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Outdoor Truths: Hunting benefits means seeing different animals

By Gary Miller One of the benefits of hunting is getting to see so many different animals and other things that one just doesn’t get to see otherwise. I have renamed one of my trail cameras, the zoo camera, because it always has pictures of so many different kinds of animals. On that one camera,…

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Good Growing: Flowers to celebrate the colors of fall

It has begun. The corn has turned. Transforming much of the Illinois landscape into a sea of tan. The soybeans are following with their yellow hues. Combines churn away, as the heavy scent of plant debris permeates the truck cab. Bright seas of goldenrod sway in the wind, as if a welcome mat laid down…

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Let’s Cook! Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

With fall season upon us, I am looking forward to making a big pot of chili!  Chili can be such a controversial subject. According to Merriam-Webster.com, chili is a thick sauce of meat and chili peppers. Many insist chili should be made with chunks of beef and not hamburger. Then there is the subject of…

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Meet “Novavax”, the Latest COVID Vaccine

By Bill Hoagland There are lots of folks who have not been vaccinated for a variety of reasons, but soon there will be another COVID 19 vaccine available that may be more appealing to those who are not vaccinated. That’s because this vaccine was created via a methodology that has been in existence for more…

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Is the price worth the cost?

One of the best places to put up a tree stand or blind, is in a funnel. A funnel is a small area where two or more ridges run out or down into a small hollow or trail. If you can imagine the dip between two crests, you will understand what a funnel is. It…

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The West Nile Virus is Alive and Well

By Bill Hoagland With all the concern over COVID 19 for the past year and a half, like many others, I had essentially forgotten about the West Nile Virus (WNV). Recently, however, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that mosquitoes infected with WNV had been found in nearby Greene County, and that piqued my…

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Don’t judge a book by its cover

Just drive down the road and you can learn a lot about someone. For instance, if I see a truck with a NWTF bumper sticker and a Remington logo surrounded by camo accents, I’m sure they will pretty much help me if I have a need of any kind. On the other hand, let someone…

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Bruno the Bear and Calhoun County

By Bill Hoagland You may recall that in late June and early July, 2020, Calhoun County had a unique visitor—a black bear named Bruno who already was the subject of a Facebook page with 150,000 followers by the time he got to Calhoun County. Bruno’s story is a puzzling one and while you may already…

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Attitude Is Everything

By Loretta Graham (Guest column) This coming Monday is Labor Day. It is a day to commemorate the efforts of all workers regardless of their occupation or position in a company.  Labor Day is a great day to send messages and thank employees for their contributions at work. As we celebrate a day off, I…

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Let’s Cook 9.1.21

I have a couple recipes from RK of St. Clair County.  This first one for Peach Cobbler sounds good and easy! A note about this recipe, RK did not specify about the peaches, i assume she uses canned sliced peaches. Peach Cobbler (Submitted by RK) – 1 cup pancake mix – 1 stick margarine, melted…

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