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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment…

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I have been thinking about the idea of “fake news.”  This is a term used by our fake president when he hears or reads something he doesn’t agree with.  He uses this term because he does not appear to have the ability or intelligence to reply with a reasoned argument.

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I’ve never been a huge fan of heavy desserts in the summer. Even as a little girl, I’d pass on cakes and anything warm like pie. My idea of a perfect summer dessert is a bowl of freshly picked raspberries. And, I don’t like to share! Try telling that to four teenage boys.

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George Orwell wrote, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” This letter contrasts what the Polk County Fair booths featured by the Democrat Party and the Republican Party. The Republicans’ largest signs listed the accomplishments of our current Wisconsin governor …

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Take Iron County, for example, that listed options I wanted including camping and waterfalls. Some of those sites showed single, remote campsites on the waterfalls while other county sites listed the few county parks and their amenities. 

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Have slugs infested your gardens? It is the time of year when slugs (those slimy worm-like things that eat everything in sight) thrive in the gardens. Slugs will eat almost any vegetation. They live in high moisture environments, especially under pots, rocks, boards, mulch and deep vegetatio…

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The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway has been a part of thousands of families’ lives across the St. Croix Valley and the Twin Cities Metro. The fully-restored vintage trains have brought families from all over the world to the small town of Osceola, Wisconsin to not just view history, …

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In 2003, I was contacted by Ms. Debbie Peterson director of Polk County Parks and Trails.  Ms. Peterson asked for my assistance in securing an abandoned railroad bed from Amery to Dresser for recreational purposes.  This railroad bed tied into the Cattail Trail near Amery, a very popular mul…

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Goodbyes are often difficult. Saying goodbye to a parent for the rest of your life is especially so. 

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The summer seems to be slipping away.

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I love camping and got to go last week. It doesn’t get any better than crawling out of your tent or camper on a crisp summer morning to the sounds of birds, the smell of coffee brewing, and a warm campfire. 

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We’re looking for something the size of your pinky fingernail in a 6,483 acre state property in Northwestern Wisconsin. If there was only one I’d have been worried but since there are supposed to be thousands, I’m excited and so is my wife Nancee. She’s a big city girl not used to spending a…

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It is that time in the growing season when we sometimes see major issues with tomatoes.  There are numerous causes of problems with tomatoes. Here is some information on a few of the more common issues.

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I have a confession to make – I’m hooked on the Great British Baking Show and I’m OK with the world knowing.

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Last column I discussed critters getting into our plants, but this time we are going to discuss plant diseases. Numerous diseases can cause damage to flowers and vegies. Some of these diseases can destroy our plants and others will cause them to just look ugly. 

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Some pasta was tucked back in the bottom of the kitchen drawer. I’d been searching for something to feed a couple of hungry teenagers. They were ready to cook a frozen pizza. The pressure was on.  I couldn’t bear the thought of eating another frozen pizza, emergency or not. 

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It is no secret that I love this town and I am proud to call it my home, raise my children here and run a business in this beautiful community. I am however ashamed to say that I do not take advantage of all of the great attractions that we have to offer...until NOW. Twice now I have experie…

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It’s that time of year when, if you’re a hunter, your thoughts change from fishing to hunting. The early teal and goose seasons are recent changes. That’s the good news, but the other shoe has fallen and that other conversation is centered on ruffed grouse and West Nile Virus.

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In response to the recently published Osceola School District Survey results:

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Here come the primaries leading up to the midterm elections. Aside from the typical election day work of getting to a ballot box, primary voters have the additional challenge of researching what can be a long list of candidates. The task can be tedious. 

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If you needed any proof that summer had arrived, the weather of last week should have convinced any doubting Thomases that it is here.

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I was quite surprised at the July 2018 Polk Co Public Safety / Highway Committee meeting on July 3. According to the agenda there was going to be a discussion about meth issues in Polk Co. I attended the county meeting and was able to give a three minute public comment about my concerns of m…

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I have not been myself lately. My father, Pops, passed away a couple weeks ago, and it seems like everywhere I go or everything I do reminds me of him. I miss his crazy attitude and fun disposition, but most of all I miss eating pizza with him. If it weren’t for him, you wouldn’t be reading …

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I have known and worked with Brent Waak for almost 30 years in my capacities as Polk County District Attorney and then defense attorney. His commitment to the people of Polk County and the Law Enforcement Community has never wavered. His calm leadership, both in daily operations and in times…

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It’s an old adage, but true. Some people go fishing and some people catch fish. Ben Elfelt is one who catches fish. That’s why his guiding business, Prime Time Guide Service LLC, is a rocking success. I first met Ben when he was working at Gander Mountain in Forest Lake where he spent a majo…

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Most of us probably end up being so tired and turned off that we look forward to the election simply so that the ads, the name calling, labeling and outright lies will be over for a while. We may even withdraw to the extent that we let some pretty decent, proven leaders (although some being …

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So, Governor Walker is giving a tax rebate to families with dependent children of $100 per child. He is doing this because there is a $400 million surplus in the state budget. The reason there is a surplus in the state budget is because Walker’s regime has cut services in a variety of areas …

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Following a small family gathering last weekend, my brother-in-law sent me a photo of a woman and three small children rowing across a lake. It looked fabulously idyllic. 

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I hope your summer is going well. As is the case with nearly every good thing in life, it slipping by far too quickly.

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I am against getting rid of the docks because there is no charge to use them or the landing and it is useful just the way it is. The thing that bothers me is the parking. Seems to me that it is the real problem. How can someone put in paid parking in an area where it infringes on the right o…

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I like to encourage you to enjoy your gardens, but there are some early summer chores that still need to be done. 

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I’ve always been fascinated with sailing. Images of large white sails set to capture the wind powering large ships through rough seas quickly and silently with the wind at your back was something I always wanted to do. You see them occasionally on our lakes but more on the bigger bodies of w…

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“Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed, hope has to be maintained,” entreated Seamus Heaney. Those that have watched a loved one slowly slip away from an incurable condition can connect to that.

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The little league baseball season is winding down, following a frenzy of games during the month of June. Hats off to the volunteer coaches, parents and players, all who put in a great deal of time and effort during this season. 

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How do you pick a puppy out of a litter of cute? I get that question a lot since I’ve been raising, breeding and training dogs professionally for over 40 years. As simple as the question is, the answer is complicated. All puppies are different and all have their own personalities. Look at an…

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The Fourth of July is looming large on the horizon, the traditional half way mark of summer. I’ve got a couple questions. Have you had an opportunity to enjoy some time off? And where did June go?