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Do you have a great friend who is always there to help you in any way they can? They are the friends who are willing to help you paint your entire house, cut down trees that fall on in your yard, and help you move. They are also the friends who bring you a meal when you’re sad and there is n…

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That gobbler was hot and he was coming in. It didn’t matter if I used my old reliable Lohman box call or rip out loud caws on the crow call, he responded with raucous gobbles from the middle of Paradise Woods. With a myriad of mowed trails and a river running through, it’s a paradise to hunt…

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I hope you are enjoying the first weeks of summer. I know it doesn’t officially arrive until later this month, but it seems like once Memorial Day has passed and school adjourns, it’s summer.

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I love cheese, but the kinds of cheeses I eat are very different in spring than in winter. In spring, I like creamy, light cheese, like fresh goat cheese or buffalo mozzarella. I am not alone in my passion for cheese. When the American Dairy Association asked Americans about their number one…

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I love biting into a fresh picked apple. The loud crunch and explosion of juice makes me and most everyone I know smile. I started growing apples on my property about 7 years ago and messed up right off the bat unwittingly letting starving rabbits girdle the bark around my two trees before t…

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Well, summer has announced its arrival with a heat wave. It’s almost unbelievable that just a couple weeks ago some were still sporting winter hats. Now we’re tucking those away and scrambling to find shorts and sandals. 

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It was a beautiful morning to be walking through the spring woods. There were turkeys gobbling in the distance as songbirds serenaded each other with love songs.  With eyes scanning the landscape, my older brother Richard Bennett of Hudson was familiar with this location and the dead elm tre…

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The short answer is “yes.”  If you don’t have the space or don’t want the work involved in maintaining a large garden, why not try container gardening. Containers can be used for growing everything from the standard flowers to many vegetables.

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“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” —Shannon L. Alder

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With all the snow during this unusually long winter, I expected my rhubarb to be ready in June, but was pleasantly surprised to see large, tender stalks growing last week. 

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How do you take kids fishing and survive with your sanity? I was asking myself that very question opening day when I took my 9-year old step-son Brady and my 5 year old grandson Silas fishing. Being an experienced grandpa I know how… call it wisdom I’m willing to share, so here goes!  It’s e…

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This week I want to talk to you about some basic garden planning know-how. Although these may seem too basic, it is always good to review at the beginning of each new season.

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May is flying by. The weather has finally returned to normal, the flowers and trees are blooming, graduation season is underway and gas prices have begun to creep up.

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I have been scouring my yard for weeds this spring and I’ve been eating some of them, which is why I don’t use synthetic fertilizers or weed killer.

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There was still snow n the ground when we boarded the plane at the Milwaukee airport using two round trip tickets we got for $120. My wife Nancee’ chose a furnished small cottage VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) 100 steps from the Atlantic Ocean on Kure Beach for $88 a day on the historic Out…

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Last week, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association announced it had joined STOPP, a coalition fighting recent government tariffs on newsprint. According to the WNA, the new duties threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country. One of those, I must assume, is mine.

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Last spring, I met Mei Mei who shared with me her dream of opening a specialty cookie and ice cream shop. She was looking for the perfect location. Her criteria included a small town, preferably with a university, with a vibrant nightlife. She wanted to offer a fun, alternative place for col…

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Chasing a distant gobble is like chasing a dream. It was just a faint sound in the distance in South Dakota’s Black Hills but to Ben Kinderman and Chuck Josephson who drove 10 hours from Hudson, it was a dream comes true. Mountains fill a void for Kinderman. For him, the pursuit over rocks, …

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A 40-year investigation into a man who killed 12 people and raped more than 50 women in California came to a conclusion last week with the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, in Sacramento.

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There are some healthy foods that make one think, “Humm…is this REALLY good for me?” Hemp seeds can raise a lot of eyebrows. Even mentioning the word “hemp” can get you into some interesting discussions. 

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It’s hard to imagine fishing in a boat today. Lakes are all still ice covered and you know that there will be lakes still frozen over when the Wisconsin fishing season opens May 5 and Minnesota opens on May 12. So, what should angers expect this season? To get some answers I called an old fr…

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Trust in the media is lower than ever, according to an article in the April Publisher’s Auxiliary. Pub Aux is a newspaper for the newspaper industry, published by the National Newspaper Association. 

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I will be a half century old this week. Over the last 5 years I’ve dreaded this day a lot.  For most of my life I’ve thought fifty was old.

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I was driving down a freeway the other day when I noticed a bird flying down the road about 100 yards in front of me. It was 25 feet above the ground and taking curves as if it were a car on the road.  As I closed the gap I recognized it as an American crow. As I pulled up alongside the bird…

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This weekend I watched snow swirl, seemingly endlessly, outside my window. I’m guessing you did the same.

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I an Fleming’s secret agent James Bond ordered his martinis “shaken, not stirred” and the catchphrase, like the character, instantly became cool in popular culture.

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Normally this time of year I’ve got the kayaks and the boat out and we’re looking for crappies. I love crappie ditch fishing with kids too, just walking along back roads fishing small lakes. We just sit along the shore and watch bobbers. It doesn’t matter how big they are, it’s all about the…

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Hopefully as you are reading this, spring is beginning to break through and drive winter away for at least a few months.

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It was on March 3when I saw the first spring migrant in my back yard, a single male redwing blackbird. Within ten days my back yard was full of boisterous, raucous males with red shoulder patches, back to stake out nesting locations in the marsh and practice their songs to woo a woman. Locat…

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The problem of technology created distracted driving appears to be growing at an alarming rate.

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Is the ice ever going to leave the lakes? If you’re still ice fishing the question today is should I drive on or walk out on the ice? Soon shoreline melt will make just walking out on the ice to fish problematic. That’s when someone brings an old board from home and lays it out from shore to…

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For over two and a half years, candidate and now President Donald Trump has beat the drum of unfair trade. The president believes that our trading partners have taken away American jobs by unfair practices, making their products cheaper than the true cost of production.

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I love maple syrup. I have written about it a couple times before. When I see the taps on the trees, I can’t help but think about eating fresh maple syrup. The rich caramel-vanilla flavor pairs well with most nuts, fruits and grains. 

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The news of Wisconsin’s fall 2018 managed elk hunt has to be the greatest wildlife story in the history of the Badger State surpassing the reintroduction of wild turkey. When you look back and see that the last wild elk in Wisconsin was shot in the late 1800s and that that the second attempt…

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Just in time for the vernal equinox, a weekend of melting snow and spring-like temperatures. On Sunday morning the ice fishers were out savoring what’s left of winter.

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This past week, a month after a former student shot and killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, high school students locally and across the nation staged a walkout to protest gun violence.

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The World Cheese Championship happens every other year in Madison. This year, over 3,402 entries from 26 countries and 32 U.S. states hoped to take home the grand prize. Fifty-five judges from 20 countries tasted every cheese to determine the top three winners in 121 categories. Sixty-six th…

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As much as I like winter it’s always nice getting away from it. That’s how I felt getting into our airplane seats looking forward to 70s temps when we landed in Tampa Bay. What made it better was the fact we were going to escape another “predicted” foot of snow and high winds. Rather than fo…

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For many of us in the community this has been a tough time. The sudden loss of Rob Bursik, our friend and the owner of Dragonfly Gardens, was a shock.