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NAME CHANGE HEARINGS: Case Nos. 17-CV-127 and 128; Meak
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ST. CROIX COUNTY: 4/6/17 Public Hearing re: Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
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Mining can help America make things again
Letters to the Editor for March 23
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Letters to the Editor for March 9, 2017
Real Estate Showcase
Mining can help America make things again
ViewpointIn 1998, Wisconsin enacted a mining moratorium. The law requires a company applying for a mining permit to prove that a similar mine has operated for 10 years and been closed for 10 years without the pollution of groundwater or surface water. The mine could be located anywhere...
3 min 56 sec ago
March 15, 2017
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
Second Thoughts“If you choke on that, you’d better hope someone here knows the Heimlich, because I’m not saving you,” I warned my grandson. I was spending the week with 8-year-old William while his parents were on vacation, and the treat I had promised was supper at McDonald's...
March 15, 2017 - 7:00am
March 3, 2017
It’s time for Tuesday to be just another day
I am retiring this week and after 27 years, Tuesday is about to become just another day of the week. That’s deadline day at the Star Observer and, as a terminal procrastinator, it has always been a busy one for me. For folks from the HSO, Tuesday is our Friday and we scheduled our...
March 3, 2017 - 3:00pm
March 1, 2017
Farewell to a friend
My first real introduction to Hudson came in the form of Meg Heaton. Though I'd spent time in this town before I joined the paper back in July, I got fully acquainted my first week when Meg took me on the official, unofficial tour.
March 1, 2017 - 4:00pm
February 14, 2017
Getting the hang of retirement will take time
As the day of my retirement is approaching fast, I am beginning to realize that as big events in life go, it is right up there with getting married, my extreme youth at the time explains that one, having babies, remember two at a time, and living to see “he who shall not be named”...
February 14, 2017 - 3:00pm
February 2, 2017
We're not the type to keep quiet
"A reminder that the president's top aide just told the New York Times that the press should keep its mouth shut...no." With a shake of his head and a single word, CNN's Jake Tapper summed it up nicely. Keeping its mouth shut is the exact opposite of the media's purpose. I could leave...
February 2, 2017 - 4:33pm
February 1, 2017
Retirement in a world of 'alternate facts'
I used to tell some whoppers when I was a kid and don't really know why. My mom was a champion at it so I think I got it from her.
February 1, 2017 - 4:00pm
January 25, 2017
Notes from the dockside: really cold
“Your car didn’t want to start,” Doug said to me. “It groaned and moaned a whole lot before it finally kicked over.” Looking outside the window of the farm house, I couldn’t see much since most of the window was covered in frost. It was dark and the car was surrounded...
January 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
January 4, 2017
In the Front Row
My friend Vinny from Bayonne called me last week. "Hey Bobby! Didj-a hear da Big Apple is closin?" No! The Big Apple Sports Palace? In Bayonne? The place that for over 40 years has served, hands-down, the best thin crust pizza in the world? The one last meaningful reason I have left...
January 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
January 2, 2017
What is your source of news?
My five year old grandson recently informed his parents that actually Santa is a boy and Santa Claus is a girl. My daughter was tempted to correct...
January 2, 2017 - 7:00am
December 25, 2016
The most wonderful time of the year
When asked about my favorite time of the year, my immediate answer is always summer. No hesitation. I love the sun. My skin gets tan, the breeze blows warmth through my hair, and I get to drive with my windows down. My least favorite is winter. No question. I hate the cold. My skin...
December 25, 2016 - 10:00am
December 6, 2016
A lot to be thankful for this year
The turkey was undercooked, the marshmallows melted in the yams, the apple pie didn’t crumble and it was the perfect Thanksgiving. My little nephew, Quinten, was there for his very first Thanksgiving, decked out in a festive outfit. The turkey-themed clothing lasted a few hours...
December 6, 2016 - 1:00pm
November 23, 2016
What we learned from our brothers
When I got to the microphone I froze. It was the All Saints service at our church, and people were asked to come forward to light a candle in...
November 23, 2016 - 7:00am
November 9, 2016
Voting still has meaning
This Tuesday will mark the second time I’ve been able to vote in a general presidential election. Though I’m as exhausted as anyone over this election cycle, I’m still genuinely excited to once again cast my ballot for our president. I must admit, I was actually giddy back...
November 9, 2016 - 7:00am
October 26, 2016
He’s finally here
The wait is finally over. Though he gave us a little scare, my nephew Quinten finally joined us on Wednesday, Sept. 28. I didn’t have to wait too long after my last column. He came the day after I wrote it. Though he spent some time at Children’s Hospital, he’s a tough little...
October 26, 2016 - 3:00pm