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Let's not get too excited over the plans of the protesters to bring over the hilarious "Baby Trump" balloon from London and put it aloft during the president's Independence Day speech at the Lincoln Memorial. First of all, shouldn't we remember the nation from whom we declared independence? …

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This may be the most boring movie review you ever read. Don’t get me wrong, “Toy Story 4” is far from a boring movie. In fact, it packs in so much action that I wondered if it could even reach a satisfactory conclusion in its 100 minute runtime (spoiler alert: of course it did). No, it’s bor…

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Editor’s note: The following letter was originally printed in the Leader on July 29, 1999

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I have been personally fascinated with the Mamre Moravian Church along County Highway Q since starting this job last August.

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Clarity of thought and expression about moral issues is not a core competency of CEOs.

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Let's play "Jeopardy," where the answers are questions. If Alex Trebek were to ask contestants to specify "A glaring contrast between Queen Elizabeth II and President Donald Trump," the correct response would be "What are class and crass?"

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NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 17, 1944 – In the preceding column we told about the D-day wreckage among our machines of war that were expended in taking one of the Normandy beaches.

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Today, our youngest residents are said to be 3-4 generations removed from a farm. So is that why we have a labor shortage in agriculture, less awareness of farm practices necessary in a changing global climate and maybe even misperceptions of farmers’ intent when it comes to concerns about w…

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NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 16, 1944 – I took a walk along the historic coast of Normandy in the country of France.

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With the first flush of spring—the melting of the lake ice, the warm whispers of air against my face, the moist smell of the earth coming alive, the gleeful chatter of birdsong—my heart seems to leap and swell with a mixture of joy and gratitude. It’s almost as if I would raise my arms overh…

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As he exercises his Putin-given right as president to lay waste to the United States, it turns out that Donald Trump can really draw from only a very few weapons in his quiver as he causes all the traditional allies to quiver. When all else fails, he pulls out his favorite economy-piercing a…

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I just barely enjoyed 2016’s “The Secret Life of Pets.” The cutesy animated movie about house pets had to scratch and claw its way to a Two and a Half Star rating (now a B-) from me. I remember that the main story about cozy domestic dog Max (Louis C.K., a bad casting choice at the time and …

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NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 – Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore.

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As the state’s Joint Finance Committee continues work on the budget process, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is asking for support of a long-term solution for transportation. The dire need for local road aid must be a priority in the transportation budget discussions.

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I avoid making fun of someone’s physical appearance. I really do. But I’m totally struggling here, folks. All I can say is that the White House image mavens who allowed Donald Trump to be seen with a 390-pound sumo wrestler in Tokyo really blew it. I can’t imagine how it was that Donald Trum…

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Our state’s license plates proudly read “America’s Dairyland.” Football fans often wear foam cheese heads at Green Bay Packer games. Wisconsin is known for its dairy and cheese around the world, but are especially important to residents of our state.

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I had the great honor this week of speaking at the American Legion Post 67 Memorial Day ceremony at the Lake Mills Middle School.

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The big question surrounding the new live-action remake of Disney’s 1992 animated classic “Aladdin” is, can the iconic comedic performance that defined the original be replaced and still make the movie marvelously magical? I’m sorry to say that the film doesn’t pull it off. Alan Tudyk tries,…

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I’d been on a band trip to Disney, a fishing trip to Leach Lake, Minnesota, with a church youth group, and a couple sleepovers, but for the majority of my first eighteen years, it was Mom, Dad, me, and a Collie named Sugar. I was the first of my family to attend college. Townsend Residence H…

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May 1, 2003: Then-President George W. Bush landed in a jet on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to announce that just a few weeks after his Iraq invasion, all major combat operations would end. It was a made-for-television event. Dominating the picture was a huge sign decl…

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Addressing our growing transportation needs has become a hotly-debated topic at the state and national levels. In Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers’ proposed transportation budget offers a responsible and urgently-needed path forward to address an issue that has been studied, debated, avoided a…

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Community newspapers can reach and engage the communities they serve like no other print or online vehicle can.

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No one enjoys getting impeached, and if it happens to him, Donald J. Trump will be no exception.

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The last thing the world needs is more of Robert Mueller’s commentary, but Congress is determined to have him hold forth at a public hearing.

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Back when I was a TV local newspup, I met Muhammad Ali to do an interview. This was during his boxing days. While my video person set up, I discovered, to my utter surprise, during our chat that he was friendly but soft-spoken and cordial, the exact opposite of his loud, brash shtick.