Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming. He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018. He focuses on features and outdoor stories.
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As students return to the classroom, it's a good time to consider the apps they are using on their smart devices. Some of them can be dangerous, according to local law enforcement officers. "This is a problem nationwide, and it is absolutely a problem in Minnesota," said Ryan Olson, detective with the Dakota County Electronic Crimes Task Force in Hastings.
It was an ambitious plan. Paddle 1,200 miles on three rivers in one summer. That's OK. Michael Anderson is an ambitious person, especially when there is an adventure involved. Add a social cause to that mix, and he's all in. When Anderson and Paul Twedt planned the Three Rivers Project, they knew it would be a challenge. They wanted to paddle the St. Croix River, the Minnesota River and the Minnesota section of the Mississippi River. They also wanted to pick up trash as they went.
When the Chippewa River pushed enough sand into the Mississippi River to form Lake Pepin, it highlighted the effort with an artistic flourish. It created the Mississippi backwaters, a gem in the midst of extensive aquatic beauty. The backwaters, braided with streams from the Chippewa River delta, seem perfectly designed for kayaking, and Michael Anderson, river guide for Broken Paddle Guiding Company in Wabasha, enjoys taking people there.
In his seven years as a lockmaster, Tim Tabery has seen boaters make many serious mistakes in the dangerous waters around a dam. "There is a hydraulic effect on the downstream side of the dam," Tabery said. "Some people don't realize this, and that is why we have fatalities. The water spins and spins and spins, and you are not going to get out of it." The turbulent water below the dam as well as a strong-flowing area above the dam are called "restricted areas" according to Tabery, a resident of Hastings. Those areas are marked with buoys featuring an orange diamond on them.
It happens every day. Maybe several times a day. The phone rings, you answer, and a recorded voice tries to sell you a vacation in the Caribbean or a fast track out of debt. Sometimes you answer and no one responds. Either way, you get angry. These marketing calls used to be made by human beings who could make dozens of calls a day. Now they are made by computers with recorded messages, and they are capable of making millions of calls a day. Cheaply. They are robocalls. They are annoying. They waste time and tie up phone lines. In most cases, they are illegal.
WABASHA — The National Eagle Center is launching the summer fishing program June 20 and the celebration of Bald Eagle Days June 22-24. With paid admission, kids 15 and younger can use fishing equipment supplied by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the National Eagle Center to fish on the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge from the public dock at the National Eagle Center every Wednesday until Aug. 29.