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Hunters register 68,401 deer in first weekend

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 68,401 deer during the first three days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

  • icon Posted: November 11

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Saturday 11/07/2015
Special deer hunt offers ‘recreational therapy’ for disabled veterans
Posted: November 07, 2015

Editor’s note: This is part of a series on veterans’ issues published Sundays this November by the Herald-Review.

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Saturday 10/31/2015
The Great Gas Station Deer Debate
Posted: October 31, 2015

As we head into the final few days preparing for firearms deer hunting, many deer stories have been told. Here is a treasured one from my dad, Rod Dimich, the senior member of Dimich Outdoors, in his words:

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Saturday 10/17/2015
As fast as...
Posted: October 17, 2015

There are many ways to finish my title’s ellipsis (dot, dot, dot). One is, obviously, “as quick as a flash.” But that would mean delving back into comic books of the 1940s (not that there is anything wrong with that). It’s just that I would then have to explain that “The Flash” was a fictional crime-fighter in DC Comics, first appearing in January 1940 as a superhero with, of course, super speed. Because of this speed, he was nicknamed “The Scarlet Speedster,” the “Crimson Comet,” “The Blur,” and “The Streak.”

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Saturday 10/03/2015
Birds of a feather...
Posted: October 03, 2015

If you think back in time to the “good old days,” you probably have heard my title many times, especially from your elders. You might have heard about it when “somebody” was a kid and they got in trouble by just being there. It was guilt by association. The story might have been something as mundane as having your buddies stealing crab apples and even though you were not pilfering said crabs, because you were there, you were also in trouble.

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Saturday 09/26/2015
'Show me the way to go home'
Posted: September 26, 2015

My title, “Show Me the Way to Go Home,” is probably going to initiate the “it’s on the tip of my tongue” trigger for most of you, but I will immediately tell you it appears in one of the most treasured scenes of all times in Steven Spielberg’s classic 1975 movie “Jaws” during the exchange between “Mr. Hooper “ (Richard Dreyfuss), “Brody” (Roy Scheider) and “Quint” (Robert Shaw). The song Quint sings is Jimmy Campbell’s and Reg Connelly’s 1925 “Show Me the Way to Go Home.”

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Saturday 09/19/2015
Up close and personal
Posted: September 19, 2015

There’s something about ground blind hunting that tugs at a hunter’s heart. Maybe it is the primitive nature of the ground beneath your feet? Maybe it is the up close and personal encounters with big game and wildlife? Maybe it is the close quarters you are hunting in or the fact ground blind hunting reminds us of our youthful yesteryears when we sat on stumps or hillsides, either hunting or resting or just soaking in the fall and its wonders? What ever it is, it for sure triggers deeply rooted hunting traditions and memories within us.

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Saturday 09/12/2015
Here we go...
Posted: September 12, 2015

Even though we have already had several hunting openers like early goose, bear and dove, for most of us this coming weekend pretty much marks the beginning of fall hunting. Back in the day in this neck of the woods I am told, when doves weren’t yet legal to hunt and bears could be taken anytime (there was actually a bounty on them until 1965) and the only geese to be seen were northern migrants pencil-lining and soft-honking their way south, the first true season was partridge (ruffed grouse).

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Saturday 08/29/2015
It's all a journey...
Posted: August 29, 2015

Lately it seems I have been surrounded by journeys, both personal (career changes) and in our guide service.” Journey,” of course, reminds me of Seinfeld’s “Sally Weaver” (episode No. 196 with comedienne Kathy Griffin, one of the last ten episodes) where, after calling Jerry the “Devil” and accusing him of other defamatory things in her act, she tells Jerry, “It’s all a journey.” The comment comes after Jerry had told Sally while trying to reconcile, “I thought that maybe you could mention how I apologized then encouraged you to stick with it.” To which Sally replied, “You know, I work-shopped that and…SNOOZERS!!!,  but I’ll tell you what I think…it’s all a journey.”

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Saturday 08/22/2015
August is summer's Sunday
Posted: August 22, 2015

When I first read this quote by country singer Granger Smith (aka Earl Dibbles Jr.) I was a bit confused. Did he mean August was the end of summer and, if he did, why not Saturday as that is the end of the week? Well, I had to find out. I guess what Mr. Smith meant is August is as relaxing a month as we have and all Sundays are relaxing. I’m still a bit confused, but somewhat better.

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Saturday 08/15/2015
The ABCs of August
Posted: August 15, 2015

Let’s see, as of late the Grand Rapids Herald Review and Manney’s Shopper and other Adams Publishing Group’s publications have been sporting ads that bring smiles to parents’ faces: “Back to School Sales.” For many kids, however, not so much. Strangely enough, I never minded going back to school. The county fair was awesome and football was beginning and those great fall hunting and fishing seasons were right around the bend.

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Tuesday 08/11/2015
Soland, Stoll edge field at Walleye Shootout
Updated: August 11, 2015 - 4:19 pm

The GRAHA Walleye Shootout presented by Grand Rapids State Bank drew more than 100 boats to Pokegama Lake in the second year for the event. Although the bite was tough, the team of Ethan Soland and Jake Stoll reeled in nearly 30 pounds of walleye to top the field.

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Saturday 08/08/2015
'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'
Posted: August 08, 2015

Most of you will recognize my title from the 2011 espionage movie of the same name starring Gary Odom. Set in the 1970s, the film focuses on the “Cold War.” Others will remember the 1979 BBC miniseries, and then those of you who are readers, especially of the spy genre, will remember it all started with John le Carre’s 1963 spy novel, “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” (also a 1965 Richard Burton film).

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Friday 08/07/2015
A memorable day on the water
Posted: August 07, 2015

For veterans like Rob Davis, “any day on the lake is a good day.”

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Sunday 08/02/2015
‘In the middle of nowhere’
Posted: August 02, 2015

If you play word association games with the word “nowhere” your mind might have already gone to John Lennon’s (“Beatles”) song “Nowhere Man,” a song recorded on October 21, 1965, nearly fifty years ago. Even though the song was of course a hit, musical historians also point out it was one of the “Fab Four’s” first songs that had nothing to do with romance, a major advancement in their musical progression, but a set back for their female screaming masses. They also point out the melody far outdistances the lyrics as “Nowhere Man” really takes you nowhere but “nowhere land.” Still, as they also point out, it does have “The Beatles” first explorations into “existentialism” and other “heady” topics some musical critics feel are important.

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Friday 07/24/2015
The Beat Goes On
Posted: July 24, 2015

One of the best weekends of the year in the northland is now upon us. The 2015 Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Swap Meet & Car Show” is happening this weekend (July 24-26).

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Saturday 07/18/2015
'Once in a blue moon'
Posted: July 18, 2015

Due to all the talk about “Pluto” pictures and its long mission, some have pretty much glossed over that 2015’s July will have two full moons; the second is called a “blue moon” due to its rarity rather than its color.

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Saturday 07/11/2015
'Connecting the dots'
Posted: July 11, 2015

I learned a lot over the Fourth of July weekend. What was the source of my information? Well, let’s just say I had bookend sources while we took an almost Gilligan-like tour of Bass Lake on my sister/brother-in-law’s (Roni and Kirk Adams) pontoon. As I reclined on the pontoon’s elevated stern portion, I could hear the senior member of Dimich Outdoors (my dad) and my sister Kisha’s husband Justin’s father, the venerable and highly knowledgeable Dan Harms, kibitzing on what ever came into their radar.

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Friday 07/03/2015
'All that glitters is gold'
Posted: July 03, 2015

Okay, I know the real saying is that “All that glitters is not gold,” meaning not everything that looks to be valuable is, like fame, wealth or popularity. Such was the plight of one “Richard Cory” (Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem by the same title) who “fluttered pulses” and “glittered when he walked, but what with the professional and amateur hour fireworks of late (I had to say it, “Anchorman’s” Ron Burgundy), our recent nights have been lit up in various arrays of color.

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Saturday 06/27/2015
'I've been everywhere, man'
Posted: June 27, 2015

I am sure most of you remember the lyrics and the song and the “man in black.” Johnny Cash recorded the song, “I’ve Been Everywhere” (1972), which was first written and recorded by Australian country singer-songwriter Geoff Mack in 1962. Who knew the Aussies did country? Mack’s song name-drops various Australian towns. In 1962 the lyrics were “Americanized” with American towns inserted for Hank Snow and the song became a number one hit. Other recording artists have covered the song, but none have had the lasting success Johnny Cash’s version did.

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