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The Dane American Legion Auxiliary Unit 503 hosted its first annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale Saturday at the Dane American Legion Hall. Proceeds went to the VA Hospital in Madison. It featured a number of hand-crafted goods, along with these canned goods.

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I’ve been preparing the same basic, traditional Thanksgiving menu for almost 35 years now. But in the past few years, our children have grown up, married and now have families of their own. Our tastes have changed, and our lives are more hectic. So what’s a Diva to do?

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My father is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. His sacrifices for this country, along with thousands of other men and women, are recognized on Veterans Day.

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The winter of 2018-19 was one for the record books in Wisconsin, with the state experiencing heavy snowfalls and dangerously cold temperatures brought on by the polar vortex. To help prepare everyone for what to expect in the months ahead, Gov. Tony Evers has declared Nov. 4-8, 2019 Winter A…

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I’m already bracing for cold and flu season. I’ve taken all the preventive steps that my doctor recommended. I’ve also decided to work on natural ways to boost my immune system.

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Whenever I’m thinking about ways to add variety to chicken recipes, my spice rack always provides inspiration. Freshly ground peppercorns add a much-needed boost to the mild flavors of chicken, pork and fish. They come in a variety of shades, including white, green, pink, red and black. The …

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My birthday is just around the corner. I know that not because of the date on the calendar, but because of the way my joints mimic the sound of one of my favorite childhood breakfast cereals when I get out of bed -- SNAP! CRACKLE! POP!

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Fruits and vegetables are easier to come by in the summer months than in the fall and winter. But to stay healthy and ward off diseases, it's important to include fruits and vegetables in your diet year-round.

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Linus and Ruth Ann (Wipperfurth) Maier of Waunakee will celebrate their 60th anniversary.

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You know that you’re a grown-up when you fall in love with foods you disliked as a child. I never liked sweet potatoes, but we were raised to eat what was on our plates without complaint. My mother usually served them in the wintertime, so I had to endure them only a few months out of the ye…

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As part of the Lodi Memorial Daffodil Planting Day on Saturday, Sept. 21, people came to the Lodi Primary School to plant 700 daffodils. These daffodil bulbs were funded through the Helen and Lyle Bohlman Daffodil and Community Beautification fund. These daffodils are dedicated in memory of …

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The Lodi Area Fire Department held their first annual Pancake Breakfast at the fire department on Saturday, Sept. 21.  The event featured all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, OJ, coffee and milk.

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Lodi's senior class voted for a Roaring 20's Homecoming Theme and homecoming court. Front Row: Olivia Kurt, Elizabeth Tenbarge, Ashley Gray, Grace Maerz, Mya Bowmann, Kaitlyn Sharkey, Rayne Sinclair. Back Row: Madison Hoffmann, Lacey Brooks, Tori Falk, Matt Brisky, Dustyn Paulson, Ben Simplo…

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I adore eating a perfectly ripened Bosc or Anjou pear. That first bite through that firm, greenish-golden skin into the sweet juicy fruit is a delight for the senses. Best of all, pears are a good source of fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. Pears seldom cause allergies and are usually safe …

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I've prepared lunches for my family for several years, and one thing I know for sure, you've got to have a plan! Eating out every day is not only too expensive, the meal choices are typically unhealthy. And if your child is a picky eater like mine, buying school lunches are a waste of money.

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David and Nancy (Frey) Schoepp were married Sept. 26, 1959, at St. Norbert's Catholic Church in Roxbury, Wisconsin. They will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary with an Open House on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at St. John's Church Hall, located at 100 Oak St., Prairie du …

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Mark and Marlene Rygh of South Wayne are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachel Rygh, to Cody Endres, son of Todd and Sharon Endres, Dane, WI. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Black Hawk High School and UW-La Crosse. She is a case manager at Central Wisconsin Cen…

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Nominations of Wisconsin PK through 12 teachers and principals can now be submitted online at www.kohleducation.org for the 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation teacher Fellowship and principal Leadership awards.

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In response to Technology Integrator Tyler Potter’s overview of the district’s STEAM project on Monday, Sept. 9, Lodi Board of Education members and administrators came away impressed with the curriculum and amazed that a lot had been done in a really short period of time.

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The monarch butterfly is one of the best recognized and most beloved insects in the world. This time of year, their black and orange wings can be seen fluttering about, gathering nectar in preparation for their impressive annual migration to Mexico. And flying more than 1,700 miles to winter…

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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.