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Naturalist Connie Cox watches as Nate Selander, 8, of Hubbard, uses a cordless drill to make a hole for the spile to fit into. He learned that a sloping upward hole works best to draw the sap out. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Learning about the sweet success of making maple syrup

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The painstaking art and science of making maple syrup might be wasted on an impatient generation of antsy kids, especially when the sap isn't running, but the taste is nevertheless appealing.


Naturalists at Itasca State Park gave a demonstration of making maple syrup last Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, three maple trees tapped would not yield any sap. It was just too cold.

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