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The latest controversy we are hearing about across the USA is the pandemic crisis; should we get the shot or shouldn’t we? The newest ailment …

When I was 10 years old, I was having some trouble socializing and getting along with my brothers and sisters. Mom and Dad had their hands ful…

The Northern Pineries and the resulting lumber businesses played a big part in the founding of pioneer farms in Wisconsin.

Look closely at the 1915 photograph: Father, Mathias Scheckel, and his wife Catherine, surrounded by their 16 children. All became farmers or …

During this Christmas season I am pausing from my traditional Focus On Nature stories to tell you an interesting story about “The Christmas Tr…

The year was 1952, and the Christmas program at Jefferson Prairie Grade School was fast approaching. Mrs. Pearl Duxstad patiently introduced u…

My paternal grandfather, Lemuel H. Waller, was born in a pioneer cabin in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, in 1870. He was the first child born …

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It was opening day for pheasant hunting in October of 1964. Husband Ivan and five hunting buddies had left the previous day for Bijou Hills, S…

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It would have been a perfect night for baseball if the other team had showed. A fierce storm in Minneapolis during the week had kept the visit…

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It was February 1953. My husband Ivan had just completed two years in the U.S. Army and had spent the past year in Korea. He arrived at Camp C…

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From Kings 4:26, “And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.” Solomon may have had thousa…

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Sharp is a presumed male perspective. Axes, knives, razors, the occasional lawn mower. In my once childhood axes mattered more as chainsaws we…

The job is gone now, along with churning butter and lighting kerosene lamps. But I remember when hauling bundles on a thresh run was a way of …

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The time and dependence of rural Wisconsin on the railroad has long been history. Growing up in the ‘30s and ‘40s in an unincorporated village…

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My grandfather tended honey bees, to the consequence he used a reoccurring expression, “well ain’t he an old bee,” as when an older person was…

Among car guys is a more personal query, what was the ugliest car ever? The Ford Edsel, 1958-60, places well as does Citroen and Studebaker. U…