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By Dick Schuller
Homespun Yarns 

A fond week teaching in a cold Alaskan classroom


Once upon a time before we had cell phones, IPods, and texting, my wife and I slept in a log cabin. Along with our three small children, Ricky, Linda, and Annette, our lives were riveted to the task of proving up our Alaskan homestead. That would include three lakes, 160 acres, and all for the smashing price of $1.25 per acre. Well... that would be when we had done all the requirements of the government.

Our location on the Kenai Peninsula, some 22 gravel miles from town, brought us to our trailhead, which made for seven more miles of hiking until we got to our land. Just before New Year’s Day, our routine was interrupted by a rough knock on our homemade plank door. Standing there in t...

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