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With the state budget passed into law, which funds many priorities essential to the 93rd Assembly District, like fixing our roads, job training, and increasing resources for our community … more
It was the best of inns; it was the worst of inns, two hostelries where we had to bed down as we recently traveled the upper Midwest. Let’s start with the best place to go in our entire … more
Farming has made such great contributions to the culture and history of our state, we sometimes forget that Wisconsin is still an agricultural powerhouse. In fact, agriculture and related industries … more
Impeachment proceedings have become commonplace in our country's political landscape nowadays. I think we all can assume the founders of our country knew human nature – they know people and … more
By the title of this column, you might think I’m going to regale you with a magical tale about a mystical castle in a faraway land. But I’m not. Strap on your boots, because instead … more
Gambling is ubiquitous in our world today but farmers have been high rollers long before casinos, lotteries and sports betting. From market price fluctuation, geo-politics and the ever-changing … more
I’m fortunate to have my weekly column adjacent on the op-ed page to the column by my boss, Sarah Nigbor, a very talented young woman who is not only an excellent editor, but a fine … more
In Wisconsin last year there were 905 suicides, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. With September designated as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we all … more
My, how times have changed. School Picture Day, at least in my household, is not something to be dreaded, but something that requires careful preparation and brings joy. When I was young, I would … more
Signs abound: campaign 2024 in Wisconsin has already begun. Note these recent news items: -- Joe Biden's reelection campaign is launching a new TV ad in Wisconsin that … more
One of the staple events during farm shows is the milking contest, usually pitting some local celebrity against another stripping milk from a cow’s udder. The rules vary, but the winner is … more
Ever hear the term gaslighting? It’s an odd term, but the practice has become too common in politics these days. It comes from a play written by Patrick Hamilton called “Gaslight.” … more
Every morning when I whirl my drug carousel to grab my daily batch of pellets that keep me alive (just barely), I thank the good Lord for populating the world with medical scientists who came up with … more
As your state representative it is my belief that you, the people of western Wisconsin, not Madison bureaucrats, know best how to spend your money. That is why one of my top legislative goals has … more
Now that all my kids are in middle and high school, I feel like I need to learn a new version of the English language. Good thing I’m a grammar geek. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in French … more
You can feel the history as you cross Death’s Door across the turbulent currents of Lake Michigan from the mainland tip of Door County to Washington Island. The six-mile crossing was … more
In order to maintain and continue to advance our tradition of educational excellence, we need your help. In mid-September, we will mail all district residents a survey with questions related to an … more
The new biennium state budget was completed after school was released for the summer. Public school leaders anticipated that the state’s $7 billion surplus (which existed in part due to the … more
I don’t know if it’s just a universal feeling, but for me looking back on 20-plus years of teaching, the memories of it aren’t always that great. I remember boring kids to death … more
As I traveled throughout the 93 rd  Assembly District this spring and summer talking to residents about what issues were important to them for the state budget, overwhelmingly fixing our roads … more
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