• By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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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…

  • By Cora Fox Center for Rural Affairs
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In recent past, the Great Plains has experienced extreme weather conditions. Most recently, we witnessed very high winds combined with dry conditions, resulting in dust clouds reminiscent of the 1930s.

  • By Tom Stangl Publisher
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May is flying by. The weather has finally returned to normal, the flowers and trees are blooming, graduation season is underway and gas prices have begun to creep up.

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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There was still snow n the ground when we boarded the plane at the Milwaukee airport using two round trip tickets we got for $120. My wife Nancee’ chose a furnished small cottage VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) 100 steps from the Atlantic Ocean on Kure Beach for $88 a day on the historic Out…

  • By Lisa Erickson Wild Chow
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I have been scouring my yard for weeds this spring and I’ve been eating some of them, which is why I don’t use synthetic fertilizers or weed killer.

  • By Suzanne Lindgren Editor
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Last week, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association announced it had joined STOPP, a coalition fighting recent government tariffs on newsprint. According to the WNA, the new duties threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country. One of those, I must assume, is mine.

  • By Lisa Erickson Wild Chow
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Last spring, I met Mei Mei who shared with me her dream of opening a specialty cookie and ice cream shop. She was looking for the perfect location. Her criteria included a small town, preferably with a university, with a vibrant nightlife. She wanted to offer a fun, alternative place for col…

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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Chasing a distant gobble is like chasing a dream. It was just a faint sound in the distance in South Dakota’s Black Hills but to Ben Kinderman and Chuck Josephson who drove 10 hours from Hudson, it was a dream comes true. Mountains fill a void for Kinderman. For him, the pursuit over rocks, …

  • By Tom Stangl Publisher
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A 40-year investigation into a man who killed 12 people and raped more than 50 women in California came to a conclusion last week with the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, in Sacramento.

  • By Lisa Erickson Wild Chow
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There are some healthy foods that make one think, “Humm…is this REALLY good for me?” Hemp seeds can raise a lot of eyebrows. Even mentioning the word “hemp” can get you into some interesting discussions. 

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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It’s hard to imagine fishing in a boat today. Lakes are all still ice covered and you know that there will be lakes still frozen over when the Wisconsin fishing season opens May 5 and Minnesota opens on May 12. So, what should angers expect this season? To get some answers I called an old fr…

  • By Suzanne Lindgren Editor
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Trust in the media is lower than ever, according to an article in the April Publisher’s Auxiliary. Pub Aux is a newspaper for the newspaper industry, published by the National Newspaper Association.  The article shares findings from a Knight-Gallup survey of more than 19,000 Americans. The s…

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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I was driving down a freeway the other day when I noticed a bird flying down the road about 100 yards in front of me. It was 25 feet above the ground and taking curves as if it were a car on the road.  As I closed the gap I recognized it as an American crow. As I pulled up alongside the bird…

  • By Lisa Erickson Wild Chow
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I will be a half century old this week. Over the last 5 years I’ve dreaded this day a lot.  For most of my life I’ve thought fifty was old.

  • By Suzanne Lindgren Editor
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This weekend I watched snow swirl, seemingly endlessly, outside my window. I’m guessing you did the same.

  • By Tom Stangl Publisher
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Ian Fleming’s secret agent James Bond ordered his martinis “shaken, not stirred” and the catchphrase, like the character, instantly became cool in popular culture.

  • By Jim Mortwedt On the River
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The 19th Century hangs over our old town—Marine on St. Croix—like a fog. Here in Marine we have history. And history, it’s said, is like a place that can’t be reached by mere travel.

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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Normally this time of year I’ve got the kayaks and the boat out and we’re looking for crappies. I love crappie ditch fishing with kids too, just walking along back roads fishing small lakes. We just sit along the shore and watch bobbers. It doesn’t matter how big they are, it’s all about the…

  • By Tom Stangl Publisher
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Hopefully as you are reading this, spring is beginning to break through and drive winter away for at least a few months.

  • By Lisa Erickson Wild Chow
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Winter has decided to go out more like the persistent buzzing of a pesky fly than like a roaring lion or a gentle lamb.  I am ready for spring.

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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It was on March 3 when I saw the first spring migrant in my back yard, a single male redwing blackbird. Within ten days my back yard was full of boisterous, raucous males with red shoulder patches, back to stake out nesting locations in the marsh and practice their songs to woo a woman. Loca…

  • By Tom Stangl Publisher
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The problem of technology created distracted driving appears to be growing at an alarming rate.

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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Is the ice ever going to leave the lakes? If you’re still ice fishing the question today is should I drive on or walk out on the ice? Soon shoreline melt will make just walking out on the ice to fish problematic. That’s when someone brings an old board from home and lays it out from shore to…

  • By Suzanne Lindgren Editor
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Just before the vernal equinox, St. Croix Valley residents basked in a weekend of sunshine and melting snow. That Sunday morning, the ice fishers were out savoring what’s left of winter.

  • By Tom Stangl Publisher
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For over two and a half years, candidate and now President Donald Trump has beat the drum of unfair trade. The president believes that our trading partners have taken away American jobs by unfair practices, making their products cheaper than the true cost of production.

  • By Lisa Erickson Wild Chow
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I love maple syrup. I have written about it a couple times before. When I see the taps on the trees, I can’t help but think about eating fresh maple syrup. The rich caramel-vanilla flavor pairs well with most nuts, fruits and grains. 

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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The news of Wisconsin’s fall 2018 managed elk hunt has to be the greatest wildlife story in the history of the Badger State surpassing the reintroduction of wild turkey. When you look back and see that the last wild elk in Wisconsin was shot in the late 1800s and that that the second attempt…

  • By Tom Stangl Publisher
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This past week, a month after a former student shot and killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, high school students locally and across the nation staged a walkout to protest gun violence.

  • By Lisa Erickson Wild Chow
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The World Cheese Championship happens every other year in Madison. This year, over 3,402 entries from 26 countries and 32 U.S. states hoped to take home the grand prize. Fifty-five judges from 20 countries tasted every cheese to determine the top three winners in 121 categories. Sixty-six th…

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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As much as I like winter it’s always nice getting away from it. That’s how I felt getting into our airplane seats looking forward to 70s temps when we landed in Tampa Bay. What made it better was the fact we were going to escape another “predicted” foot of snow and high winds. Rather than fo…

  • By Tom Stangl Publisher
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Numerous studies have been done about the health benefits of sunshine. Just 15 minutes a day in the sun gives the average person their daily dose of Vitamin D.

  • By Lisa Erickson Wild Chow
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Time to put away those wintery foods and gear up for spring!  March marks the end of winter. Last week was a doozie with multiple days of snow, followed by warm temps. I am ready for spring! Are you? 

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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Two dams  have been holding back the Kinnickinnic River, the premier trout stream in Western Wisconsin, from its natural flow for more than 100 years. They have been scheduled to be removed on a vote  by the River Falls City Council. I attended that meeting and listened to both sides state t…

  • By Tom Stangl Publisher
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“And God said, Let us make man in our image after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” - Genesis 1:26

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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There are some who can sit along a stream, watching its subtle movements and feel life flowing in its current, wondering where all the water is coming from and where it will eventually go. As the current plays off the rocks, undercuts the banks, moves leaves and sand along the way they’ll ap…

  • By Tom Stangl Publisher
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Scientists estimate you can live for about a week without it, if the weather isn’t too hot. It’s one of the most abundant things on the planet but is often in short supply. The average person uses from 80 to 100 gallons of it a day.

  • By Lisa Erickson Wild Chow
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If someone told me I would be writing a book about cheese with my best friend from childhood in 1980, I would not have believed them.

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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The Kinnickinnic River is a Class One trout stream that flows through the heart of St. Croix County until it reaches the city of River Falls, Wisconsin. There the stream is impounded by two dams. Today those dams are the center of heated debate with one side in favor of keeping the dams to c…

  • By Tom Stangl Publisher
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The news last week of the seventh shooting at a school in the country this year has left many, including me, a bit shell shocked.

  • By Jim Bennett Wild River Trails
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Coasters have always been a mystery and fish of legend on Wisconsin’s North Shore of Lake Superior. Old grainy photos from the turn of the century up to the 50s and 60s show Coasters, massive brook trout that have all the traits of their trout stream cousins except without the stream brook t…