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The Friends of the Mount Horeb Public Library would like to thank the community for a successful bakeless pie sale! With your support we were able to raise over $3,500!  The funds will be used to support the Library’s Lucky Day collections and were used to support the Big Read programming this...
After reading the recent article about economic development and the changes it has gone through I recalled a story about Benjamin Franklin. It is the best way I know to explain the benefits of Economic Development Corporation and the Community Development Authority that replaced it have gone...
So many of the issues I care deeply about never see the light of day in this state government. Wildly popular issues such as legalization of marijuana, Medicare expansion, and protecting the environment are ignored by the party that enjoys a legislative majority? Why?   I believe the answer lies in...
Greetings! As I am soaking the sun sitting out on the patio and writing this column and realizing that we only have a handful of these beautiful warm days left and summer is over. However, I also happen to love the fall season, the beautiful autumn colors, cooler wind, warm and snuggly sweaters, a...
As with a number of flowering plants, bittersweet vines failed to produce fruit. However a few including this plant, was successful. The fruits open to reveal a scarlet inner portion and when the outer, orange capsule peels back, a scarlet interior is exposed. Bittersweet plants are dioecious (...
Last night I read a story to my seven-year old daughter in which a horse was decapitated, then its severed head was nailed to a village archway, where it continued to speak, but only in confusing riddles. At the end of the story, one of the characters was shut inside a barrel filled with nails,...
Yes, one species of holly grows and is a landscaping plant in these parts. Common winterberry, a shrub, grows in moist areas, more so in central and northern Wisconsin but planted throughout the state in yards, estates and parks. The red fruits hang on until birds and other animals strip them from...
I pulled up on the side of the highway and watched the horse-drawn wagon rumble, clatter and clop toward me. It looked like something from the Oregon Trail, with a pair of chestnut draft horses pulling it and a heavyset man perched atop the wobbling seat, leather reins held loosely in his thick...
While it is a great public service to print in the paper what our elected representatives are up to, I really think that there should be a warning when Senator Johnson is doing anything with COVID that his statements are not true.  This latest statement asks us to believe that there is a...
Pop quiz   I went to an open house at my daughter’s school last week. There was a pop quiz for parents. I got an “F.”  In my defense, I believe the test was essentially impossible; containing fixed queries but fluid answers. It was like being asked where a cup of water is in the ocean. “What is...

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