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January-February 2016

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The Big Campus: Augsburg's River Semester Nov-Dec 2015
The river was their classroom for three months. By Ryan Johnson

Carp Poetry Winners - July-Aug 2015

Nighthawk Twilight - July-Aug 2015

12 Great Rivertown Gardens (pdf) - May-June 2015

Where's the Carp? Commercial fishermen have noticed an overall decline in the number of common carp - May-June 2015

Sex Life of Floodplain Trees - March-April 2015

Carp Catch 22 - where can you buy wild-caught smoked carp, and why isn't it at your local grocer's? (pdf) March-April 2015

When Big Mama Ruled the Rivers - the Sprague (pdf) Jan-Feb 2015

Bringing an Old Boat Back to Life Carl Henry (pdf) Jan-Feb 2015

Outdoor Dreams Come True - North American Squirrel Association (pdf) Nov-Dec 2014

 
River Pilgrims (pdf) by Anna Segner, from Nov-Dec 2014

Kickapoo Valley Reserve Ice Caves (pdf) by Joan Kent, from Jan-Feb 2014

Turtle Dogs (pdf) by Pamela Eyden, from July-Aug 2010

Cardinal flowers on the Mississippi (pdf) by John Sullivan

Mapping Time and the River (pdf) by Ryan Johnson, from March-April 2014

Download Army Corps 2011 Navigation Charts

Essay Only the River is Real, by Vincent Kavaloski, from March-April 2014

Dreaming of a trip down the river? Read about boaters taking a voyage of a lifetime down the Mississippi on River Trips.

Sand Dollars Mining Frac Sand in the River Valley (pdf) Some of the best sand for fracture drilling is found in the exposed rocky bluffs along the Upper Mississippi. From July-August 2011 Big River.

Strip Mining the Upper Mississippi (pdf) Aerial views of sand mines. From July-August 2013 Big River.



Covering the Heart of the Driftless Area for 23 Years

January-February 2016

Ice Fishing on the Mississippi
By Capt. Ted Peck


An angler fishes on Pool 8 west of Stoddard, Wis. (Ted Peck)

"The big river is an exhilarating place, vast and silent on a sunny winter day. Ice fishing is a community sport."

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Born to Paddle —
Wenonah Canoes
By Ryan Johnson

Founder and owner Mike Cichanowski's tall slender frame, wide shoulders and long arms were made for canoeing. His first canoe trip on the Mississippi, in the early 1960s, ignited a spark that would grow to become a passion and a livelihood.

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2015 Mississippi River Thru-Paddlers
By John Sullivan

Alyssum Pohl and Leanne Davis


"In 2015, at least 51 thru-paddlers started at the source of the Mississippi River, Lake Itasca, from just after ice-out in mid-May through early September. One notable paddler, Dale Sanders, who had just turned 80, started with three ­friends and a film crew on May 15. They battled snow storms and cold windy weather early in their trip near ­Bemidji, Minn. Dale’s paddling partners had a hard time keeping up with him as he pursued his goal of reaching the Gulf in 80 days! Dale paddled into the Gulf on August 15 with at least three of the original team members — Richard Sojourner, Austin Graham and Brad Tallent — raising more than $23,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation."

Dale Sanders near Wabasha, Minnesota.

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Also: Z-drives, museum basement, bicycle canoe trailer. See Highlights for this issue's Table of Contents.

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Deck on Deck: Towboating in the Twin Cities by Capt. Bob Deck

What's it like to work on a towboat? Deck on Deck is a first-hand account of life on river towboats in the 1970s and 80s. These stories will entertain you as Bob Deck recalls his days as a deckhand on the Mississippi River.


 

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