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In the United States one third of all agricultural crop production depends on pollinators. They include bees, beetles, bumblebees, butterflies, wasps, some animals and flies. Those may not be a favorite of yours but they are vital to our survival. Imagine walking into a grocery store tomorro…

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The 2020 election cycle is in full swing and with its return, you can be sure that many others things will follow.

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February 26 is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. The observance ends  Thursday, April 9 on Holy Thursday. Lent is a Christian ritual representing the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.

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Wild game and cheese go well together. Wild game meat is usually dry because of the lack of fat. Cheese is high in fat. When you combine the two, you have a magical meal.

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The big Valentine’s Day freeze was just 24 hours away when I was sitting on a plastic bucket on a favorite local lake, trying to catch enough fish for fish tacos. I’m wondering if the fish will have lock jaw with the cold front coming or will they be on a feeding frenzy with a storm forecast…

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Well, this is a something that I didn’t expect to write for a long, long time, but sometimes life has other plans. While I have had plenty of ups and downs during my short time as a newspaper editor, this column is to inform that I am stepping down as editor of the paper. I have accepted ano…

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Are all dogs descendants of wolves? When you look at a Toy Poodle, black Lab and a Great Dane you will more than likely walk away scratching your head. Others say they are descendants of the jackal while others contend that all dogs come from a cross between a wolf and a tiger. What makes it…

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Bob Dylan was certainly right with these lyrics; change is inevitable. We all know that, but a lot of us (including myself) will try to fight it tooth and nail. Sometimes it’s a wanted change; sometimes it’s a terrible change. But, the cliché is true: change is the only constant in life. 

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This year I will be cooking up something very different for Valentine’s Day—pheasant. In fact, I will be cooking wild game all weekend. I was invited back to the Wild Game Cooking Stage at the National Pheasants Forever Pheasant Fest. I’m honored to be one of four chefs from across the U.S t…

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Last week, we visited about politics. I figured I would push the envelope a bit more this week to get some serious buzz from a controversial topic.

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February is birthday month at our house. Eight immediate family members, plus some close friends have birthdays. We try to condense some of the festivities and celebrate some together or we are celebrating birthdays twice a week. I call it the month of cakes.

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I’m looking to change my game of dogs from flusher/retriever breeds to pointers. I’ve got all kinds of friends who have also gotten into various pointing breeds as they have gotten older, for the same reasons as I. Most seem to have found what they wanted, with a few exceptions. That excepti…

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If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you are holding a physical copy of the paper, but we are in 2020 after all. You could potentially be reading this on a computer screen, or more advanced yet, a smartphone. Not long ago this would be unimaginable, but now technology is on a non-stop co…

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The first votes in the nomination process that will determine the names on the ballot for the presidential election in November happened this week.

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Last week the food editor at Bon Appetite wrote that she did not want Shepherd’s pie; she wanted persimmons. I was feeling all confident and smug about what I was going to write about this week, until I read that.

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Wisconsin’s Annual Thanksgiving Week Deer Hunt has a history in the Badger State as solid as Mount Rushmore. This history is an amazing story built on emotions and biology as well as relationships with residents who love the animal and also love to hunt them. But as time has changed, so has …

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Basketball fan or not, you would be hard pressed to find someone who hadn’t heard the tragic news of Lakers all-star Kobe Bryant’s death on Sunday. What’s more tragic is the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Both were involved in a terrible crash in Bryant’s private helicopter in Cal…

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The below zero temps are putting me over the edge. I was enjoying the winter and getting used to the cold. Then, BAM, the “It hurts to be outside,” weather arrived in full force.

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Ribs, bacon, barbeque, turkey, duck, pheasant, salmon, trout and even cheeses make up some of the best things to eat when smoked properly. Generally expensive or hard to find, the best smoked foods will leave a fantastic taste in your mouth. I’ve been noticing many high-end restaurants and h…

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I think it’s funny how a pastime for one person can be another’s passion in life. A few days ago, I drove out onto a lake and parked my car. I piled up nearly 100 pounds of gear onto a sled and dragged it out to the spot where I planned to set up for the night to target walleye. By the time …

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Well, we are on the back side of January now. February and Ground Hog’s Day are coming up, the days are getting longer and we can now dare to dream of spring.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) is just around the corner. Don’t let the day pass to celebrate the life of a man committed to civil rights and peace by baking his favorite food: Pecan Pie. King’s birthday is January 15 and MLK Day is always the third Monday of January. This year MLK Day…

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The parking lot at the lake was full when we arrived, chasing a hot rumor that fish were biting.  The other side of that coin reads, “You should have been here yesterday.”  I believe in the adage, “When the wind is from the east, the fish bite the least,” or “When the wind is from the north,…

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While I usually tell people that I come from Rockford, I really grew up in a little town called Rockton about 30 minutes north of there. Whenever I say, “Rockton,” however, I am always met with confused looks, so it just seems easier to say, “Rockford” instead. 

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I love the feeling of being all cozy during winter. It’s called Hygge. 

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I didn’t expect to see this small hawk fly across a double highway in small town but my eyes were immediately drawn toward it. Its wings were alternatively flapping and gliding like so many others of the same genus, but what was it doing in town? I figured that out when it approached the Qui…

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If you’re anything like me, you may have dropped a New Year’s resolution or two in your lifetime. You might say you plan to lose 50 pounds, or you might claim that this is the year you’re going to get that promotion; unfortunately, things don’t often pan out that way for most. 

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Happy 2020 to you all! Have you stopped writing 2019 on checks (if you still write those) and other documents? It always takes me a while to catch up with the new year.

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If you’re anything like me, you may have dropped a New Year’s resolution or two in your lifetime. You might say you plan to lose 50 pounds, or you might claim that this is the year you’re going to get that promotion; unfortunately, things don’t often pan out that way for most. 

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Every year, I try to make a guess at new food trends. This year I’m having trouble.

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We wanted a fresh fish Christmas dinner. After a Christmas Eve dinner of heavy ham and all the fixings, including too many sweets and then a Christmas breakfast the next morning that was heavier than a boat anchor, my wife Nancee’ and I decided to check out a local lake for panfish since the…

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“Boy, that’s a lot of media,” said Donald Trump at a recent rally in Minneapolis, looking to the press gallery. The crowd instantly erupted in a collective “boo” without another word being said. “They are so dishonest, and frankly, they are so bad for our country,” he continued.

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Did you have a good Christmas? Were you able to spend some time with friends and family? Did you survive the umpteenth retelling of that embarrassing story from your childhood?

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For as long as I can remember we have celebrated New Year’s Eve with chocolate. 

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The best thing about dogs is that they start out as puppies. Full of energy, cuter than just about anything on the planet that put smiles on faces and leave laughs echoing through the air. The worst thing about dogs is that their life span is way too short.  Right now I have both sides of th…

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There are times when the holiday season doesn’t feel entirely too special. Maybe it’s that you’ve been so busy with work your brain forgets to relax, or maybe the loss of a loved one makes celebrating feel like an impossible task. Every year, many people fall into this mindset, and it’s hard…

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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…