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Bill Smith, Keith Rodli, Sandy Tauferner and Carol Wilcox tend the north fire line during a controlled burn on our planted prairie. Mike Larson photo for River Falls Journal.

Wild Side: Planted prairie blackened again

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--by Dan Wilcox, outdoor columnist

After a hot and smoky time on our planted prairie last Saturday afternoon, a somewhat tired bunch of friends looked with satisfaction over the blackened field dotted with anthills. The wind blew small tornadoes of grass ashes, and all the smoking spots were extinguished.

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