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Well, we are just about half way through January, the darkest and most depressing month of the year, in my opinion.

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On chilly days not even really halfway through winter, I imagine many of us are dreaming of lying on the beach of some tropical destination. While these getaways do happen from time to time for some, or even annually for others, for many the closest thing they have is the day-to-day chaos of…

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The variety of things you can find on YouTube is astounding!! Subjects from pyramids to videos of car crashes. This channel on my TV keeps me thinking that every night after work I can choose subjects I otherwise would not see on regular TV. Take for instance the independent reporting on the…

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THE NEW YEAR is underway and we hope and pray the pandemic will end soon. Vaccinations are underway but it will take several months before the majority of the population has been treated. It may be necessary to use masks for the next two years. They will reduce the spreading of other disease…

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I have mentioned a time or two before that I think our household could easily qualify to have a television show based on our daily lives. I guess we can say that the next episode could have been filmed this past weekend. 

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We are wrapping up on what I can most definitely say is the strangest year I have ever experienced. To list the oddities of the past twelve months would take a very, very long ream of paper-enough to desecrate the environment.

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MORE OUTDOOR DECORATIONS are noticeable this season. People are eager to find ways to celebrate the holiday season. There have been so many restrictions -and many are necessary - that people are finding that with the warm fall weather, they could get outdoors and enjoy decorating.

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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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Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king… (Matthew 2:1) In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered…And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up…to the city of David, which is…

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Last week while sitting in my Amery Free Press cubicle, kitty-corner across from my boss, Tom’s cubicle, he yelled over some exciting news to me. It wasn’t about government or pandemic information (he would have saved that for a group news editor’s meeting). It was an announcement he knew I …

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I would like to reply to Mr. Christianson’s letter last week. These governors (Walz and Evers) to me are only victims of a greater crime. The crime of not being true to themselves and listening to a higher power that is speaking loudly today to all those who hate what is true, noble, just, p…

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About every three hours in Wisconsin, someone is killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash. Drivers impaired by alcohol or other drugs pose a serious hazard to themselves, their passengers and everyone else along our roadways. Preliminary data indicates that already in 2020, 166 fatal cr…

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January 2020 news spread quickly about COVID-19. Fast forward to March/April—the CDC, FDA, and WHO are all giving guidance as to how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. State and Local heath departments echoed the national guidelines: If symptomatic stay home, get tested. If positive for COVI…

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Why do sandwiches taste so much better when they’re wrapped in wax paper?

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I was thinking about what a Christmas in a pandemic looks like and began feeling a bit sad about the special events we all look forward to at this time of year that either won’t happen or will be fundamentally changed.

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I hope that everyone made it through Thanksgiving with full hearts and stuffed bellies. Now that Thankful Thursday has passed by we are in full swing of celebrating the holiday festivities.

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With the latest mandate from our esteemed Governor Evers, coupled with the draconian shutdowns of most private businesses in Minnesota, it’s apparent that these two - along with others - are determined to use this virus to keep us all under their thumbs and needing to rely on the benevolence…

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So, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have also passed. I have a few of burning questions for you.

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A vote in favor of freedom occurred in St. Croix County on November 17; voting down a draconian health ordinance the majority of people didn’t want and thanks to all on the County board who allowed voices for and against to be heard. However, I ask those who opposed the ordinance to keep up …

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Thanksgiving is going to be different this year. Covid 19 has drastically changed our lives over these last couple of months. We seem to be inundated with new uncertainty and anxiety daily. This Thursday though we are asked to think about blessings and about giving thanks. Psalm 92:1 reminds…

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Why do sandwiches taste so much better when they’re wrapped in wax paper?

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Question – is it too soon to start talking about…the holidays?? I know, it’s early, despite the serious chill (and snow!) in the air. Winter is long enough, so let’s not rush past fall, right? Still, the holiday season is on the horizon, and the fact is, no matter how tired we all are of hea…

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At least one elusive Grinch in the St. Croix Valley was puzzled to see his likeness on display in Big Box retail stores on the first weekend of October. Inside the Big Box, the Grinch action figure was joined by the Jolly Old Elf, a reindeer named Rudolph, a beagle named Snoopy, a Nutcracker…

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My 14-year-old son, Kellen, took in deer opener in Clearwater, Minnesota, on a friend’s farm. Across the upper Midwest, hunting is a rite of passage, along with fishing opener. When we lived in Osceola, Wisconsin, employees often would request the two weeks off for deer hunting at the time o…

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I realize I’m a week early, but with the holiday and postal delays next week, I thought it was best to be early — Happy Thanksgiving.

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We have all heard the saying, “The grass is not always greener on the other side.” I have been reminded of that lesson lately, except I think with the current status of the weather, it might be more appropriate to say, “The snow is not always whiter on the other side.” In fact, I feel like m…

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Where is the visual proof of all these covid patients? They say they say, like this fraudulent election, we in rural America will not be deceived!!!!! ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News are all suspect in this propaganda to deceive the masses. Are we not a free people? Do we huddle down like oppressed …

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I’m not talking about the 1990’s, but rather, the 1890’s. Let’s roll back through the Baldwin Bulletin news to see what›s to be learned. In 1890, one of Baldwin›s very earliest dwellers, Ove Olson, died. He’d come around 1867. Baldwin’s second large fire took place in 1893, their first havin…

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Joseph La Page was born in 1848 in either Paris France or Canada. He was in the Civil War as a private in Co. H, Reg 9 of the Vermont Volunteer Infantry. Serving from May 1 to October 1, 1861. He was wounded and is listed as a Union veteran. (U.S. 1890 Veterans of the Civil War, Statutes at …

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Stress. We all live with it every day. Stress can be positive or negative, depending on the situation. Positive stressors (called eustress) might include anticipation of happy occasions like an upcoming wedding, a vacation, or the holidays. On the other hand, negative stress (called distress…

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Special to the Baldwin Bulletin.

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Alex Trebek, the longtime host of Jeopardy, 80, died on Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer.