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I woke up Friday to find half of a Club Cracker on the kitchen floor. Not bad for our first Thanksgiving with a cat in the house, I thought. Last year Babs was living in the Milton Courier building on Vernal Avenue. When we left the building in February, Babs came home with me.

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There are times when my propensity to get myself into embarrassing situations amazes even me. However, I’m not surprised this behavioral tendency has became the norm in recent years.

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Wisconsin’s state budget reserves recently hit their highest level in four decades, as corporate tax collections grew in fiscal year 2019 at their fastest rate in more than a half century.

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Over the next couple months, the Milton Public Library will be going through a strategic planning process to determine goals for the next three years, according to Milton Public Library Director Ashlee Kunkel.

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During my childhood, I found myself in a challenging school environment. Through no fault of myself or my siblings, our peers did not welcome us. It was the civil rights era and we had recently enrolled as the first black children in the well-funded “white school” in my Southern hometown, af…

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For many years now, research has exposed a storm brewing in Wisconsin. Demographic trends point to rapid growth in our senior population (of which I am a member) and almost no growth among those ages 18-64.

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As most of the world knows by now, I hate going to a dentist. However, I recently decided I’d rather undergo three root canals in one day than hold another rummage sale.

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Lead is a naturally occurring metal in our environment, but is toxic to human health. Lead is very dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and they are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. There is no safe level of lead in blood, and the …

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The first weekend of November marks the end of daylight saving time. As you change your clocks at home, ReadyWisconsin suggests also conducting safety checks.

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The bones and joints in our bodies each provide a range of motion, connected to specific limbs for movement. The spine, the muscles of our back, the network of nerves and connective tissue are some of the hardest working parts of the body. You may not always be aware of the continuous effort…

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Robust growth in property values in Wisconsin in 2019, coupled with modest increases in local property tax levies, caused property tax rates to decrease statewide for the fifth straight year.

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During National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 20 - 26), officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) are asking teen motorists to be safety-conscious – while reminding parents and adult sponsors about the crucial role they play in enforcing and modeling safe driving behaviors.

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A community is only as healthy as its individual citizens. The information on the internet regarding what it means and looks like to practice good citizenship is quite encompassing. It seems that good citizenship is connected to continuous growth in becoming the best version of ourselves ind…

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As a Milton native and nearly lifelong resident, I was overjoyed when the city added a bike lane down Madison Avenue connecting the main drag to the beautiful Glacial River Trail along Highway 26. This joy, however, has turned to frustration as the bike lane has been ignored by residents and…

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Each year, on the last weekend in September, more than 140,000 people make their way to Warrens. The village of 300 people opens their doors and welcomes guests to their streets, their sidewalks, and even their front lawns. Visitors from all over the world come to Wisconsin, to this small co…

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Efforts to implement Walker-era legislation to restructure Wisconsin’s youth justice program took another hit after members of a panel charged with making recommendations regarding new youth prisons roundly criticized the panel’s work.

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers pledged in August to make Wisconsin’s electricity consumption 100% carbon-free by 2050.

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Electricity lines spread across rural Wisconsin between 1930 and 1940 and most farms were electrified by the early 1950s. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Congress enabled this modernization by establishing the Rural Electrification Administration in 1935. The REA incentivized private…

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As the weather changes and the leaves turn colors, there are certain inevitabilities every year. Local sports will consume the headlines, and customers will consume everything with pumpkin spice as an ingredient. However, one other inevitability within City Hall is that the next year’s budge…

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This coming Saturday, Oct. 19, marks the 20th anniversary of my first mastectomy after being diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer.

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Early in his administration, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers was asked to produce a letter he’d gotten from departing Gov. Scott Walker, during the transition. He initially refused, claiming it was a “purely personal” communication outside of the reach of the state’s open records law.

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I’m a huge football fan who hasn’t watched professional baseball since the Milwaukee Braves left Wisconsin for Georgia in the 1960s. Originally known as the Boston Braves, the team arrived in Milwaukee in the spring of 1953.

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Last month, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue released data showing the state’s general fund tax collections for fiscal year (FY) 2019 were up nearly $1.2 billion, or 7.4 percent, from FY 2018, and nearly $703 million higher than anticipated when the state’s FY 2018-19 budget was adopted.

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Take time and think about our priorities in life. They probably include: A healthy world that provides clean air and water along with a stable environment for future generations. A world safe from violence and hatred at all levels, local as well as international. A future with opportunities …

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There are six different types of corn, which is called “maize” in many countries. People began growing maize over 8,000 years ago.

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My love for potato salad has a somewhat unconventional beginning. As a child, I did not care for the popular potato dish, but it seemed to appear at every graduation party, birthday celebration, and holiday gathering. Often these gatherings consisted of brats (this is Wisconsin, of course!),…

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Back in July, when beginning my role as the interim Superintendent of the School District of Milton, I made it a goal to spend time hearing from a wide range of people, both within the district and across our communities. One of the most frequent conversation topics has been what folks value…

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The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) applauds State Senator Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, for proposing legislation to protect consumers from misleading labels on imitation “dairy” products.

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The legislative session has rounded the corner to the second half. Some legislation is moving forward at a brisk pace while other legislation is slogging slowly forward. Here is an update on some of the bills I have introduced.

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I’ve always loved onions. Legend has it that one of my grandfathers (I don’t remember which one) sometimes ate a raw onion like an apple. Every year, I impatiently await for my favorite onion to arrive in area grocery stores: the Vidalia onion.

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The manner in which people watch TV these days is very different from even just a few years ago. Gone are the week-long waits for a new episode of your favorite show. Now you can burn through an entire season in one sitting. But that can have an impact on your brain, and your overall health.

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I was at a grocery store in Janesville at about 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday when a stranger approached me. (I rotate which grocery stores I go to.)

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After what seemed to be a really short summer, another school year is upon us. Our School Resource Officer Ryan Schneider is attending school staff training this week, crosswalks are painted, and the crossing guards have their gear. Police departments often get asked what safety advice we ha…

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I attended the annual meeting of the Rock Koshkonong Lake District. Two actions were taken. First, the proposed budget, which increased the levy, was rejected. Second, two longtime board members were replaced with newcomers pledging cooperation with the entire interested community.

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County 4-H fairs and state fairs are a rite of summer. The Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield remains a memorable part of my childhood. The first round barn was constructed there in 1915, and the fair still bills itself as home to The World’s Largest Round Barn. My Uncle Edward and h…

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Recruiting, educating and upskilling our workforce is a cornerstone of the U.S. construction industry, and an essential component to supporting our most important asset – our people – who live in communities all over Wisconsin. In 2018 alone, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) contrac…

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In an attempt to address perceived teacher shortages, a bipartisan group of state legislators have introduced a bill that would make it easier for qualified teachers from other states to become licensed in Wisconsin. While there may be as many surpluses in the wide array of teaching discipli…