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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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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.

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Glimpses of sunshine were hard to find over the past few days. So low and heavy were the damp, gray clouds that I worried they might crush my soul. We’ve had a few nice days, though, and a week ago I was biking 30-40 miles per day on dryer, warmer roads. On those days, despite gray clouds, f…

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We are almost at the end of the most painful part of this summer’s road construction headache in Lake Mills.

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The first lamb for “Avengers: Endgame” to slaughter is “The Intruder,” a home invasion thriller where the invader cares deeply about the home. It’s hard to talk about this movie without talking about the positioning of its release.

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Mother's Day is one of the busiest service days for restaurants. While I hate crowds and love to cook, I'm strictly forbidden to enter the kitchen on Mother's Day.

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Is Donald Trump slipping? In his endless quest to give everyone a derogatory nickname, he’s now calling Joe Biden “Sleepy Joe.” It’s not clear why he’s calling him “Sleepy,” but it might be a typo. Perhaps, he meant “Sloppy Joe.” That would be spicier.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about origins. We all have one, a place we are from or group of people we identify with. For us it’s Lake Mills. During long walks around town, I’ve ventured to the street I grew up on, Margarette Street.

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I was "Netflix and chilling" one evening when I discovered an exciting new docuseries called "7 Days Out." It provides an intimate look at the excitement and drama of the seven days leading up to significant historical and cultural events, including the Westminster Dog Show, Chanel's Haute C…

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Here it is – the grand finale to the superhero franchise that defined a whole generation of blockbusters. We thought we were going to get a definitive end last year with “Avengers: Infinity War,” but then the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin) procured the powerful Infinity Gauntlet, snapped his fing…

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Impeach Donald Trump? What a bad idea for the Democrats, in spite of the pressure from the party’s left flank, and in spite of various presidential candidates, like Elizabeth Warren, pandering to the ultra-progressives.

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“I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration,” the 14th-century French philosopher Jean de Jandun wrote of Notre Dame, “that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul.”

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Valek the demonic nun is the stuff of nightmares. Annabelle the possessed doll is a freaky sight. La Llorona is about two-thirds as scary as either of them. Her yellow eyes certainly aren’t inviting, nor is her constant stream of tears that could easily be mistaken for blood. But her face is…

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After the Easter baskets have been put away and the chocolate bunnies are a sticky, melted memory, the colored hard-cooked eggs linger on. Remember, that although your colored eggs were attractive as the centerpiece for Easter, they are a perishable food and should have been treated that way.

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We should do better, but how can we? By “we” I mean media wretches — the purveyors, so President Donald Trump charges, of “fake news.” The reality is that we constantly deal in his fake spews of outrageous controversy, which he concocts to feed his insatiable need for attention, and our perp…

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Earth Day is a time to celebrate our natural resources and commit to caring for our planet. As a farmer, this commitment isn’t limited to one day, but rather stretches across 365 days each year. I rely on healthy soils, clean and abundant water and clear air to ensure good growing conditions…

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Last year, Wisconsin lost 691 dairy farms, the most since 2011. Wisconsin also leads neighboring states in farm bankruptcies. Consecutive years of low milk prices, increasing operational costs and changes in trade policy are exerting pressure on dairy farmers and, by extension, the entire da…

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The top two movies in the country right now have the exact opposite premise. “Shazam!” is about a young boy who is happy when he turns into an adult. “Little” is about a grown woman who is miserable when she turns into a child. I guess a good companion piece would be “The Hot Chick,” where o…

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The Easter holiday has a special meaning for me. As a child, Easter meant everything was fresh and new. My mother always bought me a pretty dress and beautiful shoes to wear for the special Easter Sunday church service. After church, she prepared a lovely dinner with a lemon meringue pie, an…

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President Donald Trump obviously loves playing whack-a-mole. You know, like the amusement-park game where once a thingy is knocked back into a hole, another one pops up somewhere nearby. Trump is a political whack-a-mole wizard. Just as his carnival roadies tamp down one of his outrageous co…