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Maple syrup maker Dave Rogotzke (right) explains to John Stangl of St. Paul how he keeps samples of each day's syrup production. Stangl came to Rogotzke's sugar shack on Saturday to pick up 12 quarts of maple syrup for cooking and gift giving. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com

Early spring was sweet to syrup producers

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Like everything else about this crazy spring, maple syruping season started early and ended early. And despite unseasonably warm weather in March, some maple syrup harvesters had banner seasons.

Ralph Fideldy of Cohasset had his best season in 30 years this spring, turning out nearly 1,100 gallons of syrup with 2,400 taps in his maple trees.

Typically, below-freezing nights and above-freezing days are most productive for syruping.

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