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Memorial Day weekend is the sort-of unofficial start to summer even though the solstice is still a few weeks away. In my neck of the woods it’s been the measuring stick for when to plant … more
Every year, it gives me great pleasure to remind everyone of the importance of Memorial Day and to encourage everyone to remember this day and the courage it represents. As we continue to see … more
Memorial Day is almost upon us, and it reminds me of the days when I was a kid and marched to Lincoln Cemetery with the high school band and heard the American Legion commander read the names of the … more
Whenever I see red geraniums, I think of Memorial Day and my grandparents. When I was a little girl, I accompanied my grandparents on their Memorial weekend rounds. My grandma took the duty very … more
I have a confession to make that will not shock long time readers of this column or anyone who knows me. I have toys in the attic. Yes I am a little eccentric and strange, but in this case … more
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. Wisconsin's state constitution also affirms the right to bear arms for self-defense, defense … more
My wife has mentioned that the worst part of growing up without a father (her parents divorced when she was seven) was that two years prior the family had moved from the “home farm” to … more
Inspired by the question “What would Wisconsin be like without its 13 public university campuses?” that UW System President Jay Rothman has been asking, I am now posing that question to … more
I’m not going to lie. I learned not to expect much fuss on Mother’s Day. Since becoming a mom and stepmom, it’s been forgotten by my family a few times. I realize children … more
Thirty-nine-year-old U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher has only been in Congress since 2017. Yet, Democrats didn't oppose him in his 2022 reelection race. He rolled to a big victory in the once swingy 8th … more
Broadband development is important to Western Wisconsin’s economic growth, educational prospects, and overall quality of life. Legislators, like me, want to bridge the digital divide and ensure … more
The following information was submitted to the letter to the editor information form on www.piercecountyjournal.news: first name: Jim last name: Camery address: W11860 County Road FF … more
Sunday, May 14 is a big day for moms. It’s an even bigger day for sons, daughters, in-laws, and outlaws to come through in the clutch. The term clutch is as subtle as Effort vs. Results, … more
A unanimous voice vote by the Wisconsin Senate on a piece of legislation is a rare occurrence. But that’s what happened on April 19, when state senators approved a bill to undo a decision by … more
With my wife and me bereft of both mothers and offspring, Mother’s Day somehow gets swept under the rug in our household. But as the nostalgia of old age creeps over us, I think more and more … more
Mother’s Day isn’t going to go exactly as we had planned this year, but we will make it a great day nonetheless. I had grand plans of taking my mom and daughter to a Mother’s … more
A lot of the economic stats are very, very good. Record low unemployment. Unprecedented state budget surplus. Resilient consumer spending. Easing of pandemic-era shortages, inflation, housing … more
Over the years my friend Charlie Vanasse and his late father Ted have provided me with a cornucopia of historic lore from western Wisconsin. Recently, Charlie, who lives on the family farm, just … more
As spring arrives this month, your State Capitol in Madison begins to buzz. This shift in weather heralds the start of a period in which thousands of students from across the state flock to Madison … more
Residents in Wisconsin’s St. Croix Valley are high achievers on several fronts, including academic advancement and high earning power. It starts at an early age. Kiddos learn their ABC’s … more
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