The way we communicate with each other is constantly changing. With advances in technology, it seems as if our machines are somehow reading our minds and presenting advertisements for products or services that we have been thinking about.

It’s that time of year again when we watch kids play baseball on national television. That’s right people it’s the Little League World Series. Teams from all over the country and world (although almost all the kids on the Germany team live on American airbases) battle for fame and strive to …

Growing up in the 1970s as part of a large family there were three times during the year when I could get candy: Easter, Christmas and Halloween.

George Carlin is my favorite comedian of all time. If I could transcribe a George Carlin joke in this space 52 times a year, I would. In his famous joke “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television” he recites the words in a splendid cadence.

We are navigating our way through deep summer, a time to enjoy the beauty and abundance of nature and generally try to slow down our self-imposed need to rush and obsess about things that are out of direct control.

The signs over the last couple of days have been very daunting. The U.S. Bank across the street from our downtown Grantsburg office posted 94 degrees on Monday.

If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it.

If there is one thing in life I know for certain is that I am not perfect. A subset of that is that there will always be someone better than me.

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

AMERICA! is what Will Ferrell’s character in “The Other Guys” yells as he inadvertently drives his Prius into a crime scene. Soon after the car stops, the audience learns that the car’s exterior is covered in cocaine.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. — Ecclesiastes 1:9, New International Version (NIV).

Over the past few months, the Wisconsin legislature’s budget writing committee has been busy assembling a draft of the state’s upcoming biennial budget. On June 13, the Committee passed the final draft of the budget, which will now go to the Assembly and Senate to be voted on. Once both hous…

It’s already the last week of June and I have yet to install my in-window AC units. Part of that is because I am lazy and another part is because it has not been that hot out.

As depressing as it is to acknowledge in print, the halfway mark of summer happens next week when we observe Independence Day.

First off, congrats to the Webster baseball team on becoming back to back state champions. It is truly an amazing accomplishment. For those that haven’t been to the stadium in Grand Chute, I highly suggest the trip.

I find it very hard to believe that June is half over. Summer is slipping along at a brisk pace, like it or not.

There is this funny thing that happens outside my house most days around five in the evening. A student driver car pulls up in front of my house and uses my neighbor’s car to practice parallel parking.

I would like to talk with you about the state of local news in the early 21st century. I promise not to be too technical or whiny. No one likes a whiner.

This job puts me around a lot of crowds. I’m usually not in the crowd, but following the crowd or wading through the crowd or taking a picture of the crowd from a distance. It all depends on the story I’m following.

“You are about to embark on the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you… I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

As a fat person, I make distinct choices when it comes to cookies. I try not to grab something too gluttonous. I enjoy a simple cookie, no frosting or sprinkles (unless they’re Christmas cookies). My cookie of choice – the classic chocolate chip.

If you discovered you had access to a time machine, what would you do first?

Judging by the headline, one could believe that I am a supporter of our senior citizens.

The St. Croix River Association (SCRA) has serious concerns about the proposal to build a 7,500-sow farrowing Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in the Town of Trade Lake, WI. The Fish Lake Wildlife complex is less than one mile from this proposed CAFO. Canute Creek Flowage is only…

Regular readers of this column know that I enjoy a good science fiction story. Always have. I enjoy the stories that give us an insight to how we are (or aren’t) dealing with social issues of today by doing something totally over the top as an illustration of what we need to see today.

It has occurred to me that very few of those now living in Burnett County have any realization of the railroads that once were the lifeline of the area. That is largely because the Northern Pacific Railway after starting in the 1880s, discontinued service to the Grantsburg area in the 1950s,…

This week Four Cubs Farm hosted two groups of students. They were given an up-close look at the dairy farm operation and their new milking robots (check out the Sentinel front page story from more information.)

George Mallory was a British adventurer who took part in the first three British expeditions to climb Mt. Everest. When asked why he wanted to reach the summit of the highest peak on the planet, he famously quipped “Because it’s there.”

In 1969, the most famous music festival was held in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur’s farm, not his dairy farm, but held in his hay fields. It was kind of a disaster and it is not really a surprise the 50th anniversary of the festival, named Woodstock 50, was canceled earlier this week.

Wednesday is the first day of May, recognized by many cultures as a time to celebrate rebirth and renewal.

Did everyone have a wonderful Easter? I spent it among friends and family in the Milwaukee area as my family continues to move further and further from the city.

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.” — Bernard Williams