WORTHINGTON — I think it matters very little if you love them or hate them, this animal will always find a way into your field of vision. In fact, if you live in Worthington, you will very often find them under the wheels of your car.
WORTHINGTON — The only person who isn’t neck deep in work today is the person who is not responsible for even one tree. I drove to my office on Thursday to write this column and I told my Mrs. that I had never seen anything like this in 50-plus years.
WORTHINGTON — Last week, I wrote about a spearing outing that took place on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes in north central Minnesota.
When I think about the diversity in nature, I continue to be overwhelmed. We have a certain number of fish species in southwest Minnesota and I know them all to a point.
Last week, I explained how I had turned over the management of our bee hives to someone much better at it than I was.
I would have stuck it out until I could have done it myself, if I hadn’t become so dangerously allergic to additional bee stings.
What I am not giving up on is my novice spearing career.
WORTHINGTON — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This is what I did with my attempts at amateur beekeeping.
My friend, Casey Ingenthron, along with Les Johnson made about a $750 investment in some bee hive components and glamorous beekeeping apparel. Casey built the hives and we ordered the interior frames and other components from a distributor.
WORTHINGTON — What or who is a trapper? What a rare and endangered breed they are.
Fifty years ago, trapping was like hunting. If you lived in the country, almost every kid trapped and hunted. I can remember, as a kid, trapping gophers on my grandpa’s farm near the tiny town of Wetonka in north central South Dakota.
WORTHINGTON — It can only happen once for the dog and happens very seldom for most dog owners. For Tracer, it happened a few weeks back. The last time it happened to me was two years ago with a black lab named Axle.
I have often referred to my life with my dogs as living in an interdependent relationship. They need me and I need them. They need me for food and shelter and medical care. They also need the human love and affection that all dogs crave and I give tons of that. They need to know where their place in the pack as they are all descendants of wolves. Knowing their place in life gives a dog balance.
I have waited 364 days for tomorrow. Saturday, October 13 is the Minnesota Pheasant hunting season opener. Last year I wandered along with a group of mostly new hunters at the first ever Governors Pheasant hunt that was held in Montevideo, Minn. This year, the Governors’ hunt will be hosted in Marshall, only 60 miles away. I received another invitation this year, but am going to skip the actual hunting part of the weekend and attend a dedication ceremony for an addition to a local WMA in the Marshall area. This should be pretty cool.
WORTHINGTON — Does it take an airplane ride or a really long drive to see something totally spectacular? It really depends on what you think qualifies as totally spectacular. I took a four-hour drive and saw something very spectacular — the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, located across the Missouri River in South Dakota.
WORTHINGTON — The passage of the Land and Legacy amendment in 2008 raised the sales tax in Minnesota by three-eighths of 1 percent to create dedicated funding for the outdoors. It’s a legacy we should feel good about.
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