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Wisconsin’s annual Thanksgiving week deer hunt is based around history and tradition. Some have tried to change the dates and other hunts from youth hunts to antlerless hunts and special muzzleloader hunts have been added. I have enjoyed them all; more time in the deer woods is a good thing …

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If you’re like me, you’re not good at estimating how much turkey people will eat on Thanksgiving. I either have way too much or not enough.

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How families celebrate Thanksgiving 2020 will be like no other (at least we hope so). 

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I’m not going to have any expectations this Thanksgiving. There are a lot of unknowns with the rise of COVID cases in the Midwest. That makes it very hard to plan anything. 

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Wind gusts of 50 mph were ripping out of the south as temperatures continue to rise to over 70 degrees. Panting heavily the dogs worked hot scent, steady winds over 35 mph made it difficult for Windy and Briar to pinpoint the running pheasant’s. Tongues hanging out were bleeding, slit by sha…

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There are many sporting events I would like to attend in person. The Super Bowl, The Final Four, the Olympics and an event that happened this past weekend.

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My 14-year-old son, Kellen, took in deer opener in Clearwater, Minnesota, on a friend's farm. Across the upper Midwest, hunting is a rite of passage, along with fishing opener. When we lived in Osceola, Wisconsin, employees often would request the two weeks off for deer hunting at the time o…

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I realize I’m a week early, but with the holiday and postal delays next week, I thought it was best to be early — Happy Thanksgiving.

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The Covid, as many people are calling it, just took my 79 year old neighbor and friend Denny Johnson away. It also put 38 year old Chris LeMay, a hunting buddy and my son’s best friend on his back for a week or two. LeMay was supposed to have been headed out to far western North Dakota on a …

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Sometimes, the thing we think is impossible is not as far fetched as we are led to believe. I found a few examples this week that I would like to share. 

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Eighty years ago today duck hunters from Minnesota and Wisconsin flocked to the Mississippi River for what looked like a promising afternoon hunt. Most folks had the day off to commemorate Armistice Day, which celebrated the end of WWI.

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Lately, most of my food conversations have revolved around chocolate. Halloween has a way of doing that. Having a little sugar tricks you and brings out the true treat beast in you.

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I miss my dog Teal. It’s awfully quiet and lonely around the house with her gone. Teal had to be put down last week after 13 great years together. 

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I’m a big fan of the movies. Watching them is one of my not so guilty pleasures.

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I was really in the mood to fish for more brook trout after returning home from a recent Boundary Waters Canoe Area trip where we caught more big brook trout from a lake than I had ever caught in my life. To encourage my desires, my wife Nancee’ had found a recipe that called for 4 trout bak…

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Give your kids a big scare this Halloween and serve them something freaky before they head out trick or treating. 

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Happy Halloween to you and farewell to Daylight Saving Time this weekend.

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The toes on my right foot squished together in ice-cold water on Saturday as I watched the featureless sunrise of a grey October morning. Wet feet are second only to sticky fingers when it comes to mild discomforts that can drive a person insane if left unattended, and I’d forgotten to bring…

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My paddle cut through the water like a sharp knife pushing the light Kevlar canoe along at a brisk pace. A strong south wind caught my back like a sail and tried to lift off my cap with each stroke. I was following my friend Eric Duffy and his 11 year old son Max in their 3 man canoe. Eric a…

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This week’s issues of both The Sun and Country Messenger have plenty for the reader to sample (We like to think they always do, but this week more than normal). 

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Just a little over a week to the scariest night of the year. No, not Election Night, silly. Halloween!

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Thirty years ago, I was scared out of my mind. I was young and navigating my way through an unplanned pregnancy. 

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“It’s the oldest Duck Camp in the state.”  Paul Smith Outdoor Editor of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel gave us that title a couple years ago. This year’s 46th Annual Duck Camp gathered a group of waterfowlers aging from the age of 10 to 69 who pitched tents in northern Wisconsin to enjoy tim…

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Anyone who loves 1980’s rock and roll music had to shake their head at the news last week on the passing of guitarist Eddie Van Halen at 65 due to cancer. 

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wear on, many businesses are struggling.

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Lasagna is not easy to make. Maybe you’re saying to yourself, “but, you haven’t tried mine.”

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I’d like to change things up a bit this week with a photo essay just because I have been blessed to meet and make friends with British ornithologist, John Richardson who is serving as the Fall Count Director of this year’s  bird count on Hawk Ridge in Duluth. All photos were taken by British…

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I’m old enough to have grown up on the Charlie Brown comic strip. Two of the most inalienable moments I remember about it, is the annual Christmas episode on television and when Charlie Brown is about to kick the football, Lucy pulls it away from him and Charlie Brown makes a complete idiot …

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Because you are reading this column, you understand the value of your local newspaper. I think we can all agree on this point, gentle reader.

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I was a skeptic when the email came across my desk.

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Before I get into my grouse hunt I have to ask why the Robin is our state bird and not the Ruffed Grouse. Don’t get me wrong, I like robins as much as the next person but they aren’t even year round residents. They come in the spring and are outta here in most places around the state by now.…

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I must admit, in my spare time, I’m a fan of a good laugh.

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If I had to rate what gets people’s blood boiling the quickest, it would have to be in no particular order: weather, politics or how their favorite National Football League team played on Sunday (or Thursday, Monday, Saturday, Tuesday). 

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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.