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A month from now, it will be interesting to see how many of the customers who crowded into Wisconsin bars without masks the moment their local government leaders lifted the taverns' restrictions have caught the coronavirus ... and how many have died. It's morbid, but so is the trade-off that…

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When I was attending college, I was just amazed how many holidays there were. In a sense, it was great, as we didn’t have any classes; a day to loaf around not doing anything. Then the world turned when I started working in a restaurant.

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New York is the greatest city in the world. It also is uniquely suited to the spread of the coronavirus.

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Let's take one of those magical trips down memory lane, way back to 1939. One of the popular tunes back then was "Wishing (Will Make It So)."

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The unincorporated town of Northfield is located in the northwest corner of Jackson County where Interstate 94 exits at Wisconsin Highway 121 between Osseo and Hixton, 34 miles southeast of Eau Claire.

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The sum of a bunch of random pieces is a whole.

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My knuckles are raw from sanitizer. No amount of good lotion seems to fix that.

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One lesson that has been driven home during the current global pandemic is how interdependent and global our economy is. That’s clearly evident with agriculture; the glut of dairy products caused by a steep decline in demand from the restaurant and food-industry sector has sent prices plumme…

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The COVID-19 pandemic began causing traffic on Wisconsin’s roads to plummet even before the governor’s Safer at Home order was issued on March 24. Traffic counts were dropping in all parts of the state, not just hard-hit areas. The decline has potential implications for public health, the ec…

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"My liberty ends where yours begins." There's some dispute over who first said a variation of this, but do you really care? The point should be as obvious as, say, "Don't ingest household disinfectants."

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Among all Wisconsin local governments, its counties are likely to face the greatest fiscal challenges during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. They are the only ones that receive significant sales tax revenues and, due to the health programs they provide, are the most likely to see increas…

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It was a mixture of relief and regret as I watched the cattle trailer pull out of our driveway — relief that I was able to find a good buyer for some of our last Scottish Highland cows but regret that we were essentially exiting the cow business.

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There is Twitter and there is Nitwitter. You decide which this is as the president of the United States was tweeting why he didn't hold his daily coronavirus briefing:

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Rummage sales are a staple of summer. Early Saturday mornings spent traversing local neighborhoods, coffee in hand, looking for treasure.

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While revenues for Wisconsin municipalities will likely be hit hard by the COVID-19 economic shutdown, compared to other states local governments here may see at least some benefits from their heavy reliance on property taxes and state aids to fund public services.

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Amid all of the chaos and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, I’m hearing more and more stories of people turning to art for comfort and meaning.

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At a coronavirus task force briefing at the beginning of April, White House adviser Jared Kushner explained the approach that would -- as events proved -- get the country through its ventilator crisis.

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And in the end, in 2020, we were left with this: solemn local cemetery observances on Memorial Day and a wreath on a downtown Cambridge monument.

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With the COVID crisis, the worst-case scenario has often proven too optimistic. But here it is, for what it's worth: The loosening up of restrictions that President Donald Trump is now advocating, along with his GOP politician bootlickers and his jackboot demonstrators, would slightly dampen…

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President Donald Trump slammed the World Health Organization at a recent news briefing and was immediately accused of scapegoating.

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The Forum’s analysis of sectors of Wisconsin’s economy most affected by recent COVID-19 business closures shows the workers most affected include many low-wage earners, and regions most affected include those with economies that rely on tourism.

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Breaking news -- as they say to open every newscast -- Breaking news: America is breaking. Its public health establishment certainly is. We have the most confirmed COVID cases per capita of any country, because at the very top of government, leadership has been replaced by hucksterism.

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Pogues -- we've all experienced them. They're the bad managers who get in the way of the job getting done. From the feckless supervisor to the CEO, the term pogue is actually scornful military slang, an infantry slur. It means "people other than grunts," and pogues were best described to me …

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Believe it or not, this has been a relatively quiet time on the open government front.

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When President Donald Trump announced a restriction on travel from Europe in a mid-March Oval Office address, European Union officials erupted in outrage.

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The COVID-19 public health emergency has forced all of us to think about what is essential in our lives. While some decisions are difficult, others are clear. Food and agriculture are essential. Food and those who produce it are fundamental to our personal well-being and our state’s strength.

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The challenges of rural broadband access are becoming quite clear as students and employees shift to distance learning and working from home in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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We still have shreds of civility left. I love it when people walk up to those in uniform and say, "Thank you for your service." It is a recognition of their courage and sacrifice. And now we should add gratitude for those in the medical profession.

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On Jan. 20, the United States confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. The nation's political and media elite obsessed over Mitch McConnell's just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

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As a family, we don’t just appreciate the performing arts. We live them.

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Facing an economic downturn of stunning speed and unknown length, the state of Wisconsin’s finances is much stronger than in 2007, before the last recession. Taking a broader view, however, they are roughly average compared to other states.

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The house is clean, the kids are clean. We have baked goods.