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One man’s souvenir, another man’s heirloom


Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

On August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb given the name of “Fat Man” was dropped over the Japanese city of Nagasaki. This was the second atomic bomb dropped on a major city in Japan in less than four days, as a measure of response to the Japanese attack on America at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Sixty-eight years later, there are many people today who remember what life was like back then, contending with the tension that created a dividing line between Americans and Japanese as two worlds collided on a global scale.

Orval Amdahl, a 94-year-old Lanesboro native and resident, remembers that day very well. He was on a ship out at sea waiting for clearance to hit the beaches of Nagasaki. Once the atomic bomb had been dropped on Nagasaki, “we were at sea until the geiger counters had cleared the area from fallout,” recalled Amdahl.

And then “the treaty had been signed in Tokyo before we got off the ship,” he said. As a member of the Third Battalion, Tenth Marines, Second Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Captain Orval Amdahl hit the beaches of Nagasaki on an LST (Landing Ship, Tank) with the rest of his unit.

The soldiers were told to leave their guns on the ship, since they did not want to pose a threat to the already shaken survivors of the atomic bomb. They wanted to merely occupy the area of Nagasaki.

Amdahl recalls walking the streets of Nagasaki and seeing eight story buildings turned to rubble and ash. In the beginning, only the Japanese men came out of what remained for housing at that time. The men kept their women and children hidden from the American soldiers, fearing what they might do to the Japanese. But, as there became a better understanding that the Americans were merely occupying the region, the residents of Nagasaki started to gain a sense of trust.

While in Nagasaki, Captain Amdahl was granted permission by his Lieutenant Colonel to enter any “Off-Limits” area and pass on and off the base at any time. And, while inspecting a Japanese naval shipping warehouse, Amdahl and his fellow soldiers found a huge pile of samurai swords. All of the soldiers grabbed a sword, resting safely in a scabbard. Most of the soldiers got their hands on a shiny metal scabbard and sword, but Amdahl climbed to the top of the pile and grabbed one samurai sword housed in a leather scabbard. And, with permission from the military, Amdahl was allowed to bring the samur .....
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Arguments & Negotiations by Pixie Youngdahl

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company is pleased to announce the release of Pixie Youngdahl’s new book, “Arguments & Negotiations.” A bittersweet memoir of surviving a battle with cancer, Pixie tells her story with subtle humo ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council talks trees

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro Street/Park Director Andy Drake approached the city council regarding several ash trees at Sylvan Park and around town that are dying. He said they trimmed the dead parts off the trees last year, but they need it again. He suggested they b ..... 
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“Better Be”

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In “Be Better” on September 2, 2013 Eric was uneasy as to how his remarks about the Anniversary of the Civil Rights March would be received. Bill O’Reilly was incensed. He claimed that Republicans were not invited to partic ..... 
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‘Energy’ Series documentary film: ‘Home’ to show at the St. Mane Theatre

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – ‘HOME’, a documentary film, will show at the St. Mane Theatre on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tying into the ‘Energy’ theme this season, the film is part of the Third Friday Film Series, an educational series sponsored ..... 
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‘Names’ theme for “Over the Back Fence”

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

‘Names’ is the theme for the upcoming “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held on Friday, September. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. We’ll have everything from ‘Sara Cynthia Sylvia Stout’ (Silverst ..... 
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Listen up as silent movies trigger deafening peals of laughter in Lanesboro, Minn.

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

What’s so funny about a locally-made silent movie? One that reenacts fairytales we all know so well? What? It’s the fun of involving a big cast of local “movie stars” in a light-hearted project intended to get never-before-actors/actresses i ..... 
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Leather and Pipes ride to Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Leather and Pipes Motorcycle Run visited Lanesboro, Minn., on August 17, 2013 during this year’s sixth Annual fundraiser for the event with riders raising money for cancer awareness and to help find a cure. The Leather and Pipes Rally began ..... 
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Letter about “Love is Love”

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Going through a few back issue of the Journal, I just read the cover story from August 12 -- “Love is Love.” I offer you a hearty CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for choosing to run that story -- and on the cover, no less! Having ..... 
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