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State Superintendent Underly stated in her very long article that when an adult sits passively by without calling out the harmful behaviors it is no different than when someone watches while a child is being bullied without intervening.  So, I felt compelled to respond.  She has repeatedly c…

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It didn’t take long once May arrived for spring to kick open the door and walk right in. Spring peepers, frogs and toads lead a chorus into the night right up until first light to attract a mate. As early as 4:00 AM spring male birds arriving from as far away as South America thoughts turn t…

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I wanted to share information in response to Mr. Bernie Desmarais’ letter and to make clear that it’s not The Village of Osceola that is floating an idea of a tax downtown.

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We were blessed with beautiful weather over the weekend. So many wonderful moments about the change of season to soak in: sunshine, blue skies, a gentle breeze, tulips popping up and the sound of lawn mowers all over the neighborhood.

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 Those who mount campaigns against hatred do in fact spread hatred. State Department of Instruction (DPI) Superintendent Jill Underly has foisted huge amounts of babble in her recent column entitled ‘A Reckoning of Our collective Will.’ Her opening words assert that Wisconsin does not ‘teach…

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It seemed like spring would never come but open water fishing has finally arrived. I’m writing this the day before Wisconsin’s May 7 opener and something seems out of place. There was little if any spring fishing in 2022. My boats not been wet yet! Usually I’ve got the boat in the water in A…

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 I sat in on a special school board meeting called to review budget proposals for the 2022-2023 school year including one for a  4.7% cost of living raise for teachers.  Except for teacher, student and some parent testimony, what concluded was sad and frustrating.   

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Is it ever going to warm up? That’s become the catch phrase of the year. According to WCCO News Talk 830, April is on pace to be the 2nd coldest month of April in Minnesota in the last 60 years, the 9th coldest since 1872 according to the National Weather Service. They’re 5.4 degrees colder …

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Just a reminder, Mother’s Day is just around the corner… Traditionally, the United States celebrates Mother’s Day annually on the second Sunday in May.

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In the brief lifespan of the Internet, fortunes have been made and lost. Companies have come and gone as speed of the internet and technologies have evolved.

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“Dress for the job you want!” was advice I heard from an early age. 

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For the last month I’ve been keeping track of a sow bear and her three cubs that have ran into a few problems. If you’re a regular reader then you know that mother bear made a poor choice last fall when she chose a culvert running under a road as her den for winter and the birth place for cu…

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Sunday is May 1, traditionally known as “May Day,” a time to make May baskets, limber up and do your best not to get caught delivering the baskets.

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The Village of Osceola is floating the idea of taxing downtown building owners as a means to support the Wisconsin Main Street program. Ironically, this program was established to assist communities whose historic downtowns are experiencing economic hardship. So, let’s raise taxes on those w…

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Frigid 50 mph winds ripping out of the west and snow have many wondering if winter will ever end. Those early misguided robins that landed in our back yards earlier this year usually lead the spring bird migration north but not this year. We’ve all seen some blackbirds, a few sandhill cranes…

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1970 was the birth of the environmental movement known as Earth Day. Every year the anniversary is celebrated April 22.

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Like many Americans, for much of my life I had a passing understanding of diabetes. One of my grandparents died from complications from diabetes, I had an aunt who was a diabetic. Growing up in the 1960s, it wasn’t polite to ask and frankly, I was oblivious to it all.

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Over the weekend I received a notification form my phone. It was the kind of notification that said, “Looking back.” Memories from two years ago featured a picture that was taken with my phone at that time.

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I have, for the majority of my life, lived in homes with old trees. I enjoy the shade in the summer, the color in the fall and do what I can to get rid of the leaves. Dealing with leaves is a price we pay for the shade, in my opinion.

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 The Sun had a Joel Hellers political cartoon where a youth comes home complaining that her interviewer for a fast food job asked condescending, irrelevant questions. Her parents are pictured before the idiot box with a likeness of a woman having the initials KBJ (Ketanji Brown Jackson). The…

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I expected to see wild turkeys as we drove across Missouri over spring break. Southern Iowa and Northern Missouri remind me of some rugged areas in Pierce County where I grew up as a kid back in the 1950’s. As we hit the Ozark Mountains my zero turkey sightings continued which surprised me a…

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Recently, Wisconsin legislators, Representative Gae Magnafici and Senator Rob Stafsholt, and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers passed and enacted the 2021 Wisconsin Act 209, making it a class H felony for violence and threats of violence against health care workers. This new law means a person w…

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Several weeks ago I wrote a column talking about the desire to — or appreciation of — reading stories about local community members. Because of these conversations, I would like to extend the idea/invitation to each of our readers (and those who browse our stories.) 

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Is it possible the answer to our society’s problems has been at our side the whole time?

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“What a sweet dog!” I said, in Spanish.

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The League of Women Voters St. Croix Valley wants to thank all of the candidates who accepted the invitation to participate in our virtual Meet & Greet. We are pleased to present the public with information about men and women who are candidates for the Boards of Supervisors in Burnett, …

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Normally warm weather around the first day of spring is looked upon as a good thing but not in this case. That’s because this sow bear had denned up in a culvert that was getting washed out as snow melted and runoff roared. Jed Hopp Wisconsin Wildlife Biologist mentioned a male bear in anoth…

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The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. According to Oscars.org the Academy Awards are regarded by many as the most prestigious and significant awards in the entertainment industry worldwide.

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Does anybody really know what time it is (I don’t)

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The Wisconsin Spring Election will be held on Tuesday, April 5.  All races will be for local positions.  You may be voting for county, municipal, or school board positions as well as a possible judicial position, depending upon where you live.

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As my term serving as Polk County Supervisor representing District 12 ends, I’ve had some time to reflect on the past two years.

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Apparently, anyone who disagrees with County Supervisor Chris Nelson is an activist and extremist. Now maybe he does change his mind once in a while on minor issues, but if you disagree with him on something major or question his actions, he turns it into a personal attack, declaring that it…

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So what happens to a mother black bear and her three cubs when momma bear decides to hibernate in a culvert under a road? The answer is nothing good. That’s exactly what I’ve been witnessing the last three days when warm weather rocked our region and everything started to melt. Field ponds f…

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There’s an internet joke about the 12 seasons: Winter, Fool’s Spring, Second Winter, Spring of Deception, Third Winter, The Pollening, Actual Spring, Summer, Hell’s Front Porch, False Fall, Second Summer and Actual Fall.