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John Wetrosky

May 20, 2017
The Last Windrow: Beneficial causes, then and now
May 20, 2017 - 7:30am
May 11, 2017
The reason for my exuberance was the fact that Minnesota had experienced an early ice-out and early spring that year. That meant the walleyes and northern pike would have been all through with their spawning cycle and would be awaiting fishermen to drop the bait into their collective toothy mouths. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Let's not brag about an extraordinary fishing opener
May 11, 2017 - 8:00am
May 7, 2017
My time on the farm came before automatic barn cleaners were invented. The muscles that remain on my upper arms are much the result of making use of a five-tine pitchfork and pitching manure out a barn's open window into a waiting spreader. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Fertilizing fields in Iowa
May 7, 2017 - 6:00am
April 29, 2017
Anyone who has experienced a real shore lunch on a boulder in the middle of a wild Canadian lake can attest to the fact that a coffee pot percolating over an open fire has a magnetic pull that can't be replicated. The sizzle of deep fried walleye, the smell of slightly burned hash-brown potatoes, bread and butter and a cup of coffee is ingrained in the brains of anyone who has experienced it. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Smell of coffee evokes memories
April 29, 2017 - 3:40am
April 22, 2017
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The Last Windrow: A dry line fishing opener
April 22, 2017 - 3:30am
April 15, 2017
This little 8N Ford sitting behind our house has lost most of its original paint. Much like my hairline, it stands bare in spots. The paint is faded much like the color in my once sunburned cheeks. It leaks a little oil here and there and has had a few of its parts replaced, much like my titanium hip. It smokes and pops a little when started, which is kind of the way I get out of bed in the morning. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Shared traits with a little Ford tractor
April 15, 2017 - 4:30am
April 3, 2017
By Randy Stern - originally posted to Flickr as The Show Has Begun, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11814848
The Last Windrow: Time for the annual Twins forecast
April 3, 2017 - 5:45am
March 26, 2017
The last vestiges of the glacier that has taken over my driveway since last December gradually is ebbing into the lowland below our house. It is time for it to be gone. Spring came this week. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Spring at last
March 26, 2017 - 7:00am
March 18, 2017
My tackle box is full of compartments meant to keep me tidy. By the end of the season, nothing makes sense there. Jigs are mingled with spinners, sinkers are mixed with swivels, hooks are tangled up with each other, and dried nightcrawlers and leeches are scattered throughout the box. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: It's time to sort tackle
March 18, 2017 - 6:35am
March 13, 2017
This young lad had a vivid imagination. That imagination and storytelling may have been a result of his having to make sense of things that didn't make sense to a youngster. His stories were written down by his adult friend, and I loved the imagination shown by this little guy and the way he described some of his world. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Kids do say the darnedest things
March 13, 2017 - 11:00am
March 5, 2017
The Last Windrow: Giving a speech leaves some speechless
March 5, 2017 - 7:50pm
February 28, 2017
Those were the days when we wore our clothes until they totally wore out. There was no taking slightly used clothing to a thrift store. We WERE the thrift store. Flannel shirts with no elbows, bib overalls with no seats due to the wear and tear from a steel tractor seat, coveralls with no crotch left because of climbing over barbed wire fences, and jackets with no pockets or zippers that didn't work. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Is mending clothes a thing of the past?
February 28, 2017 - 11:28pm
February 20, 2017
The Last Windrow: Ideas for Minnesota's Super Bowl visitors
February 20, 2017 - 10:26pm
February 9, 2017
The Last Windrow: Super Bowl 51 is in the books
February 9, 2017 - 9:43pm
February 7, 2017
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The Last Windrow: Taking a walk through history
February 7, 2017 - 9:59pm