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I think it’s best for me to watch parades rather than be in them. As I watched the grand River Falls Days Parade Friday night, memories came flooding back of past parades I’ve been in. … more
Following Gov. Tony Evers’ signing of the state budget, $125 million to combat PFAS contamination remains in limbo as lawmakers discuss potential changes to GOP legislation to tackle the … more
All those folks – millions of them, we’re often told – who believe elections are being stolen in America should experience what I did a few days ago. Full disclosure: I … more
There’s a social media post that’s been circulating for a few years that shows a farmer driving a tractor baling hay with three people stacking bales on the wagon with the words: … more
As a true blue cheesehead-Wisconsinite, I guess it’s about time to confess that in days gone by, I labored as a bartender, my father worked as a bartender, two of my uncles worked as bartenders … more
Hearing from residents in the 93rd Assembly District over the last few months about what their priorities should be in the upcoming state budget, they advised me to reject Gov. Evers' planned $2 … more
There are many ways to view the budget approved by the Republican majority last week: lost possibilities, squandered opportunities, tax breaks for the rich … take your pick. Going into … more
Our 4-H club is hosting an outing soon in which club members can kayak, canoe and build cardboard boats for a race at a local lake. The kids actually build the cardboard boats big enough to fit one … more
I am thankful in many ways for growing up and moving back to the farm but also appreciative of not having to stack hay bales anymore. Any hay that our small group of animals needs now is done in … more
County fairs are beloved customs that unite communities every summer and encourage a sense of belonging among people of all ages. As a passionate advocate for county fairs, I have consistently worked … more
As a father of two adult children, I remember the 2 a.m. feedings when my kids were babies. I wanted nothing more than to just sleep, but I’d stumble out of bed and do what it took to care for … more
This past spring, I received a package from a dear friend, the extraordinarily witty nonagenarian Ruth Brown, one of my favorite River Falls personalities. What would it contain? A jar of … more
Eleven years ago, I was about to give birth to my daughter. Her due date of July 1 had come and gone and I was uncomfortable, cranky and longing to see my feet again. She finally made her debut in … more
Our nation was getting ready to party as we celebrated our 246th on July 4. Even though summer has just begun, I always viewed the Fourth of July as the midpoint of summer. Perhaps it’s … more
I’ve mentioned my foul-mouth Uncle Chet in previous columns, my mother’s eldest brother. His swearing didn’t bother me much and I loved being around him when he tried to teach me … more
The fast-talking economic development guy in Wisconsin’s St. Croix Valley has some curious habits. He tracks the date, time and location of the first robin, usually sighted in mid-March. The … more
Before I was a newspaper reporter and editor, I worked through high school, college and beyond as a server and bartender. I loved it, for the most part. The money was great and I made many good … more
Beating the summer heat is a pretty simple task when it involves turning on the central air conditioning unit and staying indoors. But when you work outside and live on a farm, you can’t … more
It appears as if the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and its member schools have never heard the phrase ‘sometimes, less is more.’ If they had, then the members … more
During the Senate floor session last Wednesday, Republicans signed off on a set of unnecessary and punitive Assembly bills that create additional roadblocks for Wisconsin workers accessing … more
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