Monthly Archives: June 2008

A day in the life …

Yesterday was a reasonably typical summer weekend day in the life of the railroad. I headed over about 6:30 am to get the grass trimmed at Hyde Park Station before the visitors started showing up. Our first concern at the … Continue reading

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Progress, Not Perfection

Devil’s Lake State Park has repaired enough of the flood damage to reopen. Work has begun on building a diversion channel in Lake Delton, designed to divert water away from the breach and through the normal Dell Creek channel, allowing … Continue reading

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Bear Feeder

The morning paper reports that the number of bear sightings in our area has gone up sharply this year — apparently things are tough for bears up north, and the youngish bears are coming farther south this year. The report … Continue reading

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Skeeters, Aleve and Love Stories

In the wake of the recent storms, we have a bumper crop of mosquitoes. It is so bad that they are swarming rather than attacking individually, and there are so many of them that you can’t open the door without … Continue reading

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Dreck

The storm damage and flooding has preoccupied us all for several weeks now, and a welcome side effect is that the local newspapers are filled with letters, almost all positive, about the way in which local authorities and local folks … Continue reading

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Dino and the Death Wish

Life, as reported in our local newspaper, is sometimes downright funny. Today’s paper has two stories that crack me up. I don’t know if the writers and editors intended comedy, but the two stories are right out of Comedy Central. … Continue reading

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Tom

I was just getting ready to take off and noticed a Tom out in back, in full display. The turkey population was ravaged by the hard winter — 130 inches of snow and a two-inch ice layer about eight inches … Continue reading

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Roads and Tracks

Michael and I both put in a full day at the railroad yesterday — he scheduled, me because our scheduled conductor could not show up and I spent the day conducting instead of coming home after completing the morning safety … Continue reading

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Warnings? What are Warnings?

Today is the first day in about two weeks that the online weather report for Wisconsin Dells does not have at least one “Severe Weather Warning” at the top of the page — no flood warning, no flash flood warning, … Continue reading

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Reedsburg

I haven’t been over to Reedsburg, but friends have been telling me about the flooding downtown. This aerial, from the Reedsburg paper this morning, shows the extent of the flooding, and the picture makes clear why Highway 33, which runs … Continue reading

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