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Soil testing offers great value

By Gary Sliworsky, Ag rep, Emo

There are a number of misconceptions floating around out there that keep us from getting the best value from soil testing.

In some cases, they mean that samples don’t get collected at all. This is a total waste of valuable information you could use to improve your bottom line.

•Myth: My farm is unique, so a soil test can’t be relevant.

Lessons learned

With the chill winds of autumn reminding us that summer is over, reminiscing over the past season’s follies was in high gear down at the Bakery in Drizzle Creek the other morning as I pulled up a chair.

“When did you say you were heading south?” Pickle quizzed me as I extracted a pencil and began recording his latest escapade on a napkin (my short-term memory is just not what it used to be).

Pickle was silent for all of 30 seconds, trying desperately (but in vain) from not exercising that profound ability of his—getting his foot in his mouth.

Pre-fishing key to wins

The past few weeks, along with my friend, Davis Viehbeck from Thunder Bay, we have been working on a story for a new bass fishing publication coming out of Toronto called “Bassman.”

The story is a recap of the top five finishers from the region’s two premier bass tournaments, the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship and the Kenora Bass International.

This was a fun story to work on. We came up with a group of questions we asked each team and what we found out was very interesting. Some answers had distinct similarities while others were vastly different.

My crystal ball shows Red Wings facing Flyers for Stanley Cup

By Mitch Calvert

This has got to be the best time of year to be a sports fan. The NFL is in full swing, baseball is in the thick of the playoffs, and the NHL is back on rinks across North America.

Normally every hockey pundit on the globe likes to chime in with their biased—and usually incorrect—predictions on how the standings will unfold.

I am no different.

(And even if I’m completely off base, by the time the season is settled, this column will be a distant memory. So what do I have to lose?)

Crowd attends Dance Fire monument unveiling

The overcast sky matched the grief felt by those on hand Friday morning for the unveiling of a monument commemorating the 17 victims of the Dance Fire that occurred on Thanksgiving Day back in 1938.

Held 70 years to the day, about 300 people, including survivors and family members of the victims, crowded under and around the large tent to witness the unveiling.