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Americans believe we are the “good guys” that promote peace and democracy around the world. We believe that the military is the reason we have freedom, individual rights, and democracy. We believe veterans sacrificed to defend this freedom and keep us safe. We tell ourselves these stories on…

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Driving north on Hwy. 63, just north of Barronett a sign reads: “Welcome to Vacationland, Washburn County.” It appears we have made it through the worst of spring and now the sun is shining, youth are graduating, and cabins are opened up for the year. Stores are beginning to open in anticipa…

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I had a high school teacher who one day advised the boys in our class, “Never marry someone until you have taken her for a walk in the rain at least once.” You’d have had to know him to understand why he might have thought that was good advice to give a room full of soon-to-be high school gr…

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Over the past years local law enforcement in the area has seen the tragedy of line of duty deaths hit too close to home, bringing the dangers and stresses of the job to the front lines. But due to the local support we have been able to maintain that line that we are called upon to protect an…

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When so much about politics is partisan, one might expect a topic like police body cameras to be contentious, particularly as it relates to public access to recordings.

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It has now been nearly 20 years since you departed this earth. How in the world did time go by so quickly? I was a young man when you left. Now I look in the mirror and see Dad looking back, with a grey beard and wrinkles that weren’t there so very long ago. And I realize that I am almost th…

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Monday was Earth Day, which was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues. The holiday is now a global celebration that sometimes extends into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green living.

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My mom (she never liked us calling her “Mother”) and her three sisters who survived childhood have all passed away. But I can still hear them laughing.

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As we approach the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, most of us do things to help protect our environment and are learning to recycle everything that we possibly can. But many are not "recycling" the most important things – our organs!  

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What do the Sunrise Movement, This Is Zero Hour, and Youth Climate Strike have in common? They are all youth-powered movements focused on the climate crisis that threatens their futures. Their leaders are as young as 14, and all recognize the magnitude of the crisis that is undermining their…

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Kudos to Michael Maestri of Stone Lake for the wonderful letter he wrote on all things being accomplished by our current president. Despite all he endures, he stands firm in doing what’s best for our country and those of us blessed to live in it along with a wife who supports him through it all.

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Something about the snow melting and water trickling in the gutters – these days so “mud-lucious and puddle-wonderful,” as e.e. cummings wrote – brings back vivid memories of high school and earlier years. Maybe it’s simply watching the young of today in their various celebrations of the sea…

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For many who were there at the time, the 1960s may be remembered as an enigma, wrapped in a haze, suspended by a skinny little string. “Schizophrenic” could be a good word to describe those years, as the decade had some major highs, some massive lows, and some mixed messages that truly rocke…