On The Trails

Is this any way to treat a nice pair of running shoes? Perhaps not, but if you run trails — especially this year — that’s what your shoes will look like. It’s been muddier longer this year than it has for a few years. But, to me, it’s worth it to run in the woods.…
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Apple Blossoms And Rhubarb

This weather has been a bit crazy and cold and wet and nasty, but when I let Lucy, the yellow Lab, out in the yard tonight, I noticed these apple blossoms that had collected on a big ol’ rhubarb leaf. Not a big deal, no. Just one of those nice little images that sometimes appears…
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Mosquitoes, Anyone?

    This cool spring must represent the latest in many years for the emergence of mosquitoes and blackflies. Usually, they’re out in force by Memorial Day weekend, but they’ve just begun to show.      Mosquitoes are making their presence known, and by my estimation, this ought to be one exceptional June for the pesky little critters.…
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Good Fishing

    Reports I’m getting tell me this summer has the makings of a great summer for fishing. Six friends of mine just returned from a day trip in the Boundary Waters and caught many, many walleyes. They kept only their limits, of course, and smaller fish at that. But they caught lots, and some of…
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The Old Man And The River

Robert Spurlock of Duluth fishes from shore along the St. Louis River from the Spirit Lake Marina last week. The Bong Bridge is in the background. I wrote a story about Spurlock for Sunday’s News Tribune (June 1). He fishes from the same spot every morning, unless it’s rainy or too windy. He has caught…
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