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You’d think that with all the cold weather we had in February that we’d have good ice to drive on lakes until the 4th of July.  I get excited about late season ice fishing, warm sunshine, fish go on feeding binges. I wasn’t able to get out on the ice that much this winter but I was out with …

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The Peacock streaming service has given us middle-agers an opportunity to relive a wonderful part of our past: Every season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. 

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A high-speed police chase that started in Blaine and ended just south of Braham concluded with shots being fired by both the suspect and law enforcement, resulting in an Anoka K-9 officer being wounded and one of the two suspects being declared dead at the scene. Another officer, from an unk…

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If you believe the hype, it appears the war about digital privacy is heating up.

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In 1789, the Acts of the First Session of the Congress required all bills, orders, resolutions and congressional votes be published in at least three publicly available newspapers. The purpose of public notice is to display information in places where the public is likely to come into notice. 

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Believe it or not, not everyone likes to recreate four start Micheline restaurant dinners.

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Weather forecasting is not a perfect science. Today it’s all about complicated mathematical expressions as part of a process called numerical forecasting. Meteorologists use barometric pressure, Doppler radar that monitors the movement of fronts, instruments attached to ships, airplanes, buo…

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There have been advertisements running in the The Sun and Country Messenger over the last few weeks featuring Mr. Rogers with the headline ‘Make America Kind Again’ and now with Abraham Lincoln with the line ‘Make America Honest Again.’ 

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The Wisconsin legislature is in session and it’s once again time to keep an eye on what lawmakers (and special interests) want to change in the lawbooks.

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A couple weeks of very cold weather left us with a short memory. Remember the mild winter we had going until a week into February. One Arctic Plunge and we remembered what a real winter was like. It was like a punch in the stomach when it hit 20 below with a cold that penetrates clothing and…

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“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.” — Leviticus 19:18 King James version.

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A couple weeks ago I received an email asking if I could create a recipe that doesn’t have chocolate in it for a Valentines’ Day treat? Their sweetheart doesn’t like chocolate. 

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The grass is always greener in Montana. 

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I recently found a great podcast that I just can’t walk away from. I’m finding myself listening to it whenever I have free time. It’s interesting, educational, related to the outdoors and an answer to many questions we’ve all wondered about. If you own a dog you’ll love it. It’s called “Hunt…

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What are the keys to a successful Super Bowl Sunday? Some people might have more, but I only have three: 

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Regular readers of my column know I’m a fan of movies from the 1930s and 40s. One of my favorites is “The Thin Man,” made in 1934, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, the married couple that solves murder mysteries.

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Looking out my window I can see about a half dozen birdfeeders. That doesn’t count the ones on the other sides of the house. I know I’m not alone with this activity. You probably feed birds and enjoy watching them as much as I do, but getting paid to watch them and count them would be a drea…

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We are near the end of January and the wheels of the federal and state governments are again turning. Lawmakers are deciding the best way to tackle the issues of the day: getting the economy moving, dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus, fixing roads, addressing climate change, systemi…

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Wonder where winter went? This past weekend was flirting with below zero temperatures but although it hit minus 4 on January 21 and it may have dipped to minus 1 on the 22nd that’s the end of negative numbers for January. In my book, harsh winters end January 31. What happens in February is …

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Stories about fish that got away are an atrocious cliché, but for some reason I feel obligated to tell this one. 

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As we begin a new year, most folks are looking forward to the future. Children look forward to adulthood (spoiler alert: it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be), adults look forward to success and eventually leisure time.

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It takes me a while after Christmas to want to bake any kind of cookie. Sticks of carrots and celery my new snack favs until I’ve forgotten the number of calories I consumed over the holidays. 

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The extended hoarfrost we have just seemingly ended is unprecedented in my lifetime of 70 years. The extent and longevity and beauty have been extraordinary. Every morning was a postcard morning and it was warm compared to what January’s are normally like. The best day was the second day whe…

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Let me say this first. I don’t know if the following will happen, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit, if it does. 

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By this time next week, we will know the two football teams that are headed to the Super Bowl. This is the time of year every professional football fan lives for as the best of the best teams match up to play for the title.

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Last week’s column was putting 2020 to bed so it makes sense that this week’s column will be looking ahead to 2021. Staying away from politics but still aware of the Corona virus I’ve already witnessed an increase of ice fishing pressure on area lakes which is simply a fun way to practice so…

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We  recently purchased a Nintendo Switch and the decision was made this weekend to finally tap into the online benefits it offers. 

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Well, we are just about half way through January, the darkest and most depressing month of the year, in my opinion.

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Looking back and looking ahead is what we do this time of year. I’m keeping this positive because we all have to deal with the negatives that have rang a loud bell that is echoing around the world this very moment. With that said I’m heading out on the ice January 1 to fish with my brother, …

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Jon McCorckle is The Fish Whisperer; when Jon talk’s people listen.  Here are his words of wisdom from 72 years of Corky always catching the first, the most and the biggest for the New Year!

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I spent many nights at my grandma and grandpa’s house (like I referenced in this space last week) and when the time came for her favorite television shows, she had control of the remote. 

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If you grew up hunting whitetails in Wisconsin you more than likely thought about hunting elk in the Rockies. Too many people, including me put it on our bucket list for various reasons. Steve Mueller of Osceola didn’t. Steve had a friend who hunted elk, Brian Schanche, who took him and ment…

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I am all about simple and fast meals. I don’t have a lot of time during the week to cook. 

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Well, Christmas is knocking on our doors. I hope you are ready and are able to spend time with friends and family, which is the best gift one can receive. Throughout my newspaper career, I have run the following editorial, the most famous newspaper editorial of all time, reprinted here becau…