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A destabilizing force

Concerning questions raised by the last column (Trophic Cascades), a reader wrote to ask just what was meant by humans being “less a predator and more like an out of control force.” Another person wondered if the explosive growth of the human population could more accurately be described as a ‘plague sweeping around the world’. Another wanted further clarification of: “Other than man, the top predators maintain the health of a natural ecosystem.”

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Sunday 04/26/2015
Fertilizer, rhubarb and asparagus
Posted: April 26, 2015

Will Rogers once said, “Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that experience came from bad judgement.” To avert bad judgement, the following is Fertilizer 101. Several gardeners have asked me, “What do those numbers mean?” Simply put, the three main nutrients for a plant to grow are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. These three elements are listed in bold numbers on the bag in this order: N (nitrogen) P (phosphorous), and K (potassium). The numbers vary with the fertilizer brand, purpose, and percentage of available N, P, and K in the bag. For example, a 15-5-10 fertilizer has 15 percent nitrogen, 5 percent phosphorous, and 10 percent potassium, and a 100 pound bag has 15 pounds of nitrogen, 5 pounds of phosphorous, and 10 pounds of potassium. The remaining 70 pounds is ballast and has no value to the plants. These numbers will differ and a fertilizer for your flowers, for example, may be a 5-5-5 which is as suitable as a 10-10-10 or similar numbers except you’d have to use twice as much 5-5-5 to obtain the same results as from the 10-10-10.

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Friday 04/24/2015
Mexico, Grand Rapids, L.A., Oh My!
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 9:26 am

Mexico, Grand Rapids, L.A., Oh My!

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Collaborative community: Children First! Children’s Fair is April 25
Posted: April 22, 2015

Spring is alive in Itasca County and there continues to be multiple activities and events for families of young children. A family new to the area stated how impressive it was that there were so many things to do that they had to make choices and could not do them all! Local organizations including the Forest History Center, local libraries and Early Childhood Collaborative are offering family events continuously.

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Sunday 04/19/2015
Trophic cascades
Posted: April 19, 2015

The time of the mosquito is just around the corner. Native American legend tells us they were created deliberately to torment people. Though ‘low’ on the food chain, in nature they serve as one of the main food sources for a wide variety of bats, birds, and insects. One might wish to see them removed from the face of the earth, but to do so would leave a gaping hole in the number of organisms that rely on them for food, and cause a ‘ripple effect’ all the way up the food chain.

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Revisiting the Woods
Posted: April 19, 2015

In 1931, L.A. Rossman, publisher of the Grand Rapids Herald-Review, began to write a weekly column called “Up in This Neck of The Woods.” It was dedicated to providing information about people and events of historical and current interest in Grand Rapids and Itasca County.

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Saturday 04/18/2015
Garlic @ your Library
Posted: April 18, 2015

No Saturday story time on April 25 because of the Children’s Fair at IRA Civic Center

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To intimidate
Posted: April 18, 2015

I was talking to a friend of mine of many years one day. Of course, the subject came up, “How is your family doing?” He began telling me one of his boys would be leaving, moving to California.

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Friday 04/17/2015
Life with our new baby….puppy that is!
Posted: April 17, 2015

Eat, sleep, poop. Repeat. We’ve all heard that’s the schedule for the typical newborn baby, but I’ve recently been acquainted with that new lifestyle due to my baby puppy, Benelli. I’ve mentioned our dog, Lady, several times in previous articles and have talked about the day when we’d finally add a new puppy to the family. Well, one month ago, we made our family bigger by one furry little friend. I traveled three hours to the small town of Dent, Minn., to pick her up on an early Friday morning with my mom, and I couldn’t have been any more excited to get her. I was finally going to have another girl in the house! (My receipt for $100 for puppy toys and cute accessories proves that!) Though now after having her true personality burst out, she’s more like a feisty terror than a dainty girl like I expected.

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Sunday 04/12/2015
The question of life
Posted: April 12, 2015

Where did life come from? Did a God create it? Was it a highly unlikely accident of nature? Are we, and the entire universe, merely an experiment concocted by incredibly intelligent trans-dimensional beings in the same manner as we might conduct a laboratory experiment? If so, wouldn’t we regard them as Gods and our Creators?

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