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If you haven’t planted yet, now is the time to start, whether in a garden or containers. Over the last several months, I have given you ideas on what to do for gardens and containers. Now it’s time to implement those ideas.

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Does anyone else love it when you’re walking through the neighborhood and you smell someone grilling? 

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About a month ago I wrote a column briefing readers on proposed tariffs to newsprint from Canadian paper mills (see “Could tariffs kill the small town newspaper?” in the May 9 edition for more detail).

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Sunday is Father’s Day, a time to acknowledge the pater familias (the male head of the household, as the Romans referred to him), pop, dad — he has many names, many jobs and is truly never appreciated until he is gone.

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With all the recent talk of NBA and NHL finals, one might think a discussion on teamwork belongs on the sports pages. But the teamwork I am referring to is not played on a basketball court or on a sheet of ice. This teamwork is demonstrated right here in Polk County by our local and county g…

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Wis. Senator Ron Johnson is sponsoring a bill that would allow drugs in the experimental phase to be released to patients before safety research has been completed. The FDA already has a program in place for this with cautions to protect the public. To release drugs whose safety has not yet …

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Do you have a great friend who is always there to help you in any way they can? They are the friends who are willing to help you paint your entire house, cut down trees that fall on in your yard, and help you move. They are also the friends who bring you a meal when you’re sad and there is n…

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Recently, Congress passed a banking modernization bill aimed at reforming some of the harmful effects of the Dodd-Frank regulations that were put in place nearly a decade ago.  Although well intentioned, Dodd-Frank has been devastating to Main Street businesses in middle-America. President T…

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That gobbler was hot and he was coming in. It didn’t matter if I used my old reliable Lohman box call or rip out loud caws on the crow call, he responded with raucous gobbles from the middle of Paradise Woods. With a myriad of mowed trails and a river running through, it’s a paradise to hunt…

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 The School District of Osceola has a survey for parents and community members. This much-appreciated effort has a hitch by including this statement: ‘In recent years, the Board has increased class sizes to an average of 20-24 students….’ The School District’s own Fact Sheet shows student en…

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I hope you are enjoying the first weeks of summer. I know it doesn’t officially arrive until later this month, but it seems like once Memorial Day has passed and school adjourns, it’s summer.

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I love cheese, but the kinds of cheeses I eat are very different in spring than in winter. In spring, I like creamy, light cheese, like fresh goat cheese or buffalo mozzarella. I am not alone in my passion for cheese. When the American Dairy Association asked Americans about their number one…

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I love biting into a fresh picked apple. The loud crunch and explosion of juice makes me and most everyone I know smile. I started growing apples on my property about 7 years ago and messed up right off the bat unwittingly letting starving rabbits girdle the bark around my two trees before t…

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Early in the morning on May 21 in the Town of Eureka, my son and his wife awoke to blood curdling noises from their duck pen; a dog had dug its way in. 

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Well, summer has announced its arrival with a heat wave. It’s almost unbelievable that just a couple weeks ago some were still sporting winter hats. Now we’re tucking those away and scrambling to find shorts and sandals. 

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It was a beautiful morning to be walking through the spring woods. There were turkeys gobbling in the distance as songbirds serenaded each other with love songs.  With eyes scanning the landscape, my older brother Richard Bennett of Hudson was familiar with this location and the dead elm tre…

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The short answer is “yes.”  If you don’t have the space or don’t want the work involved in maintaining a large garden, why not try container gardening. Containers can be used for growing everything from the standard flowers to many vegetables.

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“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” —Shannon L. Alder

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With all the snow during this unusually long winter, I expected my rhubarb to be ready in June, but was pleasantly surprised to see large, tender stalks growing last week. 

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How do you take kids fishing and survive with your sanity? I was asking myself that very question opening day when I took my 9-year old step-son Brady and my 5 year old grandson Silas fishing. Being an experienced grandpa I know how… call it wisdom I’m willing to share, so here goes!  It’s e…

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This week I want to talk to you about some basic garden planning know-how. Although these may seem too basic, it is always good to review at the beginning of each new season.

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May is flying by. The weather has finally returned to normal, the flowers and trees are blooming, graduation season is underway and gas prices have begun to creep up.

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I have been scouring my yard for weeds this spring and I’ve been eating some of them, which is why I don’t use synthetic fertilizers or weed killer.

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 Thank you, Editor Lindgren, for your recent commentary on Straight News, and introducing us to Vanessa Otero’s Media Bias Chart. Having taught Critical Thinking in college and using current events as seen through popular news sources, I previously bookmarked over 40 news websites ranging fr…

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There was still snow n the ground when we boarded the plane at the Milwaukee airport using two round trip tickets we got for $120. My wife Nancee’ chose a furnished small cottage VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) 100 steps from the Atlantic Ocean on Kure Beach for $88 a day on the historic Out…

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For the past few years the carriers at the post office have donated their time collecting food for The Open Cupboard, Osceola food shelf. This food drive has been extremely successful bringing in over 2,500 pounds of food each year, which helped throughout the summer months when donations are down.

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On April 29, I had the opportunity to watch an “investigative” report on the Minneapolis Channel 9 news that purported to describe a travesty of justice so profound that it took the reporter, Tom Lyden, more than two months to finish and air the piece. I’m sure it took so long to air this sh…

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Last week, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association announced it had joined STOPP, a coalition fighting recent government tariffs on newsprint. According to the WNA, the new duties threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country. One of those, I must assume, is mine.

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Last spring, I met Mei Mei who shared with me her dream of opening a specialty cookie and ice cream shop. She was looking for the perfect location. Her criteria included a small town, preferably with a university, with a vibrant nightlife. She wanted to offer a fun, alternative place for col…

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I enjoyed your “kitchen floor” column. Aren’t those old farm kitchens the best? I remember my grandmother’s kitchen here in northern St. Croix County. It was big enough to live in, which she pretty much did in the winter.

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Chasing a distant gobble is like chasing a dream. It was just a faint sound in the distance in South Dakota’s Black Hills but to Ben Kinderman and Chuck Josephson who drove 10 hours from Hudson, it was a dream comes true. Mountains fill a void for Kinderman. For him, the pursuit over rocks, …

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I loved the editorial on trusted sources of straight news. As a sometime columnist for The SUN, I applaud and support the highest standards in journalism (e.g., the Associated Press) whereby facts and objectivity rule. 

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A 40-year investigation into a man who killed 12 people and raped more than 50 women in California came to a conclusion last week with the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, in Sacramento.

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There are some healthy foods that make one think, “Humm…is this REALLY good for me?” Hemp seeds can raise a lot of eyebrows. Even mentioning the word “hemp” can get you into some interesting discussions. 

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It’s hard to imagine fishing in a boat today. Lakes are all still ice covered and you know that there will be lakes still frozen over when the Wisconsin fishing season opens May 5 and Minnesota opens on May 12. So, what should angers expect this season? To get some answers I called an old fr…

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Wisconsin has a rich history of aviation that stretches back all the way to the dawn of flight. In 2010, the aviation industry supported $6.9 billion in output, supported almost 91,000 jobs, and provided $3.5 billion in salaries to Wisconsin families. With our renowned skilled workforce, wor…

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Trust in the media is lower than ever, according to an article in the April Publisher’s Auxiliary. Pub Aux is a newspaper for the newspaper industry, published by the National Newspaper Association.