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Larry Zea drains off a new batch of syrup as Bob Wallner checks the fire. Tom Adams is the third member of this group of maple syrup makers.

Spring plus sap equals syrup

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BLACKDUCK - "For lo, the winter is past" -- but it's not the voice of the turtle that is heard in the land. Instead, it was the sound of sap bubbling over wood fired of spiles now coming out of the trees, and the promise of maple syrup to come.

The arrival of spring meant longer hours for a Bemidji attorney, a Cass Lake school teacher, a cattleman and other as well as for the women who alternately either help, or put up with, the advent of the sugar season.

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