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Why would normally stable people go out in extremely cold weather to venture out into a frozen lake to fish? 

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A couple of weeks ago my goal was to engage our audience and learn more about their reading habits. The focus of my Editor’s column was a conversation to our readers that included a request for comments to these questions:

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Goodbye 2021! You were horrible and amazing at the same time. I’m finally coming to terms with what’s happened and can finally share with you without crying. The historic buildings that housed my brand-new business, the Wisconsin Milk House, are toast. There was a plumbing leak that caused m…

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“The perfection of a life with a gundog, like the perfection of an autumn, is disturbing because you know, even as it begins, that it must end. Time bestows the gift and steals it in the process,” George “Bird” Evans.

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After two years of learning to live with COVID – it happened.

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With apologies to the late Andy Rooney, who did commentaries on the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” I have a topic to discuss with you. And before we commence, I freely and openly admit I will be 61 next month and can pass as a curmudgeon. I do take better care of my eyebrows than Mr. Rooney.

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My brother Richard called the other day wondering why the numbers of birds coming to his feeder has dropped the last few years. He lives on the edge of Hudson overlooking Lake Mallalieu. He’s high on a ridge that circumnavigates most of flowage, mostly old growth oak; the property is mostly …

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Since I came on as Editor with the Sun and Country Messenger I have had the opportunity to talk with a variety of local individuals and organizations. 

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I sit up a little straighter when I see the Rocky Mountains. The scenery, power, wildness and history of the Rockies always get my mind going with western lore, beauty and its ruggedness. I’ve always been a sucker of the Rockies in the lore captured in classic movies like Jeremiah Johnson. I…

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Today, most New Year’s festivities begin on December 31 (the last day of the Gregorian calendar) and continue into the early hours of January 1 known as New Year’s Day.

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I hope you had a good Christmas. It is truly a balm to the soul to get to take some time off and spend it with family, doing absolutely nothing but spending time together and staying home.

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A fresh foot of new fallen snow really changes things. If you have to get up early and drive to work through it or if you’re looking to make your first snowman and you’re in first grade, you’re going to have a completely different perspective to all of that snow. It’s pretty as it piles up o…

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Last week, Christmas had me paralyzed. 

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Since I cam e on as Editor in November for the The Sun and the Country Messenger, some of my articles and editor columns have talked about certain types of awareness. One of my pieces talked about people living Alzheimers and another focused on the friends, families and caregivers to those l…

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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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My kids and I made cookies right after Thanksgiving. We made all their favorites. Sugar and spice, chocolate sugar cookie, and our favorite—Pfeffernüsse. 

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It’s early December and we’ve had our first below zero temps, some light snow but now there’s a storm coming. Do our back yards know there’s a storm coming? As I look out the windows the bird feeders are loaded with birds, chickadees, purple finches, junco’s, sparrows, nuthatches, downy, red…

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Over the last several weeks and months, there has been a lot of attention placed on social media and how it affects the mental health of our youth. Most specifically – Instagram and teenage girls.

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So, it’s just a little over a week until Christmas. How are you doing?

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When my kids were little, I couldn’t wait until they were old enough to bake cookies with me. 

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I’m always talking about transitions in this column and as we head in December with all of the joys it brings there are many. It’s the beginning to the joys of our winter wonderland and also a sad ending to so many seasons’ we hold dear. Ice fishing is one of those joys and it looked like we…

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Christmas Eve, 1967 at the Stangl household. After supper, my brothers and I are taken for a ride to “look at the Christmas lights” around town. When we return, we once again just miss Santa Claus, who has stopped by, leaving gifts and good wishes.

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Do you still have some turkey leftovers? I hope so because these are so good that you’ll ditch your Hawaiian roll slider recipe for this French sandwich twist instead.

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“Deer hunting is an adventure,” says Dave Tupey of New Prague. “We hunt in Minnesota where we live, farm country. We like coming to Wisconsin and hunting in the big woods.”

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Different ways to celebrate December

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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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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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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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“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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November recognizes Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Family Caregivers Month

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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.