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Have you ever tasted something wonderful at someone’s house and asked then asked them for the recipe? Did your jaw drop to the floor when they said no? Then, did they give you some excuse they can’t give the recipe out because it’s a family secret? 

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It was about my fifth trip out in my own boat onto Lake Michigan when I felt confident I could be safe and catch fish. Charter’s are fun but catching Kings on your own with friends is a blast!

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When I was home visiting my folks over the Fourth of July, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I would miss most. 

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Every summer I hit that that point where I am looking for the perfect summer meal. My usual go to is a BLT. They are so good and refreshing on a hot summer day, but I can’t eat one every day. I try to find foods that have similar profiles but are completely different. 

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To say I was nervous would be an understatement. Black was not a dark enough color to describe the predawn darkness.  There was a hint of red on the eastern horizon encouraging us that sunrise would come. The line of trucks and trailers with normal sized boats to the Kewaunee boat launch was…

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The polls are open and it’s again time to pick your favorite local people, places and things.

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I wasn’t sure if it was a bear or a raccoon but we’re having unwanted nighttime visitors damaging our bird feeders. I’ve had large bears damage bird feeder before and there was no mistaking big bear damage.  The feeders were completely ripped apart and we were finding parts busted up a month…

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Once you’ve been to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) you count the days until you make it back. For some it’s the wilderness itself. It’s a place where you can find complete silence away from man made noises. It’s natures beauty and the reflections on the water and the joy of…

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Every 4th of July I make the same menu. 

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Knee-deep summer is upon us. 

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I admit it, I’ve been keeping a pretty big secret from you all. It may not be what you think. 

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Do great trainers make great dogs or do great dogs make great trainers? Is there such as a thing as a “Dog of a Lifetime?” I had one breeder tell me that all of his dogs are great because they come from a great line. But dogs of a lifetime? I once hunted with a guy who claimed he had the bes…

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June is a busy month. There’s pride month, Juneteenth and possibly most importantly in Wisconsin — dairy month. But unbeknownst to most of us, June is also invasive species month. 

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Remember when you were a kid and someone new moved in down the street? You were curious and couldn’t wait to meet them. If you were like me, you would walk past their house every hour until they stepped foot outside, then you yelled, “Hi!” 

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About 15 years ago Ron Jasperson took up paper and pencil and started to write about the Osceola High School Cross Country teams for the Osceola Sun.  Ron’s daughter was involved with running and no one was covering the sport.  In the spring of the same school year, the coaches asked if Ron …

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In my 47 years of dog training I’ve only trained a few pointers, actually winning a Pheasants Forever Fun Trial with a young English Setter. Here I am 40 years later training my own pointer, a 9 week old Small Munsterlander, (SM). I’ve never claimed to know it all regarding dogs but with all…

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The GROW Osceola volunteers and the Osceola Chamber and MainStreet would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many Osceola area people who donated generously to the GoFundMe flower campaign. 

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This column originally ran in July 2020, but is being printed again for Father’s Day 2021.

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My dog still thinks I’m trying to kill him.

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It’s transition time again as we head into summer and leave that cold wet spring behind. Most of the panfish have spawned except on a few lakes. The cold wet spring had panfish confused. We were motoring around with my trolling motor in the shallows trying to mark fish one day and come back …

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In 1939, when it looked as if Great Britain was going to be invaded or bombed by Nazi Germany, a public relations campaign was pondered. Millions of large posters reading “Keep Calm and Carry On” were printed, but never used. The phrase originated as a slogan in the spring before World War I…

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Mark Twain quipped, “All generalizations are false, including this one.” Teachers of Logic classes qualify it by noting all ‘sweeping generalizations’ are suspect. Columnist Lee Hamilton generalized, “We’re stronger as a country when more people vote.” From what follows in his article, I thi…

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Editor’s note:  As an outdoor writer I get many letters from readers. This column is an answer to an interesting one from an avid reader named Glyn, and its Memorial Day week.

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released their 2020 wildlife survey results on May 21. 

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What’s the definition of someone who is strong? Physical strength? Courage? Ability to persevere?

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I’m driving to Brookings, South Dakota to pick up a puppy. At age 70 I wondered why I’m getting a puppy. Then I heard that another young man aged 78 from Appleton is getting a puppy from the same breeder. I’m transporting his dog halfway to his home by bringing it to my place. My friends are…

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During the Minneapolis riots last year, there were two deaths contributed to the rioting and more than $500 million in property damage including a $30 million affordable housing project which was destroyed.

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Every morning, I feel like I am in training as a poisoner.