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Will Maines

Trails & Tales

Will Maines is a native of the North Woods and an avid outdoorsman.
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Long live the new queen
By Will Maines

NOTHING BEATS an early morning ice fishing trip in February — unless it’s 22 below.
That’s what it was last Saturday for the Plum Lake ice fishing tournament, but you know what, that didn’t stop about 240 anglers from heading out to the frozen tundra.
I wasn’t about to begin my day at 6 a.m. by setting tip-ups and turning my fingers into icicles, but I did amble on down to the lake a little before 8.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:23 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:25 PM )
The outdoors is my only drug
By Will Maines

IF YOU ARE into Hollywood stars, the sad news last weekend was that one of the big “stars” died of a drug overdose.
I recognized his name and knew that he once won an Academy Award, but to my knowledge I never watched a movie he was in. Nonetheless, I felt bad that an actor who apparently possessed a good deal of talent in his field should die young because of drugs.
Felt bad, yes, but harsh as it may sound, I felt no sympathy. Going all the way back to college when drugs, especially marijuana, were abundant on college campuses, I have hated drugs and have had no use or sympathy for anyone using them.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 1:03 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:46 PM )
Winter cold is all relative
By Will Maines

I HAVE LIVED in this cold north Wisconsin country all my life, and seldom have I ever seen a winter which so delights in cold temperatures and continuous snowfall.

That is not to say I haven’t seen worse, I have. I can think of other winters, mostly back in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s that were tougher than this one.

It would be hard to match the year I came home from college for semester break and shoveled roofs to make enough beer money to last out the second semester.

One of my shoveling jobs was at Molgaard’s restaurant

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:51 AM
It’s good news week
By Will Maines

DOES ANYONE remember a 1966 song entitled, “It’s Good News Week?” How about that unforgettable ’60s group, the inimitable Hedgehoppers Anonymous?

Ah, didn’t think so, but I thought of them this week, or at least I remembered the song. It rose to No. 3 on the Chicago charts but didn’t get anywhere on the Billboard Hot 100 as it was banned in several areas of the country. However, it did chart No. 5 on the United Kingdom, or as they were otherwise known, British charts.

Okay, ’60s music trivia lesson is now concluded. The purpose of the lesson,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:48 AM
Fewer birds eat more seeds
By Will Maines

SAY WHAT YOU will about the weather, but there is no doubt this winter is for the birds — in more ways than one.

Like many people of north Wisconsin, my wife and I have enjoyed feeding birds during the winter months ever since we built our house in 1980. In all that time I do not believe I have ever seen a winter when the birds at our feeders have eaten so much, so fast.

And the thing is it’s a lot fewer birds doing the eating than in a normal winter.

From what I’ve heard we’re not the only people seeing fewer birds and fewer species of birds

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:10 PM

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