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The Best Babysitter

I grew up in a somewhat stereotypical family in the era of my childhood. My mother only worked part-time and this was AFTER we had all gone off to school. With a brother five years older than me, we rarely even had babysitter. Occasionally there might be supervision from either of two grandmothers — one […]

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Big game hunting on the St. Croix River

I have caught Amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico, walleye, northern pike, bass and panfish all over the Midwest, and now my wife and I are happy catching the sunfish and crappies from our dock on Ward Lake near Frederic, Wisconsin. But by far my greatest fishing thrills came from my “secret fishing spot” on […]

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Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake

Very few places enjoy a history so representative of this region. Come to Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake to find out how so much history can be encompassed in natural beauty. The land where the park is now located was inhabited by the Dakotas of the Sioux Nation followed by the Chippewa of the Ojibwa […]

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Wild Side: Deepest, darkest Pierce County

Most of Pierce County has been dissected by streams, leaving high rolling uplands and “coulee” valleys with steep sides. The slopes are steeper and the valleys are deeper in the eastern and southern parts of the county. I call that territory “deepest, darkest Pierce County” because the sun doesn’t shine for long in winter in […]

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River Falls, Wisconsin- The Swinging Bridge at Glen Park

One of the most beloved icons of River Falls, Wisconsin, is its Swinging Bridge. As a gateway between historic Glen Park and Cascade Avenue, the bridge offers a wonderful view of the South Fork rapids as they begin their entry into the Kinnickinnic River. Glen Park, a 41 acre park established in 1898, is the […]

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Mid 1800 beauty

Mouth of the St. Croix River (Minnesota). Hermann Meyer 18-19th Century Prints > Town Views Minnesota H. J. Meyer, New York. Steel plate engraving with modern handcoloring, c.1850. Image size 4 1/8 x 6″ plus title and margins. Drawn after nature. For the Proprietor Hermann J. Meyer. From “Meyer’s Universum”. Herrmann Meyer is known for […]

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Sandrock Cliffs

This unique stretch of the St. Croix, near Grantsburg, has cliffs about 50 feet high that come right up to the water’s edge. Except for the Dalles, I don’t know anywhere else on the river with such a canyon. It feels like you could be in a pretty exotic location, but it’s the amazing river […]

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