Thursday, September 29, 2016

Spooner Advocate Column- September 29, 2016

Hello friends! Brrr it was chilly this morning. I hope everyone is getting things ready or the colder weather that is right around the corner. Now is the time to get the sand and salt mixed up, buy that new shovel because the other one got broken last year! Everyone get there wood all stacked up yet??
Please remember the farmers markets ...they are still going on and would love to sell you  some locally grown produce. Hopefully people are canning and freezing some of this years bounty.
THIS WEEKEND! Cranberry Festival! Saturday October 1st in Stone Lake, WI. Arts, Crafts, flea Market, Mash tours, Cranberry pancake breakfast at the Stone Lake Fire Hall from 7-11:00 am. Pie and bake sale at the 1st Lutheran Church from 9-3:00 pm. Parade at  2:00 pm. There is ALOT to see and do at the Cranberry Fest. For more information go to www.stonelakecranberryfestival.com or call 715-865-3378.
I am not going to share to much politics on my column as I do not want to offend people. However I do want to stress that each and everyone does need to go out and vote! We are in a time when it is very important that the peoples thoughts and views have got to be heard and the way we do that is by voting! I will say I was a Bernie Sanders supporter, I would still vote for him today. I don't say that to make people mad, I say that because people that were going to vote for him are now saying that they are not voting or that they are going to write him in on the ballot. My suggestion is to vote for one of the candidates as each vote counts and by voting for someone that is not on the ballot any longer you are in danger of wasting your vote. Each and every vote really do count so please think about this! Also we do live in America, our country was built on having a voice to speak out, freedom of choice and the ability to have our own opinions. Please respect those that do not vote or see things from your point of view. We live in a good country, lets work on making it even better!

LCO Community College still has fun things going on at the college over the summer. BEADING has begun at the college! It is Weds. nights 5-8 pm, supplies and dinner are provided. You can start a project or bring something you are working on! Also bellydancing is ongoing on Weds nights as well. Please call to let Amber know so she has enough food for folks! See you there! If you would like to see what classes are offered please contact Amber Marlow at 715-634-4790 x156. Or check them out on Facebook!
There is a Beef and Small Farm Pasture Walk on Saturday October 8 from 10-noon. Its being held at the Bob and Jane Pederson's farm. If you would like to go please call Otto at the extension office - 715-635-3506.
Spooner Dairy Sheep Flock Dispersal Sale on October 13, 2016 beginning a 5:00 PM Central time. You have to register to purchase any of the sheep, please contact Dave Johnson at Equity Coop. 608-356-8311 ext 131 or djohndon@equitycoop.com. More info at www.equitycoop.com

Happy Birthday goes out to all the September birthdays out there. I love September as we are getting into cooler months and get to wear sweaters again! I hope the coming year is filled with a lot of blessings for all of you! Remember you are loved, hugs to all of you!

Until next week… Can something, freeze something or bake something....then share some wit a neighbor!

If you have any information on upcoming events please let me know. Thanks in advance.

Put on your calendar:

October 27-29, 2016 Joyce Meyer Conference in Minneapolis at the Target Center. Thursday: 7:00pm, Friday: 10 am and 7:00 pm, Saturday: 10 am. More information at www.joycemeyer.org/conference .
February 23-25 MOSES Organic Conference in La Crosse, WI.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Spooner Advocate Column - September 16, 2016

Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! I know we had a lot of traffic up here enjoying the last weekend before schools starts. Now its really beginning to feel like fall being folks are back in school and there are less vacationers here. I hope everyone had a great summer and are now ready to get back to school! Please remember to slow down out there in the morning, lots of people are rushing to get to work but we need to be safe around the kids!

I haven’t talked about Cable Natural History Museum in a while. I have to say I don’t get up there to the museum as much as I would like to, but I do like the articles that Emily Stone writes for the Sawyer County Record. This last one about Pitcher plants was very interesting. If you have not had the privilege of seeing an actual pitcher plant you should really go visit a bog. I have the privilege of going out on the bog and I have to say pitcher plants are one of my favorites! If you would like more information on the museum go to www.cablemuseum.org.

LCO Community College still has fun things going on at the college over the summer. BEADING has begun at the college! It is Weds. nights 5-8 pm, supplies and dinner are provided. You can start a project or bring something you are working on! Please call to let Amber know so she has enough food for folks! See you there! If you would like to see what classes are offered please contact Amber Marlow at 715-634-4790 x156. Or check them out on Facebook!
On September 10 I was able to go down to Open Street on West Broadway in Minneapolis. It was great fun to be able to travel with my friend Mary and her son Nodin, we had a great time and got to see old friends and make some new ones! Great job to all the volunteers, workers and people that sold or just came out to visit! A lot of hard work went into organizing this event and everyone did an awesome job! Thanks so much Britt and Lupe!

Happy Birthday goes out to all the September birthdays out there. I love September as we are getting into cooler months and get to wear sweaters again! I hope the coming year is filled with a lot of blessings for all of you! Remember you are loved, hugs to all of you!

Until next week… Do something that you like to do and that makes you happy, and reach out to someone who may need to be lifted up.

If you have any information on upcoming events please let me know. Thanks in advance.

Put on your calendar:

October 27-29, 2016 Joyce Meyer Conference in Minneapolis at the Target Center. Thursday: 7:00pm, Friday: 10 am and 7:00 pm, Saturday: 10 am. More information at www.joycemeyer.org/conference .

Spooner Advocate Column September 23, 2016

Hello friends! Hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather. It has been alittle wet again lately. I thing the only one that appreciates all this water is the fish, ducks and geese! It seems like its either feast or famine when it comes to the weather. Is everyone out working in their yards? Putting the gardens to rest?? I bought some squash the other day....need to buy some more. Please remember the farmers markets ...they are still going on and would love to sell you  some locally grown produce. Hopefully people are canning and freezing some of this years bounty.
It was a pleasure to see my foster parents up from Minneapolis. Karen and Leif Nestingen met me in Spooner and we ate at Nicks. I have to say our waitress was awesome! She came out apologized that my dad's chicken sandwich was taking longer to cook. She was very nice about everything. Even asked me how my head was feeling when she found out I had a headache! Have to say I am glad for small town places like Nick's that have good food and nice people! Keep up the great work!
I am not going to share to much politics on my column as I do not want to offend people. However I do want to stress that each and everyone does need to go out and vote! We are in a time when it is very important that the peoples thoughts and views have got to be heard and the way we do that is by voting! I will say I was a Bernie Sanders supporter, I would still vote for him today. I don't say that to make people mad, I say that because people that were going to vote for him are now saying that they are not voting or that they are going to write him in on the ballot. My suggestion is to vote for one of the candidates as each vote counts and by voting for someone that is not on the ballot any longer you are in danger of wasting your vote. Each and every vote really do count so please think about this! Also we do live in America, our country was built on having a voice to speak out, freedom of choice and the ability to have our own opinions. Please respect those that do not vote or see things from your point of view. We live in a good country, lets work on making it even better!

LCO Community College still has fun things going on at the college over the summer. BEADING has begun at the college! It is Weds. nights 5-8 pm, supplies and dinner are provided. You can start a project or bring something you are working on! Please call to let Amber know so she has enough food for folks! See you there! If you would like to see what classes are offered please contact Amber Marlow at 715-634-4790 x156. Or check them out on Facebook!
On September 10 I was able to go down to Open Street on West Broadway in Minneapolis. It was great fun to be able to travel with my friend Mary and her son Nodin, we had a great time and got to see old friends and make some new ones! Great job to all the volunteers, workers and people that sold or just came out to visit! A lot of hard work went into organizing this event and everyone did an awesome job! Thanks so much Britt and Lupe!

Happy Birthday goes out to all the September birthdays out there. I love September as we are getting into cooler months and get to wear sweaters again! I hope the coming year is filled with a lot of blessings for all of you! Remember you are loved, hugs to all of you!

Until next week… Can something, freeze something or bake something....then share some wit a neighbor!

If you have any information on upcoming events please let me know. Thanks in advance.

Put on your calendar:

October 27-29, 2016 Joyce Meyer Conference in Minneapolis at the Target Center. Thursday: 7:00pm, Friday: 10 am and 7:00 pm, Saturday: 10 am. More information at www.joycemeyer.org/conference .

Monday, February 15, 2016

This morning I start the day by grieving for one of my dear friends, a rat terrier named Dutchess Anne. She was a great dog, loved to cuddle in blankets and run at full speed around the yard.
Last night we believe our dog Dutchess and Chloe were poisoned around 730 or so. They were in the yard, Chloe was tied up. I personally saw a car driving slow, stop at the end if my driveway. I went out to see what was going on and they left and went down the road a ways and stopped again. Not sure why. I have talked to the Wahburn County (Sooner, WI)  and Barron County (Cumberland) Sheriffs department also the vet. We have heard rumors that other dogs have had similar incidences happen. We have heard if food being thrown to the dogs  which then get suck and die.
I hope nobody else goes through this. Dutchess passed away from a slow horrible death and Chloe made it through but is weak but determined to make it. After talking to the vet it seems to me that they probably had ingested a rat poison that's on the market that is a neurotoxin called  brometheden? I'm sure that's spelled wrong,  sorry been a ling night. 
My concern is to let people know so that they don't have to go through this horror. If you see or hear anything, please call the Sheriffs department. At this time they have no leads  as I didn't get the plate number or make and model of the car.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Spooner Advocate- Springbrook/Trego Column- November 5, 2015

Good morning. As I traveled into Hayward this morning it was sort of sunny at my place and then it was sprinkling heavy in Hayward! Guess I just can't get away from it! LOL It makes me a little sad to see all the trees looking so naked! Its great that all the pine, evergreens don't lose their color. I look forward to moving into the coming season, its a time to regroup, look back and be grateful, look forward and be hopeful. As most of the earth takes a rest and renews itself  I would like to think the same thing should apply to us humans as well. How about making some small goals, read an extra book this winter, learn to knit. Maybe do some much needed cleaning and purging...this could be belongings but it may apply to yourself as well. Set some goals for the coming year. Personally I will be looking for the next step in my college career for 2016. I want to knit  more and SPIN MY OWN YARN! I want to travel to Canada! I want to spend an entire weekend on Madeleine Island! I want to bead more items and hopefully sell some of the items that I have made. I want to learn to fish, got to get the gear and I want to target practice- need a gun! So sit down and take a couple minutes to write some ideas down, then go forth and have fun with it!
 
NW Graziers Fall Conference on Sat Nov 7th at the Spooner Ag Research Station. Registration is required by Weds Nov 4th The cost is $20 for the meal. For more information and to register please give the Ag agents-Otto or Kevin a call at 715-635-3506
Went to the Tweed Museum of Art on Friday and first of all what a lovely gallery! I would highly recommend going if you haven't already. Mikhaila, her friend Sarah and I all went to a fashion show that was just spectacular!  This was such a beautiful, informative and inspirational show I can't even explain all the ways that it touched me. The work that went into these pieces of clothing is just spectacular! They are each a work of art unto themselves! I suggest that you go check out the website www.iamanishinaabe.com. Be prepared to be moved by the beauty, the history, the talent that went into each of these pieces! Chi-miigwech to Delina White, Lavender Hunt and Sage Davis for your vision, all the other helpers and creators of the clothing/jewelry and to the graceful models. You are all an inspiration!
 
Now is the time to get some calls made to set-up plowing and shoveling for the winter. Plan ahead so that you are not snowed in, unable to get out. Also stick some blankets, a jacket, some boots, hats and gloves in the car so that you are ready if the weather changes while you are out. Do you have a broom, ice scraper in the car? How about the shovel and sand or ice melt by the door?? Get things together now before the snow flies!!
 
"Surprised By Joy " An Exhibition of Painting by Terry Millikan is in last week at the Lizzards Art Gallery & Framing. These oil paintings are on display until November 7, 2015. For more informatio9n please contact Lizzards at 218-722-5815 or www.lizzards.com the gallery is located at 11 West Superior Street in Duluth, MN.
 
If anyone is missing a goat please feel free to call me. I had a neighbor bring over the goat being he found it walking down Co Hwy A. I am glad that the neighbor to the time to bring the goat to my house as I sure wouldn't have wanted it to get hit. I am sure someone must be missing their goat so please call and give me a description of it. If the owners are not found than it will just stay here at my house, Snickers needs a friend.
 
Happy Birthday goes to all those that were born in November! You have an awesome month as everything is going to sleep for the winter months, but we still have plenty of fall days to enjoy, plus we gained an hour! Hugs! Happy birthdays go out to my Auntie Cheryl. Love you! Remember you are special and we love you! 
 
If you would like to get information on LCO Extension classes please give Amber Marlow a call at 715-634-4790 x 156. Also ou can find them on Facebook at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Extension.

Put it on your calendar:

November 5-6 2015 18th Annual Farmer Cooperative Conference in Minneapolis, Radisson Blu Hotel. For more information please give the Ag agents-Otto or Kevin a call at 715-635-3506.
 
Art Exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art, Studio Gallery at the University of MN- Duluth. VOID by Sam Fiedler. November 10th-15th. Opening reception November 10, 2015 from 4-6pm.Questions 218-726-8222
 
Northwinds Book and Fiber Crochet a Cowl- Monday November 9th 5-8 pm Class fee of $15. Please give them a call at the store to register and get the supply list you will need.  715-635-6811 or northwind@northwindbook.com


 

I know that there HAS to be some events going on out there! Please let me know!

Please remember that I would like any information from all of you of what is going on! This is your column ! Any garage sales, church functions, raffles etc? Let me know- thank you!

Have a friend or family member that would be interested in the column? Maybe they live out of town? They can access the column on my blog on Thursdays, at www.twogirlsandagarden.blogspot.com .
 


Monday, October 19, 2015

October 9, 2015 Cable Natural History Museum Newsletter- Stinkhorn Egg

By Emily M. Stone 
Naturalist/Education Director 
Cable Natural History Museum

I could hear my roasted root vegetables sizzling in the oven when I saw their car pull into my driveway. Eric and Nanette stepped out, carrying a big basket of food. A whole watermelon, can of spaghetti sauce, two fresh tomatoes-these were things they didn't want to leave in their cabin for the winter or haul home to Madison.
 
One of the items in their basket was a little weirder, though. On a walk through the woods, they'd found a small, dirty white globe on the ground. Figuring it was fungal; they brought it to me for identification, and so we could exclaim over it together. I like this kind of hostess gift at least as much as wine!
 
I'd never seen something quite like this before, and I certainly wasn't ready for the texture when I picked it up. First of all, it was heavy. This was no puffball. The thin outside coating was cool and dry, but a squishy consistency beneath that hinted at something a little more moist. It reminded me of a water balloon filled with pudding. The bottom was slightly flattened, with a limp little stem-like appendage.
 
We enjoyed our dinner with the mystery as our centerpiece, but I didn't get around to slicing it open until the next day at work. A quick photo/question to my favorite mushroom expert produced a reliable identification: common stinkhorn.
 
Stinkhorns are either amazing or disgusting, depending on your perspective. They begin their reproductive life as an "egg," just like the one Eric and Nanette found. A universal veil on the outside protects the developing fruiting body. Slicing through the egg, I found the compact features of a mushroom just waiting to expand.
 
The thin, white, elastic "eggshell" covered a layer of tan-colored jelly. The gleba, as this second layer is known, contains both the spores and the offensive smell that earns stinkhorns their name. Inside the jelly is a C-shaped, dark-brown mass that will become the mushroom cap, and then the pure white, firm-but-hollow stalk in the center. In some countries, the gleba is removed, and the inner mass of the egg is sliced and eaten. (I think my garden-fresh green beans probably tasted better at dinner.)
 
Bursting forth from the egg, stinkhorns mature extremely rapidly. Their growth rate has been measured at ten to fifteen centimeters per hour, and an individual may take anywhere only an hour or two to "hatch." One mathematical model even predicts that the common stinkhorn can exert enough force to emerge through asphalt. By those calculations, three mushrooms emerging together could lift almost 900 pounds.

Once grown, a common stinkhorn bears a dark cap at the top of a white stalk. The cap is covered with the slime at first, but as that wears off, a morel-like texture and yellowish color emerge. Stinkhorns can be quite phallic, and the scientific name "Phallus impudicus" means shameless or immodest. In the Victorian era, embarrassed citizens (including Charles Darwin's granddaughter) would collect and destroy stinkhorns each morning so as to protect the purity of any nearby maids.
 
Even more offensive than the shape of a stinkhorn is its smell. Once mature, the gelatinous gleba on the outside of the cap produces a strong odor of carrion that can be smelled from a fair distance away. This attracts flies, beetles, and other insects. In Austria, blow-flies even feed on the slime. When the insects fly off, spore-filled goop sticks to their legs and they become agents of mushroom dispersal. While disgusting, this is a more advanced method of spore dispersal than waiting for a gentle breeze.
 
Around the world, stinkhorns come in an amazing variety of shapes and colors. From red stars to hot pink whiffle balls, and white bridal veils, they erupt from their eggs in fountains of color and stench. As saprophytic mushrooms that decompose wood, stinkhorns are an important as well as interesting part of the forest...but perhaps, not an important part of dinner.
 
For over 45 years, the Cable Natural History Museum has served to connect you to the Northwoods. Come visit us in Cable, WI! Our new exhibit: "Lake Alive!" opened May 1, 2015, and will remain open until March 2016.
 
Find us on the web at www.cablemuseum.org to learn more about our exhibits and programs. Discover us on Facebook, or at our blogspot, http://cablemuseumnaturalconnections.blogspot.com.
  
I would love to hear your comments, questions, and ideas about this article!
  
 emily@cablemuseum.org
       
Sliced open, a stinkhorn egg reveals the compact form of a developing mushroom. Photo by Emily Stone

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Spooner Advocate- Springbrook/Trego Column, October 8, 2015

Good morning. Wow! I know it isn't even really that cold out there, mid 50's to low 60's is not cold in the big picture. But man it feels very cold when you first go out your door and the cold air hits you in your face! Wow! I will try and stay positive.... it is refreshing, exhilarating! But I am just going to say it I LOVE fall...but dread winter. So I will enjoy and cherish the leaves that have turned.I will talk to the birds that continue to fly over the house on there way to destination unknown. I was happy to have some cranes come and visit with me in my pasture this year. Sure hope they come back as they are awesome!

We had an awesome writers weekend hosted by Trish and Carol at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College this last weekend. Lots of us rediscovered our inner voice and found that our stories did still flow out of us if we took the time to stop moving long enough to actually listen and write them down. It was great to meet Ryan Winn who is a Professor at the College of Menominee Nation. Some of you might know him from helping write plays about and with various Indian Nations. Some might know him for his writings in the Tribal College Journal. A HUGE thank you goes out to the Oneida Nation Arts Program that helped make this possible. More info can be found at www.oneidanationsart.org or at www.menominee.edu or atwww.tcjstudent.org.

On Saturday October 10, 2015 Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust will have their annual meeting from 10-12 PM at the Sherman and Ruth Weiss Library. Folks will enjoy a walk around the Nature trail at the back of the library and are asked to bring a potluck dish to pass. The Library is located at 10788 State Hwy 27/77 in Hayward. More information or an online donation can be found at www.couderaywaters.org

October 26-29, 2015 Food Sovereignty Summit in Green Bay, WI. Native Communities learning from one another to promote health, wellness and food sovereignty. Classes in Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, Products to Market. More information can be found on their website at www.firstnations.org/summit
A happy birthday goes out to all the folks with September birthdays!  If you are having a birthday this month remember you are special! Have a wonderful birthday! Enjoy the coming year as you are only this age once! Hugs! We love you!

Happy Birthday goes to all those that were born in October! You have an awesome month with all the changes that go on in fall, Plus Halloween!Hugs! Happy birthdays go out to Bob Davis on the 2nd, Dena Lampert on the 9th, Pat Hartfiel on the 16th, Michelle Voss on the 31st.  Remember you are special and we love you! 

If you would like to get information on LCO Extension classes please give Amber Marlow a call at 715-634-4790 x 156. Also ou can find them on Facebook at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Extension.

Put it on your calendar:
  

I know that there HAS to be some events going on out there! Please let me know!

Please remember that I would like any information from all of you of what is going on! This is your column ! Any garage sales, church functions, raffles etc? Let me know- thank you!

Have a friend or family member that would be interested in the column? Maybe they live out of town? They can access the column on my blog on Thursdays, at www.twogirlsandagarden.blogspot.com .