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Dave Wood's Book Report, Aug. 9, 2006

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There's a little town in my home county called Trempealeau. Years back, while excavating for a new building, diggers found an old fur trading station from the early 19th century, long before Wisconsin became a state. In grade school our teachers told us about it over and over again and explained it was a fur collecting outpost sponsored by John Jacob Astor. The teachers had little to say about him and his offspring, but I was always interested.

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