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Otherwise here are snippets of a couple stories from the book:
BIRDING AND THE GREAT AUK
Forty-seven years ago two teenagers would meet resulting in them spending their entire lifetimes together. They were with their fathers who were attending a tradesmen convention at Goodland, Kansas. The convention was the Coming of Craftsmen Organization better known as the COCO convention. Back then the main speaker was Herman Sneezelweed who had earned the prestigious title and award as America’s Sewer Worker of the Year. It was determined Herman was the best bucket driver in the sewer business. During that past year he had loaded and pushed more human waste than any other loading driver in the country. Quite an accomplishment by all standards when one thinks about it. As the main speaker Herman gave a speech concerning Modern Methods of Smelling Protection for individuals, communities and cities alike. In detail he explained how one could push sewer waste in a new proper system, which would decrease odor. His speech was riveting to all.
Well, almost all as the children Alexander Hurtsum and Kathy Saltsman had no interest in such matters but rather took great interest in each other. At that time they lived in two small western Kansas towns only 35 miles apart. Alexander was lucky enough to have a 55 Chevy back then making their dating days easy and joyous ones. They would date through their high school days right into their 20’s when wedding bells would ring for them. They would always recall their union was due to the COCO convention and Herman Sneezelweed’s smelly speech which you might say they butted out of.
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THE FISHERMAN OF MALAX
It is mid-June in northern Minnesota where the town of Malax and the actual Lake of Malax is located. This day marks two important events. The first is it is the opening day where all species of fish are legal to take by state laws. More importantly it is Malax’s annual celebration of the fish. For the past two days cars, campers, and trucks with hundreds of people have come to celebrate and enter the Malax’s annual fishing contest. Most are camped out here and there as the town’s two motels are filled to capacity on this weekend. Malax is a typical mid-western town of about 2,000 souls with three churches, two grocery stores, a hardware store, a car wash, two motels and most importantly one bait shop. Then of course two saloons, a restaurant, a bank, a travel agency and one mechanic’s shop. For other services like a barber shop or hairdresser the people would travel to other close towns. This weekend the Malax’s businesses would all be busy with most of the conversation just about the fishing event. The annual celebration long ago started with the winner of the fishing contest given prizes and the covenant title known as “Hooker Of The Year.”
The people and town board members take this event with great pride, so much so they have erected signs along Route 61entering their town that read, “WELCOME TO MALAX, THE HOOKER CAPITAL OF MINNESOTA.” Needless to say the billboards raised some eyebrows, especially from the town’s Lutherans, but the signs remain to this day. Traveling salesman and quite a few drinkers from out of town that have drunk too much often ask to the whereabouts of the hookers? Local pranksters send them on long journeys into the woods where only mosquitoes live.
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