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A letter from Cloquet Middle School in Cloquet, Minn., arrived in our mailbox on Tuesday.
The envelope was addressed to Bob and Kathy Lamb. Jackson Lamb (pictured) was printed above the school letterhead.
Cloquet is where our oldest son Jon, his wife Sara and two sons Jackson and Bryson live. Jackson, 14, is in eighth grade. Bryson, 12 is in sixth grade. They both attend Cloquet Middle School. Both boys are good students and participate in extracurricular activities.
The envelope held a one-page sheet of paper containing a story on one side and sources on the flip side. Ah-ha! A research paper by Jackson for me and Uncle Ev about hunting, especially as we gear up for Wisconsin’s traditional gun deer season on Saturday, Nov. 20.
On top of the story was a request from Jackson. “Dear Mr. Bob and Kathy Lamb and show Evan Lamb if you can.”
Enough said. Here is Jackson Lamb’s first story for all hunters as well as non-hunters to enjoy.

Copper is better than lead
Have you heard about lead? Some of you might not have but it’s a very deadly piece of heavy metal. If you have too much lead it can kill you and your loved ones. Lead is a very dangerous metal. It can kill a bald eagle with 2 shotgun pellets the size of those (Kallok). Lead is very bad for eagles. They can barely walk and can barely breathe. They get lead from the animals people shoot from deer season (UMN Health). They can stop breathing and stop moving and die. Lead is a type of ammunition where the bullet is mainly lead and on impact it explodes and lead can go anywhere and get into the meat of what you shot. And you could get poisoned and that’s what happens to eagles. They eat what you kill and get lead poisoning if you’re using lead bullets.

Why is copper the better choice?
Copper is a better choice because you don’t hurt animals around you and yourself. It mushrooms on impact, mushrooms the top peels off like a flower on each side (oneshotharvest). The only thing you might lose is a pedal because it might come loose but you can probably find it when you gut whatever you killed. Copper doesn’t melt or deform when shot out of a gun like lead and deform on impact like lead bullets.
They tested it. The lead bullet destroyed one side of the bin and lead was all over on the inside of the bin which I wouldn’t like that in my venison or whatever I shot. The copper bullet went through all three containers and it mushroom lost 2 of its pedals then got stuck in the last container not losing anything but the pedals (Nistler). If I had the option I would go for copper.
Sincerely Jackson Lamb thanks for reading this!

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McCormick Tori J. October 2nd 2014.in Minnesota wildlife experts campaign for copper bullets. Star tribune. Retrieved October 4 2020
Nistler, Katherine “Case for Copper” Eighth grade science. October, 2021.

“Very nice work, Jackson! You receive an ‘A’ from Grandma and Grandpa.”


Packers building strong depth for playoff run

Without question, the Green Bay Packers have experienced a deep rash of injuries this season. However, I simply describe it as “depth building,” which will go a long way towards the end of the season.
Why? Because I have always preferred the “cup is half full,” over the “half empty,” philosophy.
What was once a team that usually filled its injured starting players with practice squad additions or signings off the street, the Packers’ front office is finding better ways to add not only depth, but a few bright stars through trades and waiver wire acquisitions.
It begins with the signing of linebacker De’Vondre Campbell in early June. Then there were other key additions - wide receiver Randall Cobb, punter Corey Bojorquez, linebacker Whitney Mercilus, cornerback and most recent hero Rasul Douglas. Green Bay added a few more players for depth such as defensive tackle Dennis Kelly, linebackers La’Darius Hamilton and cornerback Isaac Yodum.
Imagine what the roster will look if and when all regular starters left tackle David Bakhtiari, wide receivers Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Kevin King and center Josh Myers return.
The Packers lost two significant pieces last week when tight end Robert Tonyan and rookie return specialist/running back Kylin Hill were lost for the season with knee injuries.
If the Packers can shore up the tight end, special teams and running back rooms, we could see shades of 2010 when the team had a similar rash of injuries, bolstered its depth chart, and watched its roster get healthy just in time for the playoffs. That was the same season when Green Bay won three straight road games in the playoffs, then collected its fourth Lombardi Trophy with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.
Could history repeat itself?

U.S. Ryder Cup Team, Brewers, Packers make it a happy Monday

Overall, it was an exciting weekend for the Badger State.
It started out poorly with the University of Wisconsin Badgers embarrassing 41-13 loss to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday.
The Badgers are now 1-2, while Notre Dame is 4-0. Up next for the Badgers is No. 14 Michigan, also 4-0.
Enough for the bad news. The rest of the weekend was all Wisconsin.
The American Team returned the Ryder Cup Trophy to the United States with a record 19-9 thrashing of the Europeans at Whistling Straits, in Kohler, WI, Sunday afternoon.
The Americans’ 19-9 victory was the largest winning margin in Ryder Cup history. Needless to say, the Americans dominated their European counterparts from tee to green all three days.
The victory was extra sweet for U.S. captain Steve Stricker, an Edgerton WI, native.
The Milwaukee Brewers clinched their fourth division crown in franchise history late Sunday afternoon with an 8-4 victory over the New York Mets.
The Brewers did it in front of their largest home crowd of the year at American Family Field on the final day of their final regular-season homestand.
The Brewers also clinched the No. 2 seed for the National League’s postseason and will host the NL East champion - either Atlanta or Philadelphia - in Game 1 of the best-of-five NL Division Series beginning Friday, Oct. 8.
The Brewers (94-62) are also only two victories away from tying their all-time won-lost record. However, it won’t be easy.
Milwaukee faces the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals - currently riding a 16-game win streak - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, before finishing the regular season in Los Angeles against the Dodgers Friday through Sunday.
The Brewers current 94-62 record is the fifth-most victories in a franchise history dating back to 1969. The 2011 Brewers and 2018 Brewer teams share the record with 96 victories.
The Green Bay Packers climaxed the weekend with a heart-stopping 30-28 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium late Sunday Night.
Future Packers Hall of Famer Mason Crosby's 51-yard field goal on the final play of the game sealed the victory.
The 49ers took a short-lived 28-27 lead with only 37 ticks left on the play clock… just enough time for Future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company to provide the thrilling outcome. Rodgers hooked up with wide receiver Davante Adams on two passes, then spiked the ball twice to stop the clock. After the second spike, just 3 ticks remained on the clock and Crosby, who drilled a 54-yarder for Green Bay's first points of the game, calmly came through in the clutch once again.
The Packers are now 2-1 and in sole possession of first place in the NFC North three weeks. The Niners lost for the first time in three games.

 


Cross off another on my bucket list

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI - I crossed off another item on my bucket list last Friday.
I was finally able to play another round of golf with Uncle Russ. Neither Russ nor I know how many more rounds we will play together, but we sure enjoyed our most recent nine holes.
For years, snowbirds Uncle Russ and Aunt Sue have spent their winters in McAllen, Texas. However, age, health, Covid-19 pandemic and the border immigration crisis have prevented them from returning to their winter retreat.
Russ celebrates his 91st birthday Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7. I will have turned 75 only 12 days earlier. Oh, my gosh. Where have the years gone?
Like many people our age, Russ and I have health problems, too. I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on May 8, 2015. I give  thanks to God that I am still around to write this blog.
Uncle Russ has also had several health issues, including a frightening bout with Covid-19 last winter when he was near death. He’s a fighter and barely survived.
Our golf reunion came together last Friday, when Uncle Russ, his oldest son Mark, plus another member at their nine-hole Homestead Golf Course, and I played nine holes beneath sunny skies and a light breeze.
I struggled to concentrate, instead being more focused on watching Russ strike a golf ball at his age. I could only imagine what I would look like trying to mirror my uncle’s swing if I would ever be so blessed to reach his age. Did I mention Uncle Russ plays nine holes two to three times a week?
After the last putt was made and handshakes exchanged on the ninth green, I gave Uncle Russ an extra strong hug. I whispered in his ear that we would play again next year.
Uncle Russ nodded and said, “If the Good Lord is willing!”

Packers’ new defensive coordinator should be on hot seat?

One victory does not make a season
The Green Bay Packers offense looked much better on Monday night, so did the special teams, but the defense still needs lots of work and maybe a different direction.
It all begins with cornerback Kevin King and first-year defensive coordinator Joe Barry (pictured).
King isn’t an NFL cornerback in my book. He looks the part, but doesn’t play the part. There were several times he was out of position or looked as if he was lost. King wasn’t the only one. So did the rest of the secondary. There was no pressure up front either, which brings me to Barry.
Coach Matt LaFleur hand-picked Barry to replace Mike Pettine as  his defensive coordinator this year. Barry has failed miserably the first two games. He arrived with a poor track to begin. The Detroit Lions’ 0-16 record under his leadership is enough proof.
And, it took a brief halftime chat from LaFleur to urge Barry to either play coverage or bring pressure… much needed pressure.
Green Bay’s defense not only looked vanilla the first half, but also appeared uninspired and confused much of the time.
OK, Barry’s defense shut out the Lions in the second half, but it is much easier when your team is up by three scores. The defense can simply take more chances and play more aggressively.
The Packers capitalized on a pair of late-game Lions’ turnovers, too, but the game was well out of reach by the time they occurred.
Some sports talking heads say Barry deserves 6-8 games before considering a change. With the 49ers and Steelers as the next two opponents, I believe a decision should be made sooner.
What do you think?
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