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It’s hard to believe that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. I know, I know, you probably don’t want to hear it, but that doesn’t mean … more
Wisconsin likely will again be the tipping point in the 2024 presidential election with Joe Biden and Donald Trump neck and neck in seven battleground states, Marquette Law Poll Director Charles … more
Let’s set the record straight – I am not an economist – which the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as “an expert who studies the relationship between a society's resources … more
Fall is here – one of the most beautiful times of year in Wisconsin. If you choose the right day and take a drive through western Wisconsin, the colors are spectacular. Beautiful as they are, … more
What in the hell is a “Ramadan?” And what was happening “after?” Those were the questions we kids asked ourselves back in the 1950s as we sat at our desks in the old … more
Every day, first responders across Wisconsin put their lives in danger to protect and ensure the well-being of their communities. Their selfless acts and tremendous contributions to our communities … more
Sunday morning started off splendidly. I had two cups of coffee without having to rush. I actually had time to chat with my husband, uninterrupted, which rarely happens. It was shaping up to be a … more
Lawsuits and court decisions appear to be an increasing option for those upset with state policy and the big GOP majorities in the Legislature. The efforts to bypass the GOP-run Legislature and go to … more
The football was set. The lines were down. One second was left in the game. The Green Bay Packers trailed by two points. The ball was snapped. Channeling my best Chester Marcol impersonation, I … more
Ever since Covid struck and we’ve been locked into our abode on Walnut Street, my Beautiful Spouse has been complaining that I’ve been watching too much TV. She hasn’t gone so far … more
Every October, Wisconsin takes time to recognize our incredible manufacturing industry that supports our state's economy.  In fact, with over $68 billion in annual economic output, or 20% … more
Over the past several weeks, I joined several colleagues in the State Senate and State Assembly in introducing legislation to remove barriers to voting. From encouraging young voters’ … more
I didn’t know I was living on Wall Street. Listening to my four children this weekend made it feel like it. Who knew we were raising future stockbrokers? My daughter received a … more
Last week I wrote about the remaining covered bridges in Wisconsin but I missed one that has a story to tell. Ted Behncke of Fennimore contacted me after reading my story in the Jefferson Daily … more
Twenty-five years ago my wife and I relocated to River Falls, a town I knew little about, so I visited the fount of all knowledge, the South Fork Café. I sat alone on a stool at the counter, … more
Since 2004, Congress has designated October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. During this time, people and businesses are asked to take inventory of their cybersecurity practices and to raise public … more
If you’re not familiar with the phrase “shell game,” it’s a trick as old as the hills. A fast-talking swindler places three shells (or cups) on a table and places a ball … more
People who know me know that I have a dry, sarcastic sense of humor. I appreciate irony and clever wit.   I often find things hilarious that some people might not. I also always seem to … more
Right now, there are children being born in America who will live to see the 22nd century. What kind of nation will they inherit? Under what form of government will they live? In a recent Pew … more
A year ago I wrote about some of the historic or memorable bridges that I have crossed or traveled to – including a few located near my home in western Wisconsin. The topic was a hit with … more
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