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Study committees are formed during the spring of election years after the legislative session ends to investigate new issues that surface in Wisconsin or to examine old issues that may need a … more
I was inspired when I read this week’s Woodworking Again (see the column next door to mine). Ruth, Dave’s wife, wrote the column this week, acknowledging all her mother taught her, though … more
We are old now, those of us who came of age amidst the turbulence of the Sixties and Seventies. I spent those years at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, which was known at the time for … more
I hosted our second annual Community Summit on Tuesday, April 23. This event stems from a recommendation outlined in our 2022 Comprehensive Plan update. The goal of the Summit is to provide a … more
“Give us your poor, your tired, your hungry, yearning to be free,” the famous declaration at the base of the US Statue of Liberty. This quote has been emblazoned on our perception of … more
As I watched my stepson Ethan belt out his Solo & Ensemble piece “This is the Moment” onstage Sunday night at his school concert, I had a revelation. THIS is the moment. Not tomorrow, … more
“Time to catch some fish,” Grandpa whispered. I jumped out of bed in my grandparent’s home in downtown Franklin in Jackson County. Downtown meaning it was at the corner of … more
Every session, I send out a Legislative survey to the constituents of the 93rd Assembly District to determine which issues you want me to prioritize in Madison. When the results came out this … more
After reading John McLoone’s recent essay on weather predictions for what’s left of winter and might happen if spring brings heaps of snow , I’ve decided to abandon our little bare … more
I have been suffering from something called “Mom guilt” lately, and honestly, I’ve had enough of it. I found the perfect quote to describe my feelings in a blog by Beth Berry. … more
The message from voters in Wisconsin’s spring election is loud and unmistakable. “Fed up!” Start with the presidential primary. President Biden and former President Donald … more
The lifeblood of any farmer is the soil that provides their livelihood, so taking care of it has to be a top priority.  That care involves more than simply adding fertilizer and chemicals … more
As the weather warms, our parks transform into a thriving center of agricultural commerce, where we are able to buy locally grown agricultural products while chatting with our local farmers. … more
In a recent column, I wrote about legislation that went unfinished. Many of the issues that were mentioned were ignored from lack of concern by the majority party or for purely political reasons. … more
It was an interesting weekend. If anyone would have asked me a few days ago what the odds would be of me doing these things on back to back days, I would have said one in a million. I should … more
We have recently made the self-indulgent purchase of a Toto toilet, which provides a heated seat, a warm water spigot which can be aimed and activated to take care of things toilet paper is designed … more
Spring is in full swing, which means it's the ideal time for us Wisconsinites to enjoy nature. From cruising down ATV/UTV trails to exploring state parks like Hoffman Hills and the Chippewa River … more
This legislative session could’ve been better, but there was one glimmer of hope. The Office of School Safety (OSS) at the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) was a bright spot for lawmakers … more
In Minnesota by the end of the month, eight community newspapers will close: the Hutchinson Leader, Litchfield Independent Review, Chaska Herald, Chanhassen Villager, Jordan Independent, Shakopee … more
I’m due for a vacation. It’s been almost a year since I took some time off and I think it was about five years before we embarked on a journey into the wilderness last summer. … more
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