County Fairs: Competition, Critters and Community

Jul 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

July 28, 2014 “I haven’t seen you in at least 20 years,” the rural Ettrick women exclaimed as she shook the older man’s hand. “Catching up with friends is a great part of the county fair,” she leaned over and told me. It’s county fair-time. Walking through the fairgrounds I see the efforts of many volunteers. Thousands of ...

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Identity Theft: New Scam Targets Unemployment Insurance

Jul 22, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

July 22, 2014 A woman was the victim of an unemployment insurance scam. “What are you going to do to help me?” she challenged legislators and candidates at a recent forum in Eau Claire. “What are you going to do to prevent this from happening again?” The scam she described was new to incumbent and want-to-be lawmakers. A ...

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What Art?

Jul 16, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

July 16, 2014 “Art has the power to fill spaces in our souls that nothing else can,” said Alan Nugent, owner of Abode Art Gallery in Stockholm. I recently had an opportunity to learn about art and its impact on Wisconsin. “Art has the power to transport, transform, to call and excite. I see this every day ...

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Wisconsin Leading the Way in State Cuts to Schools?

Jul 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

July 9, 2014 “Hard to believe we are in competition for last place!” said Pepin Superintendent Bruce Quinton. This is hard to believe indeed. A recently released study of state budget cuts to local schools has Wisconsin ranked second only to Alabama in cuts per pupil. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looked at state dollars spent ...

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Money in Politics: What Can a Person Do?

Jul 2, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

July 2, 2014 “What can I do to stop corporate money from taking over our country?” Betty from Buffalo County asked me. She joined about 20 local people in viewing the film Koch Exposed that focused on the power of a few to manipulate elections. Money in politics is almost universally hated. In poll after poll Americans say money ...

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Investing in Wisconsin…For our Children, For our Future

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

June 25, 2014 I climbed aboard the tractor-driven wagon at the Pierce County Dairy Breakfast and nodded to two smiling girls clutching brightly colored balloons. Two families down was a little boy with tears in his eyes. His mother comforted him.“Would you like my balloon?” I asked the boy. “Let me put the string around your ...

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