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June 13, 2013
Day by Day: Head in the clouds takes some getting used to
I had thought the day when I found myself in a cloud, I would be dead, resting in peace somewhere. Instead here I am working in one every day -- just wishing I was. It happened a couple of months back. The Star-Observer is being created in "the cloud," or at least I think it is....
June 13, 2013 - 8:20am
June 5, 2013
Margaret's Musings: The rule of law?
You never know what might come across your path. On a recent trip to visit family and friends these are some of the statements that were made: "The Koch Brothers are evil. They are Nazis."; "Our government is two hundred years old.
June 5, 2013 - 11:46am
May 24, 2013
Jon's Jottings: On Memorial Day, remember those who went before
The origins of Memorial Day, when citizens honor those who paid the ultimate price for American during all conflicts, goes back to the years...
May 24, 2013 - 9:04am
May 20, 2013
Guest view: Board members have access to district records
All Board of Education members have access to the information they need about the district and our work. This includes, and is not limited to, access to public records of the district and responses to questions about those records. No board members are treated differently in this...
May 20, 2013 - 10:07am
May 16, 2013
Book Report: The choice is yours: Lovely poems, exploding tourism
University of Iowa Press has just re-issued a book of poetry by Philip Levine, winner both the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book...
May 16, 2013 - 4:36pm
May 3, 2013
Doug's Diggings: New photos of '65 flood
The Star-Observer ran a few historic photos this spring regarding the 1965 flood. The flood, of course, was the worst ever recorded in Hudson,...
May 3, 2013 - 9:53am
April 25, 2013
Randy's Ramblings: Grifter takes advantage of people's generosity
I'd rather report the news than be a part of it. Nevertheless, the line got blurred for me on Wednesday of last week. After the morning staff meeting to semi-plan this week's Star-Observer, I stopped by the Walmart store to pick up a few items from the shopping list on our refrigerator...
April 25, 2013 - 10:32am
April 17, 2013
DAY BY DAY: The time has come to talk openly about suicide
Over my 23 years as a reporter for the Star-Observer, I have told some pretty sad stories that have involved our families, friends and neighbors. They have included the loss of loved ones from disease, accidents, natural causes and even criminal acts. It is always difficult to tell...
April 17, 2013 - 2:47pm
April 11, 2013
Book Report: Another word on former presidents; waxing poetic on the death of a fly
Three American presidents lead off this week's roster of books: Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. You could fill libraries...
April 11, 2013 - 1:53pm
April 4, 2013
Book Report: A new Scandinavian thriller takes the stage
I'm way behind in my coverage of the Scandinavian thriller surge in world publishing, not having even read a Stieg Larsson thriller, so I'll...
April 4, 2013 - 4:28pm
March 27, 2013
DAY BY DAY: Age, wisdom and a whole host of other myths wasting on the young
What a difference a year can make. When I turned 60 last April, it was hard on me. I usually don't mind birthdays but that one made me think about what it would be like to be young -- well at least younger. But here I am a year later now wishing I was 64, about to be 65, and done...
March 27, 2013 - 12:29pm
March 22, 2013
Book Report: Indiana, no, make that Wisconsin Jones
When I was a kid in a small Wisconsin grade school, one of my favorite subjects was Wisconsin history, taught to me by my sixth-grade teacher,...
March 22, 2013 - 12:33pm
March 15, 2013
Margaret's Musings: Breaking the silence -- what does OFA mean to you?
Remember when politics was fun and friends could banter back and forth civilly? Over the last two years you have followed me on a discovery journey. Completely lost is my naïve attitude that all is right with the world as long as one simply votes. I find that, given the opportunity...
March 15, 2013 - 11:21am
March 14, 2013
Book Report: Glowing endorsements for new poet
River Falls poet Thomas R. Smith writes that Kristin Laurel's new book of poetry will "burn itself on your memory." Minnesota poet Deborah Keenan...
March 14, 2013 - 9:45am
March 2, 2013
Doug's Diggings: Stupidity injury offers teachable moment
I suffered a stupidity injury on Valentine's Day. I somehow got into a fight with my snow blower -- guess who won. The result was an injured finger and a three-hour stint in the emergency room at Hudson Hospital on Valentine's evening. The reason I consider it a stupidity...
March 2, 2013 - 10:22am