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"The Great Wall of Weaver"


Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

As if near record flooding along the Upper Mississippi was not enough already, mid and late Spring 2001 for the most part proves to be gloomy, cool and gray. With the exception of two or three consecutive sunny, unseasonably hot and humid days with temperatures in the low nineties, it is a seemingly endless season of week after week of cloudy, almost blustery, rain filled skies.

Naturally, such weather offers little to improve conditions at Weaver. No warming, moisture stealing sunshine to help shrink the sand prairie’s flood-swollen wetlands. Area ponds, potholes and marshes remain engorged - slowly stagnating pools of water so uncharacteristically deep, dark, and cold.

Unlike previous years, aquatic traps catch little other than bowfin, carp and bullheads. The scattered turtles that do occasionally turn-up, whether Painted, Blanding’s or Snapper, are apparently just those few malcontents unwilling to await more balmy weather. The comparative lack of turtle captures is discouraging to say the least, and dominates all our thoughts and conversations.

Perhaps the depressed temperatures have caused our quarry to just "shut down," not an uncommon occurrence amongst those organisms termed "cold-blooded." This does seem highly unlikely, however, since each of the three previously mentioned turtle species are frequently observed awake and freely moving about in the frigid water of still completely ice-encrusted lakes and ponds.

Cold water may instead be reducing the turtles desire to feed, or their now greatly expanded wetland homes might actually be providing a virtual smorgasbord of normally unavailable foods in quantities far exceeding their average daily dietary needs. Certainly our bait of cheap sardines, which so effectively attracted these animals just last year, now largely decomposes within perforated cups almost utterly ignored.

Of course it is possible, perhaps even probable, that we simply cannot get traps close enough to capture our turtles. Indeed, many of our radioed animals have steadfastly remained well within the boundaries of their traditional haunts no matter how far underwater. In any case, all our turtle trapping efforts go largely unrewarded.

With typical aquatic traps ineffective, our attention increasingly focuses on other means of capturing turtles. Water depth and clarity makes dip netting by hand almost impossible as well, leaving little alternative other than b .....
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Reader Mail!

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, July 9, 2001

Question: I need to move my perennials in late summer. Although this is not the right time for all of the plants, can you give suggestions of how to keep them alive? How should I prepare them? Should I trim ..... 
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It must be the altitude!

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

I wandered off again. This time I dragged my family to a combination business conference and vacation in exotic far away Colorado. This is an annual conference that is scheduled for the same week in June every year. It see ..... 
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The Mighty Ducks

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 9, 2001

It has been quite awhile since I was a volunteer coach. My first opportunity came in my early twenties when Bob, a friend of mine, and I were coaxed into coaching soccer to a mixed group of six and seven year olds in a YMC ..... 
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To the Editor

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday July 2, 2001
As a citizen of the Preston area, I am concerned about the environmental impact the Pro-Corn Ethanol Plant expansion will have on our water resources. The following data is available on the Department of Natural Resources websi ..... 
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To the Editor

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001The Journal asked Sandra Benson, Fillmore County Recycling Education Coordinator to respond to Ms. Dorn’s letter.

I understand the frustration Patty Dorn and others may feel if they think that all of their efforts at ..... 
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Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, July 2, 2001

I disagree with Rory Kramer's assessment of the Fillmore County Journal (Letter to the Editor, June 11, 2001). I find it a much more interesting paper than it was ten years ago. For one thing it be ..... 
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