This week we’re all about dogs. We seem to be in a puppy mode. In addition to Royal our little hound puppy, we now have two Shepherd/lab mix puppies. Born on Oct. 14, 2021, Hank and Rae are two cuties that will melt your heart.

I’ve stood in the Halls of Congress, toured nearly every monument and museum in Washington, marveled at Abe Lincoln’s mighty throne and the pillars of Jefferson. I’ve looked down the laser-straight National Mall, peppered with the accoutrements of democracy, good and bad. 

We have an Athena update. Our skinny shepherd is now at 61 pounds! The food and medications are doing their job. She continues to get stronger and is a bundle of energy.

With apologies to the late Andy Rooney, who did commentaries on the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” I have a topic to discuss with you. And before we commence, I freely and openly admit I will be 61 next month and can pass as a curmudgeon. I do take better care of my eyebrows than Mr. Rooney.

I’ve had some stupid old vehicles in my past, but none weirder than the ‘Spritzer’- a two-wheel-drive wannabe hot rod 1966 International Scout convertible. It was a cool and fun SUV, and way ahead of its time but was later known for being the vehicle with the worst brakes I’ve ever driven; T…

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“Progress is our most important product” General Electric Co. touted in a 1950 marketing campaign - that surprisingly never caught on. While ‘progress’ is hard to measure - except in football, baking and Constitutional Amendments – societal ‘progression’ is usually a way past a problem or a …

The last Weekly Wag of 2021 needs to have a huge THANK YOU for all the support we’ve received from the community this year. The events were a success, the donations were amazing, and all the adoptions set a record for us. It wasn’t an easy year for anybody, and I hope 2022 is easier for all of us.

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I hope you had a good Christmas. It is truly a balm to the soul to get to take some time off and spend it with family, doing absolutely nothing but spending time together and staying home.

Moving here from Minnesota years ago, I knew almost no one; I was a bachelor  renting a tiny, cool – literally freezing – unmaintained A-frame cabin on a local flowage, and I didn’t cook much. The kitchen was equivalent to a small camper, so I spent a lot of my food money at a local casino, …

My kids and I made cookies right after Thanksgiving. We made all their favorites. Sugar and spice, chocolate sugar cookie, and our favorite—Pfeffernüsse. 

The Bake sale was a success as always, with over $650 raised and a very generous $100 donation from Syren General Store. Of course, what they didn’t consider is the leftovers. This is my specialty as I’m not picky in the least and will take anything left over. Now I’m set for sweets for the …

Christmas Eve, 1967 at the Stangl household. After supper, my brothers and I are taken for a ride to “look at the Christmas lights” around town. When we return, we once again just miss Santa Claus, who has stopped by, leaving gifts and good wishes.

The Gift had spent almost 40 years in non-descript, green-and-red wrapping paper adorned with vintage drawings of holiday lampposts, berries and trees; Sort of beat-up and scuffed, it somehow managed to survive in a box of forgotten holiday decorations, unfettered and still waiting for a smi…

This Saturday we have our annual Holiday Bake Sale at the Shops at the Lodge in Siren. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. We hope to see you all there.

Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels is often quoted as saying “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.” In listening to national and regional news reports recently, I think old Joe was on to something.

In a post-turkey flush, I’m reminded of past holidays as a kid: As a proud Scandinavian-American, I’m used to holidays full of white food – no, triggered legislators, not another ‘Critical Race Theory’ reference to dog whistle – I mean unassuming, light-colored food, camouflaged in the vanil…

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The start of the holiday season starts with Thanksgiving. It is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends. It can also be an extremely difficult time for your four-legged family members.

“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” — Charles Dickens

The joke goes that the young girl always wanted to present the Thanksgiving turkey to the family, with all the tantalizing aromas. So she’s finally old enough to carry the massive, stuffed bird out but realizes it’s too hot, so she drops it and the steaming carcass slides across the floor. A…

This week we received our first snow and cold temperatures. It’s time for a winter reminder for you and your pets. Yes, animals have fur coats, but unless they are one of the few breeds that are used to cold temperatures you need to remember, if you’re cold, they’re cold.

My sister was born on Flag Day. For years as a child, she believed our hometown put up the American flag on the light poles downtown to honor her birthday. I visited last week with someone who was born on Veterans Day. He had the same experience as a child.

While a few local folks knew about it, it was a soft secret that The Sentinel became the target of a bizarre series of online and live threats last week, as a feller with some sort of vendetta against all flavors of normal – and a history of terrorist actions - decided to threaten and illici…

I would like to thank Petey for filling in for the last couple of weeks, unfortunately he forgot to send in last week’s Wag. It’s ok, he’s still a great pup! The Taste of Siren was a bigger success for the shelter than we could have hoped for! A total of $4,010 was raised! There are so many …

Growing up we had a renowned neighborhood bully - I’ll call him ‘Gerry’ - who had an early growth spurt and older brothers, so he made sure to press his will and evil on the other school kids, including me. 

Years ago, I knew a fella who would absolutely abuse the fastest rental cars he could find, literally ‘testing them out’ with smoky burnouts, skids and triple digit speeds.