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Mornings are somewhat brighter, but it’s still a day of mourning. The switch from daylight saving to standard time is an admission that we can’t escape the predictable gloom of winter, with its icy weather. It might become less predictable once global warming fully wreaks its destruction — y…

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Kudos to Lodi residents Mary and Jim West, who donated two weeks of their time to scraping and painting the gazebo on Highway 113 just north of the four corners in downtown Lodi. The Wests also installed new panes of glass for the display panels. The community owes you its thanks for beautif…

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S.T.E.A.M is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Agriculture and Mathematics. At Poynette High School, the STEAM program fully embodies the enthusiasm for imagination and discovery that everyone experiences as a young child. We combine this enthusiasm with a project-based f…

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There’s a special relationship between a small school district and its community. Years ago, I taught in a large district where the high school had nearly 3,000 students. There was no partnership with the community. For example, if the district needed adult mentors, they simply hired them fr…

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From time to time all of us need a humble reminder of the important things in life: our family and friends, a safe place to call home, the ability to pay the bills, and food on the table. My weekly reminder about what’s important comes when I volunteer as a CASA child advocate.

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One year ago – almost to the day – I penned a column reminding everyone that transportation is key to our state’s vibrant tourism industry. Tourism is one of three major economic pillars that drive our state’s economy along with agriculture and manufacturing.

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Recently, I was asked by a local school if they could visit our West Point Old School House, learn a bit of the history of the fairgrounds and answer some questions the students had. Questions from “inspiring minds” always keeps me on my toes, so I have to be ready for anything.

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One great thing about Wisconsin’s open records law is that it’s not supposed to matter who wants records or why.

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Art, poetry, musings, and music greet hikers and walkers as our spring landscape greens and blooms along the Ice Age Trail through the magic of Art on the Trail, a month-long collaboration of the Lodi Trail Community.

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Hometown News considers its letters to the editor column to be a very important public forum. We make every effort to publish all letters, with those from persons in our readership area taking precedence.

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I started this position last year as a budding reporter who set her eyes on a bright future in newsprint media.

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DekorraFest Fireworks has come to the end of an era. The popular annual festival and fireworks show (formerly known as Midummers Night in Dekorra Fireworks) has been informed by the landowner that improvements coming to the property will not be compatible with the large fireworks display.

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Do you know families of 4-year-old children who are starting to discuss school options? Maybe it is even yours. These days parents have more options than ever for school districts, and we believe that at Poynette we will help your child reach their full potential. On Friday, April 13, we wil…

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Having been given another opportunity to write this column for the Poynette Press, I had to put some thought into what I wanted to write about, and from what perspective.

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As my reign as your 2017 Lodi Agricultural Fair’s Fairest of the Fair comes to an end, it is my privilege to look back and reflect on the amazing year I have had.

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There's a lot of talk about the Trump presidency unraveling. Big mistake. That assumes it was ever raveled. Now, however, it is about to be Hopeless.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been attacked and belittled by President Donald Trump more than Vladimir Putin has.

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I answer the question, “Where are you from?” with “I’m from West Point, Wisconsin.” I am proud of my town in the southwest corner of Columbia County and I always share some of the gems and little-known facts. West Point is home to two segments of the Ice Age National Trail. Gibraltar Rock St…

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One of this job’s most memorable moments happened early on. A month in, I left a board meeting and stopped in awe. From the town hall, I could see the most deep red sunset I’d encountered. Standing in the parking lot, looking over miles of frozen fields, I felt like I was home.

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Growth in the size of Wisconsin dairy farm herds has created a desperate shortage of labor willing to endure long hours, hard work and modest pay. 

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I am the Program Director for Prevention and Response Columbia County (PARCC), a county coalition that works to reduce alcohol and other drug use in youth under 21 years of age, as well as respond to the needs of those battling an opiate addiction. Our mission is to assist all communities in…

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All of the stress of weather-related disasters, political upheaval, concerns with war with North Korea, uncertain economy and stress from all sides makes one ponder the potential solutions and our future, if there are any that seem to be feasible.

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All professions are laden with acronyms that are understood within the profession, but leave many outside the respective profession shaking their heads and confused about what is trying to be communicated. 

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The Rio Garden Tour has always been known for an array of sunny and shade perennial gardens, as well as displays of annuals in beautiful arrangements. This year, handcrafted structures, benches, and obelisks add art to the gardens, along with interest created by antique sewing machines, gard…

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When I first began my role as the reporter for the Lodi Enterprise and Poynette Press, I had no clue what to expect. 

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For the past 12 years, I have been looking forward to attending and exhibiting at the Lodi Agricultural Fair. While this year is no different in that regard, as the fair’s intern for the summer I find myself looking at it with a whole new perspective.

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While I’ve had the privilege of being a principal at Lodi schools for just six years, I have been a staff member for the school district for 30 years. 

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As a Wisconsin resident (we are known as a “party” state), you may think that the title has something to do with alcohol consumption. Nope – it has to do with the speed limit for driving a car.

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“Do you like your job?” one of the students asked. I paused – this wasn’t one of the questions I was anticipating. Looking around the room at the eager faces in front of me, I contemplated my answer carefully.