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Stewards of the Lake

A view of Rice Lake from the shoreline.

Rice Lake Spotlight Today’s Spotlight is shining on a – perhaps – bit less well-known but very important organization here in Rice Lake. But first, a little background. When I was a junior in college and taking courses in ecology and earth science, I became very concerned with problems the earth was dealing with in […]

The Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS Some folks don’t care at all for the use of pesticides to control insect pests…  like certain beetles: the Japanese beetle, in particular.  I get it.  College (and beyond) courses in ecology, entomology, biology and botany, all did their proper job of raising my level of awareness when it comes to the environment. […]

Maple Trees & Maple Syrup

Leaves of Red Maple tree (Acer Rubrum)

The scientific name for the Maple tree is Acer. One reason to like maple trees is they display marvelously beautiful colors in the Fall of the year. Another reason is that in addition, some species of Maple trees will produce copious amounts of sap in the spring… which is used to make sweet and tasty… […]