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Certain food needs to have that “crunch” for me to put it on a rotating daily/weekly menu.

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I’ve never seen the water as low as it was this year on our 48th Annual Duck Camp. Nestled in northern Wisconsin this original tent camp has let in a couple mini campers in for no good reason. They miss the magical sounds of nature that only comes through a thin walled tent. The sights and s…

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From the moment you get that new puppy in the door life changes. It’s a new member of the family. My new pup, Deke, was going to be a house dog. A Small Munsterlander, a pointer that also retrieves ducks, almost demanded it because this pup requires  and needs attention. I was onboard with a…

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When I was younger I always envied people with a plan. 

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When I first started cooking for myself, I tried to make my favorites. Not so simple things like Falafel, potica, red velvet cake, and my pops’ favorite cheese dip. Everything was a disaster. 

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Every time I drive west I hit a point where the land changes into the Old Wild West. You feel it and see it as the far horizons become open prairie, endless grasslands where once vast herds of buffalos roamed. I can imagine covered wagons loaded with families carrying dreams of better times …

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Earlier this month, we marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. September 11, 2001 was a traumatic day for many. I saw a couple of films that made me realize how truly wonderful people can be when tragedy strikes.

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I’m always trying to find a way to make my favorite treats easier to make. 

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This is a hard transition time for me and so many people I know who hate to see summer leave but love fall. The cooler days and chilly nights wake something inside us. The first hunting seasons have opened and more are soon to come. Early morning sounds of summer birds have been replaced by …

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The grass is always greener in Montana. 

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To say the COVID-19 pandemic has changed this is understating the meaning of understating.

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I tried to answer that question. It’s almost impossible to pick one. All the food you find at the fair is amazing. 

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Every night before I go to sleep, if it’s cool enough, I open the forehead-to-shin length window next to our bed. And every night, without fail, as soon as I open the window the dogs jump off the bed where they’ve been sleeping for the last two hours and spend a couple minutes with their nos…

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This weekend is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. and the crash of United flight 93 in Pennsylvania, which many suspect was supposed to crash into a target in Washington, but actions by the passengers foiled that plan.

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We are seasonal eaters in this part of the world. In the springtime it’s light and easy foods rich in protein.  Chicken with creamy morel mushrooms, Wild asparagus with fettuccini carbonara, pork and peas or rhubarb pie. If you’re like me it’s a love for a lot of fresh caught fish.

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Last week, after reading my column on duck stamp history, my friend Dan Willius reached out to let me know he was an acquaintance of Joe Hautman, the Minnesota native and winner of five federal duck stamp competitions. 

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The first time I had a frittata, was when my friend from France was visiting. 

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There are foods you can buy at your favorite restaurant that will melt in your mouth.  Your healthy all natural grocers have all the best organic foods you would ever want. Safe from chemicals, added sugars and injected antibiotics but check your labels everywhere. Many fast food stops are f…

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Stories about fish that got away are an atrocious cliché, but for some reason I feel obligated to tell this one. 

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Regular readers of this column will recall I have been waiting for my flying car to arrive for decades.

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The first time I saw a tomato stack was in Switzerland at a restaurant hidden behind a residential neighborhood on Lake Geneva. 

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We knew we were close when we read the highway mileage sign; Duluth 102 miles away. We had crossed the Rum River several times that meant Lake Mille Lacs was close. Finally we spotted our landmark, a large broadcast tower reaching high into the sky. Of course we missed the little farm field …

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I never met Bob Bender, but I can picture him. 

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We are in the midst of open season for sidewalk entrepreneurship. Garage sales are being held and lemonade and Kool-Aid stands are appearing on the corner. These small start-up ventures are excellent learning experiences for all involved.

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My husband and I love camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). Every year, we would go over Labor Day weekend. We chose that time of year because the bugs were usually gone by then and nights were cool, and the days were sunny and dry. 

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I was dropping off a shuttle car for some family members who wanted to do a kayak float down the Apple River. I got to the jumping off place first, a term Sigurd Olson used to describe getting into a canoe to start a trip. I noticed a couple college aged fellas fishing from shore. It was an …

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For the first time since 1997, the Wisconsin Legislature has voted to raise the price of the state waterfowl stamp. 

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Did you know there is one county in the State of Minnesota where graduating students in public and private schools get a two‑year free tuition to a community college? 

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I’ve always enjoyed living on or near water. Wildlife is attracted to water, everything from mosquitoes, to loons to raccoons. I live in a prairie pothole region of Western Wisconsin close to a wetland connected to more wetlands and a preserve. I hear loons calling from the wetlands and as t…

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The war in our yard is back on.