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.

Hi everyone, Petey again. My human says he’s “busy” again. I’m starting to think he’s just lazy!

One of my favorite authors is Bernard Cornwell. He writes historical fiction. I am currently working through his series about Richard Sharpe, based in the Napoleonic Wars. There are over 20 books in the series, very well done. Another series about the formation of England, the Saxon Stories,…

Halloween 1991 was a rare costumed venture, as an old friend hosted a world-class theme party, two hours away. I was working at a radio station at the time, and was free until exactly 12:07 p.m. Nov. 1, the next day, following the noon network news.

Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services-Public Health and Burnett Medical Center are assessing Burnett County’s health. Your views and opinions shared through this survey will help us understand the health needs of Burnett County so that we, in partnership with other community…

We got a couple of unique and great pups in this week, and they are ready to find their new homes. First, we have Thomas. This stunning two-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix (mastiff?) is a big playful boy who just wants attention and love. Thomas is a big boy and very strong, because o…

While not always welcomed, I’ve been told I have handsome feet – so handsome I want to share them with the world and enjoy the freedom of cold tile, warm pavement, lush carpet and quirky gravel beneath my toes, wherever I go. I want to drive, eat, drink, bowl, dance, shop and study without t…

Thank you all for coming to our booth at the Harvest Fest. We raised over $1,000 for the shelter thanks to the hard work of our bakers, contributors, and donors.

Many fields of human endeavor tout the phrase or note a ‘Personal Best,’ from running to gaming, hunting, biking, businesses, even a construction installer I knew routinely mentioned his ‘personal bests’ in footage installed, beer drinking volumes, crab legs eaten, top speeds in his T-Bird, …

We had a great time at the Fall Siren Nationals! Our 50/50 raffle raised over $550 for HSBC and the winner. Thank you to the organizers who were very patient and helpful, all who attended and all that stopped by to talk dogs, cats and meet Mishka. Mishka sure likes the little ones who came b…

Earlier this month, we marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. September 11, 2001 was a traumatic day for many. I saw a couple of films that made me realize how truly wonderful people can be when tragedy strikes.

My mother, Nancy, worked for the federal government when I was a kid, and often had to travel to natural disasters for emergency housing relief. She became accustomed to sudden air travel, packing lightly and bringing her own lunch on flights. She once told of an airport security agent going…

When I first started cooking for myself, I tried to make my favorites. Not so simple things like Falafel, potica, red velvet cake, and my pops’ favorite cheese dip. Everything was a disaster. 

Sierra is a beautiful little Tabby. This little girl is a true lovebug. When you sit down, she leaps onto your lap and her motor gets going and I do mean motor! She is a purring machine and you have no problem hearing and feeling it. Sierra has been with us for over 130 days, and we can’t un…

The old ‘Scooby-Doo’ cartoon had it all: Sweet conversion van, talking dog, cute hippies, exotic locales and of course, all flavors of monster. If we were lucky, The Gang would be joined by animated celebrities like the Harlem Globetrotters, using their real voices! I knew Jimmy Dean more fr…

My name is Petey. I’m the first pup my human adopted from HSBC, almost two years ago and his favorite pup. My sister and I were rescued from a house where we were abandoned for over three months. The staff from HSBC and the Burnett County Sheriff’s office saved us. I was skinny and scared, b…

This weekend is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. and the crash of United flight 93 in Pennsylvania, which many suspect was supposed to crash into a target in Washington, but actions by the passengers foiled that plan.

“That morning I was …” the tales almost always started. I interviewed several dozen people at various levels of government, law enforcement, media and even a few military connections in the hours that followed the Attacks of 9/11.