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They call the impossibly complicated screen I am looking at a “dashboard,” which I do not find reassuring at all. It would be nice not to associate my ignorance of technology with crashing some out-of-control machine into a ravine, although, as I think about it, that is very much how it feels. 

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It’s just time to say bye bye summer and hello fall. I spotted a couple of nice bucks in velvet and birds on a telephone wire grouping for fall’s migration. For me August means get in some serious dog training. In years past that meant taking the retrievers and flushers to the pond and work …

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Aug. 10 is recognized as World Biofuel Day. The day was first observed in 2015 and is dedicated to raising awareness about unconventional sources of fuels that can be used as alternatives to fossil fuels. 

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Growing up in Iowa, “hot enough for ya?” was a common greeting and expression of shared misery I heard during the hot and humid days of July and August. When I worked summers as a stock boy in the local grocery store, I heard that phrase lot. 

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Thank you to Osceola Medical Center for the portable toilet outside by their playground this year. 

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My husband, Peter, and I are back in our little place in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. 

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I love getting letters from readers. This last one was from a reader named Brett, a resident of Lake Wissota who was searching for articles on a big musky the WI-DNR found doing research 40 years ago. He found only one, my article but remembers reading others. That monster musky, still on hi…

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With brilliant colored wings of orange and black, monarch butterflies are considered the most recognizable butterfly species in the world. They are also the most studied. Due to declining population, monarch butterflies are at risk of extinction. For the first time, the International Union f…

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Happy August to you. Ready for the countdown to school starting? Football returning? The state fair?

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I’ve decided that I’m good enough. 

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Some people may find this hard to believe but walleye fishing can be great this time of year. Working weeds and weed edges, finding points, humps and inside turns on weed lines are often a key for success. Trolling live crawlers on walking sinkers and bottom bouncers is a time proven method …

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On August 7 and 8 at 7 p.m., the people of the St. Croix Valley will have a wonderful opportunity!

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What a beautiful Sunday we had in the state of Minnesota. After back-to-back days of heat and humidity, we finally got a respite. The rain on Saturday satisfied a thirsty earth while Sunday was filled with sunshine, blue skies and open windows!

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Have you taken some time off this summer? The clock is ticking on your window of opportunity.

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The package arrived last week and, I have to admit, I was surprised. 

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During the past 30-plus years, our nations pollinators populations have suffered serious losses due to invasive pests and diseases, such as mites and viral and fungal pathogens, exposure to pesticides and other chemicals, loss of habitat, loss of species and genetic diversity as well as chan…

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Once again, last weekend was hot and humid, as to be expected for the month of July. In fact, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) issued a report July 8 that discussed signs of an emerging heat wave over the next two weeks. At that time, forecast models suggested that temperatures could reach 100 d…

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We are entering the part of deep summer, a time of year when many early summer organized activities end. 

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 The Ken Paulson opinion piece, “The Spirit of ’76: Protecting Us Against the Putin Playbook,” caught my eye. As a 24 year Navy veteran who did two tours in the Viet Nam Combat Zone, and as a father who lost a son in Afghanistan, I have developed strong thoughts against America’s being the w…

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My mother has found the perfect pet. She just doesn’t realize it yet. 

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It’s time to fish the summer patterns, to work the weed edges because that’s where the baitfish and fish are living. So let’s talk crappies, a fish that a friend of mine calls the chicken of the sea. Easy to catch and tasty in the pan, crappies are a blast to catch all summer long.

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This year has seen the return of summer gatherings and events that had been put on hold in previous years due to the Covid pandemic. The Fourth of July has come and gone and cities across the country held parties, fairs and fireworks to celebrate the occasion.

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The polls are open and it’s again time to pick your favorite local people, places and things.

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I was “up north,” walking through the woods with an escort of dragonflies on either side, as if I were a visiting dignitary in need of protection. 

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IT SEEMS TO be an unusual time in the economic history of the nation and perhaps to some degree for the world. I’ve been writing columns for decades and the current state of the economy seems in many ways uncontrolled.

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Wisconsin is rich with water. Wisconsin’s surface water includes 84,000 river miles, 15,000 lakes and more than 1000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline.  There is also an abundant groundwater base. That water is critical for our health, the environment and our economy. It supplies us with drinki…

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In the fall of 2019 my husband and I moved into a new house. After relocating between Wisconsin and Minnesota for a few years we were both really excited to have a home base again and looked forward to settling into our new space. We live in town but were lucky enough to find a home with a f…

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I was packing for our recent trip to Mexico when I found the old tube of V05. 

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Have you ever sat by a creek, stream, or river and just watched the water run by? Have you ever wondered where all of that water is coming from? Clear clean water is something we have an abundance of here in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Minnesota boasts of the Land of 10,000 lakes while Wisconsi…

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I’d like to address the article printed in the June 22 issue about the Saints high school baseball team.  

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What would have happened if the Soviet Union landed on the moon before the United States on July 20, 1969?

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On June 30 at 6:30 pm, 12 members of the St. Croix Valley Christian Community Choir will be gathering at Millpond Park to perform a patriotic concert. 

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My husband, Peter, and I went to our first concert in the park last night. 

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“We caught 4 walleye all around 27 inches long!” I was talking to Rick Connors, owner of Russell Sport and Bike when he dropped that one me. No it wasn’t a secret lake in Canada, Lake Erie or the Columbia River. He was fishing the St. Croix River where everyone fishes. Then with his wry smil…

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It seems like forever ago when the world, for all practical purposes, shut down in the spring of 2020.

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I’ve been under some stress lately.