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At our house, we’re always searching for ways to eat healthier ... on a budget. One way to do just that is to add healthy seafood to your menu at least twice a week. This includes both fish and shellfish as the main protein on your plate. Seafood is available in a variety of price points, so…

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On Saturday, Aug, 31, Black Belt candidates from Karate America geared up and headed out to clean their adopted highway, Highway J in Lodi. As part of their training, candidates are taught to give back to their communities by volunteering, as well as learning why not to litter. The members w…

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The Columbia County 4-H Horse Project completed a successful 50-50 raffle fundraiser culminating with the drawing of five winners at the recently completed Columbia County Fair. It was a true 50-50 in that 400 tickets were sold at 10 dollars each with 2000 dollars being given back to the fiv…

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The past few years have produced some unusual weather. Whether you live in an area that has been hit with storm-related power outages or you just want to stock up for the times you’re unable to shop, creating an emergency pantry using canned goods as staples is a wise choice.

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“For so long we’ve sort of had the attitude that ‘well I suffered as a freshmen so all freshmen shall suffer’ and just doesn’t have to be that way,” Carrie Kerska, English teacher and Link Crew Coordinator, said.

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The first Monday in September is Labor Day, a celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. It’s also a day of recognition of their contributions to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. The holiday has been celebrated nationwide since 1894.

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Treinen Farm is beginning to brew with activity as the fall season sits on the horizon. It won’t be long until kettle corn starts popping, the goats begin bleating and people twist and turn their way through this year’s new, intricate corn maze.

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A lightning strike 57 years ago burned the United Methodist church in Merrimac to the ground. It was decided to have a grilled chicken BBQ to help raise funds to rebuild the church.

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Back-to-school shopping can blow up a household budget. Sometimes the only way a family can save money is by monitoring what it spends each week on groceries.

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Households with children in grade school and high school will spend almost $700 on back-to-school shopping this fall, according to the National Retail Federation. Clothing, electronics, and school supplies are the top three expenses listed by families in the Federation’s annual July survey. …

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This past March 14 the water level at Crystal Lake rose ten inches in less than a day. That rise imperiled homes, businesses and roads. The residents of northern Dane County and Southern Columbia are still struggling with issues related to the high water. Most of these residents are dissatis…

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Did you know that the Lodi Primary School was built with energy efficiency in mind? Additionally, the School District of Lodi pursued energy efficient upgrades at existing buildings: the Middle School, High School, and District Office. Thanks to energy efficient design, the district will sav…

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This is one of my dear friends’ first year as an elementary school teacher. She’s also the mother of two boys. Not only does she have to prepare a healthy school lunch and snacks for herself, she also must pack lunches and snacks that her kids will love. I’m sure that this is a common dilemm…

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Phyllis (Brunner) and James E. Schwartz, Dane, were married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Cross Plains on Aug. 16, 1969.

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Phyllis (Brunner) and James E. Schwartz, Dane, were married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Cross Plains on Aug. 16, 1969.

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Thomas and Jeanette Treinen of Waunakee will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Aug. 6, 2019. Tom and the former Jeanette Eckstein were married Aug. 6, 1959, at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lodi, and have resided in Waunakee most of their married life.

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The Lodi FFA Alumni Association is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year. Join us on Friday, Aug. 9, for our 10th annual Truck & Tractor Pull, and again on Saturday, Aug. 10 for the 5th annual Demolition Derby.

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Summer is one of the best seasons to indulge in beautiful, leafy green vegetables. These include the most common varieties seen in grocery stores or farmer’s markets, like spinach, kale, collards, mustard greens or Swiss chard. You also can eat the green, leafy tops of many root vegetables, …

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Hot sun beat down on the back of my neck, and a mosquito pricked at my elbow. Still, I held my breath and clicked the camera’s shutter-release button twice more before straightening up out of my crouch and swatting the mosquito. The tiny wasp I’d been trying to catch in the act of nectaring …

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Black-eyed peas have had a tremendous influence on both my writing and culinary career. My first book for children was entitled “Picking Peas for a Penny.”

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A Lodi United Methodist Church mission team is looking to making sleeping a little more peaceful for children in the area as they plan to build beds for local kids in need.

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Following a timeline required by state law, the Department of Public Instruction released an estimate today of the general school aids each public school district will receive for the 2019-20 school year.

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My introduction to green beans was the canned variety. My mother was such a great cook that she managed to make them taste delicious, but green beans were not a vegetable I ever requested for dinner.

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Like many of you, when the weather turns warmer, I start thinking about shedding a few pounds. As I grow older, getting rid of my extra winter weight becomes more of a challenge. I’ve found that adding more of the right foods in smaller portions to my daily diet all year long is the best met…

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I love celebrating the Fourth of July! Our celebration traditions have changed now that my daughter does most of the cooking, and my son-in-law does the grilling for our family gatherings at their home. These days, all I typically have to do is bring something to add to the meal, enjoy the d…

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I love celebrating the Fourth of July! Our celebration traditions have changed now that my daughter does most of the cooking, and my son-in-law does the grilling for our family gatherings at their home. These days, all I typically have to do is bring something to add to the meal, enjoy the d…

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Heather Quale and Emily Oetzman, recent Lodi High School graduates, were awarded the 2019 Tobacco Free Columbia-Dane County Coalition (TFCDC) Youth Advocacy Award for their leadership and advocacy with the Lodi High School FACT program.

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June is the season for berries. Sweet, juicy summer berries are like the healthy “candy” of the food world. Not only are berries nutritious, new research indicates that eating berries also may help stave off the cognitive decline and memory loss that come with aging.

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A group of present and former EMS members joined together recently to purchase an AED defibrillator for Reach out Lodi. There were 12 donors who contributed to the defibrillator and represent over 300 years of cumulative service for EMS. Pictured front row: Linda Brimmer, Dorothy Miskulin, D…

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Sonara Smart Dodd was raised by her father, a widower with six children. Dodd wanted to honor her father and fathers everywhere by establishing an official equivalent to Mother’s Day. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support.

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More than 2,300 participants and 68 teams gathered on June 1, 2019 for the Girls on the Run South Central Wisconsin 5K event at Middleton High School, the culminating moment of the Girls on the Run season. Many volunteers, spectators, and community members were also in attendance.

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The Lodi School Board spoke to a number of residents at the high school Performing Art Center Monday, June 10 about the sale of the old primary school. Many came with questions about the process, the legality and the new owner.

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June is Dairy Month! Since 1939, the National Dairy Council has encouraged families to make milk their beverage of choice. Originally, it was a way to distribute extra milk during the warm months of summer by grocer organizations. Dairy's rich history continues with people, communities, comp…

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The beautiful bunches of asparagus now appearing at grocery stores and farmer’s markets is like a personal invitation to deliciously celebrate spring. Asparagus is easy to select and prepare, and comes in a variety of vibrant colors, including green, violet, purple and white.

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When Jennie Larsen opened for business in 2009 in the back half of a building on Main Street, it was only supposed to be a three-day project.