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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…

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The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) would like to shed some light on the often-complicated matter of helping renters understand their rights and responsibilities when entering or leaving a rental agreement.

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Milton College alumni had hoped that NFL quarterback Dave Krieg would come back and join them at last year’s “homecoming” in September, but he didn’t. “Next year,” they said. They were right.

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Looking back on my life thus far, there were a few times when I easily could have ‘kicked the bucket.’

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Successful governments are based on compromise. The United States Constitution was built on compromise. Large and small states, slave-holding and free states, exports and imports … all of these issues and interests had to be negotiated. It took three months to write three pages in Philadelph…

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Nothing beats the summer heat like a cool ice cream treat. This July, as outside temperatures begin to rise, there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Month. Whether you prefer a cone, sundae or float, ice cream is the perfect dairy treat to enjoy on a hot summer day. My favor…

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Celebrating nine years since Wisconsin implemented its Smoke Free Air law (July 5, 2010), public health advocates say it’s time to take the next step in tobacco prevention policies. As cigarette smoking rates fall in Wisconsin, the next phase of tobacco products threatens the tobacco endgame…

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CBD oil, turmeric, probiotics – some of these trendy wellness items receive their own sections in grocery and health stores these days. They may seem harmless, but there are several reasons you should be careful with them and have a conversation with your provider before diving in.

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Seasons may come and go, but my deep love for agriculture remains. This love stems from early memories spent on my family’s dairy farm, located on the north side of Rock County. Like 95 percent of the dairy farms in Wisconsin, our farm is family owned, and has been in our family for four gen…

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The ancient law decrees every student must write about “My summer plans” along with the required follow-up “What I did this summer.” I clearly remember drawing myself on a tree-shaded grassy knoll by the swimming hole in our woods with book in hand. I was going to READ. I don’t think I ever …

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In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, DFI reminds financial professionals and the public throughout Wisconsin to be on the lookout for elder financial abuse, including potential exploitation by family members or caretakers.

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NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 – Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore.

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Imagine life without plastic: a world without straws, Ziploc bags, and plastic water bottles. The idea seems unfathomable — plastic is abundant on Earth and readily available for humans to use. Plastic is convenient, yes. However, the repercussions will be irreversible if no further action i…

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Our state’s license plates proudly read “America’s Dairyland." Football fans often wear foam cheese heads at Green Bay Packer games. Wisconsin is known for its dairy and cheese around the world, but are especially important to residents of our state. The 31 members of the Dairy Task Force 2.…