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My daughter was sick a few weeks ago. She missed several days of school, shattered her prior screen time record, and sneezed on everything in our house. After several feverish days, and nights during which violent coughs shattered the nocturnal stillness and gave our home the aural qualities of a...
Dear Editor, Another Scandihoovian fest is in the books, and what an awesome weekend it was. Lots of red hats all over town and the sun even graced us for an hour or two. This is an all-volunteer event that we couldn’t do without the cheerful help of our friends and the generosity of our local...
As founder of We the Irrelevant, a website that tracks how well (or poorly) the actions of legislators match up with what the public has asked them to do, I have sent multiple open records requests to Wisconsin legislators on a variety of controversial initiatives. Each time, I’ve asked them for...
“I do not want to be remembered for ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude,’ nor for the Nobel Prize, but for the newspapers,” said the legendary magical realist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He understood that journalism is the key that unlocks all forms of storytelling, even ones with magical cows and a...
How important is the safety of your child/grandchild while at school?  Do you know what your school district is doing to protect our kids and what policies and procedures they’re implementing to promote a safe environment for learning?  Matt Geiger’s article on “Schools work to prepare for attacks...
We know we all need to try to understand the long range climate conditions and, in the long run, what climate conditions are predicted for the next decade and beyond as well as what we can do to prepare for future climate changes. Our understanding is that, in general, climate scientists agree that...
American Transmission Co. (ATC), which builds and owns high-voltage power lines, is among the top Wisconsin contributors to loosely regulated outside electioneering groups that spend millions to influence state and federal elections in Wisconsin and throughout the country. ATC and its employees...
Snow brings with it newness, changing the world so completely in just a few hours that we are forced to actually see our everyday surroundings. And when we see them, we are so often amazed by their splendor.  I’ve always thought of the snow as beautiful, but really it isn’t the snow at all. The...
The 2020 campaign for president starts in earnest with the Iowa Caucus next week. There can be little doubt that this campaign will be one of the most bitter and divisive elections in American history. To find a historical analog to current polarization, experts point to the election of 1860 when...
Senator Johnson, I think you take your position on the Homeland Security committee seriously and must know that threats to our nation are not limited to armed or cyber threats, but can also be very human threats in the guise of a single person or aberrant movement. The biggest threat for the last 3...

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