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I have been thinking about the idea of “fake news.”  This is a term used by our fake president when he hears or reads something he doesn’t agree with.  He uses this term because he does not appear to have the ability or intelligence to reply with a reasoned argument.

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George Orwell wrote, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” This letter contrasts what the Polk County Fair booths featured by the Democrat Party and the Republican Party. The Republicans’ largest signs listed the accomplishments of our current Wisconsin governor …

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The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway has been a part of thousands of families’ lives across the St. Croix Valley and the Twin Cities Metro. The fully-restored vintage trains have brought families from all over the world to the small town of Osceola, Wisconsin to not just view history, …

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In 2003, I was contacted by Ms. Debbie Peterson director of Polk County Parks and Trails.  Ms. Peterson asked for my assistance in securing an abandoned railroad bed from Amery to Dresser for recreational purposes.  This railroad bed tied into the Cattail Trail near Amery, a very popular mul…

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It is no secret that I love this town and I am proud to call it my home, raise my children here and run a business in this beautiful community. I am however ashamed to say that I do not take advantage of all of the great attractions that we have to offer...until NOW. Twice now I have experie…

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In response to the recently published Osceola School District Survey results:

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I was quite surprised at the July 2018 Polk Co Public Safety / Highway Committee meeting on July 3. According to the agenda there was going to be a discussion about meth issues in Polk Co. I attended the county meeting and was able to give a three minute public comment about my concerns of m…

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I have known and worked with Brent Waak for almost 30 years in my capacities as Polk County District Attorney and then defense attorney. His commitment to the people of Polk County and the Law Enforcement Community has never wavered. His calm leadership, both in daily operations and in times…

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Most of us probably end up being so tired and turned off that we look forward to the election simply so that the ads, the name calling, labeling and outright lies will be over for a while. We may even withdraw to the extent that we let some pretty decent, proven leaders (although some being …

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So, Governor Walker is giving a tax rebate to families with dependent children of $100 per child. He is doing this because there is a $400 million surplus in the state budget. The reason there is a surplus in the state budget is because Walker’s regime has cut services in a variety of areas …

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I am against getting rid of the docks because there is no charge to use them or the landing and it is useful just the way it is. The thing that bothers me is the parking. Seems to me that it is the real problem. How can someone put in paid parking in an area where it infringes on the right o…

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“Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed, hope has to be maintained,” entreated Seamus Heaney. Those that have watched a loved one slowly slip away from an incurable condition can connect to that.

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I am very proud to have been given the opportunity to direct “The Boys Next Door” at the ArtBarn this summer.  It’s a play about life in a group home.  The story centers around 4 men with varying levels of cognitive disabilities.   This is a play....so some situations are extreme, the charac…

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Recently, Congress passed a banking modernization bill aimed at reforming some of the harmful effects of the Dodd-Frank regulations that were put in place nearly a decade ago.  Although well intentioned, Dodd-Frank has been devastating to Main Street businesses in middle-America. President T…

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 The School District of Osceola has a survey for parents and community members. This much-appreciated effort has a hitch by including this statement: ‘In recent years, the Board has increased class sizes to an average of 20-24 students….’ The School District’s own Fact Sheet shows student en…

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Early in the morning on May 21 in the Town of Eureka, my son and his wife awoke to blood curdling noises from their duck pen; a dog had dug its way in. 

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 Thank you, Editor Lindgren, for your recent commentary on Straight News, and introducing us to Vanessa Otero’s Media Bias Chart. Having taught Critical Thinking in college and using current events as seen through popular news sources, I previously bookmarked over 40 news websites ranging fr…

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For the past few years the carriers at the post office have donated their time collecting food for The Open Cupboard, Osceola food shelf. This food drive has been extremely successful bringing in over 2,500 pounds of food each year, which helped throughout the summer months when donations are down.

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On April 29, I had the opportunity to watch an “investigative” report on the Minneapolis Channel 9 news that purported to describe a travesty of justice so profound that it took the reporter, Tom Lyden, more than two months to finish and air the piece. I’m sure it took so long to air this sh…

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I enjoyed your “kitchen floor” column. Aren’t those old farm kitchens the best? I remember my grandmother’s kitchen here in northern St. Croix County. It was big enough to live in, which she pretty much did in the winter.

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I loved the editorial on trusted sources of straight news. As a sometime columnist for The SUN, I applaud and support the highest standards in journalism (e.g., the Associated Press) whereby facts and objectivity rule. 

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Wisconsin has a rich history of aviation that stretches back all the way to the dawn of flight. In 2010, the aviation industry supported $6.9 billion in output, supported almost 91,000 jobs, and provided $3.5 billion in salaries to Wisconsin families. With our renowned skilled workforce, wor…

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Interfaith Caregivers loves their donors any time of the year, but they love them twice as much right now. Two generous couples are providing a $15,000 challenge match for any contributions made to Interfaith Caregivers during giveBIG St. Croix Valley. That means that your contribution will …

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Liberal Rebecca Dallet beat conservative Michael Screnock in the recent State Supreme Court election. The liberal Mainline Media is almost giddy about these results. They hope such elections foretell a reversal for President Trump supporters this November. They might be right. Living in the …

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For some reason, Polk County Supervisors were in an awful hurry to approve Resolution 59-17 last October 18. It authorized a process that anticipated motorized uses on the Stower Seven Lakes Trail.  

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A letter last week commented about how the Founding Fathers never envisioned lethal weapons spraying a “horrifying number” of bullets and suggested changing the Second Amendment to reflect current times. 

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Thank you! Thank you Dr. Potek for your letter on common sense control of assault weapons from March 21.

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Evil exists today as it has for many years. Stopping evil people from committing evil acts is a war we will never win. 

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 Ambrose Bierce called politics “the conduct of public affairs for private advantage.” Is it possible to take money out of politics? Kurt Zemke of Rice Lake wrote a fact-free, emotion-based letter pleading that the democratic process is at risk if this does not happen. At all levels of gover…

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Yes and no. Target tax cuts that puts money in the pockets of people who don’t have available discretionary money, helps the economy. Lower or middle income, poor, poor elderly, or unemployed people will buy what they have been going without. Small businesses hire local employees. But giving…

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On March 13, the Osceola Village Board held a public hearing to discuss the federal government’s investment of nearly half a million dollars into our community via a Community Development Block Grant to support the construction of a senior center within the walls of the new village hall/libr…

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Bill Blair, in his letter on March 7, worries that advocates for gun control laws want to abolish the Second Amendment. No one advocates abolishing that amendment. It is a charge by extremists like Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the NRA, to obscure the bigger issue about high-power weapons. Weap…

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The money spent by large corporations, super-pacs and multi-billionaires to push their agendas in our political system is a danger to our democracy. An unbelievable amount of money coming from a small minority is being used to control our lives in so many ways. One percent of our population …

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There’s no denying it – our Second Amendment right is under attack. We’ve seen this before. Every time our nation experiences a tragic loss of life, liberals immediately advocate the only proposal they have, which is more laws and massive gun control. 

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Why do so many people fail to see there is a living person behind every gun who has to plan, purchase, load, aim and activate the trigger each time they discharge a single bullet?  Guns don’t do that by themselves.  Inventing more laws to make it illegal to do something that is already illeg…

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 Thank you, Senator Ron Johnson, for standing up for openness and transparency.

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I bumped into this quote today that I thought was appropriate for Monday (Presidents Day):

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With good economic news and tax cuts you will need to save more for retirement. Wall Street Journal headline, “Soaring stock prices and improving job prospects send American off on a spending splurge, cutting into what they sock away for retirement and rainy days.” Don’t get excited about th…

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Disgraceful, this Shutdown.  I›m too old to write and/or to comment on our country's state of affairs but I have a son and daughters that have blessed me with some beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Let this be for their cause also.

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On Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Croix Falls High School will be transformed from an institute of education into a mattress showroom, where you can purchase name-brand mattresses at every price point, high end sheets of all sizes, and pillows to replace the icky-greasy-mite-infested o…

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Mike DeBoer recently passed away at 58 years of age. Mike was from Amery but was well know in Osceola and Dresser as the face of the “parts guy” across the counter for many local residents. 

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Throughout history our federal government has used our justice system to investigate possible wrong doing at the highest levels of government. That is what checks and balances are which is essential in a democracy. Investigations into the Nixon administration revealed significant corruption.…

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Reading the letters in last week’s Sun brings to mind what J.P. Morgan once said, “A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing – one that sounds good and the real one.” It is likely true that those who expressed their admiring or critical reasons would have voted their Progressive or T…

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Most of the news headlines following Wisconsin’s District 10 special election on January 16 were about how a Democratic victory was part of a larger movement, and how tides may be shifting because of the Trump administration. Reading these headlines frustrates and angers me.

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To the editors of the Sun and Amery Free Press, You stated Jan. 17 that “words matter.”

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Hopefully it’s over by the time you read this. The Democrats are doing the same thing that the Republicans have done. Both parties use this tactic when they don’t have the votes to move a bill and the party in power isn’t willing to compromise.

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I chose to retire after 34 awesome years in education working with kids at all three levels: elementary, middle and high school.   I had the honor to teach, coach, proctor, supervise and most importantly, get to know some amazing kids.   I often found myself putting in extra time with indivi…

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You may recall my article, “How safe are we in Osceola?” where I quoted experts on economic development who said the top three (3) criteria for attracting new residents are: 

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It has been interesting, if not downright weird, to see our local State Senate race getting national coverage, hasn’t it? Amid all the analysis, though, I think the Dems might be overstating this race’s significance. This was a mid-January special election, in 10 degree weather, that yielded…