Poem of the month: December Notes

December Notes By Nancy McCleery The backyard is one white sheet Where we read in the bird tracks The songs we hear. Delicate Sparrow, heavier cardinal, Filigree threads of chickadee. And wing patterns where one flew Low, then up an away, gone To the woods but calling out Clearly its bright epigrams. More snow promised for tonight. The postal van […]

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Poem of the month: Run before dawn

Run Before Dawn Most mornings I get away, slip out the door before light, set forth on the dim gray road, letting my feet find a cadence that softly carries me on. Nobody is up-all alone my journey begins. Some days it’s escape: the city is burning behind me, cars have stalled in their tracks, and everybody is fleeing like […]

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MN Tree Farm inspector training workshop

On December 16, 2010, the Minnesota Tree Farm System will offer a Tree Farm inspector training workshop in Cloquet. This workshop is for forest resource managers interested in becoming a certified Tree Farm Inspector or for Inspectors who need to update their certification to the new 2010 Tree Farm Standards. Details are as follows: December 16, 2010 from 9am- 3pm […]

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Poem of the month: Wood Burning

Wood Burning To my father, a woods is not a woods without a wood pile in it, a brush mess near it where the lesser limbs landed. To my father, season is a verb, a reason not to disturb one cord or another. I swear his veins run bar chain oil. To my father, no carpet is as royal as […]

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Poem of the month: When the Frost is on the Punkin

by James Whitcomb Riley When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock, And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock, And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens, And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence; O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at […]

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Poem of the Month: Last Spring

Once again I have seen the winter give way to spring; The wild cherry trees in full bloom, I saw once again. Once again I saw the ice break free from the land, Saw the snow melt and the foam of the river swirl and rage. And the plants and flowers once again I saw them bloom; And again I […]

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Northern Minnesota phenology report: April 2010

The inch long male flowers of the speckled alders spend much of the winter hanging tight. They look like small clumps of burgundy salami. In late March or early April they begin to swell and distend. As the tight catkins start to loosen up, they undergo a change in color from burgundy to orange. The stretching exposes the pollen inside […]

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