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I recently read an article about why the long-running Seinfeld sitcom show was so successful. Why? The critic opined that viewers identified with it because it was ABOUT NOTHING. Well big hairy deal! … more
Right now western Wisconsin is in the middle of a severe housing shortage while prices for existing homes continue to rise. For example, if someone wanted to buy a property in Durand, they … more
Summer road trips. They are truly the best. Some of my best memories growing up are trekking across the country with my mom in her trusty Plymouth Acclaim. Last week I wrote about our mishaps at … more
I read. A lot. Newspapers, of course. Magazines. Books, lots of books. Fiction and nonfiction. Print or digital. Whatever is handy. Now and then I’ve written about a particularly … more
I stood outside and watched the dark skies as the rumble of thunder echoed through the valley. I checked the weather radar which indicated it was raining just over the hill. I could even see the … more
I recently wrote a story congratulating myself for being the last person in Christendom who still writes letters, real letters, the kind you put in a stamped envelope and mail to a friend — or … more
Now is a fantastic time to enjoy everything that nature offers, like navigating the St. Croix River at Kinnickinnic State Park or taking a stroll on the Red Cedar State Trail. That is because June is … more
If you have any doubts about our commitment to dairy, consider the facts. To start with, June is Dairy Month in Wisconsin. Every weekend there are a number of dairy breakfasts around the state. You … more
U.S. consumers are a lot like Atlas, the character in Greek mythology. Atlas was a Titan and they ruled the universe until Zeus, a fellow Titan, joined the Olympians and defeated the Titans for … more
Growing up, summer meant two things: A break from school, which seemed interminable, and the possibility of a cross country road trip. When I turned 15, my mom, best friend Derek (who is more … more
There are many social issues that are gripping America currently. I contend that with the Dobbs decision the most divisive by far is the debate about the access to abortions and restrictions, if … more
Am I the last person in Christendom who still writes letters? You know, the deal where you take a sheet of paper, put it into typewriter, write a message, put it in an envelope, address the envelope … more
Another one of life’s milestones awaits 2023 graduates, whether the grads are completing pre-K, middle school, high school (a/k/a Independence Day), or two- and four-year colleges and … more
It’s two days since school let out and the dreaded phrase has already reared its ugly head: “I’m booooooooored!” Imagine this being said in a whiny, loud, drawn-out voice. … more
For as long as I can remember, the sprawling silver maple trees have stood on the lawn area of our farm. It’s possible they were planted by my great-grandparents when they moved to the … more
Wisconsin is in a rapidly-shrinking minority of states that have not legalized marijuana,  one of only ten in the country . Our immediate neighbors are way ahead of us.  Illinois has … more
One of my responsibilities as Chairman of the Assembly Workforce Development and Economic Opportunities Committee has been to ensure that our local businesses have access to the talent they need to … more
Certain segments of our society insist that minor children have a constitutional right to read or view whatever they choose in public schools.  And that educators know better than … more
When my wife told me that Pierce County Health Department employees had picked “branding” as one of their top priorities for the next two years, I felt very nervous for all the patients … more
This week finally broke me. Life has been wearing at me for a while, like swirling water against a stone. I pride myself on keeping it together, especially in tough times. But I was broken this … more
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