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Take Iron County, for example, that listed options I wanted including camping and waterfalls. Some of those sites showed single, remote campsites on the waterfalls while other county sites listed the few county parks and their amenities. 

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Have slugs infested your gardens? It is the time of year when slugs (those slimy worm-like things that eat everything in sight) thrive in the gardens. Slugs will eat almost any vegetation. They live in high moisture environments, especially under pots, rocks, boards, mulch and deep vegetatio…

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Goodbyes are often difficult. Saying goodbye to a parent for the rest of your life is especially so. 

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The summer seems to be slipping away.

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I love camping and got to go last week. It doesn’t get any better than crawling out of your tent or camper on a crisp summer morning to the sounds of birds, the smell of coffee brewing, and a warm campfire. 

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We’re looking for something the size of your pinky fingernail in a 6,483 acre state property in Northwestern Wisconsin. If there was only one I’d have been worried but since there are supposed to be thousands, I’m excited and so is my wife Nancee. She’s a big city girl not used to spending a…

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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. Here is some information on a few of the more common issues.

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I have a confession to make – I’m hooked on the Great British Baking Show and I’m OK with the world knowing.

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Last column I discussed critters getting into our plants, but this time we are going to discuss plant diseases. Numerous diseases can cause damage to flowers and vegies. Some of these diseases can destroy our plants and others will cause them to just look ugly. 

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Some pasta was tucked back in the bottom of the kitchen drawer. I’d been searching for something to feed a couple of hungry teenagers. They were ready to cook a frozen pizza. The pressure was on.  I couldn’t bear the thought of eating another frozen pizza, emergency or not. 

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It’s that time of year when, if you’re a hunter, your thoughts change from fishing to hunting. The early teal and goose seasons are recent changes. That’s the good news, but the other shoe has fallen and that other conversation is centered on ruffed grouse and West Nile Virus.

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Here come the primaries leading up to the midterm elections. Aside from the typical election day work of getting to a ballot box, primary voters have the additional challenge of researching what can be a long list of candidates. The task can be tedious. 

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If you needed any proof that summer had arrived, the weather of last week should have convinced any doubting Thomases that it is here.

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I have not been myself lately. My father, Pops, passed away a couple weeks ago, and it seems like everywhere I go or everything I do reminds me of him. I miss his crazy attitude and fun disposition, but most of all I miss eating pizza with him. If it weren’t for him, you wouldn’t be reading …

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It’s an old adage, but true. Some people go fishing and some people catch fish. Ben Elfelt is one who catches fish. That’s why his guiding business, Prime Time Guide Service LLC, is a rocking success. I first met Ben when he was working at Gander Mountain in Forest Lake where he spent a majo…

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Following a small family gathering last weekend, my brother-in-law sent me a photo of a woman and three small children rowing across a lake. It looked fabulously idyllic. 

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I hope your summer is going well. As is the case with nearly every good thing in life, it slipping by far too quickly.

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I like to encourage you to enjoy your gardens, but there are some early summer chores that still need to be done. 

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I’ve always been fascinated with sailing. Images of large white sails set to capture the wind powering large ships through rough seas quickly and silently with the wind at your back was something I always wanted to do. You see them occasionally on our lakes but more on the bigger bodies of w…

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The little league baseball season is winding down, following a frenzy of games during the month of June. Hats off to the volunteer coaches, parents and players, all who put in a great deal of time and effort during this season. 

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How do you pick a puppy out of a litter of cute? I get that question a lot since I’ve been raising, breeding and training dogs professionally for over 40 years. As simple as the question is, the answer is complicated. All puppies are different and all have their own personalities. Look at an…

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The Fourth of July is looming large on the horizon, the traditional half way mark of summer. I’ve got a couple questions. Have you had an opportunity to enjoy some time off? And where did June go? 

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Have you noticed that some of your shrubs or pines seem to be suffering this year?  Although we had a fairly wet summer in 2017, the trees may have gone into the winter without enough moisture to sustain them.  I have particularly noticed that the balsams and arborvitaes show a lot of browning.  

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So many people who live in this region are bird lovers. Those of us who are back yard bird feeders in the winter usually transfer our love affair with birds into spring, summer and fall. We set out bluebird houses, wood duck houses, purple martin mansions and tiny homes for wrens.  The scene…

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As this year has progressed, the commemoration of the events of 1968 have become more frequent. If you were looking for a year that could have marked the coming apart of our nation, 1968 would have fit the bill nicely. This month marks for me one of the most vivid memories I have of the year…

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Do you have a great friend who is always there to help you in any way they can? They are the friends who are willing to help you paint your entire house, cut down trees that fall on in your yard, and help you move. They are also the friends who bring you a meal when you’re sad and there is n…

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That gobbler was hot and he was coming in. It didn’t matter if I used my old reliable Lohman box call or rip out loud caws on the crow call, he responded with raucous gobbles from the middle of Paradise Woods. With a myriad of mowed trails and a river running through, it’s a paradise to hunt…

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I hope you are enjoying the first weeks of summer. I know it doesn’t officially arrive until later this month, but it seems like once Memorial Day has passed and school adjourns, it’s summer.

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I love cheese, but the kinds of cheeses I eat are very different in spring than in winter. In spring, I like creamy, light cheese, like fresh goat cheese or buffalo mozzarella. I am not alone in my passion for cheese. When the American Dairy Association asked Americans about their number one…

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I love biting into a fresh picked apple. The loud crunch and explosion of juice makes me and most everyone I know smile. I started growing apples on my property about 7 years ago and messed up right off the bat unwittingly letting starving rabbits girdle the bark around my two trees before t…

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Well, summer has announced its arrival with a heat wave. It’s almost unbelievable that just a couple weeks ago some were still sporting winter hats. Now we’re tucking those away and scrambling to find shorts and sandals. 

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It was a beautiful morning to be walking through the spring woods. There were turkeys gobbling in the distance as songbirds serenaded each other with love songs.  With eyes scanning the landscape, my older brother Richard Bennett of Hudson was familiar with this location and the dead elm tre…

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The short answer is “yes.”  If you don’t have the space or don’t want the work involved in maintaining a large garden, why not try container gardening. Containers can be used for growing everything from the standard flowers to many vegetables.

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“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” —Shannon L. Alder

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With all the snow during this unusually long winter, I expected my rhubarb to be ready in June, but was pleasantly surprised to see large, tender stalks growing last week. 

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How do you take kids fishing and survive with your sanity? I was asking myself that very question opening day when I took my 9-year old step-son Brady and my 5 year old grandson Silas fishing. Being an experienced grandpa I know how… call it wisdom I’m willing to share, so here goes!  It’s e…

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This week I want to talk to you about some basic garden planning know-how. Although these may seem too basic, it is always good to review at the beginning of each new season.