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Over the years I would rag on different issues over and over like keeping the countertops clean at home. These days it’s how to stay clear of the virus and how to keep our newspapers running with this fear and businesses closed.

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We’re at the stage where everyone is complaining about their hair.

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Last month’s column ended with the following statement: ‘The most striking fact to date is the fact that people of color are dying of COVID-19 at a much higher rate than white people. Why? The reality is that we know the answer to this question, and we know how to fix the problem. The questi…

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One of the things I am learning about as an aspiring screen writer is that you need to write about what is going on in your life. Writing like this, makes your writing so powerful because you are using emotions and situations that are meaningful at this time in your life. As I approach middl…

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I know this space is usually reserved for what I think about particular issues and topics, but as one can hopefully see, we have a lot of news in this week’s paper and not a lot of space to fill it. Under the guidelines of you, the public, as much as possible, here’s some more news that not …

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It’s once again graduation season. The school year is coming to a formal close and even though this year has been far from normal, the rites of passage are once again upon us.

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As I was browsing the video on demand (Video on Demand) options for this week, I ran across this indie film, The Assistant that had picked up a bunch of buzz from several different film festivals. The other reason I wanted to check this one out is because it stars Julia Garner which many peo…

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Every Mother’s Day, I have a terrible time finding a card that remotely reflects the relationship I have with my mother.

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Just a few months ago, none of us knew the terms “flatten the curve” or “social distancing.” It has become normal to complement our neighbors on their homemade face masks when we see each other in public.  The coronavirus pandemic has brought us a new normal that has impacted not just the wa…

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With the arrival of Spring comes the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The end of this school year has been anything but normal. Due to the pandemic, face to face school has been closed. We have continued to do our best to educate kids virtually. Staff and parents have been amazing, stepping…

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For an opportunity to get out of the house and to enjoy Mother’s Day, as a family we went mini-golfing in Taylors Falls Sunday.

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As we begin to come out from lock downs and seek to resume daily activities, I have been listening to varying viewpoints about next steps our society should take.

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The first VOD (video on demand) that has been on my list to view was Underwater, which was released Jan. 12, 2020. Again, to look for VODs you can go to Apple TV; YouTube; or Amazon Prime. One of my favorite movies of all time was the Abyss by James Cameron which was a wonderful sci-fi movie…

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As the Governor has said, public health is a team sport. We all have to be a part of the solution if we are going to be successful. So far, we’ve been a great team. Eighty six percent of Wisconsinites agreed with the decision to close schools and businesses, and by and large, most of us are …

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Don’t get me wrong! I believe we have every right, and responsibility, to celebrate important occasions in our lives… but how much is necessary? Our human existence has been marked with events that were deemed important, significant or historical. The events marked this way were set by those…

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Grain producers across Wisconsin are worrying: where will the demand for grain come from? Over the last few years, demand for grain by ethanol plants has plummeted. Forecasts are worse for this growing season, and the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the problem.

One major contributor to d…

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Tom Tiffany is no friend of local control. He twice introduced bills to take away a town’s right to have any say whatsoever in frac sand mining. He wanted to take away local control and give it to the state government in Madison. (Note that there are no frac sand mines in his backyard threa…

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Last week, I wrote about the only new release in theaters Trolls World Tour. It was released in a manner called VOD or Video on Demand, which basically means that you can either buy or rent the movie off a site like Amazon, YouTube or Apple TV. After purchasing either a rental or buying the …

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A majority of my time has been spent working from home like the rest of you and it has made me fall in love with a classic TV show once again.

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As we enter the second month of being on lockdown, there are signs that the extraordinary steps we have taken to isolate ourselves from the coronavirus are working. Rates of infection and death are down from the projections and flattening the curve worked.

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I never knew my grandfather. He died in 1918. His death certificate said “cause of death pneumonia” but in reality, it was the Flu Pandemic. He worked in the Chicago stock yards where 80% of his coworkers also died. 
My mother and father both lived in poverty through the Great Depression. W…

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Democrats never let a crisis go to waste and this flu-like virus is being used as the opportunity to see just how far the various tyrant governors can go to subdue a free society. Enough! We all need to rise up and tell these leaders to pound sand.

Ruining the lives and livelihoods of a gre…

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What do you feel that is a blessing in your life today? It sounds like a weird question in the uncertain times we live in doesn’t it? I know for myself there are days when the only things I seem to want to focus on is my stress, my anxiety, and the chaos going on around me. I think we all kn…

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I found information on Baldwin’s great flu epidemic in the Baldwin Bulletin. I had heard much about it, knowing that it was somewhere around 1919, but found out it was in 1919 and 1920. It was a trying and lonely time for the people; many graves in the Baldwin Cemetery bear the names of vict…

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Walking may be the rediscovered pastime during the COVID pandemic. Some appear tentative at best, as if they’re on a slippery surface. Others cut a brisk pace with expressions of determination. COVID messages are popping up on sidewalks, paths and streets, including:

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Pandemics create a high demand for health care. What happens if we can’t take care of everyone? That’s where ethics comes in. How would we prioritize health care in times of scarce resources?

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I got to see a freshly released movie last weekend and no I didn’t break quarantine to see it in the theaters. Troll World Tour was scheduled to be released in theaters April 10, and due to the pandemic, they released it as a video on demand (video on demand). So, for the low price of $19.99…

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“I love seeing all the people in the park,” my sister told me on the phone the other night. “I can tell who is together because they are walking in little clumps!”

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I would like to take a minute or two to explain a couple of things about my job. Specifically, one area in particular, politics.

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“…make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasin…

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The other night my little granddaughter, Lilah, asked me whether she would ever be able to hug me again. Staying safer at home is hard on my family, and I know that it’s been hard on yours too. Joe and I missed gathering all our kids and grandkids around our table for an Easter meal. I have …

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When I watched the Academy Awards this past February, I was coming off my viewing of 1917 and I was sure that due to its innovative film making approach, compelling characters, as well as its thriller plot that it would sweep the Academy Awards. So, I was sort of shocked when Parasite, a fil…

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March 2020 was the month that COVID-19 or the Coronavirus came into our lives and left an impact which will never be forgotten.

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By several indications, it appears social distancing is helping to flatten the curve with the coronavirus. We should all be happy about this but being socially distant to many may seem like the cure is worse than the disease, which is, of course, totally wrong.

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This is the time of year that we celebrate the greatest act of love the world has ever seen, when Jesus died a brutal violent death on a cross so that we may have eternal life. Just hours before his death Jesus said to his followers, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life…

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Joe’s red truck is parked behind his house. It hasn’t moved in days.

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This week I was thinking of writing about the comparisons between the major streaming services, like Disney +; Netflix, and Amazon Prime and figuring out what would be the best bang for your buck. However, as I was beginning to do some research, I noticed that there were several other websit…