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Are you soaking up what remains of summer? Every year, it seems, I find myself wondering in mid August how it’s all gone by so fast.

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The way we communicate with each other is constantly changing. With advances in technology, it seems as if our machines are somehow reading our minds and presenting advertisements for products or services that we have been thinking about.

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The big rod doubled over, the drag screamed as the 10 year old’s arms strained against the power of fins and muscle. Without warning the big fish erupted from the water heading into the sky twisting and turning until reentry, vanishing into the deep. I could see Brady’s eyes enlarge when he …

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Last week, my brother and family visited. He has two adorable little boys. It was so fun having little ones around. They see the world in fresh new ways. Everything is fun. 

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They say to choose your battles wisely. The same could be said about fishing. I hear so many people say how they struggle catching fish this time of year and in most cases it’s true, but it needn’t be. The people who struggle in August do so because they fish now like they did in May. It cou…

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Growing up in the 1970s as part of a large family there were three times during the year when I could get candy: Easter, Christmas and Halloween.

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Today we are going to discuss plant diseases and insects. There are numerous diseases and insects that can cause damage to flowers and vegies.  Some of these insects and diseases can destroy our plants and others will cause them to just look ugly.  

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It starts in the spring when morel mushrooms and wild asparagus pop up for people who love the fresh flavor of tasty wild foods. About the same time spring fishing and turkey hunting come onboard. Add fresh fish and truly free-range turkey to make a meal fit for a king.

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“It got so bad that I couldn’t drink a glass of water without spilling it all over myself.”

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There’s a refrain that’s been circulating for the past week. The tune sounds about 50 years old, and it goes like this:

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We are navigating our way through deep summer, a time to enjoy the beauty and abundance of nature and generally try to slow down our self-imposed need to rush and obsess about things that are out of direct control.

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It is that time in the growing season when we sometimes see major issues with tomatoes. There are numerous causes of problems with tomatoes. I will try to give some information on a few of the more common issues.

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I don’t know if I’ve been craving pasta or butter. Maybe both? Pasta is one of those miracle foods. So is butter. Pasta cooks up really fast, has a long storage life, pairs well with most vegetables and proteins, and feels good to eat. So does butter. 

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The historic Chippewa River flows through the heart of Wisconsin, its recorded presence dating back to the Ojibwa people who controlled most of the upper Chippewa. During the logging era it floated 34% of Wisconsin’s finest white pine forest that built most of today’s largest Midwestern citi…

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It’s the season of front yard lemonade stands. Campfire s’mores and fireflies. My mom calls it “deep summer,” a name I love.

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If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it.

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The late spring with the cold and rain hung on too long, making late arriving summer come in through the bathroom window, thank you Beatles and Joe Cocker. Recent intense heat and humidity seemed comfortable for Floridians, but it confused sunfish that are still on the beds in July, a rarity…

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There’s something about warm summer nights that always makes me want to watch “The Sandlot.” 

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“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

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I get lots of feedback on my columns. Here is what Dale had to say.

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I got my first soft plastic fishing lure in the mid1960’s when I was about 14 years old. It was a plastic worm that had a propeller on the front attached to a stiff wire with an eye to attach to the fishing line. It had a heavy monofilament harness that held three hooks through the soft plas…

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Strummer, my two year old, finally got a line in the water. He’d been curious for a while, after seeing a few people fishing on the lake — and watching one of them catch an actual fish.

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As depressing as it is to acknowledge in print, the half way mark of summer happens next week when we observe Independence Day.

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Culinary herbs can be fresh cut or dried leaves and are used in cooking. These can easily be grown in your garden or a container. If you are a beginner at growing, you may want to start with some “classic herbs”. These might include basil, chives, oregano, thyme, rosemary, cilantro or a mint.

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Ah, summer has arrived at last. I’m reveling in the warm temperatures, the sound of peepers at night and the first garden blooms. I’m looking forward to the glow of fireflies and the drama of evening thunderstorms.

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I would like to talk with you about the state of local news in the early 21st century. I promise not to be too technical or whiny. No one likes a whiner.

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So how important are bee’s for our survival?  Like so many other species mankind takes for granted, bees play a vital role in our survival.  In fact they are largely responsible for regulation our entire food supply, according to One Green Planet. The plight of the honey bee has been declini…

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Succulents seem to be this year’s “special” plants. Succulents are popular for two main reasons. (1) They are beautiful and (2) they are almost indestructible. Succulents are some of the most diverse plants. They can range from paddle leaves to rosettes, to trailing columns of teardrop shape…

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I was standing under my large crab apple tree when my wife Nancee asked me where all the bees were. In past years we used to hang around my crab apple trees and just listen to the hum of the bees. It was an amazing sound and fun to watch. Since planting a few trees I quickly learned how vita…

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“You are about to embark on the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you… I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Do you dream about food? Most recently, I’ve been dreaming that I’m eating brats loaded with relish and onions.   

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When you have been doing something for over 50 years, you get pretty good at. With a best year of harvesting over 800 morel mushrooms my brother Dick Bennett can easily be called a Master Mushroomer. On Thursday, April 16, Dick found his first 2019 morel just south of Highway 10. By the time…

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This is a busy time for all gardeners. Whether you are into veggies, flowers or a great yard, now is the time to really get busy. By now you have hopefully decided what veggies or flowers you want to grow. Those of you who follow my column know that I don’t advocate planting annual veggies o…

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If you discovered you had access to a time machine, what would you do first?

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The upside is that we are finally starting to get warmer weather. The downside is that with those rays of sunshine come those pesky mosquitoes. This is a battle that rages every summer between humans and nature. Here are few ways to help lessen this battle and help you enjoy being outside.

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In the spring, my meals are predictable: I’m a rhubarb freak. We have rhubarb this and rhubarb that, and then a little rhubarb for dessert.  Maybe it’s because it’s the first thing Midwesterners can harvest after a long winter of eating nothing locally grown.

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Early spring shore fishing is all about timing: you have to be in the right spot and the right time. Water temperatures are rising, weeds have yet to explode so shore fishing is easy. Just as important is that you have to give the fish just what they want in just the right way. Finally, and …

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I learned something this weekend about the good people of Minnesconsin. We will go to a tree lighting event in the snow. We will attend an outdoor hockey tournament on a day so cold the players’ toes get frostbite. 

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Judging by the headline, one could believe that I am a supporter of our senior citizens.