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Are all dogs descendants of wolves? When you look at a Toy Poodle, black Lab and a Great Dane you will more than likely walk away scratching your head. Others say they are descendants of the jackal while others contend that all dogs come from a cross between a wolf and a tiger. What makes it…

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According to Ben Franklin, change is inevitable. Nothing is certain but death and taxes. As a businessperson, I would also add there is no such thing as FREE money. However, my experience is limited to the private sector. 

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Bob Dylan was certainly right with these lyrics; change is inevitable. We all know that, but a lot of us (including myself) will try to fight it tooth and nail. Sometimes it’s a wanted change; sometimes it’s a terrible change. But, the cliché is true: change is the only constant in life. 

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Well here we go again! This not playing the National Anthem before girls basketball games is really getting old! Jan. 24, St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg {double header}.

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This year I will be cooking up something very different for Valentine’s Day—pheasant. In fact, I will be cooking wild game all weekend. I was invited back to the Wild Game Cooking Stage at the National Pheasants Forever Pheasant Fest taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center. I have …

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Last week, we visited about politics. I figured I would push the envelope a bit more this week to get some serious buzz from a controversial topic.

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February is birthday month at our house. Eight immediate family members, plus some close friends have birthdays. We try to condense some of the festivities and celebrate some together or we are celebrating birthdays twice a week. I call it the month of cakes.

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Donald Trump’s defense has centered around several issues.  1. He didn’t do anything wrong.  2.  Impeachment is trying to cancel out the will of the people.  3. The opposition to this president began at the moment of his election so people are out to get him.   4.  Those who favor impeachmen…

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I’m looking to change my game of dogs from flusher/retriever breeds to pointers. I’ve got all kinds of friends who have also gotten into various pointing breeds as they have gotten older, for the same reasons as I. Most seem to have found what they wanted, with a few exceptions. That excepti…

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I am writing to say how proud I am to live in the Osceola school district. I attended the Gender Identity program presented at the Osceola High School on January 15. The student led inclusion group did a good job organizing and leading the program. Dr. Todd Savage from the University of WI, …

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Thank you to Osceola High School students, Osceola Medical Center and the Osceola Police Department for sponsoring the Transgender Educational Event at Osceola High School in January. Hopefully with more awareness and acceptance we can reduce the number of children who commit suicide, become…

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If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you are holding a physical copy of the paper, but we are in 2020 after all. You could potentially be reading this on a computer screen, or more advanced yet, a smartphone. Not long ago this would be unimaginable, but now technology is on a non-stop co…

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The first votes in the nomination process that will determine the names on the ballot for the presidential election in November happened this week.

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How can anyone swear, before God and man, to be an impartial juror in the impeachment trial of Trump, but not want to hear from John Bolton, Mark Mulvaney and at least 80 others who have first hand-knowledge of related to the phone calls Between Trump and Ukrainian President Bloldymr Zelensk…

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Professor Todd Savage recently gave a nice presentation on Transgenderism at Osceola High School.  More should have been there. There were several takeaways worth examining. Firstly, society is changing its attitudes and laws about LGBT. Another is the transition from fact-based science to m…

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Last week the food editor at Bon Appetite wrote that she did not want Shepherd’s pie; she wanted persimmons. I was feeling all confident and smug about what I was going to write about this week, until I read that.

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I would like to thank the Osceola Area Chamber & MainStreet for initiating the lighting for downtown Osceola.  During the holidays I drove through several small towns and Osceola was by far the most beautiful and inviting. The buildings and the trees sparkled in the night and definitely …

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Wisconsin’s Annual Thanksgiving Week Deer Hunt has a history in the Badger State as solid as Mount Rushmore. This history is an amazing story built on emotions and biology as well as relationships with residents who love the animal and also love to hunt them. But as time has changed, so has …

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Washington, D.C. doesn’t need another politician. Our representatives need to have one thing in mind: service. In the race to replace Sean Duffy in Wisconsin’s Seventh Congressional District, there is only one candidate who puts country before their career interests. That man is Jason Church. 

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Basketball fan or not, you would be hard pressed to find someone who hadn’t heard the tragic news of Lakers all-star Kobe Bryant’s death on Sunday. What’s more tragic is the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Both were involved in a terrible crash in Bryant’s private helicopter in Cal…

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The below zero temps are putting me over the edge. I was enjoying the winter and getting used to the cold. Then, BAM, the “It hurts to be outside,” weather arrived in full force.

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The Open Cupboard fulfilled its mission in 2019, which is to provide the community with guidance and supportive services for those in need, including food, clothing, household items, school supplies, winter gear, and other needed essentials. We were able to do this because of the support fro…

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Ribs, bacon, barbeque, turkey, duck, pheasant, salmon, trout and even cheeses make up some of the best things to eat when smoked properly. Generally expensive or hard to find, the best smoked foods will leave a fantastic taste in your mouth. I’ve been noticing many high-end restaurants and h…

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In May, Mr. Wellumson took issue with my April letter, 2018 Federal Tax Spending. All figures can be verified by Congressional Budget Office and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. CEO salaries are from company’s annual reports and news outlets with investigative reporters. No alternativ…

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I think it’s funny how a pastime for one person can be another’s passion in life. A few days ago, I drove out onto a lake and parked my car. I piled up nearly 100 pounds of gear onto a sled and dragged it out to the spot where I planned to set up for the night to target walleye. By the time …

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Well, we are on the back side of January now. February and Ground Hog’s Day are coming up, the days are getting longer and we can now dare to dream of spring.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) is just around the corner. Don’t let the day pass to celebrate the life of a man committed to civil rights and peace by baking his favorite food: Pecan Pie. King’s birthday is January 15 and MLK Day is always the third Monday of January. This year MLK Day…

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I recently spoke with Editor Matt Anderson about the Sun’s new policy rejecting letters that promote or criticize a candidate for office and says (quoting Matt) “vote for XXX” or “don’t vote for ZZZ”, or a letter which asks voters to support or reject a ballot measure (e.g., a referendum).  …

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The parking lot at the lake was full when we arrived, chasing a hot rumor that fish were biting.  The other side of that coin reads, “You should have been here yesterday.”  I believe in the adage, “When the wind is from the east, the fish bite the least,” or “When the wind is from the north,…

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I love the feeling of being all cozy during winterIt’s called Hygge. 

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I didn’t expect to see this small hawk fly across a double highway in small town but my eyes were immediately drawn toward it. Its wings were alternatively flapping and gliding like so many others of the same genus, but what was it doing in town? I figured that out when it approached the Qui…

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 Please don’t lie to us, we can certainly see you’re a liberal if you’re listening to Public Radio and vilifying Trump supporters for booing the “Media.”

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My wife, Allison, and I have been blessed to call Osceola home for over two years now. Prior to moving here I had played a high school playoff football game in Osceola in 2008. The Hayward/LCO Hurricanes vs Osceola Chieftains. One thing I recall about that game was the Osceola Cheerleaders c…

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If you’re anything like me, you may have dropped a New Year’s resolution or two in your lifetime. You might say you plan to lose 50 pounds, or you might claim that this is the year you’re going to get that promotion; unfortunately, things don’t often pan out that way for most. 

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If you’re anything like me, you may have dropped a New Year’s resolution or two in your lifetime. You might say you plan to lose 50 pounds, or you might claim that this is the year you’re going to get that promotion; unfortunately, things don’t often pan out that way for most. 

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Happy 2020 to you all! Have you stopped writing 2019 on checks (if you still write those) and other documents? It always takes me a while to catch up with the new year.

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Every year, I try to make a guess at new food trends. This year I’m having trouble.

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We wanted a fresh fish Christmas dinner. After a Christmas Eve dinner of heavy ham and all the fixings, including too many sweets and then a Christmas breakfast the next morning that was heavier than a boat anchor, my wife Nancee’ and I decided to check out a local lake for panfish since the…

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“Boy, that’s a lot of media,” said Donald Trump at a recent rally in Minneapolis, looking to the press gallery. The crowd instantly erupted in a collective “boo” without another word being said. “They are so dishonest, and frankly, they are so bad for our country,” he continued.

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Did you have a good Christmas? Were you able to spend some time with friends and family? Did you survive the umpteenth retelling of that embarrassing story from your childhood?

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For as long as I can remember we have celebrated New Year’s Eve with chocolate. 

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The best thing about dogs is that they start out as puppies. Full of energy, cuter than just about anything on the planet that put smiles on faces and leave laughs echoing through the air. The worst thing about dogs is that their life span is way too short.  Right now I have both sides of th…