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Both of Chris Allen’s Boys Win Most Improved This Year, Proud Papa Brags

I know a lot of people brag about their kids like their kids are the best, well, mine are. (Pause for laughter) I want to recognize them both for the achievement, but most of all I would like to make a point that they got.

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Park Point Beach Opens With Risky Swimming Conditions

Summer in the Northland is not complete without several visitsto the beach on Park Point!  The beach is open to the public complete with lifeguards, the option of borrowing a life jacket and a warning of risky swimming.

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Park Point Beach To Open Wednesday

Another sign that the Northland may actually enjoy a summer this year?  The Park Point Beach is set to officially open to the public on Wednesday, June 11.

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Chris Allen’s Kids Review The Insect Repelling “SuperBand”

I stop in to our neighbors at the BP once in a while in the morning to get something to drink or a snack and I saw this display for a "Superband" that would keep the bugs off your kids, they were only $1.79, how bad could they be. So, I had the kids wear them and here's what they had to say.

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Zebra Mussels found in Crooked Lake - Photo Courtesy of the Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources
Zebra Mussels found in Crooked Lake - Photo Courtesy of the Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources
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Crooked Lake Designated As Infested With Zebra Mussels

As more and more people hit the water for fishing and recreation, it's also that time of year to be aware of where zebra mussels are and how to prevent spreading them.

An aluminum can encrusted with zebra mussels found at Crooked Lake in Lake County has resulted in the lake being designated as infested, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Crooked Lake is located near the town of Finland. 

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Are You a Couch Potato? Blame Your Parents

Odds are you took it easy this past holiday weekend. That’s what weekends and holidays are for, right? Well, if you're the type to take it easy at noon on a Tuesday, take heart -- being lazy could be inborn.

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A Reusable Growler Makes Carrying Your Favorite Craft Brew Home Easy, Over And Over Again

While dining at a local pub with incredible food and an array of craft beer  I noticed a line of brown bottles above the bar.  I found out they were called "growlers" and you could buy one, fill it with your favorite brew and enjoy the tasty treat AT HOME!  It's truly the best way to keep craft beer in your own fridge!

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It’s National Safe Boating Week And While Spreading The Word, A World Record Attempt Was Made [VIDEO]

It's that time of the year where we all get set to hit the water for fishing and recreation, so it's a perfect time for National Safe Boating Week.  This weekend, the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers was helping spread the message of the "Ready, Set, Wear It!" campaign, reminding everyone of the importance of wearing life jackets.

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Spring Cleaning The Garage Leads To A Surprise

Ok, first I'm embarrassed to admit it, but this is probably the first time I have swept the garage since last fall.  (hey, don't judge) So, I suspected there was going to be a lot of dirt.  But as I swept it became increasingly clear that there was WAY more than I anticipated and I was shocked to find a think layer of salt that had adhered itself to the garage floor.

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Cross “Ride Bike With The Mayor” Off Your Bucket List, You’re Invited To Mayor Ness’ Third Annual Bike Ride

When I got my first job at the Wrenshall School pool I rode my bike to work on a SUPER hilly, loose graveled Alcohol Road (yes, that is the actual name of the road).  Not because I was "green" or I enjoyed the exercise.  It was because my mom worked and if I wanted the job it was bike or walk.  Where was National Bike to Work Day then?

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10 Things To Know About The Minnesota Fishing Opener, From The Minnesota DNR

On you marks, get set, fish!  The Minnesota fishing opening is finally upon us and as you get your lines out, the Minnesota DNR has 10 things you should know about the fishing opener.  From new piers and improved piers, a LakeFinder program, to a Take A Mom Fishing deal, it's all here.  You may want to make this page a favorite to refer back to.

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Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
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The Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources Shares the Fishing Opener Outlook [VIDEO]

The Minnesota Fishing Opener is this Saturday and the forecast is currently calling for some sunshine with a hi temp into the 60's.  The Minnesota DNR created this video to share their thoughts on other aspects of the opener.

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