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The Milton Public Library is relaunching its Friends of the Milton Public Library group and is looking for people who want to make a difference at the library and in the community.

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Just shy of two years ago, this column explored the heightened importance of open government when public health is at risk. Multiple examples showed the government was not sharing timely information with the public, or even other branches of government, on issues such as clean drinking water…

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We understand open records requests can require both patience and persistence.

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For the first time, federal law now requires states and school districts to report per-pupil spending down to the level of each individual school.

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Looking back at 2019, the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” keeps going through my head and so I thought it would be appropriate to reflect upon my 12 newspaper columns of the year.

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For the first time, federal law now requires states and school districts to report per-pupil spending down to the level of each individual school.

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I don’t want to brag, but we recently received an notice that the Milton Courier received an award. Well, actually another weekly newspaper editor got an email that we had received an award for best courier services.It’s not a stretch of the imagination. We deliver news. However, this is not…

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I am often asked, what makes Wisconsin agriculture so special? That answer is easy – the people who work in agriculture, and the diversity of agriculture businesses in our state. From cranberry salsa to alpaca wool socks and soy candles to bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup, the long list of fo…

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We have entered into that time of year, when I get to remember a lot of things. Maybe you do too? When we put up the tree and grab the ornament boxes; one after another those ornaments remind me of places we have gone on vacation; things our daughter made in school; years that have past but …

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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.