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It’s the start of the season and I’m excited! First because baseball is back! That opening day win in Milwaukee over the Twins. What a story! Trailing the entire game until tying it up in the bottom of the 9th and then winning it in walk off fashion in the bottom of the 10th with players tha…

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The letter came in the mail a few weeks ago from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. 

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I hope you had a good Easter and were able to gather with family, either in person or virtually.

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Though the COVID-19 pandemic has had immeasurable impacts on nearly every aspect of our daily lives, Wisconsin’s public libraries have risen to the challenge and re-emphasized the critical role they have in our communities.

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MeatEater, deity of the outdoor world, published an article this week criticizing hunter recruitment efforts. 

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I’m excited about April. My new pointing puppy, a Small Munsterlander is expected April fool’s Day. I’ve got my spring turkey permits and roots plants can go in the ground mid month. Spring bird songs are tuning up and some early migrants are back. Dandelions will be popping too and some of …

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When I graduated high school, there was about 99.9 percent of me that wanted to get out of my hometown, because I wanted to see what the rest of world was like. I’ve always said it was a town, in which you went to school there, left for college, but found your way back there to raise your fa…

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It’s really, really easy to pick on the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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Dad and I used to fish for bluegill at a place called Bob McNew’s Pond, which sounds like something Garrison Keillor would say. 

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Last week, The Sun featured an article on the decade long effort to make Polk County and surrounding areas a National Heritage Area (NHA). The push is coming from many well-funded non-profits based in Minnesota that wish to protect the St. Croix River...forever. While this is a worthwhile go…

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 Murky waters mean more cover for Deep State activity. That is what the recent column “Restoring America’s Leadership” does. Please look up any columnist Lee Hamilton’s biography to show his D.C. Elitist credentials. Having spent 35 years in Congress as a Democrat, and then using the rest of…

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I was logged on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website at 10:01 AM to purchase a leftover spring turkey tag that began at 10:00. I found myself in line electronically behind 2,286 other people in the virtual line. With over 4000 leftover tags I felt pretty good. My son Josh an…

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In two weeks, the Town of Osceola will vote for the first time, four Town Board Supervisors and one Town Board Chairman. 

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Everyone loves an underdog and for those who are into sports, there’s no better example of an underdog than March Madness or the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

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I want to go on record as endorsing Pete Wolf for Osceola Town Supervisor. Pete has the experience from his business career to help bring a structure and a long-term strategy to the board. Pete has overseen large manufacturing operations for over 17 years. I have worked with Pete on several …

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The COVID-19 global pandemic has extracted its toll on many fronts – socially, emotionally, professionally, financially - and many more.

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A disclaimer before we begin. Regular readers of this column know I am a fan of science fiction and movies. I also like to find rather obscure news stories to discuss with you. 

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Everything I can say about dogs has already been said. 

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I’ve been hunting behind retrievers and flushers I have raised, bred and sold for 50 years but last year I hung it up.  Two years ago I started a search for my new dog, a pointer and I made my selection at Pheasant Fest last year after talking with Dean Rasmussen of Clark, South Dakota. His …

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As a member of the League of Women Voters of the Upper St. Croix Valley, I encourage citizens to participate in the Spring Election on April 6.  Jill Underly and Deborah Kerr, both nonpartisan, will be running for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Issues include Co…

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This week's card winners were Marlene Minke, Mike Kurela, Mary Lou Curtis, and Betty Wilson had the nine-bid. Congrats to all! Thanks to those who joined us to play and made a small donation to be part of the fun.

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These past seven days have had several notable occasions, some of which are cause for celebrations, while others are far from that. 

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A tinge of anticipation starts to arise as the winter lull wanes in early March. 

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I’m writing to encourage you to vote no on the “Fair Map” referendum and leave redistricting in the hands of elected officials. I’m sure you are now thinking how can you be against a” Fair Map” and I’m not. My problem is how do you judge a fair map is like beauty in the eye of the beholder. …

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If you were to put the proverbial gun to my head and ask me to choose my favorite actors, Morgan Freeman would probably be in the top three. 

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If it seems to you like campaigns for national political office never seem to end, you’re not alone. I think for at least 20 years now, the people in power haven’t switched from campaign mode to governing mode, where the parties work for the betterment of everyone.

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My attention was recently directed to the subject of gerrymandering. Amused because the word sounds a bit like salamander, and the districts that its shape resembles sounds like the amphibian its name  resembles. However, I came to see it as a serious situation that hampers the fairness of o…

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You’d think that with all the cold weather we had in February that we’d have good ice to drive on lakes until the 4th of July.  I get excited about late season ice fishing, warm sunshine, fish go on feeding binges. I wasn’t able to get out on the ice that much this winter but I was out with …

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The Peacock streaming service has given us middle-agers an opportunity to relive a wonderful part of our past: Every season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. 

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A high-speed police chase that started in Blaine and ended just south of Braham concluded with shots being fired by both the suspect and law enforcement, resulting in an Anoka K-9 officer being wounded and one of the two suspects being declared dead at the scene. Another officer, from an unk…

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If you believe the hype, it appears the war about digital privacy is heating up.

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In 1789, the Acts of the First Session of the Congress required all bills, orders, resolutions and congressional votes be published in at least three publicly available newspapers. The purpose of public notice is to display information in places where the public is likely to come into notice. 

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Believe it or not, not everyone likes to recreate four start Micheline restaurant dinners.

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Weather forecasting is not a perfect science. Today it’s all about complicated mathematical expressions as part of a process called numerical forecasting. Meteorologists use barometric pressure, Doppler radar that monitors the movement of fronts, instruments attached to ships, airplanes, buo…

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Like so many others, I’m lying low during this pandemic/polar vortex collaboration. While cooped up Thursday the 11th, I thought I’d listen to the County Executive Committee meeting that morning. While listening, there were a few items that struck me as needing clarification. I thought, sinc…

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There have been advertisements running in the The Sun and Country Messenger over the last few weeks featuring Mr. Rogers with the headline ‘Make America Kind Again’ and now with Abraham Lincoln with the line ‘Make America Honest Again.’ 

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The Wisconsin legislature is in session and it’s once again time to keep an eye on what lawmakers (and special interests) want to change in the lawbooks.