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In last week’s column I began a walking tour of main square in downtown DeForest. I ran out of column space, but I was only half way through the tour. We’ll finish the last half of the tour starting at the corner of S. Main and Commerce Streets.

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Many of you dismiss the "Defund the Police" movement as merely rhetorical excess, designed to get everyone's undies twisted in knots. And you'd be correct. It's really hyperbole meant to focus everyone's attention to the need to reform law enforcement in this country, and to weed out racist,…

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Regular readers of ‘D News’ know that I grew up in downtown DeForest, which is sometimes referred to as the “Main Square” of the village. I thought that this would be a good time to take my readers on a Historic Walk of Downtown DeForest.

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If the owners of Aunt Jemima syrup can phase out a brand that's been around since 1889 because it's racist, certainly the Washington NFL team can get rid of the racist R-word that has only been around since 1933.

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I went over to admire the new television that my neighbor just bought. It’s a beauty — a 70-inch screen and it nearly takes up the whole wall of the living room. After I got home, I got to reminiscing about the first TV that my family bought back in 1952.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had big news last week — the city is opening up its iconic Lakefront Trail after months of being closed off as part of a COVID-19 lockdown.

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He might be correct: Donald Trump has influenced the lives of African Americans as much as any president, with the possible exception of ... Jefferson Davis. No wonder he sides so consistently with those who want to maintain statues of Confederate leaders, including Jefferson Davis, presiden…

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Back during the pandemic (remember that?), nearly every corporate advertiser rushed out TV commercials stating, "We're all in this together."

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Confronted by a clear and present fascist threat, the staff of The New York Times rose up to humiliate and punish quislings in its ranks.

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June is Dairy Month. I’ve noticed that the COVID-19 rules and regulations have really put a damper on the Dairy Month activities this year. There was no “Cows on the Capitol Concourse” event this month. (Only protestors showed up there every night for over a week.) I don’t believe a single d…

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In March, as Wisconsin enacted Safer at Home, state and local governments scrambled to build new ways to govern from remote locations while still complying with our open meeting laws. Even in the age of COVID-19, we still have the right to watch public bodies in action.

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Admit it: You don't know whether to believe him or not. Is President Donald Trump lying about taking hydroxychloroquine? He usually does make things up, but one thing is absolutely true about the Trumpster: He always manages somehow to focus all of the attention on himself.

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A country learns about itself in a crisis, and one revelation in the coronavirus emergency is that we can't make our own penicillin.

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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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I can see where the coronavirus is going to make a lot of changes on where folks will plan to vacation this coming summer. Instead of heading out of state for vacation, folks are going to be staying closer to home.

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The name of the current flu virus is the Coronavirus. When I first heard the name, I thought the virus was named after the old Corona typewriters like the one that used to sit on my desk at the Times office years ago.

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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 list of cancellations grows, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The DeForest High School Alumni Foundation has announced the cancellation of their annual banquet.

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If you thought the coronavirus presented difficult policy questions, don't worry — we have science.

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Many of us have held summer jobs in our teenage years. Most of the jobs were hot and dirty work, like corn detasseling, canning factory work, or farmhand work. But some summer jobs are great. Let me tell you about one I discovered a few years ago.

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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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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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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…