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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Yellow morel reports aplenty

April 27, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Yellow morel mushrooms are up and popping across parts of central Illinois judging by today’s reports.

I’ve heard several reports of smaller yellow morels up to 3 inches tall, several reports of mushroom hunters who are still finding only grays and one glowing report, which resulted in the picture shown above.

Phil Putnam of Abingdon and Rod Fleisher of Maquon hauled in this nice load of morels Sunday morning, then went back out and found several more. Nearly all of the morels were around two trees according to Fleisher.

Their e-mail was so compelling that it has forced me to rethink my plans for today. Hmm, should I sit here at the computer and hasten my carpal tunnel syndrome or get outside? I think I’m going to book a meeting today with Mr. Dead Elm.


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