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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.…

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Why? How? When? Who? What if…? Such questions have always driven mankind. Curiosity is wired into our minds. We wonder how birds learn to migrate, how to grow sweeter corn, why the sky is blue and what is over that hill.

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Last week we wrote that we saw a photo of a cat who looked like Babs at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. But when we went to see Buddy, he was gone.

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Last week, Milton lost yet another longtime Miltonian. Donald (“Donnie”) Frank, 78, graduated from Milton Union High School in 1959. Per his obituary, his “passion was construction work and heavy equipment.”

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First, for those of you haven’t heard, the building at 513 Vernal Ave. is no longer the home of the Milton Courier. Today (Feb. 28) is our moving day. We are setting up desks at the Daily Jefferson County Union in Fort Atkinson. News and sports editors will be there on Tuesdays for productio…

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Milton is a constantly-changing community that has witnessed its share of watershed moments over the past 100 years. Some of these changes are as momentous as when in 1920, the villages of Milton and Milton Junction came together to build one high school. That moment was instrumental in layi…

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Editor’s note: This article is timely as the asbestos abatement portion of the Milton High School pool project will take place from March 22 (after 3 p.m.) to March 31 (spring break).

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Editor’s Note: The Milton Courier is publishing the Top 4 essays from the Milton High School AP Language and Composition class. Students in Jeff Churchwell’s class were given an assignment to write about “Friday Night Lights” and write using a theme directly or remotely related to football.

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I love Crazy Days sales. Those are the sales where prices are so low I buy things that I might not use right away — or ever.

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I know you’ve heard me say this before, but these days libraries are more than just books. If you’re not one to pick one up, that’s okay! But did you know that you can get more than just physical books with a library card? For years, traditional library materials have included books (both fi…

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On Jan. 22 Gov. Tony Evers gave his first State of the State address, an annual report from the Governor on the condition of our state, what is going well, and what we can work on.

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Each one of us is different, but the average person will get about 200 colds in his or her lifetime. If you do the math, that means more than two colds each year for someone who lives until age 75. That’s not even factoring in bouts with influenza and gastroenteritis. Many of these illnesses…

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We ask our kids to finish what they have started. If they sign up to be on a team, they should stay on that team and stick it out the entire season. Unfortunately, the Milton High School swimming pool might not last because its air handling equipment is failing. Either way, the pool is closi…

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You never know when someone with ties to Milton is going to attract national or international attention.

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The Gathering Place’s annual Cabin Fever Dinner and a show is on the horizon. Twist and shout the night away to the sounds of the “Classics,” Milwaukee’s premier ’60s tribute band. Join us at The Gathering Place for our first fundraiser of the year on Saturday, March 2. Doors open at 5 p.m. …

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The doors of the church I serve are glass from top to bottom.

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For anyone who knows me, it’s no secret that the Christmas season is my favorite time of the year. So much so that I celebrate all year long surrounded by lights, Christmas trees, and nativity scenes. That’s why I am delighted to share a reflection about Christmas with all of you. Memories o…

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Christmas came early for Babs and Calzone (We call her that sometimes.). In fall, just before the temperatures dropped and outside doors had to be shut, Renee found our Copycats a new cat tree. It’s used, but barely used with not a strange cat hair in sight.

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I have often thought school utility costs could be cut drastically if we designed a collector to harness the energy coming from the cafeteria and gymnasium. We know that energy is never extinguished; it is simply transferred. We could even make a profit by having an all-school collector this…

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The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Washing hands at key times with soap and water is one of the most important steps you can take t…

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Though they’ve been around for decades, big changes are happening in the world of joint replacement surgeries. More people are undergoing the procedures, and patients are getting younger.

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A century ago the most devastating pandemic in recent recorded history, the 1918 influenza virus (Spanish Flu) infected up to a third of the world’s population and is estimated to have killed more than 50 million worldwide; 675,000 in the United States. At the time, there were no vaccines av…

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Ever have one of those moments when what you thought was going to be another routine life event morphed into something deeply moving and significant? When right before your eyes you saw and felt a tableau that became a marker – something that has staying power – something you learned that ca…

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The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans w…

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Animals are nutty. You never know what they will do next.

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A 30 percent rent-to-income (RTI) ratio is a standard used nationally to define housing affordability. Based on this standard, households can afford to spend up to 30 percent of their income from all sources (wages or salaries, government benefits, retirement income, or other payments) on gr…

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Milton is an amazing place with a community that never ceases to amaze me. Last Sunday’s high school trick or treat is an excellent example of what our community can do for the good of our students.

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If you are on social media or listen to the news or even go to the store, it can be upsetting. It’s easy to find anger, frustration and divisiveness. We don’t even have to really look for it. It seems like it is more challenging to be positive and look for the good, the common good, the comm…

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As we approach the second workshop inviting the public to give input on school district facilities and a possible April referendum, we have several thoughts to share.

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Have you noticed that people love to change words and the meanings? My students had to memorize “Our language is always growing and changing.” No area of our lives is exempt. Take grading in school. It used to be very clear to understand your progress because the grade was A, B, C, D or F. I…

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This year’s theme for National Newspaper Week, observed next week Oct. 7-13, is “Journalism Matters.” Look no further than the comments of Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, about why press freedom and journalism matters to all.

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I have very few regrets; they consume more energy than I am willing to take away from enjoying life. Yes, there are some things I would like to do over, but that’s because hindsight provides 20-20 vision.

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Every two years, the Legislature convenes study committees to examine important issues facing Wisconsin. This year I serve on the Special Committee on the Investment and Use of School Trust Funds.