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The first hint of spring always brings me back to my days wandering the banks of the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic. My friend Meghan and I could hardly wait for the snow to melt, turning the dry run … more
Thin Mint. Peanut Butter Do-si-Dos. Shortbread Trefoils. Samoas. Just like the first backyard robin, Girl Scout cookie sales are another sign that Old Man Winter is on his way out and Spring is … more
School pride dies hard. Even now, many years after my high school graduation, when I hear of an Eau Claire North Husky that has been awarded for their success, I get a twinge of pride. At face value, … more
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) reminds taxpayers to exercise caution while the tax season is in full gear. Regrettably, every year there are Wisconsin … more
Just now I'm feeling rather flattered having just received a letter from Todd Simon, a scion of the family that has offered us Omaha Steaks for five generations. Simon must be a friend because he … more
School pride dies hard. Even now, many years after my high school graduation, when I hear of an Eau Claire North Husky that has been awarded for their success, I get a twinge of pride. At face value, … more
I am fortunate to represent one of Wisconsin's most beautiful Assembly Districts. As I travel the district, I am reminded of the need to be stewards of the land that we use and enjoy while … more
With the Luck of the Irish, St. Patrick’s Day 2023 falls on a Friday. Write your own punchline. There could be two- and three-day celebrations. Write your own itinerary. Parades. Toasts. … more
I wanted to write to thank you for the fine letter to the editor that made reference to Kaplan's Men's Store on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, but I didn't manage to find your address, so I decided to send it to you via the Pierce County Journal. more
When my friend Jess posted about her two little boys on Facebook and how heartbroken they were for being teased by classmates, my heart hurt for them. I know teasing is a part of childhood, but … more
A home should be a peaceful sanctuary for its inhabitants, a quiet place of comfort and solitude. But when you live in the country, sometimes your abode is sought after by critters other than … more
Over the years since we moved to River Falls a quarter century ago, I thought I had pretty much given up on the power of the press as the nay sayers predict its imminent decline. And I had reason. … more
BY DAVE WOOD Our boarding house, Part II Last week, I introduced my grandparents’ boarding house, where I spent a healthy swatch of my childhood and learned some important precepts of living … more
WOODWORKING Again BY DAVE WOOD A fruitful harvest Come, ye thankful people, come Raise the song of harvest home; All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin. ~ Henry Alford [1844] … more
A broken promise Pierce County Journal readers seem to get a charge out of my use of the alphabet whenever I refer to my wife as the “B.W.,” which stands for “Beautiful Wife.” Or at least … more
WOODWORKING Again Whan that Aprille with its showers sweet The drouth of Marche hath pierced to the roote, And bathed every vine in such licour, Of which pow’r engendered is the flowr … more
BY DAVE WOOD Out of the mouths of elders Recently I’ve been going over some notes I took years ago in preparation for a book I was writing about my great-grandad’s 60 years of diary keeping. I … more
WOODWORKING Again BY DAVE WOOD Funny how events come back to bite you in the butt. Years ago, a week after I graduated from high school, I was drinking a cup of coffee at my parents’ cafe when … more
WOODWORKING Again BY DAVE WOOD A year or so back I wrote about my first day at Larkin Valley School, back in 1942. Boy-oh -boy, am I ever glad that’s over! No, I never had the knack for school. Not … more
WOODWORKING Again Back in the day, my journalistic hero was a fellow named Will Jones, who wrote a column for years that appeared in the Minneapolis Tribune called “After Last Night,” a … more
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