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To prepare yourself with candidate information for the Nov. 6 election, I recommend the Vote411.org website maintained by the League of Women Voters.  This site has information about candidates for federal, state and regional seats. You simply enter your address and the candidates for whom y…

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I have been reading cookbooks the last few weeks because the cooler weather gets me all excited about cooking after a summer loaded with salads and grilling.

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Now that the end of the growing season is upon us, it is time for that final hooray for the garden until spring.  This column deals with those garden and lawn chores that should be done before we get another blast of pre-winter.

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I took my 10 year old step son Brady out into the deer woods on October 6 and 7 to be part of Wisconsin’s mentored Youth Deer Hunt. Initially the concept of a kid under the age of 12 walking around with a loaded deer rifle was a scary thought for some. I, on the other hand, looked at it as a…

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It is unfortunate for all of us that we have such a serious divide in our nation.  Many Democrats, especially those in Congress, still have not accepted the fact that Donald Trump is our President.  The anger and antics displayed by them is a sad portrait of their values.  It seems Democrats…

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First I think it is important to know that St. Croix Regional Medical Center is our hospital. If you are a corporate member then you can vote for or against the board members. So we have the say whether or not we build a new hospital. 

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Political candidates are advised to ignore nasty letters to the editor, but I am not going to remain silent about Terry Guanella’s letter filled with untruths and innuendos about me. I am a Democrat who is running for State Assembly. I am also the mother of a child who attends school in Polk…

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In the 1968 science fiction film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” a crew is traveling to Jupiter, aided by the most sophisticated computer ever made, the HAL 9000. Spoiler alert: During the course of the movie, forced to lie to the crew, HAL loses his “mind” and murders all but one member of the crew.

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Fall is a favorite time year for many people. The air smells of leaves and campfires. The color of the leaves on the trees is spectacular—my favorite is bright yellow. Walking through the forest on a cool afternoon can make anyone feel happy. 

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How can words begin to let you know how grateful I am to you for making sure that my recent Letter to the Editor regarding an important Lyme Support Group meeting was printed in a very timely manner.

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You would think that after 44 years that we would have it all down! I’d have to say that this year’s 44th Annual Duck Camp was a huge success. Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Outdoor columnist Paul Smith thinks it might just be the oldest running duck camp in the state. When we did that math we w…

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What has happened to our Country? After watching the Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment hearings I have to conclude that many good people will not seek public office in the future. Who would want to put their lives, family and reputation on the line while opponents shake the family tree until all…

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I feel Kim Butler is too liberal for the Osceola area but don’t take my word for it please check out my references.

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I would like to thank the Osceola Town Board for resisting the push to allow motors on the Stower Seven Lakes Trail. The surveys are true, we need MORE non-motorized trails, not less. I keep hearing that we all need to “share” the trail. I have yet to meet any ATV users who actually use the …

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Well, so much for autumnal ambiance. The leaves are brilliant, but the weather? Decidedly not so. All the drizzle has left little room for the anticipated fall vibes. And when I looked at the forecast for this week, I had to laugh. Rain, rain, rain, partly cloudy, followed by more rain.

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If it feels like our society is devolving back to ancient times when tribes banded together against hated enemies for survival, you are not alone. While this development is disturbing, there are signs of hope on the horizon, according to New York Times columnist and author David Brooks.

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Cinnamon is not a native Midwestern spice. In US Midwest, baking fall-inspired treats with sweet spices like cinnamon is common, but when I started thinking about it, it’s really quite unusual. 

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There is no other shooting sport that brings such a powerful passion that evolved from history and uses as much gear as duck hunting. I’m referring to small game here because only historic big game hunting can surpass water fowling. From the early market hunters, through the greatest water f…

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My family and I regularly use the Stower Seven Lakes Trail for hiking, skiing and winter fat biking and summer biking. Some have been pushing to open the trail for motorized use. While passing a hiker or biker on an ATV or skier or biker on a snowmobile may seem like a nonevent to the person…

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Some call it Projection; others label it Transference. In any case it is the tagging others for their own similar faults. Jenny Six recently wrote the Sun about the “…nationalist, authoritarian, hate machine currently in office.” 

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“Journalism matters. Now more than ever.” That’s the theme of the 78th annual National Newspaper Week. 

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The first week of October is traditionally designated as National Newspaper Week, a time for newspapers to celebrate the impact they have in their communities.

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Some of my family’s favorite memories were made at the apple orchard, although our parents never took us to pick apples at an orchard. When apples were in season, it was the only fruit dessert we ate at our house. I grew up eating “anything” apple. We’d make apple pie, apple tart, apple crum…

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I’m watching the continuous onslaught of negative comments concerning candidates for the upcoming election paid for by the GOP. I’m astounded that they called one guy a tax-and-spend liberal. This from a party who has increased our national debt by a whopping $1.5 trillion dollars. 

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Each of us has memories that involve a variety of “First Time” experiences that will always be a part of us. Since you’re reading an outdoor column I’m probably correct to assume that a few of those first time memories center around a first fish, a first hunt, a first buck, a first trip to C…

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We have some pretty exciting news to share with all of you. Our area Lyme Support Group will be once again hosting Rebecca Keith, Family Nurse Practitioner for our final meeting of the year the fourth Thursday of this month, September 27!

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Ever feel like a tortoise in a world full of hares?

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“Will you still need me, will you still feed me

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This year The Open Cupboard helped 57 school age children with school supplies. They all received a back pack if needed and every item on their grade list. Many also received new gym shoes which were available through a generous donation.

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Eye-catching photos of recipes can fool you if you don’t also look closely at the ingredient list. 

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It was one of those nights fishing that makes memories, especially when it involves a 190 pound sucker and a slightly smaller musky! I usually put my fishing gear away August 31 because September 1 marks the beginning of some of my favorite hunting seasons, but it was way too hot to hunt. So…

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To the residents of Osceola, Polk County and effected users of the Stower Sevens and Cattail trails, it has been brought to my attention that I made a mistake at the September Osceola town board meeting.  I stated that I had signed a letter of recommendation for a board member to the sub-com…

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I get asked the same questions when people find out I write about food.  By far the most popular is, “What are you cooking for dinner tonight?” And “What is your favorite food?” Or interesting questions, such as“What is the weirdest food you’ve eaten? (answer: Cured Jellyfish)” Or, “If you w…

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In the August 29 edition of The Sun, the Republican candidate for the District 28 state Assembly seat notes that “Across the river, healthcare is affordable and plentiful while here in Burnett, Polk and St. Croix counties we are struggling,” and that “Funding our schools […] is extremely imp…

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There are days when I think teal are afraid of heights. They come in low, barely above the cattails cutting left then right and banking so fast over the decoys that you barely see them let alone get off a shot. If there aren’t two duck hunters in the same blind you seldom see them coming. It…