Hello! I was able to take most of last week off to putter around the house and take care of some tasks that have gone undone for too long. The weather was great and I had a great time. I may even do it again.

In early 1981 Tom Petty wrote words that we all continue to live regardless of whether a global pandemic is happening.

So, the summer is half over. Have you done anything fun? How about a trip or at least a day trip, even if it is to your back yard?

Last week I drove through torrential downpour that led directly into a hailstorm. It was so bad at one point I was having trouble seeing the fog lines on Highway 70. So instead of driving around 60 mph, I was going about 30 mph through Daniels.

Even though we are in the middle of summer, a time when school should be at the farthest point away from our minds, there’s been a great deal of talk about what the school year will look like in the fall.

I WAS AT my desk in the Press office on Friday, July 3, when most of the staff had the day off. A knock at the door caught my attention so I answered it to discover it was Cal Rolstad.

Someone once said, “Nothing is more important than independence and freedom.”

If you believe the weather forecast, it looks like we will be in for another scorcher this weekend. Temperatures are slated to climb into the mid to upper 90s, with high humidity.

Well this was certainly one of those weekends we need to take full advantage of and it’s the reason we put up with those harsh winter months.

We are nearing Independence Day, the traditional midpoint of summer. Saturday marks the 244th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a day traditionally filled with families, food, fun and fireworks.

Dear Editor, The Burnett Co. Sheriff’s Department Deputies, along with the Grantsburg, Siren and Webster Police Departments will be working with other Law Enforcement Agencies thru out Wisconsin June 22 – July 5th in the “Click It or Ticket” Campaign in efforts to promote seat belt use.

This is another in the Richie Bros. Gang series, where I tell a funny story from years ago.

Full disclosure: I’ll admit I’m an older white guy and because of my life experiences have precious little to offer in the discourse underway about racial equality. Like many of you, I am trying to make sense of the changing times and adapt while remaining true to who I am.

Sunday is Father’s Day, a time to remember and honor the paterfamilias, father, the head of the household, pop, dad -- whatever his moniker at your house, Sunday is the day to pause and appreciate his contributions to who you are as a person.

Let us all take a moment to not be so serious and laugh. After all, laughter is the best medicine. Unless a doctor has advised you to take real medication, then by all means please continue taking that and this column can be a kind of

I hope you are enjoying summer and some respite from the cares of coronavirus and the national uproar for social justice after the death of George Floyd last month in Minneapolis.

Well, there certainly isn’t much going on in the world right now to write about. But I guess I’ll have to give it a try.

“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

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

Before last week, I knew nothing about the NC Dinos. But thanks to the global pandemic they are my new favorite Korean baseball team.

As we begin to come out from lock downs and seek to resume daily activities, I have been listening to varying viewpoints about next steps our society should take.

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First off, Sunday is the 106th Mother’s Day. So, call your mom or any mom in your life.

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” - Abraham Lincoln

The perfect bowl of brussels sprouts is always paired with butter and heavy salt and peppering.

As we enter the second month of being on lockdown, there are signs that the extraordinary steps we have taken to isolate ourselves from the coronavirus are working. Rates of infection and death are down from the projections and flattening the curve worked.

We had some lovely spring weather awhile back and y’know how every spring there seems to be an abundance of birds out and about.

Many of us have recently developed a renewed appreciation for the outdoors as we have found ways to keep our bodies active and minds calm during these unprecedented times. Despite all the uncertainty that we are facing, spring is still on our doorsteps, bringing with it the hope of greener t…

“And the sign said ‘Long-haired freaky people need not apply’” - lyric “Signs” by Five Man Electrical Band.

By several indications, it appears social distancing is helping to flatten the curve with the coronavirus. We should all be happy about this, but being socially distant to many may seem like the cure is worse than the disease, which is, of course, totally wrong.

This is another in the Richie Bros. Gang series, where I tell a funny story from years ago.

Sunday is Easter, a time of celebration and renewal for Christians who mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God. It’s one of the most sacred days on the Christian calendar and affirms the faith of followers of the promise of eternal life.

What a different world we’re in since our last article. Due to COVID-19, Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County will temporarily suspend most services. These include giving rides, cutting, stacking and delivering firewood and picking up and delivering furniture. Our hope is this will not be…

During this time of COVID-19, I have decided against running photos of empty shelves and instead deciding to continue reporting the news and not attempting to sensationalize the events around us.

Last week I noticed a trio of ducks: two male and one female, have returned to our neighborhood. It’s a sure sign of spring and something I always look forward to each year.

Social distancing is a little easier when your nearest neighbor is a mile down the road and there are fewer community centers or public playgrounds for all of us to easily congregate. But rural Wisconsin communities like ours are not immune from the spread of coronavirus.