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The Waterloo Alumni Banquet was held Saturday evening, May 18, at the Waterloo High School cafeteria. I was very impressed by the scholarship money given by the Class of 1969. Over $3,000 was awarded to four high school seniors to further their education by attending various colleges. It was…

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Both Dodge and Jefferson counties have made bad decisions about how to provide broadband within our counties. In order to be truly useful for business (and personal) use, broadband needs to be fast, reliable, and secure. Wireless broadband is not. It is slow compared to good wired internet (…

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In a recent Dittrich Dispatch, state Rep. Barbara Dittrich stated that the school choice program saves Wisconsin nearly $108 million. What she didn’t explain is that this savings would only happen if every student currently enrolled in the choice program went to their public school.

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Marshall hosted its annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction on Sunday, March 31 at our church. We were delighted by the many ways that the people of our community and our church members came together to support this event. A big thank you goes out to the bu…

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State funding for public schools has limited Marshall Public School’s ability to operate and maintain our schools without local taxpayer referendum support.

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I met with a friend of mine this week and we talked about our upcoming referendums, she in her school district and me in mine. She wondered something that I have heard here in Marshall, “Why are the school districts always going to referendum?”

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On April 2, Marshall Public Schools will encourage residents to vote for an operating referendum to authorize exceeding the current revenue limit by $1.25 million beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

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I would like to point out an error in reporting an article that appeared in The Courier. The article, “Marshall village officials, residents review economic planning,” describes the village administrator and a group of citizens discussing the strengths and weakness of the Village of Marshall…

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On Sunday, Jan. 13 at about 5 p.m., I was in the Marshall Kwik Trip. Somehow I dropped my little bank envelope with some money in it. Checking pockets, purse and the floor and realizing the line behind me was getting longer, I started writing a check.

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We would like to thank the managers and staff at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store for undertaking the Round- Up Program to generate money for local charity groups, and all the customers who donated money by rounding up.

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In December, a federal judge in Texas ruled the A.C.A. to be unconstitutional, putting it at risk. One part of the Affordable Care Act protects people with pre-existing health conditions. It guarantees them access to affordable health insurance. Without this, their lives are endangered.

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We wish to lend our support for Waterloo educator Tom Strauss. We worked with Tom for over 20 years as elementary teachers in the Waterloo School District. Tom is a wonderful, caring man who loved being an educator. We never heard him refer to a child’s ethnicity or culture, they were just k…

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To the citizens and supporters of the Waterloo American Legion Auxiliary and Legion Post Unit 233, I would like to thank you for the donations for the recent clothing drive for the homeless veterans. Your generosity and willingness to give to those in need is greatly appreciated.

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We would like to urge you to research the candidates’ positions on climate change as you make your choices this November for the voices you will send to Madison and Washington.

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On Sunday, Oct. 14, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Marshall hosted its third annual Chili Cook-off. This family event offered fun, good food and fellowship that included a lively competition for the best chili in three categories: traditional, spicy and unique. Best chef award went to the f…

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I used to think that showing up to vote in every single election was enough. I realize now that, even though I have only a single vote, I can use my voice and my time to encourage others to vote and become knowledgeable about the candidates and the issues. I’m telling everyone I meet that th…

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In 2008, a small family farm in Ixonia petitioned to be an industrial sized operation, and changed the landscape. The Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) has approximately 2,000 dairy cows on 33 acres of land. In comparison, we are living next to a town-sized population with the was…

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I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa Winker during one of her many visits to all corners of Assembly District 38. Melissa proved to be an excellent listener, well-versed on the issues facing Wisconsin families and committed to making a difference.

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What if you could make it easier for a child to breathe? What if the child were your own and unable to play outdoors due to prolonged and worsening allergy seasons? What if the unpredictability of weather patterns made it hard for your child to play outdoor sports safely or displaced your fa…

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In the 38th Assembly District, both Melissa Winker and Barbara Dittrich claim to support fully fund public schools. Yet, how they describe what that means is very different. When asked by Citizen Advocates for Public Education in Lake Mills,

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Melissa Winker is running to represent Assembly District 38. I have seen her speak and have met with her several times. Each time I am more impressed with her dedication, ideas, and passion.

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On Nov. 6, Wisconsin voters will have the opportunity to participate in our Democracy. Much is at stake in every election, but this election is the most important in recent memory.

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Most people with mental health issues never commit a violent act. But a key issue in many of the mass shootings involve a person with severe mental health issues. The opioid epidemic in our country also drives violent crime.

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I have had the honor of meeting Melissa Winker who is seeking office in Wisconsin’s 38th assembly district. Melissa is honorable and hardworking. She believes that restoring voice to the scientists at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will help ensure a prosperous economy in Wisc…

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World War I “deadliest battle ever with 26,000 U.S. soldiers killed” at Rommagne-Sous-Mont-Faucon, France was recently reported in the Wisconsin State Journal. One hundred ninety-one men from Waterloo served in that war between 1914-1918. Three local veterans died in France. Irwin Albrecht, …

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When you go to the polls this November, I urge everyone to vote for the candidates that understand climate change is real, is caused by greenhouse gases, and needs our undivided attention. This is not a partisan issue.

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Am I the only one that thinks a $1 million is a lot of money, let alone $17 million? Yes, Mr. (Brian) Henning, you can be excited on your big win. My taxes are going up $150 on top of all the other taxes, for the next 30 years. How much were your personally involved? Very few of us make $100…

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Why would a busy mother of four young children take time out from her teaching career of 17 years to run for the 38th Assembly District? Melissa Winker wants to make a difference. How refreshing to endorse a non-career politician who will listen to her constituents. She will fight for clean …

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Values are a common term used in elections and represent those of us seeking to foster elected officials to really represent us. My values are represented in Melissa Winker, who is running for Wisconsin Assembly District 38. She is forward thinking and it shows in her platforms, and values g…

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If you haven’t already had the opportunity to talk with Melissa Winker, candidate for Wisconsin’s 38th Assembly District, you should make a note to do so soon. You will be impressed. Her passion for ensuring that each and every one of us has a safe, healthy and productive life is palatable. …

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Drivers who get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while impaired are a danger to themselves, their passengers, and everyone else along our highways. That’s why the Waterloo Police Department will join law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin for the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”…

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I would like to acknowledge the Marshall community, the Lions, the Marshall PTA, as well as our local businesses and other organizations, for the outpouring of support we received during the second annual Stuff the Bus initiative.

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This is a very important time for the citizens of Waterloo. Aug. 14 is a date that should stand out in the minds of all in Waterloo and surrounding areas. There is a school referendum on our ballot for those elections.

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Each year, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action coordinates World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7. The Breastfeeding Coalition of Jefferson County is taking this opportunity to remind businesses that in Wisconsin, mothers have a right to breastfeed.

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Marshall is pleased to report that our annual garage and bake sale that was held July 19-21 at our church was a great success. Not only was the sale a benefit to Holy Trinity, but it provided an opportunity for shoppers to find many items of value and a gather…

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This was my first town hall meeting with Congressman (Jim) Sensenbrenner. I never had the chance to attend a weekday meeting. I arrived early to get a good seat. I was the only one there until two other gentleman arrived, and that was it.