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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.

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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.