Alter your fish and you’ll be in big trouble

A new law governing fisheries included language that “prohibits anglers from altering fish, including smelts, from their natural state until after they have conducted a wet measure.” That’s the way the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife described their proposal, sponsored for the agency by Senator Scott Cyrway, Senate chair of the IFW Committee. Cyrway, […]

State agrees to controversial take-over of Forest City dam.

A very-late-in-the-session legislative bill calling for a state takeover of the Forest City Dam on the St. Croix River was hotly debated. Several key changes were made, and the bill was enacted and signed by the Governor. One of the major concerns expressed by IFW Committee members was the expense of maintaining this large dam, […]

The bear almost trampled me!

Our camp on Sourdnahunk Lake on the edge of Baxter Park is the best thing Linda and I ever purchased. Our kids grew up here and our grandchildren are now enjoying the camp, which is part of an old sporting camp, Camp Phoenix. Reading through our camp journal recently, I decided there are a lot […]

My wife is an amazing gardener

My wife Linda is an amazing gardener. In addition to stunning flower gardens in the front and back yards, she has a large vegetable garden, raised beds, and a 14 by 28 foot Hoop House. Yes, we have fresh veggies all winter long. I wandered the yard recently and took these photos.       […]

Legislature overrides Governor’s veto of Public Lands bill

After several years of intense effort, a bill governing our public lands has been enacted, thanks to votes in the House and Senate to override the Governor’s veto of the bill. Several legislators, including my State Senator Tom Saviello, and our state’s major environmental groups, deserve credit for crafting this bill and never giving up […]