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Adventure in the Wisconsin "Dalles"


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Monday, February 25, 2001

The Wisconsin Dells, just two hours away from Fillmore County, has an undeserved reputation for being a "cheesy" tourist trap.

I mean, it is cheesy. A place that has maybe some of the most interesting geologic features in the Midwest has somehow spawned hotels, carnival-like rides, restaurants, theatres, museums, and a strange variety of side-shows.

It is a top tourist destination, yet many who travel there never even see the Dells, or know what a Dell is.

I have done a little research and know that the name comes from the French word "dalles", which means "slab like rock," which pretty well describes what rises out of the landscape and river there. The only other place in the world you could find these towering marvels would be in Germany.

Having said all that, I feel a little sheepish admitting that every two years my family joins the throngs of people who take mini winter vacations at one of the fabulous indoor waterparks, and we never see the slab like rocks.

Yes, its ironic that people travel to this natural wonder, then spend their time on waterslides and riding rubber rafts down rollercoaster-like structures. But my point is that its always been that way. Theres a long history of people coming to the Dells for reasons other than to admire nature.

As early as March 25, 1856, an editor at the Wisconsin Mirror wrote "We conclude that the wild, romantic scenery of the Dells will always make them a place or resort for seekers of pleasure." Talk about prophetic.

The Dells is diverse in a quirky way. You can visit places with names like Robot World, and Noahs Ark. The Dells is home to the Tommy Barlett water-ski show since 1950. Its also a historic site for photography, featuring the oldest family photographic studio in the United States, the H.H. Bennett studio, founded in 1865. Bennett was a pioneer in stop-action photography and is famous for a photo of his son Ashley leaping through the air to Stand Rock, one of the "dells."

When you live in the Midwest, an indoor waterpark at the Wisconsin Dells may well be your only hope for a warm, winter vacation near water. I spent most of last weekend playing good-natured side-kick to my three-year-old son while he explored the waterpark for the first time. He loved it, but still kept me on a short leash; sometimes a guy just likes to have his mom around. Just in case.

I took him up one of the three-sto .....
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Are You Game?

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

A quick note on the NFL playoffs which are in full swing with the Vikings sitting on the couch watching on TV like most everyone else. Look for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots and Ravens to go to the next level. The Packers ..... 
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Graze

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Monday, February 18, 2002

Last November, I interviewed my Big Woods neighbor and dairy farmer, Bonnie Haugen, about her methods of growing grasses and grazing cows to provide a sustainable system that is good for the cows, the land, the farmer ..... 
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Squirrelly Southeastern Minnesota

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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By John LevellMonday, February 4, 2002

While a select few see them as game to be hunted and eaten and some folks think they are cute and fun to observe, most Bluffland area residents view squirrels as just two or three sp ..... 
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Dear Virginia

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Virginia CooperMonday, Febraury 18, 2002

Dear Virginia, My houseplants are infested with fruit flies, what do I do?

If these little bugs look like fruit flies, the plants are probably infested with fungus gnats. Not a threat to your p ..... 
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Mr. Manners

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Monday, February 25, 2002

I had an interesting discussion with Ellen and John the other day. We were sitting around their kitchen table conducting some business. We were having a cup of coffee in the process. I must have been looking a bit lis ..... 
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Two Journal writers have books in the works

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Monday, Febraury 4, 2001

Two Journal contributors have been busily working on books that should be coming out in the next few months.

Nancy Overcott

Nancy Overcott, whose column At Home in the Woods appears regularly in the Jour ..... 
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