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During my childhood, I found myself in a challenging school environment. Through no fault of myself or my siblings, our peers did not welcome us. It was the civil rights era and we had recently enrolled as the first black children in the well-funded “white school” in my Southern hometown, af…

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Outcomes in states that have legalized medical marijuana contradict at least some points made by both advocates and opponents of the move in Wisconsin, according to a new report from the independent, nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum.

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Meningococcal disease, also known as meningitis, is an uncommon, but potentially life-threatening illness. Studies have shown that from 2014-17, the risk of contracting meningitis B was 3.5 to five times higher in college students age 18-24 compared to persons not attending college of the sa…

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In a tiny room inside a hair salon in Viroqua, two women gaze over a glass case. They have driven 30-some miles down the Mississippi River from La Crosse just to check out Kickapoo Kind, a shop established last summer in the heart of the state’s politically liberal Driftless region.

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“Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities. Journalism can be distinguished from other activities and products by certain identifiable characteristics and practices. These elements not only se…

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“Communication is in many ways the most complicated of human activities, and no simple rule can properly deal with all the different kinds of harms that it can cause—or all the different kinds of harms that restricting communication can cause,” wrote Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Profe…

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Hello Lake Mills! We are happy you are seeing our paper for free today. This is one of three showcase papers your Lake Mills Leader does every year, going to every home and business in town.

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It’s already time for turkey and pumpkin pie. I hope you’re reading this with the smell of turkey in the air or preparing to go to a gathering of family or friends.

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You might not realize this but the journalists who write your local newspaper live in your community. They might be your neighbor or someone you pass at the grocery store. They are not “the media” as many refer to us as.

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It’s hard to make everyone happy. It’s even harder in the newspaper business.

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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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It’s hard to make everyone happy. It’s even harder in the newspaper business.

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In a victory for newspapers across the country, the International Trade Commission voted unanimously last week to reverse tariffs imposed on newsprint imported from Canada — thanks in part to the role Wisconsin newspaper professionals played.

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In a recent Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Bernstein wrote an article titled, “Fine-Tune Your B.S. Detector: You’ll Need It.” According to Bernstein, in the digital age, misinformation — from nonsense to lies — spreads faster than ever, and is becoming an area of scientific research.

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It’s not something he does very often, but this time President Donald Trump was telling the truth when, in his rambles before the gun nuts — aka the National Rifle Association Convention in Dallas — he pointed out that the upcoming midterms will be determined by voter turnout.

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Rod Rosenstein is doing a star turn as principled defender of the law, but he’s performed abysmally as deputy attorney general, and President Donald Trump would be fully justified in firing him.

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In spite of all the controversy about Scott Pruitt’s cushy D.C. condo, it’s entirely appropriate that he was getting a sweetheart deal on a place to sleep. After all, for his entire political career, he’s been in bed with the special business interests who resist any and all government effor…

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February has brought some big drops in stock prices, but local investors should not allow short-term stock market fluctuations to derail their long-term investment decisions, Krasniqi says, especially when the likely causes of the market volatility actually suggest reasons for optimism.

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Many of us made out a “wish list” within the last month or two, for the holidays. Well, perhaps a new wish list is now in order; this time, a list of one or two or three things you would like to see included in the chicken farm expansion project.

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There’s no such thing as the Hypocritic Oath, but there should be. Translated from the original Pig Latin, it is: “Be sanctimonious if you want, but don’t get caught doing the very same thing you’re so holier-than-thou about, otherwise it’ll bite you in the butt.” That is a very loose translation.

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I’ve written facetiously before about a fictional nation, the Male Chauvinist Pigdom. Unfortunately, it’s very real and not funny, unless you get your jollies from the stories that are emerging of the male pigs — not all of us, mind you, but far too many — who brutalize the females of our species.

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Ed Gillespie went from potential vindicator of Trumpism to “cuckservative” in the space of a couple of hours.

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Meteorologists have warned that 2017 could rank among the top three years for tornadoes in recent history. With that being said, we would like provide everyone advice on how to make certain families are safe should a twister occur.

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Fort Atkinson firefighters responded to five grassfires last Wednesday along U.S. Highway 12, between Hoard Road and Busy Barns Adventure Farm west of the city. It’s possible a tailpipe or some type of metal dragging behind a vehicle might have created sparks that ignited the dry grass along…

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While it may seem refreshing to see bipartisan cooperation in the legislature, why does that seem to only happen when the shared goal is to obscure government proceedings from the public?

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Remember last February when 15 vehicles parked on Lake Geneva for “Winterfest” fell into the frigid water when the ice broke? Five were able to be salvaged, but the other 10 had to be junked.

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‘Tis the season to deck the halls, both inside and out. And that means stringing lights, hanging boughs, baking cookies, roasting chestnuts, lighting candles and undertaking many other holiday delights.

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Most baby boomers likely remember where they were when Neil Armstrong made his first giant step for mankind. That moonwalk capped a whirlwind decade of space exploration the likes of which we’ve not seen since.

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Well, whad’ya know. We woke up last Wednesday morning and the world hadn’t ended.

Sun came up.

Still alive and kickin’.

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Last Saturday marked the end of National Tornado and Sever Weather Awareness Week, a time set aside each year to remind people of what to do should Mother Nature go into a rage. Readers undoubtedly heard the warning sirens twice last Thursday – which might have seemed odd considering the beautiful skies and sunshine.

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Congratulations to the United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth County. And congratulations to all who have contributed to its 2015-2016 fundraising campaign.

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The Department of Natural Resources is the one agency in Wisconsin tasked with protecting the state’s air and water. So it is alarming to learn the DNR is on the verge of abdicating that responsibility in the name of making the state more business-friendly.

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A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that 87 percent of drivers engaged in at least one risky behavior while behind the wheel within the past month. They drove while distracted, impaired or drowsy; speeding; ran red lights, didn’t wear a seatbelt or a combination of the above.