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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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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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The Arcola High Bridge – A Significant Span

Originally published here. On June 1, 1911, construction was completed on a half-mile long, 185-foot tall railroad bridge near Stillwater. Two days later, the first train crossed the bridge. About four still do so every day. A small group of people visited the bridge on the Minnesota side Wednesday evening, its 100th birthday. The gravel […]

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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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Mercord Mill Park- where the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers Meet

Prescott, Wisconsin is where the St. Croix River flows into the Mississippi River. The mouth of the St. Croix empties its sapphire blue waters into the mighty Mississippi, and all this is visible at Mercord Mill Park, just a block or two away from downtown Prescott (for a bluff side view of the mixing of […]

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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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