I started Tuesday morning like every morning; a scoop of Metamucil in
water, stir vigorously then swallow. This morning was like few
however in that it was two-trip Tuesday.
I was up about two-thirty in the morning. I had planned a trip to
Princeton, Minnesota to pick-up a small fertilizer spreader for my
Brutus. A Brutus is a UTV-very similar to a Polaris Ranger. I had
packed a few small meals and snacks for the trip and programmed the
coffee maker so I would have “acrid-black-liquid-to-go” at my
I am always suspicious of other drivers who share the road with me in
the early morning hours. I drive through many small towns and no one
is awake, not even convenience stores. I always wonder why that one
car is skulking about in the dark. I don’t skulk but I am on the road
in the early hours so perhaps they also find me suspicious.
I purchased the fertilizer spreader form a young man who had just
come back to the world after fighting cancer for about five years. He
was nice but we spoke for only a bit as I had to get on the road and
I got home about twelve hours after I started the trip and prepared
for the second half of two-trip Tuesday. I also took a fifteen minute
nap with Magoo.
An eclectic group of tourists met at Oakland Park for the Pennington
Soil and Water Conservation District Project Tour. I am a supervisor
for the SWCD and got an invite for that reason only and not the fact
the tour’s organizer and I share a last name.
We made thirteen stops that night at projects whose purpose is to
keep your water clean. These are all projects that reduce sediment
and fertilizer in water. Sometimes we use strips of grass around the
outer edge of farm fields to grab sediment or fertilizer run-off as
it attempts to enter waterways. In other cases, we pile sharp rock
into the bank of waterways so the motion of the water doesn’t erode
the sidewalls. Other times, we use culverts to control the tempo and
other destructive habits of ditch water as it enters streams or
The project included the Ralph Engelstad Arena rain garden. This is
an attempt to reduce erosion, run-off and some minor urban flooding
in a facility that sees a lot of people. It is public place and so is
an excellent chance to see a project and take the time to see exactly
what several agencies have worked together to accomplish.
Part of our trip also included a ride through the country to see some
excellent tree planting projects. Planting trees reduces erosion,
serve as natural snow fence and just look really nice. It seems
lately that trees have been replaced with piles of dead trees. I
guess it looked like progress when we had eight dollar corn but now
they just look like dead trees. I really enjoyed the rows of Red
Derosier and Poplars.
Two trip Tuesday ended about eighteen hours after it started. It was
a good day but ended like it began; a scoop of Metamucil, stir
vigorously and swallow.
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