Just a little over a week to the scariest night of the year. No, not Election Night, silly. Halloween!

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Over the last almost three years, I have learned a lot. One of the first things is there are people in Wisconsin that openly root for the Vikings.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wear on, many businesses are struggling.

Special to the Burnett County Sentinel.

My Buick was almost destroyed by a distracted driver last week.

Because you are reading this column, you understand the value of your local newspaper. I think we can all agree on this point, gentle reader.

As a kid, did you ever have trouble eating? Not trouble getting enough to eat or finishing your meal, but actual difficulty getting the food in your mouth?

Just a little over a month to go.

It was a beautiful day for Siren Nationals.

I must admit, in my spare time, I’m a fan of a good laugh.

YOUR VOTING DECISIONS in the presidential election on November 3 will be important if you haven’t already voted in absentia.

Football is back. The Packers won and all is right with the world.

Fall is in the air. It’s here and it feels fantastic.

Sept. 2 marked the 75th anniversary of the official end of World War II. Representatives of the Japanese government signed the instrument of surrender, ending one of the most tumultuous times of the 20th century.

STATE AND LOCAL governments are beginning to look at ways to help and protect local business. They are finding ways to provide information to the consumer via the local newspaper and websites, which in turn helps the newspaper survive with advertising. We have seen some larger companies buy …

It is gnat killing season in my apartment.

“Think of what you’re saying

American history is full of contradictions. Our nation started with contradictions and continue with many today.

Autumn will soon be here. The signs of its arrival are all around us: shorter days, cooler evenings, dewy mornings, schools resuming classes and a general, barely discernible change in the air.

The Postal Service has been in the news a lot. I voted for the first time by mail in April.

Welcome to the dog days of summer. Hot and humid days melting into shorter daylight. It always makes me sad when sunset time gets closer to 8 p.m. — then 7 p.m.

If you haven’t asked yourself that question, perhaps it is time to consider just what the newspaper means to this community.

How else could one describe a thunderstorm other than controlled chaos?

I spent part of my week off doing one of the tasks that used to be fun when I was young and flexible but has become a reminder of how old I am: cleaning out the car.

Well, it finally happened. I ran out of toilet paper and was left with a box of tissues sitting atop the empty roll in my bathroom.

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.

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.

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.