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My father passed on to be with the Great Story Tellers in The Sky many years ago, but I’m glad I assigned him a project those many years ago when he lost his second wife and one of his legs, … more
Wisconsin is renowned globally as "America's Dairyland," and we are immensely proud of it, especially in the 93rd Assembly District, which is predominantly farm populated. With June … more
June is my favorite time of the year for many reasons. The weather is absolutely beautiful, school is out and people are generally in a great mood during my Stop N’ Talk events. But most of … more
Nothing says summer like the crack of ball on a bat under the blazing sun, amidst the cheers and chants of players and onlookers. Ah, summer softball (or baseball) is in full swing (pun intended). … more
Some discoveries have been made. I don’t like to lose things, but inevitably, it happens to all of us. This is a story in two parts. The first has to do with my pants. The second part is a … more
Love your neighbors, yet tear not your hedges down. ~ Proverbs 27:10 You may talk of the tyranny of Nero, but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor. ~ Walter Bagehot … more
Have you noticed that a recurring theme in my life is, “Why does it that have to happen on deadline day?” That’s what will be engraved on my headstone. Well, the chaos struck … more
Among the many partners in a successful farm is the veterinarian. When our farm was a dairy operation, my parents retained a wonderful local veterinary service that was a father and son … more
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
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