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A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God …

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One of the things I love about October, is that we are treated to a bunch of horror movies. I was never a big horror fan until I saw Scream in college, which I thought was a very fresh take on the horror genre and became one of my favorite films of all time. Every year, I look forward to see…

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We knew it was a bit too good to last.

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It had been over 20 years since I saw an episode of “Seinfeld.”

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I am a person of generally good habits, which is why it is puzzling when I acquire a bad one.

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Hunger for most of us, it is an easy remedy to fix. We simply go to the cupboard or the fridge and pull out something to eat. Unfortunately, for many members of our community here in Baldwin, their fridges and cupboards are bare. Yes, hunger happens in small towns and it is probably bigger t…

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One of the things I do after I have figured how I am going to rate a movie, is to watch some of my favorite YouTube reviewers to see their opinions. I do this because I like to hear different perspectives on how they perceived the film. In some cases, doing this changed my rating but for the…

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There are some weeks in which the 450-600 words needed to fill this space can come to me like a snap. Then, there are others in which I rack my brain for thoughts and all I can come up with is jibberish.

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People from all over Wisconsin have been abuzz about “gerrymandering” and fair maps for over a year. Voters and county boards from 56 counties have passed referendums and/or resolutions demanding a fair, nonpartisan process be established for redistricting that is now underway. Hundreds of s…

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Psalm 133:1 (Good News Translation) “How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony. It is like…” 

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October is Manufacturing Month, and increasingly across Wisconsin’s St. Croix Valley and Planet Earth, science and technology are the game changers.

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I thought I was going to skip seeing a movie this week because the only thing I could find in the theaters was Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The first Venom didn’t rate very high on my list (C+) and the second one looked a lot worse. Bummed, I pulled up Netflix and was surprised to see the ne…

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The People’s Maps Commission (PMC) has been listening to the people of Wisconsin and experts for a year. Now, thanks to the census data released last month, they are creating maps that could influence the next 10 years for our schools, our families and our communities.

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My time spent on social media is really more than it should be.  I enjoy seeing what my friends and family are up to.  Even if I haven’t seen them in years, I feel like I am still a part of their life and they are a part of mine.  However, I get sucked into many other posts from news outlets…

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We were supposed to get the tile backsplash installed in our kitchen yesterday, but my husband, Peter, said he needed to use the kitchen so he could bake ginger cookies. 

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(Editor’s Note: Sam Niebeling has been a volunteer photographer for the Baldwin Bulletin for most of 2021. While most of you know his work behind the lens, an opportunity to write for the Bulletin hasn’t presented itself as much as we would like. I was wondering if he’d give his thoughts on …

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My husband, Peter, and I are at my parents’ cabin in the woods. The weather was perfect for a bike ride, so we took a long one. We had not all been riding together in almost two years and I am not an experienced rider. So, in order to prevent my butt from getting sore, I have a big, soft sea…

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As a parent, there are many ways that I intentionally show love to my children. I spend quality time with them doing things they enjoy. I encourage them and affirm them with my words. I give them hugs, back rubs and foot massages. I make meals for them and keep the house neat and tidy for th…

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As the season winds down, we are reminded baseball, life, and the world stage are sometimes intertwined.

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Earlier this month, we marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. September 11, 2001 was a traumatic day for many. I saw a couple of films that made me realize how truly wonderful people can be when tragedy strikes.

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To me, “the farm” has always meant the farm where my mother grew up, one of 11 children. Every book I ever read that was set on a farm, and many other books as well, all took place in my imagination at my mother’s family farm and the surrounding woods. 

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On Tuesday, Sept. 28, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will celebrate National Voter Registration Day, a non-partisan civic holiday that celebrates our democracy.  This is a day when a nationwide effort is made to ensure that every qualified American is registered to vo…

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VERY FEW FAMILY businesses go longer than three generations. I have been reminded over the years by successful people of a quote, “Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.” What it comes down to is the first generation works hard, the next generation has it a little easier, and by …

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The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good. God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt;…

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With high school and college football season well underway, there’s no evidence that Daniel Ruettiger ever played a snap in the St. Croix Valley. But thanks to cable TV and the Internet, Ruettiger’s personal drive and passion lives on in a 1993 movie bearing his nickname, Rudy. The feel good…

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This weekend is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. and the crash of United flight 93 in Pennsylvania, which many suspect was supposed to crash into a target in Washington, but actions by the passengers foiled that plan.

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Last Summer Ms. Page, CEO of Western Wisconsin Health patronizingly lectured us that racism is a public health crisis. Is it, has it been supplanted by COVID and all its variants? Can we as a society function with all these COVID infected racists roaming the streets of Baldwin?

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I met my former mother-in-law, “Mama Lou,” and my former father-in-law, “Poppo,” when I was not yet twenty years old. I hitched a ride to meet them, terrified because I’d spoken to my future mother-in-law on the phone and she sounded exactly like Lauren Bacall. 

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This past week I was in Iowa for my dad’s 70th birthday.   We were going to Hy-Vee to get some stuff for the party when I saw something I hadn’t ever seen in Cedar Falls in previous trips.  There was a man with a sign asking for food.  As we drove by I heard a fellow motorist yell at him to …

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DC Comics hasn’t had a lot of success with comedy super hero movies. I found Suicide Squad (the previous film in this series) and Bird of Prey a spin-off of the Harley Quinn character very unsatisfying at worst and nothing special at best. Now there are various reasons that the first Suicide…

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As a teenager during the 1990’s, did I listen to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and go ‘holy crap’ like the rest of the world? Loved the song, but did I think it was the song of the 1990’s, like it has been in nearly every “Best Of” list since? No way. 

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Every Thursday evening this summer, we have attended the outdoor concert held in a local park. The music is usually good, but the food trucks are undeniably the center of the experience. Our favorite is the “Tot Boss” that sells tasty, hot tater tots out the window of the truck. 

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As a child, I remember taking a school bus to an event and the antics that we performed on the rides were likely passed down from one generation to another. I remember the rubber pencil trick, the floating finger, and the detached thumb. As the miles passed by, one peer would be encouraging …

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I have heard a lot of good things about Free Guy with Ryan Reynolds.  So, I would give that one a look see if you like video games or video game culture.  However, I was in a different mood for this week’s movie, plus I am on the road for my dad’s 70th birthday party.  This meant I had to wa…