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Pardon my sharing a personal preference, but I don’t give a rat’s patootie about the opinions of some showbiz notables because, notwithstanding their star power, they usually don’t really know what they’re talking about.

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If you are avid reader of our enduring local news source, you may have noticed the increased instances of crime reported on in this paper. Let me assure you Lake Mills is not “going down the toilet,” as we’ve heard people recently say.

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The president is smack-dab in the middle of impeachment politics. Suddenly, he orders a bold but perilous military action. His defenders vehemently argue that petty politics is getting in the way of his exercising his hugely important duties as commander in chief.

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OK, zoomers: Here is your trigger warning. What was the name of Roy Rogers’ horse? The answer is Trigger. You were warned.

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Sweetie is the feline equivalent of that old lady who lost her filter. She’s a sixteen-year-old Persian with an unruly mane, who has to be sedated for her spa appointments. Sweetie doesn’t hold her liquor like she used to. The day after her most recent style and perm, she was still feeling a…

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Winter is a time of deep silence—a drawing inward. Waning light, cold air catching in your lungs, lakes freezing over, and rain which becomes snow are all hallmarks of this drawing away from the surface. This season is necessary for nature to rejuvenate and prepare for the surge of growth wh…

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President Donald Trump’s impeachment letter to Nancy Pelosi is nothing if not sincere.

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I don’t know if they take attendance in schools anymore. Maybe surveillance cameras, facial recognition and all the other high-tech intrusions make it unnecessary, but back in the day, the teacher would always start out with the roll call. You were expected to announce “here” when your name …

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By the time you read this I will be on my way to ring in the New Year in Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve never been to ‘Music City,’ so I’m pretty excited to be there to ring in the New Year, but what no one tells you about traveling when you have children and dogs is it’s a lot of work!

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I’m not a Dr. Seuss fan. When it comes to children’s books, I’m more a Curious George or Peter Rabbit guy. I generally don’t like the doggerel or the illustrations in Seuss, which doesn’t leave much to admire.

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How fitting it was that on Friday the 13th, Boris Johnson trundled over to Buckingham Palace and received permission from the queen to form his government. Fitting because it was bad luck for those who had fading hopes of somehow stopping Brexit before it actually happened, and really bad lu…

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“I could dance with you till the cows come home. Better still, I’ll dance with the cows and you come home.” — Groucho Marx

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For a town where friendship is really a matter of expedience, where Best Friends Forever, or “BFF” in kiddie talk, has become “BFT,” Best Friends Temporarily, we sure have conjured up many sound bites about friendship. “You want a friend in Washington?” said Harry Truman, “Get a dog.” Unless…

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This will be sacrilege to “Never Trumpers,” but Michael Bloomberg and Donald Trump share some similarities. It is true that Bloomberg’s charitable foundation actually does good work, while Donald Trump had to pay a $2 million fine for basically using his for self-promotion. And it is true th…

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It was still November when my Christmas tree fell over this year. Don’t worry there weren’t any breakable ornaments on it, those family heirlooms will be in storage until my children are in their pre-teens. I don’t think that ever happened when I was a kid and we had a cat.

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Nancy Pelosi said she undertook impeachment "prayerfully," and apparently what she was praying was that she could get it over with as soon as possible.

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Let’s return to yesteryear. Richard Nixon, coming off an already bitterly controversial career and countless tangles with the media, had just been beaten in the 1962 campaign to become California governor. He was severely resentful, and snarled at reporters, “You don’t have Nixon to kick aro…

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This weekend, Wisconsin will kick off one of its most celebrated outdoor traditions. Hunters around the state will take to the woods with the official opening of gun deer season. Last year statewide, just under a quarter of a million deer were harvested.

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You won’t find many adults on the planet who are less of a gearhead than yours truly. I live in New York specifically because I don’t drive. I gave up on learning after five lessons, one of which saw a cop car behind me (I can’t say I got “pulled over” because what I did was slam on the brea…

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If the impeachment effort isn’t taking the nation by storm, the Democrats have an answer — blame it on Latin. The use of a Latin term, quid pro quo, is now thought to be a damper on the impeachment cause because it sounds complex and technical.

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It’s not fair to call Michael Bloomberg just a superrich dilettante. He is, after all, a former mayor of New York City, so he does have some experience as a political officeholder. It is fair to describe Bloomberg as a superrich guy who obviously was looking for something to do, so he decide…

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One hundred years ago on Nov. 11, our nation observed the first Armistice Day — the precursor to what we now celebrate as Veterans Day.

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Veterans Day is not a holiday one typically associates with new movies, either in terms of box office or subject matter. With box office, there’s a clamor over which movie gets to dominate Christmas weekend, Thanksgiving, Easter, even the similarly military-themed Memorial Day, but ironicall…

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Here’s the thing about those bright, shiny human objects that are so irresistible to those of us in media: The truth is that, like so much bling, they are merely fool’s gold, soon tarnished by reality. The overexposure reveals that there’s little under the gloss, and this “next big thing” is…

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If there’s one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it’s that nationalism is a very bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has demonstrated its potency in recent years, from the election of Donald Trump to Britain’…

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Joe and Sam tamped solid the gravel around the last post. They stepped back, Austin Kind stepped in, drew his DeWALT, and sunk the last two screws on the final board. The origin of the fence was a quarter mile north. The first post had been planted a month ago.

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California is staying true to its reputation as the land of innovation — it is making blackouts, heretofore the signature of impoverished and war-torn lands, a routine feature of 21st-century American life.

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Let’s give credit where it’s due: As commander in chief, President Donald Trump can claim success for the military operation that took out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the long-elusive founder of ISIS, who, according to the White House and military sources, blew himself up setting off a vest of exp…

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Lake Mills has its share of spooky stories and buildings. To those willing to believe there might even be a few haunted houses and businesses around town, if you believe in that sort of thing, me I’m kind of a skeptic, but like any good reporter I like to do my research.

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The weekend before Halloween is notoriously bad for new releases. Everyone is going to want to see a Halloween movie, so it doesn’t pay to release something outside of horror or at least a horror-themed comedy. But it also doesn’t really pay to release a Halloween movie, because those movies…

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It’s really difficult to tell because his hands are so small, but it looks for all the world that President Donald Trump has an extended middle finger raised at, well, all the world. Who knew that he could speak in sign language? Or at least that he knew how to say one word? Come to think of…

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The Ukraine story hasn’t been good for President Donald Trump, and there’s only one way out — to get impeached, and the sooner, the better.

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I was in the middle of working out last week when I noticed the instructor check her phone. I didn’t know what she was doing, I kept lifting my leg up until it burned. When she started to dance around saying a few choice words, myself and the rest of the class took notice.

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Barack Obama and Donald Trump are diametrically opposed figures, representing the categorical rejection of the other for his supporters, yet they share significant foreign-policy DNA.

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Vladimir Putin is not a Facebook friend of mine -- that I know of, anyway. He could be, perhaps registered under an alias put out by the Moscow Troll Department, but to my knowledge, I didn't send a "Happy birthday to Vlad" greeting to mark the Russian president's 67th.

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As promised, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” delivers the most vile, repugnant, terrifying creatures known to man. I’m speaking of course, about the three fairy godmothers (Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, and Juno Temple) who have watched over Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) since she was a …

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers pledged in August to make Wisconsin’s electricity consumption 100% carbon-free by 2050.

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In his “Gettysburg Address,” Abraham Lincoln described a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The problem for any democracy is that those people can make a mistake — a dangerous mistake — by electing someone who’s severely unqualified or a bloomin’ nutcase.

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Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords.

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What signifies Autumn to you? Football? The return to school schedules? Besides the waning daylight, for me, the one predictable herald of Autumn is the return of the coots.