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Near and Far, Conditions Appear to be Good For Minnesota Fishing Opener

May 9 will be here before we know it so now is as good a time as any to predict how the conditions will be for the Minnesota fishing opener.

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Bio-Control May Be Used In The City of Superior To Control The Spread Of Emerald Ash Borer

My husband and I have a wood burner so we are very conscious of where we get the wood we burn.  We found that there are certain counties in Wisconsin that won't allow the transport of wood across county lines due to gypsy moths and the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.  The City of Superior is surveying the situation and considering a release of a bio-control agent.

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Heated Debate: Rhubarb, Is It A Vegetable Or A Fruit?

This debate started innocently enough. My friend kept saying she didn't like rutabaga pie.  What the heck was that?  I thought maybe she meant a pastie.  She was obviously confused and after some discussion and much laughter we determined she meant rhubarb.  THEN, the debate began, Rhubarb:  Vegetable or Fruit?

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Minnesota and Wisconsin Practice Safety With Tornado Awareness Drills This Thursday

 

Even though I am sharing this information with you, I KNOW that when I hear the sirens blow to signify the start of the drill/test this Thursday, I will wonder (usually out loud to myself), "what are those going off for now?"  You should know it's just a test, here is the schedule.

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Hopeful Early Morning Coho Anglers On The Aerial Lift Bridge Pier

The beautiful weather this weekend brought Northlanders out for many reasons. Dog walking, Grandma's Marathon training, and something you only see for a few weeks on the Canal Park Pier, Coho Salmon fishing.

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Telecommunication Construction Starts At Chester Bowl [Video]

A press release I received from the City of Duluth informed of an upcoming project that will replacement a Sprint telecommunications pole with a new permanent mono-pine tower in Chester Bowl Park on the upper hillside. The project will begin on April 13 and that may cause some trails to close temporarily.

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Entice Spring to Hurry to Duluth’s Lakewalk and Rose Garden with the “Raising of the Roses”

It's hard to believe in just months, we'll strolling through the beautiful Rose Garden in the City of Duluth near Lake Superior, without a jacket on, because as I write this blog, we have a wintery mix expected for the next couple of days.  Of course, to reap the benefits of the garden's beauty, the hard work has to start now and you're help is needed.

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Wrenshall Residents Make The Most Of A Sticky Situation [Video]

Kevin Koen has been making maple syrup for the past 30 years.  Ten of those years have been in my hometown of Wrenshall.  Amazingly, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.  Kevin and his friends spend hours upon hours boiling sap to perfection, making delicious hand-crafted maple syrup.

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Wrenshall Residents Make The Most Of A Sticky Situation [Video]

Kevin Koen has been making maple syrup for the past 30 years.  Ten of those years have been in my hometown of Wrenshall.  Amazingly, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.  Kevin and his friends spend hours upon hours boiling sap to perfection, making delicious hand-crafted maple syrup.

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“Edible Duluth” Promotes Community Gardening, Seeks Volunteers for Orchards

You may not be familiar with "Edible Duluth", launched through the City Of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department, but it is a great community project and they could use your help.

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Keep Your Storm Drains Clean, Citizens Asked To Use Road Sand Collection Sites

We've been getting rain and a our first thunderstorm is predicted, we need to start thinking about where all that sand that was put on our slippery roads will end up.  We need to try to keep it out of our storm drains and thus out of our streams and Lake Superior. The City of Duluth knows that there is a cleaning process ahead, but with your help a lot of additional work can be avoided and lots of debris can be diverted.   Here is a list of road sand collection sites you can use.

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Keep Your Storm Drains Clean, Citizens Asked To Use Road Sand Collection Sites

We've been getting rain and a our first thunderstorm is predicted, we need to start thinking about where all that sand that was put on our slippery roads will end up.  We need to try to keep it out of our storm drains and thus out of our streams and Lake Superior. The City of Duluth knows that there is a cleaning process ahead, but with your help a lot of additional work can be avoided and lots of debris can be diverted.   Here is a list of road sand collection sites you can use.

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