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I have been reading cookbooks the last few weeks because the cooler weather gets me all excited about cooking after a summer loaded with salads and grilling.

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Now that the end of the growing season is upon us, it is time for that final hooray for the garden until spring.  This column deals with those garden and lawn chores that should be done before we get another blast of pre-winter.

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I took my 10 year old step son Brady out into the deer woods on October 6 and 7 to be part of Wisconsin’s mentored Youth Deer Hunt. Initially the concept of a kid under the age of 12 walking around with a loaded deer rifle was a scary thought for some. I, on the other hand, looked at it as a…

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In the 1968 science fiction film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” a crew is traveling to Jupiter, aided by the most sophisticated computer ever made, the HAL 9000. Spoiler alert: During the course of the movie, forced to lie to the crew, HAL loses his “mind” and murders all but one member of the crew.

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Fall is a favorite time year for many people. The air smells of leaves and campfires. The color of the leaves on the trees is spectacular—my favorite is bright yellow. Walking through the forest on a cool afternoon can make anyone feel happy. 

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You would think that after 44 years that we would have it all down! I’d have to say that this year’s 44th Annual Duck Camp was a huge success. Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Outdoor columnist Paul Smith thinks it might just be the oldest running duck camp in the state. When we did that math we w…

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Well, so much for autumnal ambiance. The leaves are brilliant, but the weather? Decidedly not so. All the drizzle has left little room for the anticipated fall vibes. And when I looked at the forecast for this week, I had to laugh. Rain, rain, rain, partly cloudy, followed by more rain.

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If it feels like our society is devolving back to ancient times when tribes banded together against hated enemies for survival, you are not alone. While this development is disturbing, there are signs of hope on the horizon, according to New York Times columnist and author David Brooks.

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Cinnamon is not a native Midwestern spice. In US Midwest, baking fall-inspired treats with sweet spices like cinnamon is common, but when I started thinking about it, it’s really quite unusual. 

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There is no other shooting sport that brings such a powerful passion that evolved from history and uses as much gear as duck hunting. I’m referring to small game here because only historic big game hunting can surpass water fowling. From the early market hunters, through the greatest water f…

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“Journalism matters. Now more than ever.” That’s the theme of the 78th annual National Newspaper Week. 

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The first week of October is traditionally designated as National Newspaper Week, a time for newspapers to celebrate the impact they have in their communities.

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Some of my family’s favorite memories were made at the apple orchard, although our parents never took us to pick apples at an orchard. When apples were in season, it was the only fruit dessert we ate at our house. I grew up eating “anything” apple. We’d make apple pie, apple tart, apple crum…

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Each of us has memories that involve a variety of “First Time” experiences that will always be a part of us. Since you’re reading an outdoor column I’m probably correct to assume that a few of those first time memories center around a first fish, a first hunt, a first buck, a first trip to C…

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Ever feel like a tortoise in a world full of hares?

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“Will you still need me, will you still feed me

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Eye-catching photos of recipes can fool you if you don’t also look closely at the ingredient list. 

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It was one of those nights fishing that makes memories, especially when it involves a 190 pound sucker and a slightly smaller musky! I usually put my fishing gear away August 31 because September 1 marks the beginning of some of my favorite hunting seasons, but it was way too hot to hunt. So…

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I get asked the same questions when people find out I write about food.  By far the most popular is, “What are you cooking for dinner tonight?” And “What is your favorite food?” Or interesting questions, such as“What is the weirdest food you’ve eaten? (answer: Cured Jellyfish)” Or, “If you w…

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There are days when I think teal are afraid of heights. They come in low, barely above the cattails cutting left then right and banking so fast over the decoys that you barely see them let alone get off a shot. If there aren’t two duck hunters in the same blind you seldom see them coming. It…

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Take out three Crayola crayons representing the colors of the American flag: red, white, and blue. Put them in the sun on the back dash of your car and let them melt as my sons used to do. Or, put them in a small pot on the stove with a low heat. Mix the colors together and what do you get? …

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I’m always a bit winded following the weekend after Labor Day. Also known as the Osceola Community Fair and Bazaar weekend. Also known as Wheels & Wings weekend. And across the river in Messenger territory, Taco Daze. 

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Ahh, the wonders of technology. It seems that every day there is news of some wonderful advance, some new piece of technology that will revolutionize our lives.

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The Minnesota State Fair is known for its crazy food offerings.  Every year, I enjoy reading the Star Tribune food critic Rick Nelson’s critique of the Minnesota State Fair’s new foods list. Some years, I’m shocked by what new crazy foods chefs and ordinary but creative people can come up with.

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I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome new subscribers and thank those who have been subscribing for years. Every time someone calls or comes into the office to subscribe or renew, my heart swells. 

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Ah, the first day of school. Time to make new friends, get back in touch with old friends and settle into the rhythms of life. Oh, and the kids get to go back to school, too.

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I am one of those people who loves the idea of having a garden, but who does not like taking care of it. This year I announced to my family I was not going to plant a garden because we belong to a CSA, which provided enough vegetables. 

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The sky was black as coal without a hint of color on the eastern horizon as my adult son Josh and I pulled off the highway onto the farmer’s field road. We were after wild turkey on a perfect starry spring morning, bouncing over the rutty road that runs along a large wetland surrounded by fi…

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It doesn’t seem possible, but we are just a few days away from the end of August.

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One of the best parts of summer is taking a vacation. My family loves Wisconsin so much it’s rare we ever go on a summer vacation elsewhere. It’s hard to beat hanging out at a Wisconsin lake. 

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A few weeks ago, citing the deleterious effects of the daily news cycle on the human psyche and nervous system, I vowed to take a break from the news for a few days and report back to readers via this column.

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It’s been about 30 years since the process that is used in many 3D printers was invented. 3D printers take materials – usually a plastic or polymer — and melt them to form an image that was created using modeling software like computer aided drafting (CAD). 

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Tomato season is finally here. Is there anything better than a fresh picked juicy deep-red tomato from the garden?

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September 1is a day not unlike Christmas if you’re a shot gunner. That’s the day Wisconsin opens its early bird season to hunting for teal, dove and Canada geese. Waterfowlers working young dogs and those who just love the sport are already excited to get out on the water or build a blind on…

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Well, here we are. I thought August had just begun and already it’s half over. As promised, the month brought news from the U.S. Commerce Department regarding tariffs. It’s one major decision of two, coming from different agencies.

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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment…

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I’ve never been a huge fan of heavy desserts in the summer. Even as a little girl, I’d pass on cakes and anything warm like pie. My idea of a perfect summer dessert is a bowl of freshly picked raspberries. And, I don’t like to share! Try telling that to four teenage boys.

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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.