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While the attention of media, elected officials and community leaders has been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, another crisis — opioid addiction — has worsened in Wisconsin.

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I would like to thank the overwhelming support that my staff and I have received from many in the public over the last few weeks. It is fantastic to hear so many positive statements showing support and standing behind us during these difficult times.

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In 28 years as a country veterinarian, I have seen my mom’s dinner table doctrine confirmed on a daily basis.

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We are currently experiencing and witnessing an important movement in our nation’s history. The recent senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other Black men and women symbolized the tipping point. This movement is important because the outcry for change in ou…

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When the Safer at Home orders went into place at the end of March, I noticed a lot of people deciding to start cleaning out their garages and closets. I decided to hold off because I had a feeling that COVID-19 may keep us at home longer than a month or two based on what was happening in Cal…

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Whether you’ve had to cancel your vacation or will be missing those delicious cream puffs at the Wisconsin State Fair, your summer plans probably look a little different this year. Thankfully, summer still has so much to offer, like hot afternoons playing in the sprinkler, eating ice cream c…

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Assembly Democrats will face 22 more contested races this November than they did in 2018. Still, only a handful of those seats were even close to competitive in the 2016 presidential race, and only one is among Republicans’ top targets this fall.

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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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For the past couple weeks, I have been wondering if I should write anything in regard to the event which prompted protests around the country, including nearby Madison.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic spurs Wisconsin schools to undertake an unprecedented exercise in virtual and distance learning, it also threatens to exacerbate the “digital divide” between students who have fast, reliable at-home internet access and those who do not. Data shows these children are …

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As state superintendent, I congratulate Wisconsin’s class of 2020. I am so incredibly proud of Wisconsin’s students and educators for their compassion and resilience, which they have demonstrated through the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year.

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At the previous newspaper I worked for, this would be the time of year when I’d try to offer some type of advice or list some choice words from people with more experience than myself to the soon-to-be high school graduates. But this year, it seems ridiculous to follow that tradition. As the…

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It’s June in Wisconsin, and that means June Dairy Month. From my days working in a cheese plant, I’ve never missed the chance to support our state’s dairy industry, which now contributes $45.6 billion to Wisconsin’s economy. I know things have been hard for dairy farmers these past several y…

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Recently, I was on patrol and I stopped at a local restaurant to get a meal. As I was about to pay, the employee said “You know your meals are free right now, right?” I smiled and said, “I know, but I am getting a paycheck while so many others are not. I appreciate the gesture but I need to …

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As a pediatrician, I see the effects of climate change on health every day in my clinic. Climate change harms humans through increases in the following: heat related illness, natural disasters, mosquito and tick-borne infectious diseases, air pollution, food insecurity, economic losses, alle…

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I would like to send out a big thank you to the following: Waterloo American Legion Auxiliary for the dozens of cloth face masks that they have made for all volunteers of the Pantry; the Marshall Lions Club for volunteering their time to deliver food to the folks that where unable to get to …

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Congratulations to the Waterloo High School Class of 2020. The seniors missed out on so many spring activities. The WHS alumni banquet had been scheduled on May 16, with Dr. Sean Meitner, Class of 1960, as toastmaster. The WHS Alumni Association officers — DJ Dorn, Judi Eggert, Pat Weihert, …

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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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Fifty days; as of today, Wisconsin will have been under the Safer at Home restrictions for that long. This doesn’t include the number of days prior to March 24 when social gatherings were limited in size, schools were first closed and people began to hoard toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

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It happened a bit more than a week ago when I received some very joyous news that area libraries, including my local book depository in Lake Mills, would be offering curbside pick-up. I admit I’ve adapted pretty well to Safer at Home, likely because I’m the type of person who enjoys staying …

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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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Halfway to the door of State Street Brats, a group of young men gathered in a semicircle. Slouching, heads buried in their devices, the only thing moving was their thumbs, furiously swiping, never long enough to read a word.