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Highlights of the January-February 2007 issue.

January-February 2007

Lake Pepin is a hot spot for the oldest and coldest extreme sport on the river.

Backwater Classroom
In School on the River, in La Crosse, Wis., students learn on the water as well as in the classroom.

Green Tree Hotel
LeClaire's riverfront elm tree was a witness to river history.

River Condo Bubble?
Are condos on the river the new cabins up north?

March-April 2007

Floating Cottages
Part houseboat, part boathouse, they're the latest thing on the water.

Goat Prairies
They need to burn to survive.

Resting with the Ancients
Indian mounds and settlers' graves intermingle at a picturesque riverside cemetery near Genoa, Wisconisin.

White Bass
These silver fish gather in enormous schools before spawning in spring.

Restaurant Review
Catfish Charlie's
Enjoy good food and a view of the Mississippi at Dubuque's island restaurant.

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Highlights of the May-June 2007 issue.


May-June 2007

Biking the Mississippi River Trail
A 3,000-mile bicycle route links Lake Itasca and the Gulf of Mexico.

Summer Festivals on the River
It’s time for music, food, parades and festive fun.

Guide to Renting a Houseboat
Have you ever thought of exploring the river in the comfort of a houseboat?

Rattlesnakes on the Bluffs and Backwaters
Timber rattlers and massasaugas may rattle some humans, but they have more to fear from us.

Chateau Frontenac
An 1880s resort is transformed in a small rivertown with a rich history.

Taking it to the Bank — The joys of bank fishing
The investment in gear is small, but the rewards are priceless.

River Places
Army Road in New Albin, Iowa
Drive deep into the backwaters.

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Highlights of the July-August 2007 issue.


July-August 2007

Rowing on the River
There's nothing rowers like better than a long straight stretch of quiet river water.

Photo essay
Butterflies of the Upper Mississippi River Valley.

Chewing Up a Neighborhood
Expansion of Archer-Daniels-Midland facilities in Clinton, Iowa, is changing the neighborhood of South Clinton into an industrial area.

River Books for Summer Reading
Travel memoirs, bug books, kid science and Chad Pregracke's story -- great summer reads.

River Places
Sylvan Island in the Quad Cities

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Highlights of the September-October 2007 issue.

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September-October 2007

Remembering Prairie du Chien’s Fourth Ward
A man remembers his childhood on St. Feriole Island, in a neighborhood that no longer exists.

Turkey Vultures
Like eagles and hawks, these soaring birds ride thermals over the river bluffs.

Backwater Tours
Small eco-tours can get you out to places you can’t see from overlooks or bigger boats.

Treasures Along the River — Fountain City Houses
If you look around, you’ll find several intriguing historic houses that reflect river history.

Grilling Up Good Times at the Trempealeau Hotel
A favorite river restaurant has upscaled its menu.

Bogus Creek Cafe
You can dine alfresco on a tree-shaded patio in this Stockholm, Wis., restaurant.

Picnic in the Park in Guttenberg
Pick up a lunch, kick back and head to Guttenberg, Iowa’s, mile-long riverside park.

River Places: Maiden Rock
Walk out for an extraordinary view, but watch for snakes, drop-offs and poison ivy.


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Highlights of the November-December 2007 issue.

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November-December 2007

Bridges over the Mississippi
Know your bridges from the Twin Cities to Muscatine, Iowa. Includes informational chart of all bridges.

Galena — Preserving History and Thriving on It
Urban renewal? Clear out old buildings for parking lots? Not in Galena, Ill.

The Day World War II Came to Lake Pepin
A B-24 bomber went down in nasty weather one day in December 1944.

Tundra Swans
Tundra swans spend half of the year migrating.

River Places: Indian Mounds Park
St. Paul, Minn.

River Books: It’s a good year for river books — history, travel guides, adventure guides, fiction, birds and children’s books.