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“How long O Lord, how long!?”  We are a people who are short on patience and even shorter on memories of the wonderful things God has done.  Even as we greet each other these days, the first words we might utter are not about a God who loves us… it often includes the words “how long?” or wor…

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Saturday marks the tenth anniversary of the premiere of the Home Box Office (HBO) series “Game of Thrones.” The series ran for eight seasons over the next eight years. Based on a series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, the show became a pop culture phenomena and money maker for HBO.

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Sometimes no matter how much we want something to be a good match, it just isn’t. People are always talking about trading things in for a newer model and this mid-forties mama recently discovered that maybe the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

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I have fond memories of my school days. I smile recalling my teachers and I miss the classmates that I spent so much time with creating memories. Most days were filled joy and laughter. Looking back, there was only one part of my school years that caused absolute panic and horror…having to t…

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Dad and I used to fish for bluegill at a place called Bob McNew’s Pond, which sounds like something Garrison Keillor would say. 

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I recently contacted the office of Rep. Tom Tiffany regarding the Covid-19 pandemic relief bill, and a few days ago I received a reply. I was grateful for his responsiveness to my concerns, but the first sentence of his letter bothered me a great deal:

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Ah mid-March, the traditional time to observe Spring Break for colleges and some local school districts. A time to sprawl out in the sun, dance in the sand and create everlasting memories with family and friends. 

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As a member of the League of Women Voters of the Upper St. Croix Valley, I encourage citizens to participate in the Spring Election on April 6.  Jill Underly and Deborah Kerr, both nonpartisan, will be running for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Issues include Co…

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If it seems to you like campaigns for national political office never seem to end, you’re not alone. I think for at least 20 years now, the people in power haven’t switched from campaign mode to governing mode, where the parties work for the betterment of everyone.

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Life is one grand adventure.  Lean into it!  As we get older, our attitude towards life and the choices we make will determine how we feel.  The second half of life can bring some of the most rewarding decades. We may be more confident than our younger self. We gain wisdom and patience. Sure…

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In 1789, the Acts of the First Session of the Congress required all bills, orders, resolutions and congressional votes be published in at least three publicly available newspapers. The purpose of public notice is to display information in places where the public is likely to come into notice. 

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At the busiest time of the year for the Postal Service, just 12 days before Christmas, my husband realized he needed to renew his passport. He filled out the necessary forms, had a photo taken, enclosed his check and passport, and sent all via Priority Mail .

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“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.” — Leviticus 19:18 King James version.

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In 1999 I started a career with Olan Mills Portrait Studios as a photographer in Denver Colorado. Eventually, I moved up the ranks to be a District Manager where my job consisted more of hiring photographers, conducting photography workshops and choosing photos and writing verbiage for the c…

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except for some chosen by government officials and spread through news.  Charged with a crime is not proven until it sees a verdict through the legal system.  To state otherwise is not acceptable, truthful dialogue.

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AS I LOOK back over the years, friendships have meant a lot to me. I have learned from people, I gain encouragement, and when a level of trust is reached I can share my sorrows and victories. 

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Regular readers of my column know I’m a fan of movies from the 1930s and 40s. One of my favorites is “The Thin Man,” made in 1934, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, the married couple that solves murder mysteries.

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I know many people both in relationships and not, who despise the day. Not me-I LOVE it! I hope by actions and words my hubby knows every day how loved he is, but if I get a day to be cheesy and drown Joshy-Washy in my adoration for him, I am going …

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We are near the end of January and the wheels of the federal and state governments are again turning. Lawmakers are deciding the best way to tackle the issues of the day: getting the economy moving, dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus, fixing roads, addressing climate change, systemi…

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JANUARY 6 WAS a terrible day when domestic violence broke in our nation’s capital. There were five deaths, property damage, security breaches, and our democracy was threatened.

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I read this story on Facebook and wanted to share it with you because it makes us think about how faith asks us to go into the world.

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As we begin a new year, most folks are looking forward to the future. Children look forward to adulthood (spoiler alert: it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be), adults look forward to success and eventually leisure time.

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It has been said the more you praise and celebrate in life, the more there is in life to celebrate. I agree with this sentiment and feel that when you have wonderful things to celebrate, well gosh darnit-celebrate them good!

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The summer of 1980 I started my ministry as a camp counselor just outside of New York City. I worked with many who lived in and around NYC who came to ”Retreat” from the City. It was a stressful time, one of many stresses was that the people were reeling from an accident at Three Mile Island…

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Every January across Wisconsin, some towns and villages hold time-honored, in-person caucuses to nominate candidates for local offices. Residents gather in town or village halls, schools and other community spaces to vote for candidates in races for supervisor, treasurer and clerk.

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By this time next week, we will know the two football teams that are headed to the Super Bowl. This is the time of year every professional football fan lives for as the best of the best teams match up to play for the title.