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The following is my foreword to “Fort Unicorn and the Duchess of Knothing,” a memoir being published by Orange Hat/Ten16 Press. The book is written by Andrea Nelson and is available for preorder now.  When I first met Andrea Nelson, I knew she had a story to tell. It just wasn’t the story I was...
As a school district, we have many things to pride ourselves in: high performing schools, quality and consistent teaching and student services staff, and strong co-curricular participation rates. However, no school district takes pride in exposing their fiscal concerns due to the state’s lack of...
Recently I watched the Ken Burns series, US and the Holocaust, (highly recommended). Much of the series focuses on America’s penchant for demonizing sectors of society. Herman Goering bestowed honors upon Charles Lindbergh for cheerleading for the regime. Henry Ford peddled antisemitic fervor in...
“Hey dad…” asked my daughter last night. “Could a dumb child swallow a turtle?” “Um, what?” I replied. My first thought, of course, was that my daughter had devoured a turtle. Was she pretending to ask on behalf of a hypothetical friend while she began digesting a tiny, green, primordial creature?...
Linda Farris and I attended the Capital Area Pickleball Association (CAPA) in Waunakee. CAPA is dedicated to the promotion of the sport of Pickleball serving Dane County Wisconsin. CAPA has 1,000 members and continues to grow.  For just $10 per year, members receive a newsletter four times a year,...
With autumn in the parlor, it’s apple time in Wisconsin - although less so at my house. My yard is graced, if that’s the word, by two barren apple trees. I planted them about eight years ago, in a spot then suitably sunny. But as they grew and reached toward the sky, a pair of maples to the...
Community Members, The way we pay for public education in Wisconsin is changing. With state aid lagging, school districts are turning to local residents for additional resources to ensure they can provide the educational experiences their communities expect, and that our kids deserve. During this...
Last Thursday afternoon Sandy Strommen and I traveled to Kilkenny Farms Park in Waunakee to attend the Open Play and Capital Area Pickleball Association (CAPA) Annual Membership Meeting.  It was a lovely afternoon for play on well-designed, dedicated Pickleball courts: six  courts separated by low...
Dear Mount Horeb Area Community Members, Regular readers of the Mount Horeb Mail know about the increasing struggles school districts, including the Mount Horeb Area School District, are experiencing when attracting and retaining staff; maintaining programs; and paying for increasing costs. These...

Mike Berg, a farmer and truck driver who lives near Blanchardville in Lafayette County, discusses how winding roads in poor condition on the county’s eastern side hinder economic development in that area. Photo by Julian Emerson.

BLANCHARDVILLE – Dairy breakfasts are a revered summertime tradition across Wisconsin, an annual celebration and affirmation of the rural way of life in a state known as “America’s Dairyland.” But this year the popular dairy breakfast in Lafayette County, in Wisconsin’s southwest corner, was...

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