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I was driving in the country recently when I spotted movement out in an open field. Slowing down I spotted a head and the tip of the tail of a rooster pheasant sticking up through deep snow. Five rooster pheasants were scratching for corn through the deepest snow. The snow was so deep that i…

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As fears of inflation ease, food remains one of the more elevated inflation categories, currently up 0.3% month-over-month as of December. This represents a small piece of a 10.4% year-over-year increase. Eggs have become a good example of inflation. The cost for eggs - the fourth most purch…

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I’ll put on my “Captain Obvious” cap for a moment: it’s been a snowy winter so far, hasn’t it?

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Imagine a system in which our representatives felt more beholden to the people in their districts than to their party leaders.  Imagine being able to vote for someone because you like that person’s message—and you don’t have to worry that you are “throwing your vote away” on a candidate from…

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I almost threw away my old lace napkins.

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The Osceola Area Chamber of Commerce is striving to assist local businesses facing workforce housing shortages that continue to affect our area. In an effort to relieve some of the shortages facing our local businesses, we are asking local residents to contact us if they would be willing to …

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All I was catching was little sunnies but after drilling a bunch of holes I finally got into some nice sunfish. Then it happened. I got hit by a big fish! I knew it was sunfish by the way it fought. It felt like I was reeling in a big Frisbee that someone had tossed in never-ending circles. …

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Lake Superior State University (LSSU) published their annual Banished Words list for 2023.

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“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

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“Aren’t you the cutest dog?” I asked the chubby brindle pit bull mix walking down the sidewalk.

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Last Fridays Frost was an amazing spectacle. All the right conditions fell perfectly into place, creating a winter wonderland. Even after all the cold temperatures and heavy snowstorms recently it made us all take a step back to enjoy the reasons we chose to live here.

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Gene Johnson’s recent Sun column, ‘Reflecting on 2022,’ goes through the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of our lives today. He tracks many of the recent, positive technological and social changes in our world.

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Often, I find myself saying certain phrases and wonder why. So, out of curiosity, I started reading about commonly used phrases and how they came to be.

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A couple of days ago, a friend of mine posted something written by a friend of his on Facebook. This is what she had to say:

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If you spend time on the ice, you’ve either been told to be sure to check the ice to be sure it’s safe or then we wonder the best way to check it. Ice forms from the surface and because it’s less dense than water it floats. This year with all the cold weather after a fair amount of snow I ex…

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A new year is coming, and I am focusing on the small stuff.

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It was a nice autumn day for walking through good cover behind a good dog, shotgun in hand. We’d already put a couple Iowa pheasants in the bag and my faithful dog Bing was getting birdy again. Bing was a dog you could trust. If I saw a birdy looking cover of grass and bushes and Bing didn’t…

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The holidays tend to be a busy time. There is so much to do from planning gatherings, coordinating schedules, sending cards, decorating, shopping, wrapping gifts, traveling and preparing meals. Add in work, a couple of winter storms and severe weather conditions – and this time of year can f…

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I don’t consider myself a person bound by tradition. 

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No doubt about it, winter is here. We get cold just going outside but can you imagine living outdoors? My friends at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service let me know how some of the smallest of our backyard birds, like redpolls and purple finches stay warm in cold weather. Weighing less than 1…

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Recognized as one of America’s favorite type of cookies, the round, buttery, chewy goodness of the modern-day sugar cookie was originally called the Nazareth Sugar Cookie, after German Protestants settled in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. 

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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…

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I put my feet on the floor, first thing in the morning, and take a look at them. 

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I think I’ve been taking trees for granted for quite a while. It’s easy to do, just look out your window and tell me if you see any trees. I don’t hug them, but I understand their importance. I can see a few maples, white pine, box elders, a giant ash at the end of our driveway, crabs, about…

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When the global pandemic hit nearly three years ago, the notion of having meetings and gatherings using video over the internet was, shall we say, less than universal.

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How was your deer hunt this year? Was the 2022 Wisconsin Annual Thanksgiving Deer Hunt all you thought it would be? Did you see more hunters this year? Did you see more deer? Did you hear of any real Monster Bucks taken this year? How did this year’s hunt stack up with years passed? Those ar…

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It’s an odd experience watching someone fold your underwear. 

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It’s amazing how deer can just appear out of nowhere or it’s just too thick to get a shot off.  Joel Tupy, a friend from New Prague had a big doe come charging in so fast it caught him with his gun sitting on his lap. On another day a nice buck walks in, but kept on the other side of the pin…

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My husband, Peter, and I feel like social butterflies.

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Deer hunting seasons across the U.S. are in full swing right now. Whitetail bucks are in serious rut mode as doe come into season. I’m spotting them standing in fields, the buck paying close attention to the doe mirroring her every move ever waiting for this once in a year opportunity. His p…