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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.

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Wisconsin has fresh hope for an eventual “return to normal” with the most-recently issued emergency order to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but the “new normal” may temporarily look a little different.

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People have been referring to life during the coronavirus as the new normal. While I understand the phrasing, I have to disagree. This isn’t the new normal; it’s the temporary normal.

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This spring has certainly brought a new normal to our lives that, in many ways, feels like anything but normal.

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Lucy is really good at weighing fourteen-and-a-half pounds. Give or take.

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A lot has changed in a month, hasn’t it? While it’s easy to focus on the negative that’s taking place around the globe, I find myself drawn to the stories of love, kindness, and generosity that are also being shared in the news. In the spirit of spreading good news, I thought I’d share some …

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National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 19-25. One week is not long enough to show our volunteers how much we truly appreciate them for their countless and unwavering dedication to the mission we serve here for all the animals that come into our care.

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My social media feeds are filled with pictures of sourdough starters and assorted lumps of dough that have through the wonders of science transformed into plump loaves of bread. The posts often express disbelief at how the food turned out not only edible, but actually delicious and why hadn’…

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As I have been keeping a close eye on the conversations, social media posts and reactions to media reports and various governmental orders across our state and country, I am beginning to see increased frustration with the drastic changes we have all been forced to make because of the coronav…

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For the last few weeks, I’ve been receiving notifications about cancellations – school events, alumni banquets, humane society clinics, church events, library programs, Easter egg hunts, and government meetings.

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Today's farmers are continually innovating when it comes to new methods of growing and raising our food supply. Aquaponics, a process which allows producers to raise and grow both a protein and vegetable crop simultaneously, has seen an increase in popularity.