With only one more month left of 2022, HSBC has taken in 413 animals. 206 cats, 207 dogs. 192 cats were adopted out, 122 dogs were adopted out, five cats were returned to their owner and 84 dogs were returned to their owner. That is a busy year for our little shelter. It is also the reason w…

General Tso Chicken is one of the most popular dishes in any Chinese restaurants in the States. Folks enjoy that sweet, spicy, tangy taste and the sticky texture. But if you order that dish in China, the server would look at you funny. Just like another trendy dish Chop Suey, they are not or…

The weekly Friday meat raffles are over for the season. Over $10,500 was raised for the shelter. Heather and Gene are great owners, and the staff is top notch. I can’t thank you enough for making me and my helpers feel welcome, even though we got in the way sometime. In addition to the money…

I had an elementary school teacher who loved analogies, and a favorite involved scissors, how there’s no such thing as “half” a scissors – the separate halves of scissors “are just funny-looking knives without the other half.” 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We printed and mailed the paper a day early this week in hopes you would receive it close to on time. Our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.

Has anyone seen wings on a buffalo? No? But we have heard about Pegasus, the majestic flying horse in Greek’s fables; and they do posses a set of powerful wings that would make time travelling an easy task. So, how did the name ‘Buffalo Wings’ come about? Seeing that the name appears in almo…

The purse raffle was a big success with $3,920 raised for the care of the animals at HSBC. And our special guest Athena (the German Shepherd with E.P.I.) stopped by to surprise everyone. She looks spectacular, and her parents have done an amazing job giving her a great life. Congratulations …

As a recovering Minnesotan, I still sigh at the differences between states. As a kid my best friend had far more strict rules at his house, from dinnertime practices to hat wearing, even shoes in the house. My first sleepover ended badly, as I quietly went to the restroom like a delicate lit…

How did your Beef with Broccoli turn out last week? I hate to sound like a wise guy and say “I told you so.” But cooking is really simple and fun. Yes, you have to understand the basics first. And once you have mastered that, the whole universe is in your palm. 

We have passed the $10,000 mark with our Friday night meat raffles. Only two more to go before we pause for the winter.

It’s hard to ignore the recent multi-state lottery as the winning amount exceeded two billion dollars - a mere $1 billion after taxes. Finally some decent money; None of that slummy single-digit millionaire-ing around here! 

So, are you ready to wok & roll? Let’s start out with one of my favorite dish – Beef & Broccoli. It is easy and simple, and tasty as well. But before we start, have your prep list ready. In restaurants, we call it ‘Mis en Place’ (mi-song-plaz). It’s French; say it with conviction, ev…

A “Brocken Spectre” is where a person stands on a mountain with the sun behind them, and the individuals’ shadow is cast across the full mountainside. Instant King Kong - with YOUR profile! First noted in the late 1700s in Europe, it made tiny little folk feel quite special, knowing that one…

We get a lot of strays into the shelter every year. Please, for your pet’s safety, keep them contained via a fence or tie out or leash. It will prevent them from getting hit by a car or becoming a victim of a predator or mistakenly picked up as a stray. If you do find a ‘stray’, check houses…

My wife and I always look for something to do after supper. Even though we are both retired, we are busier now than ever. She spends all day in her studio with her pottery business; and I have so many projects going on; between finishing my new book, singing with the Indianhead Chorus, and g…

Yes, it’s that season, when Charlie Brown’s Halloween tale about “The Great Pumpkin” inspires some to grow giant pumpkins. It’s a staggering addiction for some; A recent award-winning regional giant gourd weighed in at over 2,500 pounds - that’s heavier than a Mazda Miata, WITH air conditioning! 

As the November general election approaches, I’ve been struck by the rise of an unusual type of news coverage. It’s focused not on the campaigns, but on the running of elections themselves. 

I have been getting more and more forgetful lately. Or maybe it had been for a while, but I neglect just how long ago that I have become forgetful. I always laugh when I read about folks would walk into a pantry to get something, but the minute they set foot by the door, they don’t remember …

I will soon be engagement ring shopping with my fiancée, Lisa. But I’ll resist gem shopping lessons from my twenties when I worked in a low-end, North Carolina mall jewelry store. The mall was bulldozed years ago, and the little gem company was swallowed up in the “big crappy jewelry company…

Moose got a new home this past Saturday! I’m so happy when one of my kids gets to go to a good home but I’m always a little sad to see them leave.

Met an old friend in the market the other day, I was surprised to see him not because we haven’t seen each other for a while, but because he was working there as a stocking clerk. When we first met, he was a director for a major corporation. I saw him dressed in a suit with shirt and tie bef…

EARLY VOTING IS now underway in Wisconsin and the in-person Election Day is November 8, 2022. The Badgers have a good record of election turnout and credibility at the polls. The key is for voters to be informed. Our news staffs have been working hard to provide you voter guides with the can…

My driver’s education was through a private Twin Cities driving school, and my instructor was the co-owner, a dead serious woman who made it about the basics. My on-the-road training was in a mustard-colored Plymouth Volare with NO power steering – thankfully with power brakes - and windshie…

The Bissel Pet Foundation’s Empty The Shelters event was a big success this past week with many cats and dogs finding homes. There are still plenty of both to choose from at the shelter. 

Blink of an eye, it has been seven years since my wife and I have moved here to the Northwoods. We are counting our blessings every day, as we took a chance in the big move. We did it so we can be closer to our granddaughter, but we have no idea what a great area Northwood is. A lot of open …

Through this Saturday, Oct. 8, The Bissel Pet Foundation is running another Empty The Shelters event. This means on select dogs and cats the adoption fees are greatly reduced to the public with the balance paid for by the Foundation. Cats and kittens are reduced to $25 and select dogs are on…

While I’m not one to expand things to hunt, except for mice, which deserve a bounty, I saw that all hunting is banned on Sundays in Maine, and some activists are challenging the measure, which they (rightfully) call “archaic” and counterproductive to management goals. It’s also straight from…

When I was working as a restaurant consultant, part of my job was to help the restaurant design their menus. It is like judging your date the first time you take her out. By looking at her appearance, you can draw an assumption about her personality, and determine what kind of fun evening yo…

I heard a familiar sound the other night: The unmistakable rumble of a vintage, plastic Big Wheel - part empty trash can on pavement, part dragging furniture across the basement, and maybe a little twin-cylinder Honda rumble. (That’s what my Kid Ego is trying to tell me).

Jordan Buck Day was a pleasant surprise for a first-time event. It was well organized and despite a dreary day was well attended. Congratulations to all the organizers and volunteers who put a lot of time and effort into making it a success. We look forward to the 2nd annual Jordan Buck Day.