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A Garden City Ghost

by Bodwyn Wook

This is the Garden City Roller Mill, a nineteenth century facility for pressing oatmeal.

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[this image is from the Minnesota Digital Library — ed]

For years the building was said to be haunted by the agonized and aggrieved ghost of heartbroken twenty-three-year-old Garden City mill hand and farrier Billy Pierce, who was gunned (more…)

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by Emmett Smith

The following transcription of some replies to a previous posting on the topic of the Indian curse on Mankato, Minnesota, goes a long way to confirm the widely held claim in our part of the country that all of Squawbunion County and the surrounding southern Minnesota countryside is in fact powerfully (more…)

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by Emmett Smith

To anyone who grew up on the American prairie or high plains in the twentieth century, the song of the meadowlark recalls (more…)

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by Bodwyn Wook

In many previous entries under this category here in the on-line pp of Bodwyn Wook, we have rehearsed the gloomy facts of the objective, relentless and unremitting Indian curse on Old Mankato, with its stumbling relays of leering taser-happy shift-work police, its incompetent tiers and belvedres of trained and shifty, professional, administrators and consulting shifty-looking psychologists, its ruined architecture and bevies of sly realtors, all making shift to flog by day and, desperately, by night these ruined crumbles to one another.  Many wish (more…)

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by ‘abd al-‘Abru

To anyone who grew up on the American prairie or high plains in the twentieth century, the song of the meadowlark recalls (more…)

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by Emmett Smith

Railfan Skip Weythman is right up there with the devoted people who chase tornadoes! 

This long take of UP Northern 844 pulling the “Sooner Rocket” was made from a speeding (more…)

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by Emmett Smith

Here are YouTube clips from two fine pieces of digital work, by Skip Weythman.  The first is an extended take, of UP Northern 844, with her “Corn Belt Rocket” drag, hurtling eastbound in 2007 from Cheyenne to Sydney, NB, right (more…)

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