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December is a month with so much to celebrate. People are powered by their Thanksgiving meals and are ready to get busy deckin’ out their homes and yards with reindeers, wreaths and candy canes. Roads are busy with holiday travelers and cars cruising by with christmas trees on top – and some…

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Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels is often quoted as saying “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.” In listening to national and regional news reports recently, I think old Joe was on to something.

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There are so many things I love about French culture. The language, clothes, and ooh la la, the food.

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About four months ago my puppy was running around the yard chasing butterflies and pointing baby toads that were hoping around the yard. Last week he was locking up on perfect points as we roamed across Iowa chasing pheasants. To say Deke has come a long way would be an understatement. Hunti…

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As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the last two years has brought about a lot of changes in all of our lives. Whether it be at work or at home, we have all had to find ways to be safe and re-imagine our daily living routines and our holiday traditions.

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“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” — Charles Dickens

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Holiday gatherings are going to be different from last year.

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It was time to head out of state and introduce the pups to wild ring neck pheasants. Rio is a French Brittany almost a year old that my son Josh owns. He was heavily trained this summer without him even knowing it and that’s important for pointers. Training a pointer is different than traini…

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The month of November is known nationally as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made this designation in 1983, recognizing the need for heightened awareness of this disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “There were less than two million Americans with A…

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My sister was born on Flag Day. For years as a child, she believed our hometown put up the American flag on the light poles downtown to honor her birthday. I visited last week with someone who was born on Veterans Day. He had the same experience as a child.

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Wisconsinites believe in fair play, and have said it loud and clear -- we want fair maps! When voting maps are fair, the people we elect need to listen to us. A fair map means better outcomes for communities -- more resources for schools and services, greater equity in healthcare, elected of…

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Recently, Wisconsin’s Victim/Witness Professionals Association (WVWP) held our 30th annual conference. Many important topics were on our conference agenda, from recognizing and responding to stalking to a discussion of Wisconsin’s infamous Slenderman case. One of the key topics of the confer…

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Tenkara is an ancient form of Japanese fly fishing that was practiced in the mountains of Japan over 400 years ago as a way to take large numbers of fish to eat or market. Bamboo, a common material, long and lightweight was the chosen to make their Tenkara rods. The big difference is that no…

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As someone who has filed charges against public officials for violating the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law more than once—and with respect to the legal opinion offered recently by Polk County Corporation Counsel Malia Malone—I don’t have an issue with Fran Duncanson’s tactics in convincing the …

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As I step into the role as editor of The Osceola Sun and The Country Messenger, I am flattered to follow the experience and talents of the previous editors. I am also excited to be a part of a local news source that has deep roots within the community. My name or face may already be familiar…

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So, it’s Nov. 10. Have you finished your Christmas shopping?

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I am writing in regards to my last visit to OMC. I went to the E.R. with a medical problem which was giving me a great deal of pain. While they addressed the problem. They did nothing for my pain. 

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To those in this community who did not attend the Books and Biscotti event at the library Oct. 16, you missed out!

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 A recent Sun article by Jill Underly, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Superintendent, censured the Legislature. She challenged their motives. Her language was more dramatic than fact-based. She had formerly taken shots at Wisconsin schools for not being in lockstep with her…

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I know Covid 19 killed my trust of public health authorities! The letter from the chief medical officers and CEOs of area hospitals asked all to get vaccinated because it was safe and effective yet also said we all whether vaccinated or unvaccinated need to wear masks indoors.

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The Friends of Osceola Public Library want to thank everyone who attended our Books and Biscotti event! Everyone enjoyed a highly educational and entertaining presentation by Naturalist Stan Tekeila, he spoke on the topic, Uncommon Facts about Common Birds. By popular demand, the Friends hav…

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Facebook, the social media monolith, is once again under fire for the inactions of senior management.

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Cory Kohls shot the bear I wrote about in this column a couple weeks ago. I’d spotted the bear feeding in a cornfield, watching it from the Hwy. 65 in the midst of heavy afternoon traffic. I was amazed that no one else saw this massive bruin and stopped. That’s when a truck pulled up across …

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One of my favorite authors is Bernard Cornwell. He writes historical fiction. I am currently working through his series about Richard Sharpe, based in the Napoleonic Wars. There are over 20 books in the series, very well done. Another series about the formation of England, the Saxon Stories,…

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If your clothes aren’t ripped and torn from thorns and briars and you don’t have scars on the back of your hands you’re not really grouse hunting. Good grouse cover grabs, rips, cuts and tears at you. You sweat as you fight through grouse cover even on cool autumn days. It’s all worth it bec…

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I was driving by myself from Minneapolis to Webster on Oct. 6 to visit a friend and decided to pull over in Oakey Park for a late lunch. 

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 People from all over Wisconsin have been abuzz about “gerrymandering” and fair maps for over a year. Voters and county boards from 56 counties have passed referendums and/or resolutions demanding a fair, nonpartisan process be established for decennial redistricting that is now underway. Hu…

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How much knowledge do you have regarding the Sports Rec Complex proposal or is your knowledge only what has been published in the local newspapers?

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Maybe I’m not like other people, but I love the cold weather. Fall is my favorite season. 

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One should factcheck on the debt ceiling. The truth is that raising “the debt ceiling limit” pays for costs of programs that were approved in the past, legal obligations. The US has never defaulted on its obligations in the past. The debt ceiling has been lifted. 

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 A recent issue of the Sun had four articles about School Boards. There were the regular sections on our local School Board Proceedings plus the School Board Hearing and Annual Budget Hearing. These were capably reported.

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I was driving down highway 65 about a mile north of New Richmond when I spotted a big black blob alongside the last standing 10 acres of corn in the huge field across from the Harley Shop. A quick scan of the field told me at wasn’t a big black irrigation tire. A huge combine, corn wagons an…

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Is it even possible?We members of the general public hear many things these days, nearly anything might be said or heard, especially on the internet. Perhaps nothing more important to our individual lives is the subject of covid-19 and the subsequent actions taken by our government and scien…

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Certain food needs to have that “crunch” for me to put it on a rotating daily/weekly menu.

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The purpose of Polk County Ordinance 13-20 Rules of Order is to provide a procedure in which are designated to protect the rights of participation of members of the Polk County Board of Supervisors, to insure equal application of those rights, to maintain order, and thereby to also protect t…

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I’ve never seen the water as low as it was this year on our 48th Annual Duck Camp. Nestled in northern Wisconsin this original tent camp has let in a couple mini campers in for no good reason. They miss the magical sounds of nature that only comes through a thin walled tent. The sights and s…

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I am writing to correct a number of inaccuracies in the September 15 article by M.B. Boberg regarding the North 40 mine.