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Attention Civil War aficionados! "Dixie Betrayed," by David J. Eicher (Little, Brown, $27.95) turns the tables on the old saws about the gallant men of the Confederacy, their patrician values, their bravery. The whole Ashley Wilkes syndrome, if you get my meaning. Eicher, a Milwaukeean says no. And he brings to bear meticulous research revealing that the North didn't best the South with superior strength and resources. Eicher claims the South did much to undermine its own cause.
Dear Editor, I am grateful and privileged for the opportunity to run for the position of register of deeds of St. Croix County. My name will be on the primary election ballot on Sept. 9. I am seeking this position because I know I can make a difference and I believe that now is the time to bring change, new ideas and hard work to the Register of Deeds Office. I believe in customer service, better communication, attention to accuracy, and improving technology. I believe I am the best candidate for Register of Deeds. I have a strong work ethic and am committed to you.
Gail Margaret Hanson, age 100, of Hudson, mother to Richard "Dick" (Diane) Hanson of Woodbury, Minn., passed away Friday, June 13, 2008, at Christian Community Home of Hudson. A memorial service will be held 12 noon on Saturday, June 21 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. Burial will be in Belmond Cemetery, in Belmond, Iowa. A memorial gathering will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials are preferred in Gail's name to the Christian Community Home Foundation.
I've read quite a few books in my day, but it always amazes me when I read yet another and I realize I've most certainly not read enough. Once again this became apparent when I recently read "Magnifico," by Miles J. Unger (Simon & Schuster, $32). Maybe I should back up. For years my wife and I have spent several summers in Tuscany, where we rent a cottage on an estate and drive around to the hill towns like San Gigmigano and Volterra to see the magnificent sites. So we've been to Florence many times, beginning in the 1970s.
Paxton Nelson, born June 7, 2008, son of Candice Nelson of Woodbury, died June 8, 2008 at Children's Hospital in St. Paul. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. with a visitation for 1 hour prior on Thursday, June 12 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, 715-386-3725. www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com
Most good food writing is not found in recipe books or in cooking magazines, which usually focus on nuts and bolts issues of technique.
Kathy Lei Ostrowski, age 52, of Afton, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2008 in Afton, Minn. after a five year battle with cancer. Visitation will be held at Bradshaw's Funeral Home in Stillwater, Minn. from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, April 11. Memorial mass will be held at St. Ambrose church in Woodbury, Minn. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 12 with visitation held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Kathy's Hope Benefit are preferred.
Charley Kempthorne has spent more than half his life teaching other people how to write, first as a college English professor and later as the founder of the first reminiscence writing workshop in the nation, back in 1976. He's helped all manner of folks get published, including a charwoman in Kempthorne's hometown of Manhattan, Kan., who was given $1,000,000 for her manuscript. The old lady didn't share her good fortune with her mentor, so he and his wife continued to work as a successful painting contractor in Manhattan. Kempthorne has an M.F.A.
A Saturday morning accident on HWY 35 in Pierce County injured three Minnesota residents -- including a 23-month-old child. The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. when Debra Morgan, 51, Red Wing, was southbound of HWY 35 driving a 1995 Plymouth minivan when she attempted to make a left-hand turn into a driveway just south of HWY 63. While making the turn Morgan's van was hit by a northbound Chevrolet pickup driven by Natasha Chester 23, Minnesota City. Also in the pickup was Chester's 23-month-old daughter Jolissa Nelton.