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I have enjoyed watching videos on Instagram and YouTube of people decorating cakes. It’s so satisfying watching someone else decorate a gourmet cake in seconds. 

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The population of Western Wisconsin has been exploding for some time now. St. Croix County is the fastest growing county in Wisconsin with a population growth rate of 36%. Other counties growing fast are 4th place Chippewa at 14%, 11th Pierce 12%, while Polk County is growing at 6% rate. Goo…

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When talking to Bradley Lutz last week about him being the new Osceola Village Trustee in replacing Tim Anderson, there was one thing which surprised him. 

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I never met Bob Bender, but I can picture him. 

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Sept. 1 has come and gone and with it the beginning of Wisconsin’s 2020 fall hunting season starting with dove and the annual early goose and teal seasons. For most of the nation south of the Mason/Dixon Line the opening of dove season is a major event, akin to deer season up here in the nor…

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Being stuck at home like the rest of the world over these last few months has allowed our family to catch up on TV or movies, which we didn’t see when they were first aired. 

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Sept. 2 marked the 75th anniversary of the official end of World War II. Representatives of the Japanese government signed the instrument of surrender, ending one of the most tumultuous times of the 20th century.

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Are you loving the cooler weather? I am. My house doesn’t feel like a sauna when I turn the oven on. I can bake again. Yippie.

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By the time this column runs, early teal and goose season will be open. 

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Like everything else in this world, different holidays can mean different things to many people. When I think of Labor Day, it’s easy to go back to when I was a child, knowing it was the last day of summer, the final day of the Minnesota State Fair and school starting the following day (at l…

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I do not like messes. In a perfect world, I’d like everything clean and organized. But, having a busy husband, four kids (with significant others), a dog, and a naughty cat, makes it impossible to keep the house clean. 

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The sun was just rising as we crossed the Platte River, a 1050 mile stretch of water that runs across Nebraska before branching into Colorado and Montana then draining into the Missouri River. Here names like Omaha, Kearney and Ogallala remind you that this was and still is cowboy country. P…

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Every night before I go to sleep, if it’s cool enough, I open the forehead-to-shin length window next to our bed. And every night, without fail, as soon as I open the window the dogs jump off the bed where they’ve been sleeping for the last two hours and spend a couple minutes with their nos…

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I was asked a couple of months ago what would be five songs that sample your music tastes as well any comments about them. 

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Autumn will soon be here. The signs of its arrival are all around us: shorter days, cooler evenings, dewy mornings, schools resuming classes and a general, barely discernible change in the air.

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I have vivid memories of playing on the Microsoft Word processor on our big, family computer with the cathode-ray tube monitor and feeling quite at home.

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Peaches are my favorite fruit to cook with. They don’t lose their flavor like some fruit when cooked. The flavor is more pronounced when peaches are cooked. 

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This week marks one year since Erin and I bought our first home. 

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I was half asleep listening to the Brewers catch up and pull ahead of the Twins on the radio as the game approached the last inning. It had been a long day with lots of projects for an old retired guy but I wanted to stay awake for a while before going outside to watch the meteor shower at m…

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I’ve been floating this column topic in my head for over a month now, and with the deadline for it coming sooner rather than later, this is the week it needs to get to paper. 

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Welcome to the dog days of summer. Hot and humid days melting into shorter daylight. It always makes me sad when sunset time gets closer to 8 p.m. — then 7 p.m.

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As an outdoorsman I first saw the affects of the Covid Pandemic this summer when I went to my local Fleet Farm in Hudson and then to Cabala’s in Woodbury to restock fishing supplies. The isles in both stores were almost empty. I couldn’t find anything I wanted to buy there.  It was obvious t…

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One of the many things that I love about this job is the new information that can come across your desk everyday or information you thought was right, was proven to be false. 

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There’s very little we have to complain about, even during this pandemic. 

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The Covid pandemic has changed our world and almost nothing about it has been for the better. But I have noticed a few things that I like. The one I like most is seeing families and friends social distancing on the water. Boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boards, canoes spending quality tim…

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When you think of the Charlie Brown comic strip, how many people would say Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, as he’s ready to kick it, is at the top of their list?

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I seem to have come down with a severe case of the yips. 

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Hello! I was able to take most of last week off to putter around the house and take care of some tasks that have gone undone for too long. The weather was great and I had a great time. I may even do it again.

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Wild blueberries are amazing. Tiny compared to domestic blueberries, wild blueberries have a flavor that leaves all other garden raised or pick your own berries at the starting line as they cross the finish line in a race. But it’s not just in flavor where they surpass domestic blueberries. …

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I would like to take a minute or two to explain a couple of things about my job. Specifically, one area in particular, politics. 

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There is a reason they call them kings. It may be the fact that they start their lives in wild cold mountain streams later migrating to the ocean where they will live and grow. During the first three years of their lives they have been known to swim from the West Coast of California, Canada …

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So, the summer is half over. Have you done anything fun? How about a trip or at least a day trip, even if it is to your back yard?

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Of course, my air conditioning went out during the hottest heatwave I can remember. 

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Friends and family who have known me for a long time have seen my love of sports and usually shake their head in disbelief about it, like for example, I can name the last 25 Super Bowl Champions going backward. It was so bad growing up, my parents refused to get cable until I was in high sch…

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Even though we are in the middle of summer, a time when school should be at the farthest point away from our minds, there’s been a great deal of talk about what the school year will look like in the fall.

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Summer has come. It didn’t just walk in but instead strutted in and kicked the door down. Stifling heat, excessive rain and flooding hit us like a gut punch. So now fishing in a boat is more like being broiled on a grill over hot coals. Rains have washed out roads, taken lives and resurrecte…