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To say the COVID-19 pandemic has changed this is understating the meaning of understating.

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I tried to answer that question. It’s almost impossible to pick one. All the food you find at the fair is amazing. 

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Whitetail deer hunting traditions weigh differently in different places.  The James Jordan Buck, long standing World Record taken in 1914 was on top for what seemed like forever. But Wisconsin deer hunting has changed according to onX Maps. They have the top whitetail deer states ranked as K…

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A Polk county supervisor has made a statement the fair is for the kids, in my opinion this is only partly true. 

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Every night before I go to sleep, if it’s cool enough, I open the forehead-to-shin length window next to our bed. And every night, without fail, as soon as I open the window the dogs jump off the bed where they’ve been sleeping for the last two hours and spend a couple minutes with their nos…

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This weekend is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. and the crash of United flight 93 in Pennsylvania, which many suspect was supposed to crash into a target in Washington, but actions by the passengers foiled that plan.

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We are seasonal eaters in this part of the world. In the springtime it’s light and easy foods rich in protein.  Chicken with creamy morel mushrooms, Wild asparagus with fettuccini carbonara, pork and peas or rhubarb pie. If you’re like me it’s a love for a lot of fresh caught fish.

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I’m writing regarding the decision by Polk County to eliminate their funding of “Kinship of Polk County,” starting in 2022.  

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Last week, after reading my column on duck stamp history, my friend Dan Willius reached out to let me know he was an acquaintance of Joe Hautman, the Minnesota native and winner of five federal duck stamp competitions. 

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The first time I had a frittata, was when my friend from France was visiting. 

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There are foods you can buy at your favorite restaurant that will melt in your mouth.  Your healthy all natural grocers have all the best organic foods you would ever want. Safe from chemicals, added sugars and injected antibiotics but check your labels everywhere. Many fast food stops are f…

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I’ve covered a pretty wide variety of local politics in the last seven or eight years. At The Sun it oftentimes dominates my attention, but I won’t lie to you — it ain’t my favorite part of the job. 

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Regular readers of this column will recall I have been waiting for my flying car to arrive for decades.

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The first time I saw a tomato stack was in Switzerland at a restaurant hidden behind a residential neighborhood on Lake Geneva. 

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We knew we were close when we read the highway mileage sign; Duluth 102 miles away. We had crossed the Rum River several times that meant Lake Mille Lacs was close. Finally we spotted our landmark, a large broadcast tower reaching high into the sky. Of course we missed the little farm field …

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 On Aug 12, 2021, the 2020 Census Data needed for drawing voting districts was released. This kicks off the redistricting efforts in WI that will establish voting district boundaries for the next ten years. In the past, district map drawing has been done in secrecy by politicians intent on a…

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I never met Bob Bender, but I can picture him. 

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We are in the midst of open season for sidewalk entrepreneurship. Garage sales are being held and lemonade and Kool-Aid stands are appearing on the corner. These small start-up ventures are excellent learning experiences for all involved.

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I am so disappointed in the area school districts that are choosing not to enforce a mask mandate for grades K – 12 in our Polk County School systems. According to the CDC, the Delta Variant is spreading quickly and now accounts for 93% of all COVID cases in the United States. The CDC is rec…

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“The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things,” observed Jean de La Bruyère.

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My husband and I love camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). Every year, we would go over Labor Day weekend. We chose that time of year because the bugs were usually gone by then and nights were cool, and the days were sunny and dry. 

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When we consider the proposed Pig Factory that is causing much concern among people who enjoy living in Polk County, the situation comes down to greed and money. We have been privileged to have had the time to plan our future, even as the Twin Cities metro area has been growing in our direct…

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I was dropping off a shuttle car for some family members who wanted to do a kayak float down the Apple River. I got to the jumping off place first, a term Sigurd Olson used to describe getting into a canoe to start a trip. I noticed a couple college aged fellas fishing from shore. It was an …

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Joe Biden is very misleading when he said “if we pass the other two things I’m trying to get done, we will in fact reduce inflation, reduce inflation, reduce inflation, because we’re going to be providing good opportunities and jobs for people, who in fact are going to be reinvesting that mo…

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For the first time since 1997, the Wisconsin Legislature has voted to raise the price of the state waterfowl stamp. 

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Did you know there is one county in the State of Minnesota where graduating students in public and private schools get a two‑year free tuition to a community college? 

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I’ve always enjoyed living on or near water. Wildlife is attracted to water, everything from mosquitoes, to loons to raccoons. I live in a prairie pothole region of Western Wisconsin close to a wetland connected to more wetlands and a preserve. I hear loons calling from the wetlands and as t…

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The war in our yard is back on.

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My summer is so busy, I had my first grilled hamburger this past Monday. It was divine. I went all out. I buttered the bun and toasted it, added my favorite burger cheese and special sauce. It’s always about the cheese and the special sauce. 

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There’s a lot of difference when it comes to training a pointing dog than training a retriever or a flushing dog. Some dogs are born to flush and fetch. That’s why Labrador Retrievers and Springier Spaniels are so popular. It’s in their names.  It’s the same with a German Shorthair Pointer a…

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Let me start by saying I’m not a basketball fan. I enjoy watching a good high school basketball game in person, hearing the squeaking shoes, holding your breath as the ball arcs towards the basket. 

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Have you ever tasted something wonderful at someone’s house and asked then asked them for the recipe? Did your jaw drop to the floor when they said no? Then, did they give you some excuse they can’t give the recipe out because it’s a family secret? 

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It was about my fifth trip out in my own boat onto Lake Michigan when I felt confident I could be safe and catch fish. Charter’s are fun but catching Kings on your own with friends is a blast!

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When I was home visiting my folks over the Fourth of July, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I would miss most.