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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We printed and mailed the paper a day early this week in hopes you would receive it close to on time. Our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.

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When Wilder ceased their own programming at the Wilder Forest over 20 years ago, they began leasing out their property to entities who all had a mission and a use that was consistent with the goal of the Conservancy Zone, that is … “providing for the preservation, protection and management o…

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We thought we would miss the festivities, which just shows how much we still have to learn about Mexico.

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As predicted, Scandia taxpayers will see an unprecedented tax increase and borrowings to pay for the Scandia Councils's wildcat spending on subsidies to owners of a private internet company - Midco. In addition the Scandia Council has and will continue to subsidize sewer upgrades that have b…

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Celebrated every November, National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) is a time to honor and recognize family caregivers. Families are the primary source of support for older adults and people with disabilities in the U.S. Many family caregivers work and provide care, experiencing conflicts bet…

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Thanksgiving is next week. I guess that explains my cravings for turkey and sage dressing.

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I am delighted to report that my mother has come around. 

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My dog Deke was hot the rooster’s pheasant trail as my good friend Eric Duffy, and I followed along behind. The year-old Small Munsterlander was hunting like an old pro, not the year-old pup he was. Deke had already pointed several pheasants both hens and roosters. Locked up solid on point, …

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In honor of National Caregivers month, this column is based on report published by Pew Research Center. It describes the sandwich generation. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately one-quarter of the caregivers are considered the “sandwich generation”

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The MEGA-camp eliminating River Grove School will be devastating, not just to May Township but to our surrounding communities.

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My husband, Peter, says they are rushing the season. 

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There isn’t another month that can run the gamut of changes as November. The warmest November day in Wisconsin occurred the year I was born, 1950 when on November 1 the thermometer hit 77.4 in Milwaukee. That same year of my birth, 1950, Wisconsin recorded a temperature of 5 degrees that is …

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A report published by the United States census bureau explains that roughly 18 million Americans (or about 7%) of the adult population are Veterans who served from World War II to the War on Terror. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Korean War veterans make up nearly 16% o…

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A few weeks before Halloween and many years ago, when I was still married to my former husband, he and I and a couple we knew all decided we would celebrate Halloween dressed as the Midwest. 

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I’ve been watching waves of robins migrate through my property for almost all of October. They’ve been passing through in large, nonstop groups daily, stopping to feed on the many fruit and berry trees and bushes I’ve planted over the years. But did you know that robins do not abandon any of…

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Many states in 2021 pushed and even broke drought records. A drought is a period of time when an area or region experiences below-average precipitation. The lack of adequate precipitation, either rain or snow, can cause reduced soil moisture or groundwater, diminished stream flow, crop damag…

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My wife and I worked on clearing the leaves off our yard last weekend. It was nice to have the weather warm up to make the work more enjoyable.

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If I would have known sharp-tail grouse tasted like a ribeye steak, I would have hunted them harder, but Montana’s pheasant season just opened and they’re my wife Nancee’s favorite food! Looking back sharpies taught me a lesson in humility. Every Montana hunter I met in camp were happy to ge…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Since 1985, individuals, businesses, and communities have gathered every October to show support for the many people affected by breast cancer. The goal is to increase the early detection of the disease by encouraging women to have mammograms. The en…

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In three weeks, it will all be over.

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This past week we attended the memorial for my husband Peter’s oldest sister, Shelley.

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Fall colors are flashing fantastic flaming ferocious foliage of reds, orange and golden yellows up north now. Hillsides, trees along wetlands and in the valleys are glowing as leaves pile up in the woods, and lawns. Soon kids will be jumping in leaf piles. Forest floors will be carpeted in l…

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Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday of October. This year, Columbus Day was Monday, Oct. 12, 2022. The United Sates recognizes Christopher Columbus Day as a federal holiday. Many other countries consider the day a national holiday. The day is set aside to celebrate the anniversary …

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My husband, Peter and I are spending time “up north” with my parents at their cabin by the lake. Fall is late this year. I mentioned this to Peter on the drive north. 

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About 600 teal took off from the backwater pond we call Wounded Knee when the first shot of Wisconsin’s duck opener was fired. We watched as all those ducks flying east, away from us to kiss the morning sunrise! We’ve hunted the massive slough for more years than I can remember, and it was o…

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Hurricane Ian dominated the news cycle since it made its first landfall Wednesday afternoon near Cayo Costa, Florida. As a category 4 storm, Hurricane Ian had winds of 150 mph. While crossing over the state of Florida, Ian weakened to a tropical storm. However, by Thursday evening, Ian regai…

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It’s not always easy living with me. But my husband, Peter, has to.

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I guess it just wasn’t going to be a happy ending for the Sandhill Crane I found standing at the end of my driveway a couple weeks ago. I just got word from Tami Vogel, Communications and Development Director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota; “The sandhill crane did not sur…

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It seems safe to say that fall arrived right on time. This year the autumn solstice was Sept. 22. This weekend was a perfect snapshot of the season. The leaves are quickly changing colors, the sun is setting earlier, the days have cooled off and pumpkins are making their annual appearance on…

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I met Betty sitting outside on the sidewalk. 

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Transparency in government is the ideal mode to conduct government operations. In fact, state law mandates that all government information can be accessed by individuals. The law is called the Data Practices Act.  Sadly, Scandia government struggles with the concept in its attempt to avoid t…

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The first covey of prairie grouse caught us completely by surprise. That’s when a large mixed covey of sharp-tail grouse and Hungarian partridge took wing right in front of us. That first flock erupted from the grasslands of Montana and flew off in every direction. Neither my son Josh nor I …

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Autumn is upon us! The fall equinox arrives Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. During an equinox, the sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator”—an imaginary extension of Earth’s equator line into space. The equinox occurs precisely when the sun’s center passes through this line. For those in t…

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The 2022 election cycle is in full swing and with its return, you can be sure that many other things will follow.