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Questions from the Neighborhood...


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Virginia CooperMonday, January 28, 2002

Why do people wrap small trees? I planted some fruit trees last fall and didn't wrap them, should I?

Young, thin-barked trees are wrapped for two reasons. Firstly to protect them from mice, voles or rabbits. They live off tender bark in winter when food supplies are low. Deer will also eat bark, but their damage doesn't usually kill trees. A fatal meal from a small tree would be a wound that goes through the first layer of bark into the inner cambium layer and circles the tree completely, cutting off all nutrients to the tree.

The second reason you should wrap a young tree is to prevent sunscald. This happens in winter when the sun warms the southern side of the trunk and the trunk swells and then cracks the bark. This is not usually fatal unless very deep, but can really cause a set back in growth while the tree heals the wound. Have you ever noticed a tree with a long vertical scar along the trunk, which seems to never quite heal? Pretty sad.

Wrap trees with paper or plastic tree-wrap products to protect them from the damaging effects of winter sun. Tasty fruit trees, in particular, should have a hard plastic wrap or a cylinder of hardware cloth circling their trunks to stave off your nibbling neighbors.

How about this weather?
I want to know why no one is talking about global warming. It's like spring out there in the middle of winter and all I hear is 'Wow, we're sure getting off easy this year'... Or, 'this is great, I can get an early start on planting for sure'... The weatherman just smiles and says we're breaking another record today, isn't this great! Ya sure, ya betcha.

Am I the only one who thinks maybe this weather is not such a good thing? OK, I was one of those alarmists who bought extra flashlight batteries, water and food - and made sure the wood heating furnace was all ready to go in case the 'big one' came on New Years in 2000. Was that two years ago already?

Anyway, being a child of the sixties, I grew up hearing all about the effects of our over-consumptive society and how we are ruining the planet and throwing everything off balance with too much dependence on fossil fuels.

I spent my formative years living across the highway from the Morton Arboretum in Chicago. (Mr. Morton was the originator of Arbor Day, another fellow alarmist out to save the planet). We planted trees and envisioned ourselves as junior planetary lifesavers; .....
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The Compass Never Tells the Truth

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By Wayne PikeMonday, January 14, 2002

I am somewhat skeptical of those directional compasses that you buy to keep in the car. My grandfathers compass that he had in his 19 Ford was the last one that I knew of that worked properly, with the po ..... 
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What about Fillmore County?

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Monday, December 24, 2001

When I arrived at my office last Monday, there was a copy of the Sunday Winona Daily News waiting for me in the entry way. Under a front page story Published farm subsidies stir up debate, which listed the top 20 Wi ..... 
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Journal Policy on Letters to the Editor

The Journal welcomes letters to the editor, with priority given to letters on topics of local interest. No form-letters to the editor are knowingly published.

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Vernon H. Vigeland

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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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