1881-the Immigrants Are Coming!

1881 – ROADNOTES On St. Patrick’s Day in Cork County, Ireland, my great-grandparents were desperate, hungry and without hope. Bishop Ireland from St. Paul, MN USA was putting together a plan to help populate a small portion of the Midwest. It was his hope to attract farmers from Ireland to break the prairie and till…
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One Of The Lost Boys Of The Sudan.

A customer comes into my store and I ask him where he is from? I can tell that he is probably from Kenya or the Sudan. We visit awhile and then he offers his origins, he smiles and says “I am a lost boy from the Sudan”. His name is Chang Riang and he is…
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MY FRIEND BOUGHT A ROCKET SHIP!

In a curious twist this past week we find ourselves as house guests, my host is a rocket scientist. I mean really! a rocket scientist. My wife and I are just outside of Washington D.C. & realize that every major player in the technology world is represented in this city. This fellow worked with developing…
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U.S.A. – Cuba – WINDSURFING-A FRIENDSHIP BEING RENEWED

I blink and eight years have past. I had the good fortune of creating a friendship with Alex Morales. You might remember Alex, He was the fellow that received national news in the U.S.A. when he fled Cuba on a wind surfboard, a death defying feat. At the age of twenty one he was the…
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The Great (Northern) Kiskadee

IN SEARCH OF THE ELUSIVE GREAT NORTHERN KISKADEE ! My interest in birding started at an early age. My cousin was filled with alarm and excitement when he identified a new species at the Blue Mounds State Park in South Western Minnesota. He willingly shared his enthusiasm by handing me his expensive binoculars. He pointed…
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