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An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Walleye at DePere

Follow along each week on the adventures of Mark Walters, a syndicated outdoor adventure columnist who lives in Necedah, Wisconsin. He began writing his column, An Outdoorsman’s Journal, in 1989. It includes hunting, fishing, lots of canoeing and backpacking. He currently writes for around 60 newspapers on a weekly basis. He hopes you enjoy reading about his adventures!

When I hit send on this column I will be getting in my truck and heading to the state of Mississippi with my brothers Tom and Mike for a week of fun and crappie fishing. First, I have to tell you about a real cool experience that I had while fishing on the Fox River at DePere for walleye out of my canoe.

These two wild turkeys are gobbling to a nearby group of turkey hens. This image was taken in California near the Pinnacles National Monument.

2021 Spring Turkey Season opener April 21, ends June 1

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding Wisconsinites to get ready for the upcoming 2021 spring turkey hunt happening April 21 – June 1.

DNR prepares for 10th Anniversary of the ‘Air, Air Everywhere’ poetry contest

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Air, Air Everywhere poetry contest. Parents and teachers can lead students through an activity (or more than one) from the Air, Air Everywhere Teacher’s Activity Guide, which aims to teach third, fourth and fifth grade students about air quality and the importance of clean air.

Share the trail: Etiquette tips for a better outdoor experience

Spring means new trails and new opportunities for adventure in Wisconsin’s outdoors. It’s also a good time to remember to share the trail and practice caution
on muddy or rutted trails. Here are a handful of OutWiGo good
practices for biking and hiking to help make everyone’s outdoor experience (including your own) more enjoyable.

Photo via The Cinemaholic

If you want to see Owen Wilson like you’ve never seen him before: No Escape

This movie was recently in Netflix’s Top 10 Viewed list, so I checked it out. With Owen Wilson as the lead character, I was expecting action with a bit of light-hearted comedy: wrong. This film is frenetic and very intense. It doesn’t take long before the action starts, and it never stops. Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) works for a US-based water infrastructure company and takes his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and family on a new assignment in an unnamed county bordering Vietnam. Pierce Brosnan stars as Hammond, someone that always seems to be around at the right time—is he good or bad? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Photo via IndieWire

If you are too young to know the story of civil rights crusader Fred Hampton

Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther, Get Out) gives a compelling performance as Fred Hampton, a trailblazer in the 1960s Black empowerment movement. At just 21 years of age, Hampton was a senior leader in the Black Panther party in Illinois and was known as a unifier. His ideas were viewed as radical by many and the FBI saw him as a threat. LaKeith Stanfield stars as Bill O’Neil, a small time criminal coerced by FBI agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) to infiltrate the Black Panther party. Judas and the Black Messiah has six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (both Kaluuya and Stanfield). (Premiered on HBO Max. Still playing in theaters and should return to streaming by this summer).

Plain EMS member Tracy Brent serves a to-go spaghetti dinner April 6 outside the American Legion. The dinner raised money for scholarships for River Valley seniors who plan to go into a medical field.

Plain EMS hosts spaghetti dinner to raise funds for scholarships

Plain EMS member Tracy Brent serves a to-go spaghetti dinner April 6 outside the American Legion. The dinner raised money for scholarships for River Valley seniors who plan to go into a medical field.

Ut Trinh, a Madison, Wis., resident formerly from Cambodia, gets her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a free vaccination clinic on March, 9, 2021, at Life Center Madison. The Hmong Institute ran the clinic in partnership with the Benevolent Specialists Project. The clinic targeted Hmong and Southeast Asian adults 65 and older. Peng Her, CEO of The Hmong Institute, brought in a Hmong nurse to help with the vaccine clinic to make it less stressful for people receiving the shot. Photo via Coburn Dukehart, Wisconsin Watch

‘We’re not given the option to get vaccinated’: Advocates work to narrow racial and ethnic disparities in Wisconsin

Barbara felt ecstatic in January when a Wisconsin Department of Health Services letter confirmed that she and her parents were eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. The 28-year-old education student lives with her parents in Milwaukee. All three share caretaking duties for Barbara’s young child, who is on the autism spectrum. That unpaid work qualifies them as frontline health care personnel in Wisconsin’s vaccine rollout.

Photo via driftlessgrace.com

Driftless Grace—Booking it: Little Free Libraries

When I moved here from Sauk City, I left behind a small volunteer project. A few months into last year’s lockdown, I decided to become the unofficial steward of a Little Free Library two blocks from my apartment.

Federal coronavirus funding received by school districts thus far

Madison—State Representative Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Finance, released the following statement following an analyses by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau of the federal funding received for school districts under federal coronavirus aid.

Local health officials respond to overturned mask order

Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the statewide COVID-19 emergency order, meaning masks are no longer required in public spaces, at the state level. Local health officials in Sauk, Iowa and Richland counties were quick to respond with the importance of wearing masks, even without a mandate.

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