Dig out with common sense

Stress, strains, accidents and other dangerous conditions often accompany a snowstorm. Although thousands of drivers are digging their cars out from this winter’s snow, a sore back, fender-benders and serious injuries do not have to be the inevitable result. Experts advise some common sense tips.


DNR reminds parents of ice danger to children

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning parents to keep an eye on their children when they near a pond or other body of water where only a thin coating of ice may have formed.
Last winter season, six people died after falling through the ice.


Why care about water quality?

Did you know that the quality of water in your community can impact your property value? It’s true. Studies have indicated a direct correlation between quality of water and property values. After all, would you rather live in a neighborhood with clean, clear waters or one that has ponds full of blue-green algae?
Now, I’d like to think that everyone cares about the quality of our ponds, lakes and wetlands just because it’s the right thing to do. But I am a realist, and I know that this isn’t the case. But perhaps knowing that good water quality has an impact on one’s pocketbook – through increased property values – might spring some people into action!


A wild time on the High Plains

Writer Mary Lee Hagert’s son Kevin stands atop a craggy butte in majestic Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (photos by Mary Lee Hagert/Review)

The national park’s scenic loop is a photographer’s delight, with breathtaking landscapes around nearly every bend. The Little Missouri River began carving out the park’s distinctive badlands about 600,000 years ago.

I’ve just returned from the Wild West, and I’m not referring to the re-enactment of 1890s gunslingers shooting up Main Street in Deadwood, S.D.
No, I mean the new Wild West, the one that’s cropped up more than a century after the days when drifters got into quick-draw duels on the Dakota Territory’s High Plains.
A vacation in the Dakotas wasn’t on my family’s radar a month ago. But after discovering all the campsites were reserved at our top choice -- Rocky Mountain National Park -- we weren’t sure where to go.


Take advantage of parks, trails

Minnesotans have a great love for the outdoors. In the summer, anyone can drive around the neighborhood and see kids playing outside and families enjoying the beautiful weather. Walk past one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and you’ll see boats and jet skis cruising the lake and people of all ages grilling, relaxing and enjoying the beach. The warm summer months allow us to forget about the cold winter that is right around the corner.
Minnesota is home to 76 state parks and recreational areas. They range from the northern tip in Minnesota (Garden Island State Park) to the Iowa border (Lake Louise State Park) from Wisconsin to the Dakotas, and everywhere in between. They feature camping, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding and any number of other activities. They offer something for everybody.
However, it isn’t necessary to travel far to find access to beautiful parks and outdoor recreation. We have a number of options right in our own backyard. Here is a list of parks in our area:


Keep eyes safe during fun in the sun

It‘s summertime, which means the days are longer and people are enjoying more time outdoors. But, along with risks to your skin, UV rays can be dangerous for your eyes. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer.
UV radiation, whether from natural sunlight or indoor artificial rays, can damage the eye‘s surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the dangers UV light can pose to their vision, and this can lead to potentially blinding eye diseases.


Bruentrup Heritage Farm to unveil new dairy exhibit

The gazebo at the Bruentrup Farm was constructed with funds from the late George Rossbach’s family. The dedication and the opening of the dairy exhibit will be at the upcoming “Dairy Day at the Farm” to be held June 15. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

If you’re looking for relief from a hectic urban schedule, be sure to mark your calendars for “Dairy Day at the Farm” on Saturday, June 15, at Maplewood’s historic Bruentrup Heritage Farm located at 2170 E. County Road D. The Maplewood Historical Society will be unveiling its brand new dairy exhibit and gazebo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Three reasons to have your soil tested this spring

Did you know that one pound of phosphorus from excessive fertilization can produce anywhere from 300 to 500 pounds of algae if that phosphorus reaches a lake or river?