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With over three years between us and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to imagine a world in which vaccines are uncontroversial. In the past few years, the efficacy of vaccines has … more
There has been some sort of vegetable garden on our farm for nearly 100 years, dating back to my great grandparents. I’ve been told that my great grandmother Hilda Hardie was fond of … more
I’m sick and tired of people complaining, so I’m calling them out. I like Facebook because it allows me to keep up with goings-on of family and friends. I like the community pages, … more
With over three years between us and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to imagine a world in which vaccines are uncontroversial. In the past few years, the efficacy of vaccines has … more
When I was a kid growing up in Whitehall, Wis. in the late 1940s, I didn’t hear much about Harry S. Truman, the President of the United States. I was a big fan, but I only knew a few co-fans in … more
Recently the University of Wisconsin - Madison made the decision to end the Farm-and-Industry Short Course (FISC) program, which had been operating for over 100 years to help prepare the next … more
When I take our Bagle (Beagle/Bassett) hound Trapper out to do his business, I put a leash on him, even through we live in the country. If he gets wind of a rabbit, or sees a leaf, or even a … more
There are many highways across Wisconsin that take you to your destination, but sometimes I like to take the road less traveled. When time allows, turning off the main highways and following the … more
“Death be not proud, though some have called Thee mighty and dreadful For thou art not so, for those whom thou thinks thou dost overthrow, Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou … more
Ensuring that healthcare in Wisconsin is accessible and affordable while increasing our healthcare workforce to care for our most vulnerable people remains a top priority for … more
Allowing politicians to draw their own districts is like allowing a fox to watch over the chickens. So why do we keep doing it? Those in charge of changing districts are the foxes, and they like it … more
Am I the only one looking forward to school starting? I like routine, not the chaos of kids running rampant throughout the house driving me insane. Do you know what it’s like to try to write an … more
I woke this morning to a heavy blanket of fog and mist shrouding the valley. Soon it will burn off as we move into the heat of the day.  By the solar clock we’ve already lost nearly … more
My Beautiful Wife woke on a Saturday this spring to discover that our trusted kitchen stove was not as trusty as we had figured. Instead, B.W. found out that our cookstove was a P.O.J. A Pile Of … more
Agriculture is one of our biggest economic drivers for western Wisconsin. It is also the main attraction at a county fair in the summer. It’s there when we visit one of the numerous … more
The definition of disability is a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses or activities. That definition covers many conditions that might be considered a … more
It’s no secret that recent years have been tough on small businesses and on newspapers. A bipartisan bill, the Community News & Small Business Support Act, that has been introduced in … more
I’ll admit, this week I struggled a bit about what to write about. I usually write about the events that happen in my life, hoping they’ll be entertaining or even possibly show people … more
There is nothing predictable about memories, which are sometimes as harsh as the strike of the hammer on the anvil and the next moment as soft as puffy clouds in the blue summer sky. I’ve … more
I’m happy to report that an acquaintance from years past is alive and kicking and still writing wonderful stuff. Years ago, I read my first sample of Calvin Trillin who wrote a hilarious piece … more
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