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I grew up and saw a lot of things about "heroes."  Usually they were fictional characters in fictional stories, and they were champions of justice, truth, and righteousness.  As I have … more
I aim to be at one with nature, but my aim is off target. It’s not my fault, though. It’s nature’s fault. It’s out to get me. Summer is for fun. It’s only nice weather … more
One of the things about writing a column every week is that you have to have life experiences to write about. Decades ago, and in another part of the world, I started out having a lot of opinions. … more
Some discoveries have been made. I don’t like to lose things, but inevitably, it happens to all of us. This is a story in two parts. The first has to do with my pants. The second part is a … more
Slow down people. What’s your hurry? I have a confession. I’m a pretty slow driver. I log a lot of miles each year, and it’s interesting to watch the driving styles of motorists. I … more
Hello friends, I am currently in a simply crazy, busy, but positive section of my life. This week I hunted hard for turkey during the second season in zone 1 and I did all of my hunting in a … more
Financial column with adam smit column head Heart Attack or Hangnail If you go to see your doctor with a medical issue, the medical professionals will ask a series of questions and may run … more
I’ve been looking forward to this coming summer since last year when it wasn’t summer anymore. The mild winter was nice. Spring has been about average the last couple weeks. But now we … more
Dear Editor: I am writing in regards to some places of historical significance in the Stanley area.In the April 4th issue it gave some outlining of the businesses that were there. Even though there … more
It was an interesting weekend. If anyone would have asked me a few days ago what the odds would be of me doing these things on back to back days, I would have said one in a million. I should … more
I knew the weekend snowfall was going to come before most of you. In fact, I knew about it before many so-called weather experts. A few weeks ago, I attended a high school basketball game. … more
We have a couple of these security cameras mounted on the front of our house. It sends me an alert every time there’s an intruder. I get sent a video clip every time one of them is … more
With HSHS recently announcing its exit with Prevea from Western Wisconsin and both Sacred Heart of Eau Claire and St. Joseph’s of Chippewa Falls closing, the news likely leaves a question in … more
They called him the “Stanley Steamer,” predicting back in high school that he would turn into a football pro. Graduating from Stanley High in 1941 and known for his sports prowess, Earl … more
March 23, 2023 Corner Booth How did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?   In the Stanley area, the tradition is to have a meal of corn beef and cabbage.  We did, and it was … more
Hello friends,     For the first time since 1989 I am going to write to you over two separate weeks, two different ways of describing the same trip. I just returned from an ice … more
  After competition on February 21-22, the 2023 U. S Championship Cheese was Europa, an Aged Gouda, made by Arethusa Farm in Bantam, Connecticut.  First runner-up was a Vintage Cupola … more
A big thank you goes out to the city crew who did a great job of clearing the roads during the back to back snow storms.  By 9 am on Friday, the town was back to normal with all roads plowed and … more
Good money habits can help you save and invest for the future.  Poor habits can leave you treading water financially, or potentially worse, drowning.  more
A home should be a peaceful sanctuary for its inhabitants, a quiet place of comfort and solitude. But when you live in the country, sometimes your abode is sought after by critters other than … more
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