Archive - Nov 26, 2003

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Another missing person case

The disappearance of UND student Dru Sjodin is dominating local news. We always say things like that don't happen around here, but the fact is they often do. A girl in Hallock disappeared a few years ago. Her body was found in a gravel pit. Jacob Wetterling disappeared a few miles to the south. He was never found. A woman disappeared from Twin Valley two years ago. Her body was discovered north of Fertile. Her husband was finally convicted of killing her this fall. A little girl disappeared in Underwood, MN, not so far from here, about 15 years ago. Her father had killed her.

Contemplating servitude

Went out skiing today. The big swamp behind the main building site at the nursery is unaccessible until it freezes over, so thick are the woods around it. So, today I skied on the swamp and found the perfect place to build a little house! I would make a little drive through the woods, clear a little spot next to an oak grove, and build with a view towards the open water where a couple of trumpeter swans have spent some time the past couple of springs. This would, of course, require me to abandon the philosophy I smugly outlined below of not hustling myself deeper into debt.

I wasn't going to talk about Michael Jackson!

But good grief. I turned on the tube tonight, and there it was, the Michael Jackson story splashed all over cable. Legal experts pontificating. The hosts of news shows, furs borrowed, digging into the minutia. The stream of text running on the bottom...Jackson was injected with a sedative to get him on the plane...Jackson demanded that the plane go to South America...Jackson was quoted as saying "It's not fair!"...Jackson was forced to his seat by his bodyguards...blah, blah, blah.