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Donald Trump has taken to declaring himself a "wartime president," but the commander in chief cannot resist getting in the way of what few competent generals he has at his disposal. No matter how hard he pretends, Commander COVID is unable to rise to the occasion and rise above his flimflam …

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Countries have experienced economic depressions before, but not usually as a matter of choice.

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Wisconsin has had a proud history of protecting our natural resources. Wisconsinites including John Muir, Aldo Leopold and Gaylord Nelson have been national leaders in the movement to protect our planet. In the past, Wisconsin has recognized the value of its water resources. Through the Publ…

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Today's farmers are continually innovating when it comes to new methods of growing and raising our food supply. Aquaponics, a process which allows producers to raise and grow both a protein and vegetable crop simultaneously, has seen an increase in popularity.

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We are living in uncertain times right now, there is doubt about that. Social distancing and coronavirus are new concepts to most of us. Here at the Lake Mills Leader and all of the newspapers in our publishing group, we are working to give you the most up to date information on COVID-19 thr…

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Admit it. Many of you who heard that President Donald Trump had finally decided to take a coronavirus test were rooting for it to come back positive, meaning he had contracted the disease and at the very least would have to self-quarantine.

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What happens when the supposed dictator won't dictate? This is the conundrum confronted by the harshest critics of President Donald Trump who have gone from warning he is a budding despot to complaining he hasn't done enough to impose his will during the coronavirus crisis.

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I’m one of the lucky few, depending on how you look at it. I’m still at work with childcare, but many would say it’s better to be home right now, experts are recommending even those who show no sign of illness should stay home and self-quarantine.

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The coronavirus outbreak is the first pandemic of the woke era, and as such it’s not surprising that there is a fierce debate over how to refer to it without offending against social justice.

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Forget March Madness brackets; the real gambling has to do with Trump Madness. The hottest bet of all: How long will Mark Meadows last as White House chief of staff?

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Well it happened. When I was cuddled up on the couch last Saturday night I started to feel the tickle in my throat, the one that tells you something bad is about to happen. By the early morning hours on Sunday I was sick, very sick. A trip to urgent care, with me barley able to speak, told m…

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Anybody who is acquainted with me knows that I’m a baseball fan and root for my hometown team, the Nationals. Did I mention they won the World Series? It’s a new season, and opening day is coming up. This year, there’s a possibility that opening day might not happen, because we are dealing w…

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Bernie Sanders may be on the verge of gaining an insurmountable lead in the Democratic nomination fight, but he’s not letting that get in the way of his socialist principles.

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In Las Vegas, Mike Bloomberg’s half-billion-dollar crapshoot was revealed as a load of, well, you know. Half a BILLION dollars! That’s what he will have spent before Super Tuesday, when he is first on any ballot. But even before then, his lavishly paid advisers had allowed him to participate…

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For generations, farmers have been caring for the land, the water, and their environmental resources. While many traditions run deep in the farming community, innovation and ingenuity are the keys to success in agriculture. Today, farmers across our state are leading the way when it comes to…

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President Donald Trump is right that he does “have, as president, the legal right” to meddle in Department of Justice decisions. However, when he makes public comments, or when it can be shown that he has privately discussed any federal criminal case with his Justice subordinates, it should …

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I’ve ranted about the expression “Breaking News!” before. But like any issue I confront, it only gets worse.

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South Main Street in Lake Mills, had deteriorated into a tree-lined cattle path. When the Prius’ and mini-vans started to bottom out and we lost a Smart Car in a sink hole, it was time to repave.

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It’s not just that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo chewed out NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly after she dared to ask him questions he didn’t like. Nor is it so objectionable that his tirade was saturated with F-bombs. And it certainly is not because she’s a woman. When it comes to reporters, P…

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Days like we had here in Lake Mills on Jan. 29 are the stuff of nightmares. At 11:19 a.m. our school district office received a phone call describing a bomb threat at our schools in 20 minutes. All schools were evacuated, and everyone was safe.

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In his opinion column of Jan. 9, Rich Lowry advocated for loose regulation of e-cigarettes. As a retired physician who specialized in pulmonary medicine (lungs/respiratory) I disagree and will outline the medical facts as currently known about e-cigarettes/vaping.

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Let's discuss the fantasy that so many desperate Democrats are having. In their minds, they're asking, "Is it too late for Adam Schiff to run for president?" Actually, since his dynamite performance as lead House of Representatives counsel advocating in the Senate for the conviction of Donal…

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Today we’ve tackled some tough, but rarely talked about issues in our legendary little town. Addiction is a very real issue in Lake Mills, in Jefferson County and in the state. It’s not something that only happens in other towns or cities. It’s happening here and affecting families in and ar…

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Despite the short daylight hours and the chill in the weather, farmers throughout the state of Wisconsin are still hard at work. Livestock farmers are busy keeping their animals warm and dry, crop growers are replacing parts on their field equipment, and producers of all commodities are plan…

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For the kiddies, it’ll be necessary to start this rant by explaining that there was an immensely popular TV show called “Dallas” that ran from 1978 through 1991. It traced the escapades of a grossly dysfunctional Texas family dynasty. Now we have the soap opera about a grossly dysfunctional …

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It might not have made the headlines, but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401Ks of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you have either of these accounts, or if you run a business, you’ll want to learn more.

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Wisconsin’s commitment to good roads and reliable transportation goes back more than a century and is built into our identity.

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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…