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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Baxterization

Yesterday, the City Pages had a good article about what is happening to Minnesota's northern regions. The writer uses the term "Baxterization" to describe the invasion of former small towns and resort areas with strip malls and big box retail.

The first part of the story, about the damage that ATVs are doing on public land, paints a disgusting picture. Last year, the legislature passed an ATV bill that would have closed state forests to ATVs unless specifically posted. However, this year, the legislature threw a huge loophole in there, exempting state forests north of U.S. Highway 2. So ATV riders can trash our forests all they want, and they are doing so.

ATV riders should be able to enjoy their sport, yes, but only on designated trails. State forests are our forests. I was brought up to respect public property; apparently, these people weren't. I really have to wonder what they are thinking.

The, there's the issue of what is happening in Baxter. I haven't been up there in many years; certainly not since MnDOT widened the highway. Now, I'm not sure I want to go there. They took away Paul Bunyan even. Why bother going there at all anymore?

6 Comments:

At 10:38 AM, August 05, 2005, Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis said...

Let's not go making judgments based off an article in City Pages. It is not exactly, how do we say, objective?

 
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At 5:13 AM, October 09, 2005, Blogger Quit Smoking said...

Hello fellow fisherman,

Did you know that 16% of the U.S. population goes fishing at least 16 days a year?

Did you also know that over 75% of the nations fishermen do not fish during "prime time"; fish feeding hours?

Those precious few moments before twilight can be absolutely magical. Even up until 11pm at night, the largest predators of any species feed ravenously.

Don't believe me? Check out Daniel Eggertsen's story, and a picture of a couple of his catches here : "Evening Secrets plus more"

I want you to do me a favor and try it out so I can see what you think of it, and if it works for you as well as it did for me.

You will be one of the first to try it out.

Gone Fishin',

Neil

 
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