• Jonathan Richie editor@brunettcountysentinel.com

I understand there are pressing issues and people can’t seem to agree on anything, but I don’t know anything about President Trump’s trip to Asia.

  • Tom Stangl tstangl@theameryfreepress.com

Every now and then, I am struck by the love/hate relationship that exists with all media, even newspapers as small as this one.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

Saturday marks the 99th anniversary of the beginning of the end of World War I, the “war to end all wars.”

  • Jonathan Richie editor@burnettcountysentinel.com

I had a wrestling coach in middle school that eventually became my sociology teacher in high school. He began with teaching me the single leg takedown (something a wrestler of my size never relied on) to explaining how he grew up in the city and could never get used to the silence of falling…

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

It seems that anything and everything can be a competitive sport.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

I have to admit it, as an industry, newspapers are terrible at promoting their own brand.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

“To workers I'm just another drone/ To Ma Bell I'm just another phone/ I'm just another statistic on a sheet/ I feel like a number/ I'm not a number/ Dammit I'm a man/ I said I'm a man” – lyric, Bob Seger, “Feel Like a Number”

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

It’s football season once again, time to bring out your team colors and root for your favorite team.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

What if the Russians meddled in our political system, influencing the outcome of a presidential election, with the willing collusion of the candidates?

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

We are nearing the end of the summer. The days are getting shorter, fall sports have begun and school age children’s days are literally numbered.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

As the summer continues to slide on by, it’s been interesting to watch the various machinations of the U.S. Congress as they try to solve the political, social and economic issues attached to healthcare.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

When my daughter attended art school in the early part of the century, one of her instructors made a comment that entertainment was the leading manufacturing “product” being produced by our nation.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

These are hard times for conversationalists.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

The History Channel on cable has been a favorite of mine for decades. I always like to learn more about the past, and they have done some truly great programming.

One way to consider fiction is as a tiny universe— a universe that we can relate to and live in, if the writing is compelling enough. It is a way in which we can feel a sense of control; we can read at our chosen pace, dedicate specific time to reading, and even put a story down if we feel t…

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher's desk

I know what you are thinking – he’s finally lost it. I’m well aware that we have 169 days until the first day of winter. For us, winter is literally half a year away.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

Ah, to be young and active enough to make truly bad eating decisions and be able to get away without consequences…

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

Historians estimate that man has had a relationship with dogs dating back as long as 40,000 years ago, when wolves were domesticated by early man.

  • Sean Devlin Editor

Some people become filled with a self-righteous satisfaction when they toss a loaded insult in the direction of someone.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

I have experienced many things in my life and I have been fortunate to avoid many other experiences.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

Last Friday, June 2, marked the 50th anniversary of the American release of what many, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, consider to be the most influential album of all time. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” hit the shelves and the airwaves, and the rest, as the saying goes, …

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

I had new experience a couple of weeks ago: my debit card was compromised, or as the popular vernacular goes, “hacked.”

It’s not news that a good, long walk after a long day is healthy. I’d say we have it pretty good up here: lakes, pines, eagles. And, of course, all the trails that offer miles of mind-freeing expedition.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

I hope you had a great Easter weekend with friends and family.

  • By Sean Devlin Editor

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA— A man stood resting his weight on a rusted hoe, reviewing his work that occupies his portion of the planet – a mountain side overlooking Antigua. His ankles were hidden by... papaya? coffee? leaves, and his clothes were the color of earth.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

“At a time when the Post Office is losing substantial revenue from the instantaneous flow of information by email and on the Internet, slowing mail service is a recipe for disaster.” — Bernie Sanders

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

Last month, I told our Wisconsin readers about legislation that has been introduced that would allow governments to change the way they report their proceedings to the public.

  • By Todd Beckmann Seems to Me

“‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said, ‘to talk of many things...’”

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

“Oh, life is like that. Sometimes, at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at its zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us.” — Jean Shepherd

  • By Todd Beckmann, Sentinel

The wife and I were coming home from an eventful shopping spree in the Twin Cities on Saturday.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

The Wisconsin legislature is getting down to business, drafting legislation and creating budgets.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

Last Thursday, Punxsutawney Phil, the official groundhog that predicts if spring will arrive early, saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter.

  • by Todd Beckmann, Sentinel

The stupidity of criminals never ceases to amaze me.

  • By Todd Beckmann, Sentinel

Of the four teams in the conference finals, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t rooting for the Packers.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

“You say you'll change the constitution

  • By Todd Beckmann, Sentinel

I don’t write about Harvey, our 2004 silver Honda, nearly as much as I wrote about Harry, but the mothers among you who I can count on as loyal readers will understand — Harry was my first.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

Medical researchers and geneticists have theorized that children born today could live to be 150. Yes, 150.

  • by Todd Beckmann, Sentinel

After getting chided for looking ahead to spring in last week’s column, it’s back to winter.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

Our mild winter disappeared last month when reality reared its ugly head and old school cold temperatures returned to the area.

  • by Todd Beckmann, Sentinel

It’s that time of year again and I spent several hours in the past week culling stories from the 52 editions of the Burnett County Sentinel of 2016 for this week’s Top 10.

  • By Tom Stangl From the publisher’s desk

We live in an age of wonders and miracles, occurring around us so often that we take them for granted. With some microchips and a telephone line, you can communicate with people half a world away. Heck, you don’t even need a telephone line.

  • By Todd Beckmann, Sentinel

Featured this week is the “Best of ‘Seems to me.’” “Potato chip anyone,” was first published Feb. 24, 2010.

  • by Todd Beckmann, Sentinel

Even for the Grinchiest among us, it is tough not to get in the holiday spirit listening to little kids giving it their all for the annual Christmas program.