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Learn More About the Troublesome Invasive Terrestrial Garlic Mustard Plant Making it’s Home in Duluth

When Spring hits in the Northland we're always excited to see it "green up".  Buds on the trees and  green grass (sprinkled with dandlelions), but there is a plant that is causing some havoc in the area that you should be aware of called Garlic Mustard.

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Planting Date Moved: Volunteers Needed for the Greater Downtown Council’s Dig in the Downtown Waterfront Beautification Project

 

If you couldn't make the original "Dig in the Downtown Waterfront" planting date (June 5), you are in luck!  Because of snow, oops, (that delayed Spring cleaning in downtown Duluth), I mean rain, the date to plant the annual flowers has been moved to Thursday, June 6 and volunteers are welcome and needed!  Grab your planting gloves and join in on the fun!!

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Did You Know You Need an Agate Picking Permit in Carlton County?

As a child growing up in Wrenshall I did a lot of agate picking.  My parents started me out at the young age of three, agate picking in the various gravel pits in our area.  I'm not sure if a permit was needed then, but as I was checking out the Carlton County Transportation website, I came across the information I felt I should share with other "rock hounds".

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The Lake Superior Zoo Welcomes Summer with Extended Hours and the Zoo Train Getting on Track

Longer hours at the Lake Superior Zoo means more time to visit over 250 different species of wildlife, including brown bears, lemurs, lions, kangaroos, tigers and more!

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Navigating & Fishing the St. Louis River for the First Time Since June Flood [Photos]

I was invited to go fishing the St. Louis river with my friend Rich and his dad yesterday morning, and it would be my first time up the river since the historic 2012 June flood.  The damage along the riverbank was unbelievable.  There were mudslides, islands washed away, and trees toppled into the river all along the way.

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Tent Camping Versus RV Camping [PHOTOS]

This Memorial Day weekend, Cathy and I both went camping to separate locations.  My family decided to join some friends and go camp in the rustic northwoods.  Cathy and her husband went and parked their RV in a casino parking lot.  Ok, so it's a "campground."    Check out the pictures and the drastic differences, it'll make you smile.

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Common Items People Forget to Pack for Camping [VIDEO]

Memorial Day weekend is here and a lot of people are heading out to the campsites.   This year is our first extended weekend camping as a family which has really complicated my usually short list of things to pack for myself.

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Homemade Mosquito Trap Could Help Keep Your Family Comfortable this Memorial Weekend

I've never liked the smell of mosquito repellent like Off or Skin-So-Soft.  I never thought the Citronella candles worked very good and short of fumigating with a canister of insecticide fog like they use to do at the drive-in movie theaters, what's left to try?  DIY Mosquito Trap! 

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Vinegar Makes a Cheap and Easy Weed Killer

It's spring!  We're starting to see buds on the trees and the grass is greening up (our neighbor has mowed his lawn twice already....he's retired).  But, with the sure signs of summer around the corner also comes weeds!  With the weeds, questions.  How do I get rid of them?  Will they come back?  How long until it's safe for my pets to walk on the lawn again?!?!  If you use this inexpensive concoction of things you already have in the house, it will be safe AND cost effective.

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9,000 Acre Wisconsin Wildfire Is Contained [VIDEO]

After nearly 50 structures were burned in the Wisconsin wildfire, authorities late Wednesday night announced that the fire is 100% contained.

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Spring Has Sprung Gardening Kick-off with the UW-Extension Horticulture Tomorrow

With the warmer weather (and NO SNOW), we can now start thinking about those starter plants.  My friend Jackie has her tomatoes and strawberry plants already started in a cute little greenhouse on her deck.  Inside her home she has fresh herbs that will be replanted and moved outside eventually.  I am in awe of her gardening knowledge!  If you are seeking that same knowledge, these classes with the UW-Extension Horticulture is for you.

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Arbor Day in Duluth Will Utilize Planting Trees for Local Flood Recovery

It's been almost a year since the horrendous flooding in our area last June and recovery efforts continue.  May is Arbor Month and May 15th will be Arbor Day in Duluth.  This year the focus will be planting seedlings and trees to aid in the flood recovery as we continue to rebuild in the Northland.

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