Send to Holland for windmill experts!

While power generation appears to have suddenly become a major problem in this area, with Atikokan losing its coal-fired plant and Kenora forced to shut down its mill due to the high cost of hydro, now appears to be the time to get into wind power!
And Holland would be the place to turn for that, with its experience of centuries using windmills. And Holland still is very grateful for the assistance of Canadian soldiers in helping liberate that country from Nazi occupation during the Second World War.
The Dutch windmill idea soon will be adopted here on a grand scale as an alternative to coal plants—and none too soon!
As kids, we admired the Dutch landscapes featuring windmills but never got around to copying that idea in any practical way. But wind power could be our most practical solution to diminishing power sources.
Our district attracted hundreds of families from the Netherlands. So here and there, aside from admiring their farming ability, we already may have among us people with windmill backgrounds and ideas for us to take the place of diminished power generation.
If none of those want to step forward to put their old-country trade into practice here, they surely would know who to contact overseas where they come from.
Right now, I can imagine wind power might give us all we need if properly installed and employed on a grand scale. But, hey, we’ve blown millions before this for probably much less satisfaction.
So let’s get going before our paper mills and other industries are forced to close like in Kenora and Atikokan. After all, Fort Frances could soon be in the same fix!
And wouldn’t those Hollanders—already around us and depending on our industries for their futures here—love to pitch in and help in return for Canadians helping their country 60 years ago.
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Finally, I managed to reach Allan Kielczewski by phone at his home here. Unfortunately, the news on popular Allan is not good because now his heart is bothering him after years of previous bouts with cancer.
So he is not getting up the lake any more after his lifetime of commercial fishing.
Like so many others, Allan let his fishing grounds go. His three sons took then over, starting with Larry at Rat River, near Kettle Falls, home grounds for two generations.
Meanwhile, Gary and Terry took other grounds at Namakan and Turtle Lake, Mine Centre, and Sand Point, which had kept Allan, his older brother, Alton, and their dad, Frank, busy for many years.
Another brother, Orrie, moved his large family by boat all the way to Alaska several years ago, where his daughter, Elnora, wrote a book on the family’s adventure that was well circulated here.
She passed away there recently.
Although not at all well, Allan is grateful for regular visits by home care and health nurses. Always active, he now subscribes to no less than 21 circulars besides keeping a Dachsund dog.
Allan is almost exactly two years younger than I am and we’ve been friends since boyhood.
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The Bolles family checks into McDonald’s for lunch while their dad, a teacher from Rainy River, manages to supervise three well-behaved young sons who are some of the best-looking boys you’ll meet!
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Finally we have a Scott back doing business on Scott Street. This is the present manager of the CIBC.
I never asked him whether he ever heard of Alex Scott of Wells Hardware Store, for whose family our main street was named.
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Obesity in children has been found to be detrimental to their health and life expectancy. In fact, scientists are saying that being overweight may lead to a reduction in population and proved harmful to the whole country.
But most of us went to school with “fat kids” who lived as long and energetically as the rest of us. While growing up, I was no shrimp myself but I’m still here to talk about it.
Maybe it’s largely a story of the right food and I always loved vegetables, including raw onions!
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The army worms, or tent caterpillars, are back again as witness all those chewed up leaves on big trees along the highway leading west. Eventually, as they die, they litter up the streets and cover much of the lakes!
And make driving slippery, too!
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Another young local champion is Sarah Dittaro, 10, who showed everyone in Minneapolis how to step in a July 7 contest.
She is the daughter of Christopher and Billy Jo and granddaughter of Henry and Viola Dittaro, reports Lloyd Langstaff.
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As our industries fade away, there are several ideas we should put our best brains to investigating, such as solar power and space travel (a long-term payoff but watch it grow!).
And under our feet, there may well be diamonds as well as gold to pep up our economy!
So give such stuff serious thought because there is no reason why we shouldn’t beat everyone else to these ideas someday.
Everyone already is jealous of our natural resources, including our abundance of freshwater, which could prove very basic to future progress here. The diamond idea came recently from South Africa along with drillers at Red Lake.
The rock formation here is being studied.
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Clarence (Corky) Ducharme, white-haired now, says he has visited Mexico and Columbia since we last met many years ago at his auction sale when he quit farming next to Alberton school.
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There has been a series of auctioneers here since before I went farming, but Herb Cross may continue to be best-remembered among our rural seniors. A father of six sons, Hurb liked to joke his way through every sale (for instance: “You bid a nickel, you say? Have you got it all with you?”)
Now we seem to have two auctioneers available since the passing of popular Rod Salchert, who was raised in town before falling back on his rural roots. I am told Corrie Wiersema is available, as well as Telford Advent.
I’ve forgotten who handled my sale because having an auction is usually not a happy experience. Rather, it usually represents the end of a pleasant career.
You have to be grateful for good weather that day to bring out a big crowd.

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