A couple weeks ago I introduced myself and asked for feedback on what people like about The Country Today and what they’d like to see done dif…

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As the new editor for The Country Today, I have just one thing to say to our readers: Help!

The first rule of road trips is to never embark upon a road trip. At least not one like ours: 10 days and 2,500 miles of tent camping in the n…

To the left of the stainless-steel elevator in Eau Claire’s Christ Church Cathedral hangs a plaque which reads: “The Frank and Miriam Carr Car…

It’s harvest time in the country, with farmers busy in the fields at all hours of the day collecting the annual crops.

It’s a rare honor to be named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. In fact, in 40 years, only 1,061 Americans have been awarded the title and the no…

As a farm kid, homemade kinda creeped me out. It seemed we were intrinsically and fatalistically surrounded and defined by homemade; homemade …

Our oldest child, Henry, turned 12 this summer. On his birthday, we lingered in a line of idling cars not far from UWEC, waiting for his first…

I have never considered myself to be boring. I may be boring to other people but not to myself.

Upon unloading our gear at the Coon Fork County Park campsite, my wife Meredith is reminded that I am still not the seasoned camper I pretend to be.

Controversy surrounding a recently proposed housing development on Lake Hallie prompted me to dig back into a time before there were any homes here.

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It is well after midnight and I’m standing in the dewy grass of our backyard. A puppy has been leading me by a blue leash in erratic circles f…

A vegetarian walks into a bar for the meat raffle and air conditioning. I know it sounds like the start of bad joke, but I recently visited He…

Of all the phrases in the English language, none are more beautiful than “summer camp.”

Many of us older people can’t believe the mess our country is in. There is so much division in our society today. And many people are yelling …