HSBC is filled with tiny, fuzzy felines! If you have been waiting for the shelter to say the kittens are here, your wait is over! This week’s cover kittens, Camron and Celinna, are merely a sample of the variety the shelter has in residence. Whether you are looking for a cuddler, an adventur…

In 1939, when it looked as if Great Britain was going to be invaded or bombed by Nazi Germany, a public relations campaign was pondered. Millions of large posters reading “Keep Calm and Carry On” were printed, but never used. The phrase originated as a slogan in the spring before World War I…

I’ve had some weird, interesting and diverse jobs over the decades, including as a nanny for a four-year-old whose parents were family friends, mid-divorce. I was the ‘middleman’ on custody hand-offs, daytime care provider, and part-time live-in. That nanny connection later landed me another…

HSBC is celebrating Hug Your Cat Day (June 4) a bit early! Go ahead and lavish your feline friend with affection (or not, if that is their preference). No cat to hug? Here is a rundown of former Weekly Wag stars still waiting for fur-ever families who are willing to help you out! 

The ‘Old Quonset’ was a childhood fixture at my grandparents’ Red River Valley sugar beet farm. The skunky old barn doubled as a whiffle ball backstop and HQ for my rebel cousin crew to attempt our own fireworks making lab, first cigarette experiments and a spot to jump off the hay mow into …

Summer is sneaking upon us, and HSBC wants to remind you that having fun with friends and family includes hanging out with your pets! To make this Memorial Day Weekend a safe, happy one for your fur friends, keep the following in mind: 

“The lake shows a new face every day,” Old Milt told me, decades ago, peering over the fluttering reflections off Lake Francis, my boyhood waters. 

It’s once again graduation season. The school year is coming to a formal close and even though this year has been closer to normal, the rites of passage are once again upon us.

Freshly sunburned, gassy and tired after the fishing opener, I stopped at the ‘Scenic Overlook’ on Hwy. 70, just inside Burnett County, figuring it was my last chance to view serene Poquette Lake before the leaves and invasive buckthorn filled in the palette, Bob Ross-style. 

May is also Pet Foster Care Month! HSBC wants to take a moment to thank our current and past foster families for providing pets a safe haven to thrive while waiting for their own homes. Some of the ways foster families help pets are: 

I’ll admit it, I have mutant feet. No extra, prehensile toes, ‘Sign From Above’ birthmarks or extra bones but they’re weird enough that most shoes never fit. My stepsister later called them ‘Fonzie Toes’ but it never stuck. Buying shoes is still a literal pain.

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May is National Pet Month, dedicated to promoting the benefits of pet ownership and supporting adoption efforts. Did you know that in exchange for room and board, pets give a lot in return?

I watched a little bit of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s annual awards ceremony last week. Better known as the Oscars, the awards night usually has some bizarre moments and political overtones. I only saw a couple of the movies that were awarded but having the ceremony in U…

Yes, I’m a certified ‘car guy,’ owning over three dozen vehicles over the years, many at the ends of their lives but cool in their own ways. I’ve been fortunate enough to own some classics, a few wannabe classics and several rolling scrap heaps; From Mustangs to minivans to Jeeps, trucks fro…

April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, and HSBC is celebrating with a new load of southern puppy love! Why does the HSBC receive dogs from Texas and Oklahoma? In that area, surrendered and stray dogs continue to be community problems, and shelters are always full. The Denisen Animal W…

I’ve cheated death at least three times: twice with electrical accidents and once when thrown from the bow of a 45-MPH ski boat; That one may require future explanation on why I wasn’t cut into ribbons and left for musky bait.

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April 23 is set aside for National Lost Dog Awareness Day, dedicated to drawing attention to the number of lost dogs yearly. Lost Dogs of America, an all-volunteer organization, created the day to also celebrate the happy reunions of lost dogs to their families.  

As a recovering bartender and a longtime elected official, I’ve learned a few things about the arcane and confusing liquor licenses in Wisconsin.

Saturday marks the tenth anniversary of the premiere of the Home Box Office (HBO) series “Game of Thrones.” The series ran for eight seasons over the next eight years. Based on a series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, the show became a pop culture phenomena and money maker for HBO.

As winter wanes and spring rolls out of bed, the rituals of summer begin: Boats of all flavors and sizes are prepped, polished and christened, preparing for skiers, anglers, swimmers and pickled pink people playing ‘Instant Weekend.’ 

I am disappointed in the Sentinel’s decision to print Mr. Hess’ letter the week before the election and leaving me no time to respond before the election. His letter to the editor is full of misstatements and it seems to be aimed at causing confusion and division.

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New introductions typically require a sort of ‘elevator speech,’ where you say a little about yourself or ‘make your pitch’ before you reach your floor.

EASTER IS THE time Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Gene Peterson writes in his book, The Message, “The men said, 'Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he …

If it wasn’t so strange asking people “What’s your sign?” it would be the first question I ask. I think “Hello, how are you?” is more appropriate so I have to ease into it. Most people don’t pay much attention to horoscopes or elemental signs, but it helps me to understand people.

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Mr. Hess' recent letter to the editor is full of misstatements and is seems to be aimed at causing confusion and division.

Election day in Trade Lake is fast approaching. On April 6th residents will be voting for an entirely new three-person board to represent us. There are many issues facing the town of Trade Lake, but no single issue threatens our health, our safety, our way of life like the proposed industria…

A public event was posted on the Town website, a meet and greet by Tony Zurawski. The email was an automatic notification that people signed up to receive. Mrs. Moody contacted the Wisconsin election commission trying to discredit the town, clerk, and candidate. The election commission’s res…

My first attempt at Gordon Ramsay was a Shrimp Scampi that turned out delicious. I once again attempted to be Gordon Ramsay and I think I pulled it off again, in my own way. Although, what takes that man 15 minutes to prep and cook takes me about an hour. But it’s not really about how long i…

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According to the American Psychology Association one-third of us are living with extreme stress, and nearly half believe that their stress has increased over the last year. Our neighbors and the less fortunate are really down and hurting.

I just received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. I am writing to express my gratitude to the employees of the Polk and Burnett County Health Departments and especially, all the volunteers for providing the vaccinations. Because of their dedication, knowledge, and up-beat attitudes …

On March 9, I received an email from the Town of Trade Lake that there would be a meet and greet for Tony Zurwaski, a candidate for Chairperson of the township on Saturday, March 13, for 6 hours. I was surprised Ramona Moody, the other candidate, would not be available for questions. My surp…

If it seems to you like campaigns for national political office never seem to end, you’re not alone. I think for at least 20 years now, the people in power haven’t switched from campaign mode to governing mode, where the parties work for the betterment of everyone.

“Veni, vidi, vici,” Julius Caesar wrote those words around 47 BC after a victory in Zile, Turkey. The latin phrase translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Jay-Z also used the phrase on his song, “Encore.”

One of the great things about living in the U.S. is that our city and county governments are required to keep their citizens informed about their actions. One of the ways they do this is through public notices – the informational notices that have been deemed to be of importance to local con…

Thanks to fitness fad devices like the Fitbit and Apple watch, many folks, including me, do. I’ve worn a step tracker for a few years now. I recently updated to a fancy smartwatch – it tells time, keeps track of my steps, heart rate, weather, and about two dozen other things.