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 following contestants, all residents of Marshall: Laurine Martin, traditional; Darlene Raisbeck, spicy; and Aaron Sale, unique.

There was also an impressive display of tempting items available for bid in the silent auction. The entire event was a wonderful display of teamwork and community partnership. Holy Trinity’s message, “All Are Welcome,” was present in word, spirit and action.

Thank you to our local businesses, and to church members and friends, who generously donated auction items. And thanks to all who came and shared in the fun. We will see you again next year!

Linda Baldridge


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.

Rain events in the Midwest last longer and hold more moisture which in 2018 washed away roads, flooded communities, and damaged crops in Wisconsin. Drought out west contributed to larger, more destructive wildfires, while warmer oceans fueled more powerful hurricanes and storm surges. The state of Wisconsin and our government in Washington have removed all mention of climate change from their literature, websites, and the planning process for the future. Every other nation in the world is implementing procedures to try to slow the rate of change.

We have heard from our leaders, on both the state and national level, that they do not want to damage our economy by addressing the climate change threat. As this year shows, there is damage being done to individuals, families, businesses, and government budgets on every level due to the impact of extreme weather events intensified by the warming atmosphere.

In the past, Democrats have tried to introduce bills creating fees for burning carbon. A marker bill, sponsored by Rep. Carlo Curbelo, R-FL, has been introduced as a way to spark debate and innovative thinking in regards to our responses to the changes in weather patterns and their intensity. He has decided to become involved, because his constituents, near Miami, will continue to pay a high price for our inaction. A carbon tax is a fee imposed on fuels that release carbon into the atmosphere when they are burned. The fees would occur when the fuels are extracted from the ground or when they are imported into the U.S. The tax is figured proportionately based on the amount of greenhouse gas released during burning with coal being the most heavily taxed. Petroleum would be taxed less, and natural gas would be taxed at the lowest level. The bill is designed to start the discussion on how to address this problem.

We support bipartisan efforts to reduce carbon emissions and slow the accumulation of greenhouse gasses which heat up the atmosphere. We urge you to do the same. The longer we wait, the more difficult the solutions will be. It is time for our representatives to act on our behalf, as well as, for our children and grandchildren.

Bob and Sue Volenec

Lake Mills

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 there are better choices out there. Good people that can truly represent us and not just their hyper-partisan re-election agenda.

In the 38th District race we have an outstanding candidate in Melissa Winker who embodies the kind of positive change that I think we need in government. Melissa is not a career politician but one of our neighbors who understands the challenges and priorities of our community.

As a parent, I care most about the education of my children and the world they’ll live in as they grow. Melissa Winker is a teacher so I know she’ll protect our schools and our kids and do her best to see that their education is properly funded. Melissa is committed to protecting our environment and our healthcare – both essential for the well-being of our kids and their future.

I’ve met Melissa Winker and I’ve been impressed again and again with her genuine passion, her amazing work ethic, and her willingness to get out into our community to talk with us.

Learn more about Melissa Winker at WinkerforWisconsin.com.

Please join me in supporting Melissa Winker on Nov. 6 and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same!

Steve Gill


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 waste output of 36,000 people. The CAFO’s bovine population will grow again in two years. We are increasingly concerned about our water, our air quality, health risks and property devaluation.

There is hope for the future in Melissa Winker, a candidate for Assembly District 38. When I met her and started a conversation, she wanted to know more. She came out to view the landscape, to talk to neighbors, to actively listen to all sides of the story. She is an educator, someone who cares about the future of all children. Melissa did not come out to garner my vote, as I don’t reside in Assembly District 38. Melissa took the initiative to get a more in-depth understanding of CAFOs, issues they pose for all Wisconsin residents. With over 300 CAFOs in Wisconsin, property owners throughout the state need to increase their awareness, become educated, and vote for change.

Start a conversation with Melissa, find out what she is passionate about. Compare her to the other candidate running for the 38th Assembly District. Make your voices heard in November. How concerned are you about how you leave your corner of the world to the next generation?

Janet Foust


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