For years, the author and his neighbor silently vied for a handful of asparagus stalks that sprang up along their street in May.

The race for asparagus is over, for good. You could say I won this spring, but it’s a victory I’d rather not have.

For years I’d see “the old guy” when I passed his small place nestled behind a pine grove on a corner lot. I’d see him taking walks and looking at the plethora of wildflowers where his street — the city limits — butted up to a grassy field across from his lot.

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Dave Greschner is the retired sports/outdoors editor for the Rice Lake Chronotype. He writes about nature and the outdoors and pursues nature photograpy and can be reached at

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