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Greetings from what still feels to me like a foreign state, knowing it’s my second-to-last deadline at the paper. Since announcing my departure last week many readers have been offering well wishes, for which I’m very grateful. (Those who have nothing nice to say have said nothing at all, fo…

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It began for me a few weeks ago as a tickle in my throat, caused by sinus drainage. By the time I realized that my old friend ragweed had come to call, I was nursing a sore throat. After a full court press of allergy medicine, sinus rinsing, nasal spray and some vitamin C drops, I was no lon…

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 Is there anything better after a long week than a hunk of delicious cheese and a glass of wine? I’m trying hard not to say, “I love cheese,” but I can’t help myself.

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The American Library Association (ALA) and the St. Croix Falls Library (SCF) will celebrate Banned Books Week starting September 22. Is the purpose to promote freedom of expression, or is it to push another agenda? See https://bannedbooksweek.org.

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That first pair of blue winged teal came in fast and low on the opening day of the early season. It took a moment to make that positive identification before we were able to shoot and that was all it took. Cutting in low and fast they were in and out before we could get off a good clean shot…

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Now is the time of year when our gardens are starting to come to their natural end. The air is crisp and it is pleasant to be outside. 

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After many years of looking forward to reading articles about the sports our kids and grandkids have been involved in, we were so very pleased to see the Chieftainettes and cheerleaders featured in the Sept. 4 issue. They also work hard to achieve their fine performances for us fans and we s…

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We attended the Osceola Parade on Sunday, and WOW!  It was absolutely awesome this year...always good...but over-the-top this year. 

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When I started as editor of the Sun and Country Messenger I thought I might stay until I was very old. 

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I am writing to bring attention to all Wisconsin residents and ask for support of the compassionate bill, that would have allowed terminally ill patients to request life-ending medication.

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Three weeks ago my brother Richard called to tell me his orioles had left. I noticed mine disappeared from the feeder August 21.  I’m experiencing much quieter mornings without the bird songs of summer.  Now it looks like the grosbeaks have flown the coop too, taking their song south! So, wh…

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Well, the man who acts as if he were a President has put his foot in his mouth again. His useless response to one of America’s great agonies is to focus on mental health as a way to prevent mass shootings. This is a slap in the face of people who struggle with mental illness. And, it is a wa…

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I hope you had a great Labor Day holiday. I am left pondering where the summer went because it took so long to get here this year.

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President Trump had been pressuring Federal Reserve (Fed) to lower the benchmark interest rate for over 1 year. July they did by .25% and is considering another .25% in September. Now Trump is pressuring for a 1% decrease to 1.25%. Trump’s is considering cutting payroll taxes, which is fundi…

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My garden has gone nuts this year. I’ve got broccoli heads the size of basketballs and sweet corn higher than I can reach. Yellow beans, zukes, onions, greens and squash are fighting the annual battle of weeds vs. veggies and winning! I have a fight with weeds every year. I lost the last bat…

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I appreciated Kyle Weaver’s letter critiquing my earlier letter about the processes leading up the permitting approval and operation of the expanded mine.  It was well written.

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A couple weeks ago I interviewed two women whose friendship itself has become something rare. They identify with different political parties. 

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“Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face.” — General Jack D. Ripper, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

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The Kinnickinnic River, called the Kinni by those who know and love it, flows through gently rolling hills and farmlands of St. Croix County and the City of River Falls where two dams block the river’s flow. Once through the city the Kinni passes through a protected pristine river valley to …

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Dave Anderson wrote last week that “there is enough blame for nearly all of us” regarding the Farmington mine. I agree. However, he has parceled out the servings of blame in ways I wouldn’t have. For one, without doing the research, I would hazard a guess that the Farmington Town Board did, …

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Have you heard of friendship bread? It’s a yummy bread that makes so much you have to share it. 

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The recent tragedies that have occurred are the byproduct of the hateful, fear mongering president we currently have. The shooter in El Paso even quoted myriad comments from Trump and Fox in his screed before he killed more than 20 people in cold blood, one mother while trying to protect her…

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Last week brought a ‘Times in Which We Live’ presentation by Jeff Kinley to the St. Croix Falls Library. Titled ‘The Death of America,’ he raised concerns about our country’s losing its spiritual moorings and its moral values. Sadly, this does not seem to bother people today.

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Are you soaking up what remains of summer? Every year, it seems, I find myself wondering in mid August how it’s all gone by so fast.

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The way we communicate with each other is constantly changing. With advances in technology, it seems as if our machines are somehow reading our minds and presenting advertisements for products or services that we have been thinking about.

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The big rod doubled over, the drag screamed as the 10 year old’s arms strained against the power of fins and muscle. Without warning the big fish erupted from the water heading into the sky twisting and turning until reentry, vanishing into the deep. I could see Brady’s eyes enlarge when he …

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North 40 Resources, the company operating the former Rybak sand and gravel pit (now also a frac sand mine) and the Board of the Town of Farmington who issued the permit for the current operations are the “villains,” that is, if we’re out to name some.  However there is enough blame for nearl…

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Last week, my brother and family visited. He has two adorable little boys. It was so fun having little ones around. They see the world in fresh new ways. Everything is fun. 

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Last Tuesday I contacted Congressman Sean Duffy’s office and asked his aide if the congressman issued a statement regarding Donald Trump’s early Sunday morning tweet regarding the four congresswomen, you know, the one where he said “they should go back to their country.”  The aide informed m…

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They say to choose your battles wisely. The same could be said about fishing. I hear so many people say how they struggle catching fish this time of year and in most cases it’s true, but it needn’t be. The people who struggle in August do so because they fish now like they did in May. It cou…

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In the July 17 issue, Mr. Wellumson sought to discredit me, and the non-partisan League of Women voters, with wild and erroneous falsehoods.  I would like to correct a few of his many deceptions.

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From my last Letter, I tried to be not too critical of those storming the Town of Farmington board meeting regarding a quarry. Apparently I’ll have to be a little blunter on the subject for recent area arrival, Mr. Forecki. 

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Suzanne Lindgren, in her essay on “if you don’t love it, leave it” makes a good point in encouraging us to listen to each other. There is another way to look at this.

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Growing up in the 1970s as part of a large family there were three times during the year when I could get candy: Easter, Christmas and Halloween.

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Today we are going to discuss plant diseases and insects. There are numerous diseases and insects that can cause damage to flowers and vegies.  Some of these insects and diseases can destroy our plants and others will cause them to just look ugly.