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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
Democracy and the rule of law seem to be in retreat throughout the world: not only in Iran, Russia, and Hong Kong but also in countries such as Mexico, Poland, and Hungary. What has happened to … more
I try to be a positive person, but sometimes it’s hard to feel positive. Especially with the events occurring around our nation, county and towns. It seems like every day brings another story … more
I’m putting the blame squarely on Mother Nature’s shoulders, but it’s happening again this year, despite my best efforts to prevent it.  Despite a brief tease of spring … more
There are many issues that grab headlines. Too often the hot topics hold our attention for a day or two and then are relegated to the back pages or disappear entirely. These are the issues that … more
The snow has disappeared from our garden and I’m aching to get in and plant lettuce, but BW shouts “too early!” and I have to be content with remembering garden adventures of years … more
The debate over Wisconsin's budget and the state's priorities for the following two years has already begun. My goals in this budget are to continue to support our excellent schools, maintain … more
When you call 911, you expect with rock-solid confidence there will be someone to answer the call. You also expect help is on the way. Confidence in the midst of a catastrophe is taken for granted … more
For better or worse, another rite of passage for senior high students is prom. Just like the first robin in mid-March, residents of Wisconsin’s St. Croix Valley will soon witness well-dressed … more
I feel for the people living along the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers who are affected by the flooding. A drive along the Great River Road last week was eye-opening. Homes and businesses in many … more
Can anyone honestly say they are really surprised that Old Man Winter isn’t quite done? As of this writing on the morning of April 17, there are 14 inches of snow outside driven by a … more
Recently, Wisconsin Watch  revealed  how members of the Wisconsin Legislature’s powerful budget committee secretly hold up projects or programs they don’t like. They often … more
Books of both fiction and non-fiction are various and appeal to different readers with different tastes. I, for one, am attracted to books about places and things with which I'm already acquainted. … more
The English language has many words loaned from Latin, and the phrase “status quo” is one of the most recognizable. “Status quo" is Latin for “existing state,” and in … more
It’s hard being a morning person in a family of non-morning people. Because I become the one who has to get the grumpy ones up. Thank goodness for our dog and cat, because they are cheery in … more
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