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Leon manages a survival blog with common sense tips for surviving a wilderness or urban disaster, including emergency preparedness, making survival kits, reviewing survival gear, camp cooking and survival food.

Diving for clams on Mississippi River

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The Natives viewed clams as a food source. Today, some people still harvest clams, but for different uses. Along the Mississippi, clams were the basis for a thriving pearl button industry.

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I was able to quickly excavate this snow cave, using a piece of plexiglass and a small shovel. There was plenty of room for another person to work at the same time.

Learn a winter survival skill – book review: ‘Snow Caves For Fun and Survival’

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The book shows how to make snow shelters easily.

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The Black Lens tackles to topic of sex trafficking, drugs and prostitution.

Review: The Black Lens novel takes on sex trafficking, prostitution and drugs

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Can a novel change the world? Maybe this one will help.

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Transporting an injured person.

Book review: The Survival Medicine Handbook – what to do when help isn’t on the way

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What happens during a medical emergency when dialing 911 is not an option? What is your next move?

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Book Review: Deep Survival – Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

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“Deep Survival” is a great tool to help establish the survival mindset that is critical to becoming a survivor.

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Downriver Chapter 11: Vision Quest?

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Sometimes an experience will bring up memories that have lain dormant for years. Maybe it was of something that didn’t seem particularly important at the time it was happening. Possibly the new experience is like a key word on a computer that opens up an apparently unrelated, or unsuspected file.
Or maybe that first memory wasn’t complete, without something to trigger it.

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Downriver Chapter 10: Amos Owen, Dakota Holy Man

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Redwing, MN has a large marina, beautifully restored old homes and a great local museum. From the marina, I wandered up to the Goodhue County Museum on the hill. In the early 1850s, settlers came to Redwing to farm in Goodhue County. Land was selling for $15 per acre, and the cash crop was wheat. A few bumper crop years…

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Downriver: Prescott, Wisconsin Chapter 9

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The beauty of the morning seemed to be an apology for the storm the night before. As I leafed through my journal, looking for dampness, I had to smile at the previous day’s entry. It would have to be extensively re-written!

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Downriver: Little Falls to the Twin Cities Chapter 8

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Once you get through the lock at St.Paul, the Mississippi changes character and becomes a commercial river.

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Downriver: Chapter 7 Bill Byers the Logger

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    From Cass Lake to Grand Rapids, Mike and I paddled through the land of Paul Bunyon, the legendary logger, on the river that was the highway of the Minnesota timber industry until the 1940s. The world’s largest animated man, according to theme park hype, is this display of Paul Bunyon in Brainerd. Local legends are part of the…

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