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Feature Stories

Horsing Around in the Bluffs
By Trudy Balcom

Photo courtesy of the Natural Gait.

Northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin are great for trail-riding through bluff country.

Links to websites mentioned in the story:

The Natural Gait

LaRiviere Riders


Mississippi River Tributaries

The St. Croix River
By Dan McGuiness

Interstate Park (Minnesota Tourism)

This lush and scenic tributary contributes cool, clear water to the Mississippi.

Links to websites mentioned in the story:

National Park Service Maps


Eating Wild Catfish
By Naomi Rath

The wild catfish capital of the Upper Mississippi River appears to be the Prairie du Chien, Wis.; McGregor and Marquette, Iowa, area. ”Locavores” who favor fresh, locally grown food may want to visit restaurants offering wild river catfish.


Let's Go Fishing
By Naomi Rath

The Let’s Go Fishing program takes land-bound seniors, veterans and others out on the river on a big pontoon boat.

Guttenberg’s Lockmaster House
Chock Full of Local History
By Connie Cherba

The little white house on the banks of the Mississippi at Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa, used to house the lockmaster and his family. Now it’s on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the home of the Lockmaster’s House Heritage Museum. This two-story white house chronicles an amazing number of stories from the community.


Bizarre Creatures of the Mississippi

(Jim Solberg)

By Pamela Eyden

Pectinatella magnifica lives underwater, has tiny tentacles all over its body and can grow to the size of a bushel basket

Links to websites mentioned in the story:

Bryozoans on the Reefkeeping website

Mississippi River bryozoan


Restaurant Review

Dine on the patio at the Sea Salt Eatery in Minnehaha Falls Park
By Pamela Eyden

Sea Salt Eatery