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Archive for August, 2015


Yep, it’s getting closer. Firearms deer season. I look forward to this every year. Being with friends and family members, sitting by the fire at night, enjoying the hunt, and plenty of good food. Part of the hunt is the bonus of harvesting a deer. Last year with bucks only and low deer numbers we only brought home memories. It’s the memories however that are the most important part of the trip. However if we do harvest a deer this season a lot of that venison will be for sausage. Once you start making your own sausage, you will never buy store bought again. If you want to learn how to make a variety of sausage, fresh or smoked, check out my Homemade Sausage page. It’s full of step by step tips and recipes like the ring bologna I smoked last week shown below. Warning: it can be addicting!!






The DNR Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division will hold an open house at the Tower Civic Center, Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. to provide updates on development plans for Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park. The Tower Civic Center is located at 402 Pine Street, in Tower.

DNR staff will be on hand to provide construction updates on the new campground, public water access and water treatment facility, and answer questions about future development plans. The public is invited to participate and provide written comments. When complete, the park’s main campground will accommodate:

168 people at 33 drive-in campsites, where amenities will include electricity, flush toilets, showers and We-Fi, plus a water access site that will connect campers to boating and fishing opportunities on Lake Vermilion.

60 people at two group camps designed for tents and recreational vehicles, with a sanitation building that includes flush toilets and showers. 30 people at a semi-primitive group camp with vault toilets.

For more information about the park, including the master plan, see http://www.mndnr.gov/stateparks.


Yes they are out there!!! This could have been another state record, but of course was released. One of my favorite lakes gave up this monster. Lake Vermillion, one of the most beautiful lakes in the state. The big musky measured in at 57 1/2 inches. See the full story here. http://www.promusky.com/results/2015/15LV.htm


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