas prices.

When the truth is unveiled, citizens of this country are not adjusting in ..... 
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Bringing balance to our checkbook

Fri, May 13th, 2011
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Nearly a month ago Standard and Poors revised the outlook for the United States to negative from stable while reaffirming the triple A rating. The reason for the lower outlook on our country's debt is what the rating agency sees as an inability for ..... 
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