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Pierce County residents are very blessed to have a hyperactive local historical association. As relative newcomers to the neighborhood (only 25 years!), Ruth and I have been helped to know our new … more
“Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old … more
Social media can be a useful tool. We can easily share pictures and stories with friends and family. It can be used for business applications from marketing to educating the public. And there is no … more
I never know when it’s going to come over me, and most of the time, it’s quite sudden. A wave of sadness that may or may not make itself known by salty drops sneaking from my eyes. I … more
Typically, I use the spring newsletter column to write about the new growth around us with trees and plants budding and flowering, houses and buildings springing up, and the anticipation of all of … more
One of the best jobs I’ve ever had in my eight decades of toil on this planet was the 15 years as a teacher at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. It didn’t pay as much as jobs I’ve … more
Earlier this legislative session, I joined with my area Assembly colleagues at Altoona City Hall to announce that we would prioritize assisting our local community governments this … more
Last week we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. Summer is approaching as students and teachers look for a successful close to the school year. Now is the time to thank our teachers before everyone … more
I doubt many people spent their Mother’s Day in a cemetery scouring old gravestones, but that’s what my aunt, my mother, my daughter and I did, and we loved every second of it. My … more
After spending my fourth and final year at Iowa State University as the editor-in-chief of the Iowa State Daily, I will be returning to Pierce County as a reporter for the Pierce County Journal. … more
One of the best lessons I learned in college began in a dorm room, where eight or nine 19-year-old women sat around complaining about how awful their mothers were. We all had grievances to share, and … more
The first National Youth Apprenticeship Week will be celebrated shortly. As Chairman of the Assembly Workforce Development and Economic Opportunities Committee, one of my responsibilities has been to … more
Study committees are formed during the spring of election years after the legislative session ends to investigate new issues that surface in Wisconsin or to examine old issues that may need a … more
I was inspired when I read this week’s Woodworking Again (see the column next door to mine). Ruth, Dave’s wife, wrote the column this week, acknowledging all her mother taught her, though … more
We are old now, those of us who came of age amidst the turbulence of the Sixties and Seventies. I spent those years at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, which was known at the time for … more
I hosted our second annual Community Summit on Tuesday, April 23. This event stems from a recommendation outlined in our 2022 Comprehensive Plan update. The goal of the Summit is to provide a … more
“Give us your poor, your tired, your hungry, yearning to be free,” the famous declaration at the base of the US Statue of Liberty. This quote has been emblazoned on our perception of … more
As I watched my stepson Ethan belt out his Solo & Ensemble piece “This is the Moment” onstage Sunday night at his school concert, I had a revelation. THIS is the moment. Not tomorrow, … more
“Time to catch some fish,” Grandpa whispered. I jumped out of bed in my grandparent’s home in downtown Franklin in Jackson County. Downtown meaning it was at the corner of … more
Every session, I send out a Legislative survey to the constituents of the 93rd Assembly District to determine which issues you want me to prioritize in Madison. When the results came out this … more
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