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By Timothy Soden-Groves
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Neighborliness has seldom been so sweet

Urban sugar bush operation brings people together


April 19, 2019

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John Babineau enjoys pancakes slathered in his 2019 urban sugar bush Wood City Maple Syrup.

Just off the alley behind his home in Cloquet's Pinehurst neighborhood, John Babineau placed another log on the already blazing inferno beneath his maple syrup boiling pan. It was a sunny afternoon in late March, and Babineau's first "boil" of the season.

As he brought the contents of the 50-gallon pan to a steady, rolling froth, the wind switched directions, causing Babineau's small gathering of extended family members to hastily rearrange their chairs to escape the thick smoke.

"I'm trying to get it down to about two gallons," he said.

Babineau's plan was to then finish the process on the...

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