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It takes me a while after Christmas to want to bake any kind of cookie. Sticks of carrots and celery my new snack favs until I’ve forgotten the number of calories I consumed over the holidays. 

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Last week, I learned that our State Representative Gae Magnafici put her signature on a Jan. 5 letter to Vice President Pence that questions the legitimacy of the Wisconsin November election.  Her signature and support of this attack on Wisconsin’s election system is outrageous.

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The extended hoarfrost we have just seemingly ended is unprecedented in my lifetime of 70 years. The extent and longevity and beauty have been extraordinary. Every morning was a postcard morning and it was warm compared to what January’s are normally like. The best day was the second day whe…

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I have been a homeowner and taxpayer in the same location for over 26 years. My property abuts the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (SSLST). I have enjoyed the peace and quiet that comes with a quiet-sports trail. But the county, and chairman Chris Nelson in particular, have been relentless in…

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Let me say this first. I don’t know if the following will happen, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit, if it does. 

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Wisconsin Governor Evers’ recent Task Force on Climate Change Report (https://climatechange.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx) includes a recommendation to “avoid all new fossil fuel infrastructure” including fracked gas power plants. In spite of this, Wisconsin’s Dairyland Power Cooperative is still m…

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As with everyone else, in the current COVID environment, we at The Open Cupboard have gone through many required changes to continue providing food to those in need. Through all these changes, you, the community has made a huge difference with your donations and we cannot express enough appr…

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By this time next week, we will know the two football teams that are headed to the Super Bowl. This is the time of year every professional football fan lives for as the best of the best teams match up to play for the title.

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 Dale Carnegie advised, “Pay less attention to what men say. Just watch what they do.” That is uncommon in today’s murky fog of political correctness. In a recent Sun letter, David Anderson rates a leader’s worth by comments made instead of accomplishments. The left-leaning mainline media no…

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Last week’s column was putting 2020 to bed so it makes sense that this week’s column will be looking ahead to 2021. Staying away from politics but still aware of the Corona virus I’ve already witnessed an increase of ice fishing pressure on area lakes which is simply a fun way to practice so…

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Rural votes don’t count.  “The closer you get to the tallest buildings the more one-sided they vote.” was once said and there is a lot of truth to it.  Looking at most states including Wisconsin you will see cities control the elections.  Thankfully our founding fathers saw this and institut…

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Thanks to The Sun for covering Polk County board meetings, especially when it comes to spot rezoning for out-of-state owner Michael Gray to open a party barn in a Town of Osceola residential neighborhood. The conditional use permit is before the Town of Osceola Jan. 12. It will be heard at t…

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We  recently purchased a Nintendo Switch and the decision was made this weekend to finally tap into the online benefits it offers. 

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About three year ago our County Administrator proposed a four person central government, that totally eliminated the Ag Committee and shifted the Lime Quarry operation to the Highway Dept. The County Administrator is now trying to complete the sale of the Lime Quarry operation and property.

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Well, we are just about half way through January, the darkest and most depressing month of the year, in my opinion.

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You are likely overpaying for financial services that will damper the quality of your financial health. I have spent the last decade studying finance and working on Wall Street or for its regulators. During this time, I realized that: (1) the wealthy get much better financial advice than eve…

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Looking back and looking ahead is what we do this time of year. I’m keeping this positive because we all have to deal with the negatives that have rang a loud bell that is echoing around the world this very moment. With that said I’m heading out on the ice January 1 to fish with my brother, …

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December’s holidays were marked with the return of movie favorites on cable TV. The sci-fi classic, Back to the Future, was enjoyed one more time.

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One of my favorite quotes is from Woody Allen:  “80% of success is showing up.” In my 30 years of supervisory experience in a variety of occupations, the few people who did not succeed did not show up and had to be fired after at least a few discussions and warnings. This meant they didn’t t…

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I truly appreciated The Sun / Amery Free Press coverage of the Polk County Board of Supervisors Meeting held on Dec. 15. 

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Jon McCorckle is The Fish Whisperer; when Jon talk’s people listen.  Here are his words of wisdom from 72 years of Corky always catching the first, the most and the biggest for the New Year!

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After reading the Sun article “Tempers Flare over Zoning Issue” I’m really concerned about County Board Chair Chris Nelson’s behavior and treatment of the other elected Supervisors.  It seems like a possible conflict of interest or bias regarding the property at issue.  Why not simply abstai…

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I spent many nights at my grandma and grandpa’s house (like I referenced in this space last week) and when the time came for her favorite television shows, she had control of the remote. 

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If money solves education problems, why does the USA spend more per student for public education -- lookup (How much countries around the world spend on education - Insider) and get comparatively lower returns by way of achievement tests than most other countries? Growing up, teachers were u…

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For 20 years or more, Democrats have been fighting against voter ID laws and requirements.  Their claimed intent was that not a single person should be discouraged from voting regarding voter ID requirements.

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According to a new memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Wisconsin’s public schools would pay a hefty price if the COVID “relief” proposals Rep. Magnafici is promoting become law. Teaching remotely for at least half of the school year would trigger a retroactive fiscal penalty…

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If you grew up hunting whitetails in Wisconsin you more than likely thought about hunting elk in the Rockies. Too many people, including me put it on our bucket list for various reasons. Steve Mueller of Osceola didn’t. Steve had a friend who hunted elk, Brian Schanche, who took him and ment…

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I was dismayed to learn that, at the Nov. 10, 2020, budget meeting, our County Board of Supervisors voted to eliminate Polk County’s 0.25 FTE portion of the UW-Extension’s horticulturist, a $10, 583 cost (about 24 cents per resident). Viewing that meeting and the Sept. 10 General Government …

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I am all about simple and fast meals. I don’t have a lot of time during the week to cook. 

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Well, Christmas is knocking on our doors. I hope you are ready and are able to spend time with friends and family, which is the best gift one can receive. Throughout my newspaper career, I have run the following editorial, the most famous newspaper editorial of all time, reprinted here becau…

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Early ice is always fun, exciting and dangerous at the same time. Often called black ice because of its clearness it lets you look down into the water and get a bird’s eye view of everything happening below. You’ll see sand, rocks, logs, weeds both dead and alive and fish both dead and alive…

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I’ll be the first to admit I have a certain set of shows I like to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ or ESPN+. I know we don’t have all the streaming services available, but we probably will. 

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During the week I don’t want to spend my time sweating over a fancy multi pot dinner when I could be doing a million other things. December is a busy time of year.