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Sainted: A huge high five to the city and business people for the gorgeous flowers throughout the city this year.

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I received terrible news about a family member’s struggle with an incurable disease. All I could think of is how sad they must be and how life is precious. The next thing I thought of was “Thank God there is Medicare” because the panic of being gravely ill is enough to contend with, don’t ne…

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Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association (WCLRA), Washburn County Land & Water Conservation, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Washburn County (UWEXWC) are longtime partners on land and water quality efforts. Given urgent matters such as addressing aquatic invasive species an…

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Flambeau Mining Company (FMC) recently applied to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to drastically cut back on monitoring requirements at their mine near Ladysmith. A new report authored by hydrogeologist Robert E. Moran (remwater.org) suggests monitoring should be increased, not…

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Isaac’s little 4-year-old granddaughter came running to him, filthy from toe to brow. He pulled her onto his lap and wiped some mud from her face. Her beautiful blond hair was so full of dirt that it looked almost brown.

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A raise in the federal minimum wage, which has been $7.25 since 2009, has been bandied about for a number of years. The target rate most often discussed, of course is $15 per hour, more than twice the current rate.

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NOTE– For 16 years outdoor writer Bob Becker delighted Spooner Advocate readers with his “Boot Prints” column, spotlighting old times and old timers, hunting, fishing, and all things in the great Northwestern Wisconsin outdoors – and it was easy to see that his passion was fishing! Bob has b…

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Over the last few years, our area has become all-too-familiar with severe weather. Tornados, damaging winds, and flooding have caused enormous damage to our homes and communities. Although the struggle to return to normalcy after these events can take time, we are so fortunate to have extrem…

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The latest explosive charges of racism hurtled back and forth at the highest levels of our government have exposed the president of our country for what he is. And it is time that his supporters, especially Evangelical Christians, face the fact that any further silence on their part makes th…

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The importance of volunteers to a community, especially to a small community without the luxury of a city-employed events and missions planner, cannot be measured, other than to try to establish, “What would happen if we didn’t have all these volunteers?”

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The very first Spooner Rodeo was described as an “Outstanding Success” on the front page of the Spooner Advocate, July 15, 1954. And it must have been, because this weekend the 66th annual Spooner Rodeo is coming to town, bigger, better, and stronger than ever.

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Peg is off this week, so she has handed over the laptop to me. I’m Ivy Claire, the dog with the perky face on the right of her column photo.

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Independence Day! It is the anniversary of the day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted by the Continental Congress, and as Founding Father John Adams predicted that year that it would be, it is “celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.”

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On July 4, it seems like more American flags can be seen proudly waving, and that is good. As this country celebrates Independence Day, let’s realize that we are very blessed to live here.

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Anyone who has had an accident and dealt with insurance may have come to wonder about the policy-making of modern companies. We had an experience with it which left us scratching our heads.

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Those who were around at the time Apollo 11 completed its mission probably remember the new phrase that entered our lexicon in the accomplishment’s wake, describing people’s frustration in regard to a plethora of situations.