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  • March 31, 2015

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Sweet success: Washington Island farm home to winter-hardy Russian honeybees

WASHINGTON ISLAND — Unlike their domestic counterparts, Sue Dompke’s honeybees are not getting ready to head north after overwintering in the south.

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Overwintered hives

Dairy adaptive: Mid-State Technical College ag tour shows evolutions on three farms

Three Marshfield-area dairies found themselves at a crossroads in the past decade. One chose to start over with a brand-new facility, another modernized an existing barn to meet their future needs, and the third decided to take what they did well and make it even better.

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Farm tour

2014 honey year wasn’t so sweet

Gor­don Waller, pres­i­dent of the Wis­con­sin Honey Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, said he has talked to a lot of old-timers in the in­dus­try who say that last year in Wis­con­sin was the worst they have ever seen. It was also bad for Waller Api­aries near Au­gusta where he has kept bees for about 65 years.

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Waller Apiaries

Return flight: After 50 years, home-built plane is back in the family

Bob Baier thought his family was celebrating the last warm days of the year last October when they all gathered at son Warren’s home near Byron for a picnic. As two small planes approached from the south, Baier, a lifelong airplane enthusiast, identified one of them as a Corben Baby Ace C. And it wasn’t just any Baby Ace; it was the one he had built 50 years earlier and had sold to acquaintances in Illinois.

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Bob Baier's Baby Ace

Old barn helps couples start new lives

POYNETTE — The in­side of the barn on the Gary and Re­nee Whirry farm looks a bit dif­fer­ent than it did when it was built in 1865. Yet much of the post-and-beam struc­ture is still the same.

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Gary and Renee Whirry

Surveys show trout populations improving

Kurt Welke hangs tight to the no­tion that trout fish­ing is a won­der­ful way to break into spring.

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Trout fishing

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