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I’m in love. More precisely, I’m head over heels with the tree species Populus tremuloides. Commonly[...]
This week the boss and I cut down our Christmas tree along the creek. “You know, you and the boys al[...]
Stillness swept across the river valley this week. Gone is the blaze orange army of deer hunters. Go[...]
Deer camp along our creek shut down on Monday. Three days into this year’s hunt and six tags were fi[...]
It appears Old Man Winter arrived early and with a vengeance. Premature snow cover and record-breaki[...]
How old are you? Not that it’s any of my business, but I guess I’m old enough to ask. For the record[...]
The weather forecast called for strong northwest winds and falling temperatures as a northern blast [...]
Goodbye October. Hello November. My goodness, time flies by. If the calendar months competed in a fo[...]
Pastor Craig called the other evening to see how my fall was going and caught me down and out with a[...]
I write this week’s column from somewhere deep in the middle of the vast Douglas County Forest in ou[...]
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic commun[...]
  I surmise we are a lot alike, you and I. I love brown grass and yellow leaves. Green grass is[...]
Bidding September farewell, we recently said goodbye to our backyard orioles and hummingbirds. They [...]
How did he know? I received a gift from a dear friend on Labor Day weekend. At his cabin in the wood[...]
The ruffed grouse hunting season begins this Saturday. The good news is, hunters will find bird numb[...]
The voice in my head was that of my grandmother Martha, “You’re not made of sugar, you won’t melt.” [...]
It’s hard to think of winter when temperatures are in the upper 80s and humidity levels read likewis[...]
The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days attracted thousands to our county last week. It is by far the big[...]
Portage County is unique in many ways. Its residents are fortunate indeed. One of 72 counties, it is[...]
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 16 years old and hunkered down in a central Wisconsin cat[...]