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A historical drawing of the Pilgrim boy named John Howland, who was rescued after being washed overboard into the Atlantic Ocean during the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower.

2004 Commentary: What if young John Howland had not survived ...

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Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings we have received. Fate can truly be a fickle thing. I spent some time Sunday night thinking about one small "what if" that happened 381 years ago that has affected this country ever since.


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Kelly Boldan
Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: or the Tribune's blog at:
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