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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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How to survive: Choose the best fillet knife for preparing fish

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A fillet knife is a specialty tool for filleting fish. Here is how to choose one that will fit your needs.

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Stuff that works: My Buck 371 folder served me well for decades

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Equipment users find good gear and work it hard. That happened to the Buck folder I bought 40 years ago.

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The Cold Steel SRK | The Best Survival Knife?

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You can’t compromise on survival gear quality, so almost 20 years ago, I invested in a Cold Steel SRK. If I could only have one survival knife, which would also be used as a field dressing tool for big game and a meat cutting impliment, it would be a Cold Steel SRK. Here’s why.

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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: 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: 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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Downriver: Cass Lake and the Ricers Chapter 6

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The Chippewa Indians have always thought the wild rice beds are a gift from God. Today, wild rice is still important to the Indian people.

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Lobo Minnesota from Downriver: A Mississippi River Canoe Voyage Chapter 4

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  Lobo Minnesota: Long before wolves were re-introduced back into Yellowstone National Park, the wolf topic was controversial. In the 1930s, a giant Canadian wolf became infamous for slaughtering deer in the Lake Itasca area. Here is the story of the man who ended the predator’s bloody career. Bemidji, Minnesota: Bemidji, population about 10,000, is the first city on the…

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Downriver: Chapter 3 Lake Itasca to Bemidgi

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Lake Itasca to Bemidgi We started paddling the next morning from Wanagan  through a canoeist’s paradise.   The Upper Mississippi is a canoeist’s paradise! (traveltips.usatoday.com photo) The scenery ranged from pine forests that infused the air with a sweet, pine woods smell, to marshes full of cattails with stalks higher than our heads. The wetlands were full of waterfowl.  It…

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