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July-August 2016

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Coldwater Cave, May-June 2016
By Capt. Ted Peck

Editorial: Replacing an Aging Paradigm
Dams have unbalanced an environment that evolved for millions of years.
By Reggie McLeod, Editor and Publisher of Big River

Father Mazzuchelli's churches on the Upper Miss Jan 2009
By Dean Klinkenberg

2015 Mississippi River Paddlers
By John Sullivan

Roll Me to the River Jan-Feb 2016
Rig up a trailer on a fold-up bicycle and pedal your canoe to the river. By John Gabbert

The Big Campus: Augsburg's River Semester Nov-Dec 2015
The river was their classroom for three months.
By Ryan Johnson

Carp Poetry Winners - July-Aug 2015

Nighthawk Twilight - July-Aug 2015

12 Great Rivertown Gardens (pdf) - May-June 2015

Where's the Carp? Commercial fishermen have noticed an overall decline in the number of common carp - May-June 2015

Sex Life of Floodplain Trees - March-April 2015

Carp Catch 22 - where can you buy wild-caught smoked carp, and why isn't it at your local grocer's? (pdf) March-April 2015

When Big Mama Ruled the Rivers - the Sprague (pdf) Jan-Feb 2015

Bringing an Old Boat Back to Life Carl Henry (pdf) Jan-Feb 2015

Outdoor Dreams Come True - North American Squirrel Association (pdf) Nov-Dec 2014

 
River Pilgrims (pdf) by Anna Segner, from Nov-Dec 2014

Kickapoo Valley Reserve Ice Caves (pdf) by Joan Kent, from Jan-Feb 2014

Turtle Dogs (pdf) by Pamela Eyden, from July-Aug 2010

Cardinal flowers on the Mississippi (pdf) by John Sullivan

Mapping Time and the River (pdf) by Ryan Johnson, from March-April 2014

Download Army Corps 2011 Navigation Charts

Essay Only the River is Real, by Vincent Kavaloski, from March-April 2014

Dreaming of a trip down the river? Read about boaters taking a voyage of a lifetime down the Mississippi on River Trips.

Sand Dollars Mining Frac Sand in the River Valley (pdf) Some of the best sand for fracture drilling is found in the exposed rocky bluffs along the Upper Mississippi. From July-August 2011 Big River.

Strip Mining the Upper Mississippi (pdf) Aerial views of sand mines. From July-August 2013 Big River.



Covering the Heart of the Driftless Area for 23 Years

July-August 2016
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Making the River Safe to Drink

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Why do some cities draw water from the river and others dig wells? The cost of treating river water can be 10 times the cost of treating ground water.

Making river water safe to drink can be a complicated process. Its chemistry can change from hour to hour. Read more in our feature story. By Pamela Eyden

Lead Mining in the Driftless Area

Museums, mines and other evidence of the lead-mining era attract locals and visitors. By Connie Cherba


These galena crystals, a lead ore, are surrounded by marcasite. (William Cordua, Minerals of Wisconsin, wgnhs.org)


The British Hollow Lead Smelter is the site of an archaeological dig near Potosi, Wisconsin. (Mining History Association)


There are not many intact “badger holes,” temporary shelter used by miners. This one is in Wisconsin. (Mining History Association)


Lansing's Button Factory Closes
Lansing’s button operation is the last vestige of an industry that once thrived along the Upper Mississippi.
By Sara Milhouse

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If you missed Reggie's appearance on the Larry Meiller show this week on Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network, you can listen to it or download it online. They had a great conversation and many interesting questions and comments from listeners.

 

Press Release
Night-time bowfishing events OKd for the Upper Mississippi Refuge in June and July.

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Deck on Deck: Towboating in the Twin Cities by Capt. Bob Deck

What's it like to work on a towboat? Deck on Deck is a first-hand account of life on river towboats in the 1970s and 80s. These stories will entertain you as Bob Deck recalls his days as a deckhand on the Mississippi River.


 

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