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It’s Our Turn: Invisible farmers, lumberjack angels and magic water fairies

February 14, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

February was our month, I recall thinking when I was a little girl. My dad and I were both born in February. Winter always reminds me of him. Cork-studded boots, flannel shirts, wool pants, the smell of pine needles and sawdust, that’s my dad a logger. Continue Reading

County sticking with weekly meetings

January 13, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Cutting the number of county commission meetings from four to two Tuesdays a month isn’t something that’s high, or even on, Davison County’s list of priorities, the commissioners said recently.
That means Davison County will remain the only county in The Daily Republic’s 17-county readership area that meets on a weekly basis. Other counties meet once or twice a month. Continue Reading

Opinion: Experience shows roadmap to legislative seat

January 7, 2011 in The Daily Republic

I was a rookie that went three for three. I ran for GOP chairman of Sanborn County and won. Sanborn had about 20 percent of the population of Davison County, but I was only 26 years of age.
In the fall of 1975, the chairmen of Sanborn, Miner, McCook and Hanson counties met in Howard. We tried to find a “sacrificial lamb” to run for the Legislature, as the Democrats had held the three seats for four, six and eight years. Continue Reading

Chile’s mine rescue continues as 10th miner rescued

October 13, 2010 in West Central Tribune

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) The miners emerged like clockwork, jubilantly embracing wives, children and rescuers and looking remarkably composed Wednesday after languishing for 69 days in the depths of a mine that easily could have been their tomb.
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First of 33 trapped Chilean miners rescued

October 12, 2010 in West Central Tribune

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 miners to be rescued, has surfaced after 69 days underground.
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