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I am writing a letter to the editor because of my deep concern about the risks of the pandemic.  As a retired nurse practitioner, I have read many articles in the past in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM.org), a well-respected medical journal that focuses on medicine, not politics. …

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The toes on my right foot squished together in ice-cold water on Saturday as I watched the featureless sunrise of a grey October morning. Wet feet are second only to sticky fingers when it comes to mild discomforts that can drive a person insane if left unattended, and I’d forgotten to bring…

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My paddle cut through the water like a sharp knife pushing the light Kevlar canoe along at a brisk pace. A strong south wind caught my back like a sail and tried to lift off my cap with each stroke. I was following my friend Eric Duffy and his 11 year old son Max in their 3 man canoe. Eric a…

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On October 13 during a Florida rally, Donald Trump was quoted “I feel powerful”.  It made me wonder what sort of powerful.  Was he empowered to stop separating Central American children from their parents?  Was he empowered to do everything possible to reunite those children who have been he…

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This week’s issues of both The Sun and Country Messenger have plenty for the reader to sample (We like to think they always do, but this week more than normal). 

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Just a little over a week to the scariest night of the year. No, not Election Night, silly. Halloween!

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Thirty years ago, I was scared out of my mind. I was young and navigating my way through an unplanned pregnancy. 

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The coming election is about lots of different issues for different people.

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“It’s the oldest Duck Camp in the state.”  Paul Smith Outdoor Editor of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel gave us that title a couple years ago. This year’s 46th Annual Duck Camp gathered a group of waterfowlers aging from the age of 10 to 69 who pitched tents in northern Wisconsin to enjoy tim…

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On Oct. 6, the Osceola Town Council once again failed to uphold their duty to protect the “public health, safety, and welfare” of their constituents, which Councilman Wallis has publicly stated is the primary role of the council. By rezoning a property to allow for an event center to be open…

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More than 7,500 black men are killed in the United States each year, mostly by other black men, compared to the approximately 200 killed by police.  

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Anyone who loves 1980’s rock and roll music had to shake their head at the news last week on the passing of guitarist Eddie Van Halen at 65 due to cancer. 

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wear on, many businesses are struggling.

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Lasagna is not easy to make. Maybe you’re saying to yourself, “but, you haven’t tried mine.”

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I’m been reading comments from Amy Middleton, Polk County Board Supervisor, and have to ask, just who does she represent? Most of her recent rhetoric is anti-Polk County Chairman and anti-committee member Tom Magnafici. I am a former Polk County Supervisor and can tell you that your vote on …

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I’d like to change things up a bit this week with a photo essay just because I have been blessed to meet and make friends with British ornithologist, John Richardson who is serving as the Fall Count Director of this year’s  bird count on Hawk Ridge in Duluth. All photos were taken by British…

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 A recent Sun letter recommends closing the ICE Detention Centers due to an allegation that aliens are forcibly sterilized there. Thankfully, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating this charge. In this current China Virus pandemic, the USA can wait to replace these Obama-ordere…

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I’m old enough to have grown up on the Charlie Brown comic strip. Two of the most inalienable moments I remember about it, is the annual Christmas episode on television and when Charlie Brown is about to kick the football, Lucy pulls it away from him and Charlie Brown makes a complete idiot …

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Because you are reading this column, you understand the value of your local newspaper. I think we can all agree on this point, gentle reader.

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Many folks who write to this paper refer to their pro-life beliefs. However, I do not see any mention in pro-life discussion of the racist and ableist legacy of forced sterilization in this country. Black, Latina and Native women, as well as women with disabilities, were the targets of force…

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 I’m writing to endorse our Congressman Tom Tiffany for his hard work in congress to return control of the gray wolf to Wisconsin and all of his efforts to restore law and order as well as the economy. 

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I was a skeptic when the email came across my desk.

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There’s a simple thing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can do to ease the burden facing Wisconsin farmers and biofuel producers: uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard, as required by law. Unfortunately, the agency’s actions have repeatedly hurt biofuels, which drains income from rural…

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Polk County Board chair Chris Nelson has been exercising questionable leadership almost since the day he assumed that position. However, Nelson’s willingness to lead the county into trouble was especially evident at the September 15 board meeting. 

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Before I get into my grouse hunt I have to ask why the Robin is our state bird and not the Ruffed Grouse. Don’t get me wrong, I like robins as much as the next person but they aren’t even year round residents. They come in the spring and are outta here in most places around the state by now.…

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There was an interesting contrast in the two Sun letters last week. The first took issue with the President as doing too-little-too-late about the current Chinese virus pandemic. She totally ignored Joe Biden’s criticism of the President for his early stopping travel to China. She failed to …

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I’ve been thinking about the pandemic that has swept our country. Looking at the leaders of the Democrat party today, which are much different than the Democrat Party leaders of the past. Today the leadership of the Democrat party are distancing themselves from the Christian values on which …

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I must admit, in my spare time, I’m a fan of a good laugh.

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If I had to rate what gets people’s blood boiling the quickest, it would have to be in no particular order: weather, politics or how their favorite National Football League team played on Sunday (or Thursday, Monday, Saturday, Tuesday). 

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I have enjoyed watching videos on Instagram and YouTube of people decorating cakes. It’s so satisfying watching someone else decorate a gourmet cake in seconds. 

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 For once, I agree with something Joe Biden said the other day when he said the November election is a “battle for the soul of the nation.”

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The population of Western Wisconsin has been exploding for some time now. St. Croix County is the fastest growing county in Wisconsin with a population growth rate of 36%. Other counties growing fast are 4th place Chippewa at 14%, 11th Pierce 12%, while Polk County is growing at 6% rate. Goo…

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Are you better off now than you were four years ago? 

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When talking to Bradley Lutz last week about him being the new Osceola Village Trustee in replacing Tim Anderson, there was one thing which surprised him.