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Good Preparation is Key: Dan (foreground) and Brandon Lentz, Twin Pines Pest Management, throughly brush a cabin on Big Sandy Lake, prior to applying spider-control chemicals.

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John Grones Publisher .•July 28, 2015
 

TAMARACK, Minn. — Mike Tetrault has been in the pest control industry for over 32 years. That experience motived him to go into business for himself and start Tamarack Pest Control.

“It was time for a change,” said Mike who worked at Lystad’s in San Antonio and Plunkett’s Pest Control in the Twin Cities. “I decided to go my own way. Too much travel and I was spending less time working with service technicians and too much time with reports, computers and a desk.”

Mike wanted to get back to what he did best—solving people’s pest problems.

Mike recently visited a home on Island Lake just south of Cromwell. There his mission was to eliminate a bee problem. The home owner has a child that is allergic to bees.

A yellow jacket nest was discovered under the deck on the lake side. He calmly injected the nest with a powder residue and waited for the bees to ....

Mike shared that his passion for the pest control industry has much to do with protecting people’s health and property. The bee sting is obviously fatal to those that are allergic. “People don’t realize how technical pest control can be,” Mike noted. “There’s the pest’s biology to consider. You must identify ...

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A hiking adventure:Campers at Big Sandy Camp set off on a hiking trip on Blueberry Trail..

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Shannon Genereau.•July 21, 2015
 

McGREGOR, Minn. — Big Sandy Camp, located on beautiful Big Sandy Lake, has been around for quite some time. And since its first year in 1959, it has continued to be an exciting and fun part of the McGregor area.

This year brings one especially exciting new activity to camp: the zipline. “We just opened our zipline this spring, which is a lot of fun,” shared Executive Director Dave Toth. “It’s about 800 feet long and it ends about 55 feet up in a big red pine. The kids are loving that.”

In addition to the zipline, Big Sandy campers are also able to try archery, boating, the climbing wall, sling shot, and canoeing—among other activities—during their time at Big Sandy Camp.

With program staff arriving at the end of May, camp gets busy quickly. “Towards the very end of June our counselors arrived, and they went through training.” By the beginning of July, the staff at Big Sandy Camp is ready for its campers.

Summer camps are available to a wide range of kids, from second graders to twelfth graders. All camps, except for the Kids Camp, last from a Monday ...

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Chris Shaffer and Liz Collin sample the wines provided by Minnestalgia owner Jay Erkenbrack.

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Voyageur Press.•July 14, 2015
 

McGREGOR, Minn. — WCCO’s annual summertime series, “Goin’ to the Lake!” came to the McGregor/Big Sandy Lake area this past week. The weather was perfect, the energy within the communities was electric and celebrities Liz Collin, Chris Shaffer and Dave Lee (NewsRadio 830) had a great time touring the region visiting the many great destinations.

To begin the tour, Chris and Liz met in Lawler for a trail ride with the Up North Riders ATV Club. Neither television personality had driven an ATV and Liz gave Chris an interesting ride.

The two stayed busy for two days sampling wine and fudge at Minnestalgia, sampling food at McGregor Baking Company, Bann’s Bar and Restaurant and Zorbaz. They also golfed at Minnesota National and actually attemped to Flyboard with Collin Carpenter and Cole Cottew.

Chris and Liz eventaully performed live on a pontoon provided by Willey’s Marine on Thursday evening.

On Friday morning, Dave Lee hosted a special WCCO Radio live broadcast from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at McGregor’s School House Café. Guests on the show included Lisa Kruse talking about the upcoming 2016 Governor’s Fishing Opener. Two local musicians Shawn Hagen and Tim ...

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