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

My late father, Arved Stangl (aka “The Chief”) gets mentioned in this space many times. As the fifth of six children, I was witness to many lessons taught by my father that have stayed with me. I believe some of the reactions are hard wired into my DNA, so when situations arise, I simply swi…

In Webster, over the weekend the students put on The Addams Family musical and it was very good. The doom and gloom of the day fit perfectly with the weather outside.

In the “Terminator” movies of the last 30 years, sometime in the fictional future, the artificial intelligence network of computers called Skynet becomes self aware and enslaves humanity.

“Oh you haven’t yet, but you’ve seen ‘em right? Yeah, they come outta nowhere and don’t swerve. You swerve and may launch yourself off the road. You probably won’t have time to brake either.”

I freely, and many times, too openly admit that the more I seem to know, the less I actually do know.

There is one aspect of this job I have no confidence in, or maybe very little confidence is a better way to put it. I am talking about photography.

“Hope I die before I get old” — lyric, “My Generation” by Pete Townshend

There are a lot of facets to this job and one of those is government meetings. Some are at the County level and others are village and school board meetings.