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 As I looked out my kitchen window the other morning, I noticed that the snow was beginning to melt.  I could see a little more of the White River, which runs past my home up in Delta.  It finally felt like we’d turned the corner on winter.   I’m sure we’ll have more snow, but Spring is coming, and for most of us, it can’t come fast enough. Read more

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Those of you who remember me from the 12 years that I represented this area in the Wisconsin Assembly may also remember that I write to the Daily Press every spring election to encourage people to vote, and sometimes to endorse particular candidates.  I do so again today.

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

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Due to the unwarranted shut down of the Hurley K-12 on Feb. 21,I indirectly accept the responsibility for this action. It was my words that were overhead by an eavesdropper who took those words out of context and reported what they thought sounded like a threat toward the school.

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Spring is here in Beijing. Bitter gusts are getting warmer, and short days are getting longer. Thick winter coats are moving to the back of closets, and wide-open windows let in fresh bursts of air.  There’s much to enjoy about these clear, sunny days. But nothing really compares to the erup…

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What’s a muskellunge? Why: a musky, of course. You are from here; you know that. I didn’t. I’ve only heard the term “musky.” A musky is a fish. A big fish; a pike to be exact. And apparently a nickname. I was educated to that fact recently at the Moccasin Bar in Hayward. We were there during…

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Washburn City Council will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. Without a doubt the item attracting the most attention is the response to the city request for interest in developing city-owned land along Omaha Street. A Madison group called Movin’ Out was the only company to respond. It ha…

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As a farmer, I can't help keeping an eye on the sky for what the weather will bring. My business, my way of life, my very survival as a farmer and the future for my children depends on the weather. Whenever the present experience is very far outside of expected norms for very long, for bette…

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Our drivers are friends to the children, and they are the representatives of Head Start that the public sees most. Sometimes parents see their child’s bus driver more than they see their child’s teacher.

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There’s anticipation in the air in Beijing. With less than a week to go, excitement is mounting and the streets are quieting. People across the city are packing their bags and heading to the train, a kid in one arm and a box of kiwis in the other. It’s Spring Festival time.

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I was given a tolerant smile today — one of those. A woman — well-dressed, pricey boots, new mini-van, severe bun; dropped her child off at school, turned to me, and smiled tolerantly — tight-lipped, nose tipped up a bit. I, smiling a good-morning smile at her due to her proximity to me, fal…

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The Washburn City Council will meet Monday with several very important items on the agenda. There will be a presentation by the Movin’ Out group of Madison with its proposal to build housing along Omaha Street. Most of the proposed 40 units would require residents to meet income requirements…

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For many years, the Ashland Police Department has made do in its headquarters in the basement and third floor of City Hall. Planning for a new facility has been ongoing since at least 2004, when the city completed a comprehensive plan with a stated goal to “Promote the development of modern …