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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.

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday created to remember those who died while serving our country. The holiday originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers. It was estimated that 620,000 soldiers from both sides died in the war.

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It took more than 30 years for Lodi resident Jeff Joutras to come to terms with the death of his father. Decades later, Joutras has now chronicled that story in a new book.

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National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) held its 26th annual Stamp Out HungerFood Drive Saturday, May 11. Customers left non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox to be delivered to Reach Out Lodi. Volunteers helping were Lodi High school National Honor Society student…

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The Lodi FFA Alumni Association is hosting a Spring Consignment Auction. Join them on Sunday, May 19 and support your local agriculture education program.

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With 29 years of experience working in education around Lodi, Lyle Hendrickson has been involved in a number of educational organizations, programs as well as staying actively involved in community events.

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When it comes to condiments, I’m on Team Mayo! I know that there are folks who absolutely despise the flavor of mayonnaise, and others who can’t seem to live without it. For some reason, it seems that almost everything about mayonnaise — from its origin story to using it in desserts — sparks…

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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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Sixteen senior girls and 16 senior boys have been selected as finalists to receive the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (WIAA) prestigious 2019 WIAA Statewide Scholar Athlete Award underwritten by Marshfield Children’s Hospital.

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Ten local students graduated from the High School Police Academy at Madison College-Portage in April. Held on three Saturdays, the academy was designed to provide real-world knowledge about policing and police careers.

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Lodi High School is honored to announce that Lodi High School senior Jamie Williams has been selected as a 2019 Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship recipient. Jamie is one of only 100 students selected statewide to receive this honor. Students are selected based on their exceptional sch…

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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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The Lodi Optimist Club hosted a discussion at Lodi High School April 17 about climate change, featuring WKOW 27’s chief meteorologist Bob Lindmeier.

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The Lodi United Methodist Church held a sold-out re-enactment of The Last Supper on Thursday, April 18 at the church. Members of the church performed in the event while audience members received a dinner symbolizing the one had at The Last Supper. The cast includes Bartholomew, Steve Van Lan…

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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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The Easter holiday has a special meaning for me. As a child, Easter meant everything was fresh and new.

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I love a grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast ... and lunch, and dinner, and snacks. OK, I love grilled cheese sandwiches anytime of the day! I’m not the only one who adores a little cheesy goodness from time to time. Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the top comfort foods in the United States.

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I’m no spring chicken, so like many people of a certain age, watching Julia Child’s hilarious explanation of the proper names and weights for various types of chickens was my first introduction to the variety of birds available. The availability and diversity of poultry products that we enjo…

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Lodi High School senior Emily Oetzman and junior Elizabeth TenBarge testified on Thursday, April 4 in front of a council comprised of senators and other legislative representatives about statistics and personal experience relating to Senate Bill 118, which deals with tobacco product placemen…

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The students representing nine curriculum areas and three non-curriculum areas for March are, left to right: Jonah Jette — Music, Hannah Striley — Spanish, Zach Potter — Math, Allison Lochnor — STEAM, Jack Hansen — Food Service, Lauren Ness — Science, Garrett Edge — CTE, and Jaden Kolinski —…

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Irish eyes were smiling at the Fitz’s on the Lake Alzheimer’s fundraiser on Sunday, March 17, 2019. A raffle, individual donations, and a percentage of proceeds from 199 corned beef and cabbage dinners served helped raise funds for the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (ADAW).

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Lodi High School students had the chance to participate in a goat yoga session on Wednesday, April 3. Lodi’s FFA organization hosted the goat yoga class in during their intervention period. This was their first time holding the class and they had a couple dozen students participate. Carla Wi…

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American Legion Post 216 Post Commander Paul Fisk presents a donation to Reach Out Lodi’s James Schmiedlin.

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The Lodi Woman’s Club Public Library recently announced the hiring of their new library director, Alex LeClair. He comes to Lodi with 20 years of library experience and is working to get himself acquainted with the the library and the community.

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The Lodi School Board is waiting to make further action on their district rezoning request regarding three parcels surrounding the Lodi Primary School after the Lodi City Council rejected the petition.

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If you’ve run out of ways to prepare starches like corn, potatoes or rice to serve as side dishes, you might want to try turnips. We have Charles “Turnip” Townshend to thank for elevating turnips to the dinner table. England was formally introduced to turnips when Townshend, a British politi…

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The Lodi Woman’s Club donated $2,500 to the Lodi Woman’s Club Library recently. Woman’s Club President Mary Ann Morack presents the check to interim library director Mary Friesen.

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Lodi Elementary School held their annual Fine Arts Night March 19. Students in grades third through fifth showcased various art work throughout the hallways family and friends could admire. The fourth grade, shown here, are showing off what they have learned by playing the recorder. They sta…

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At their March 18, 2019 meeting, the Board of Directors for the Lodi Women’s Club Public Library recognized the contributions of outgoing Interim Director Mary Friesen, who has been with the library since early January. The board also welcomed the new director, Alex LeClair, and graduate int…

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I love discovering healthy ingredients and adding them to my favorite recipes. Lately, I've been experimenting with quinoa, which looks like small, grayish pearls and has a nutty flavor and a light, creamy texture. Quinoa often is referred to as a "grain," but it's actually a relative of lea…

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On Tuesday March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lodi Area Fire Department, 115 N. Main St. Lodi, the Lodi Area Emergency Services ad-hoc building committee will be seeking public input for the approved feasibility study being conducted by Public Administration Associates.