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    Wilton students, 1956

    This 1956 photo is thought to depict Wilton first-graders going on a hobo hike.

    Norwalk’s tractor-pull weekend

    The Norwalk Lions Club hosted its annual truck and tractor pull last weekend.

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  • Gen. Lee deserves reconsideration

    August 18th, 2017
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    I know I have a reputation with my children as one of those “helicopter” parents, the nosy types who drive kids nuts.

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    Ontario intends to enhance village website

    August 16th, 2017
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    The on-again, off-again Village of Ontario website got a boost at the village board’s meeting Monday.

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    Is Ontario’s attitude toward flooding an example of insanity?

    August 11th, 2017
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    Like the prodigal son in the Bible, Ontario’s Palen Park furniture came wandering home after exhausting itself on a Kickapoo adventure. For all I know, the assorted park pieces took a bottle of suntan lotion and a 12-pack of beer on their cruise.

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    Norwalk will take action against owner of dilapidated property

    August 10th, 2017
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    When Bernardino Cruz opens his door in Sparta within the next week, he will find Norwalk Police Chief David Jones on the other side.

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    Is great wealth coming to Wisconsin?

    August 4th, 2017
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    It pains me to admit it, but I have occasionally fallen for Publishers Clearing House. Who can resist the image of those happy families swinging open the front door only to be met by balloons and life-size checks guaranteeing $5,000 a week for life or a bazillion in one lump sum?

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  • Ontario flood results in few politician sightings

    July 27th, 2017
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    If the politicians are in Ontario, it can be only one of two things that brought them here. Either we’re hosting our July 4 celebration, or the village once again slipped beneath the waves.

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    Questions for Marklein continue to grow

    July 21st, 2017
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    Last month I asked a staff member in Sen. Howard Marklein’s office if the senator could possibly tell me which constituents, or at least how many, had called him asking the state to cut funding to the Wisconsin state park system.

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    County Line enters new era

    July 13th, 2017
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    For three decades, I have nursed this fantasy that my final column would be a bruising screed for every slight, every unkindness, and every business that failed to pay me.

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    Ontario dodges disaster: Water main breaks several days after July 4 celebration

    July 13th, 2017
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    Ontario Village Board members expressed great relief during their Monday meeting that a major water-main break on Highway 33 occurred Saturday instead of during the village’s July 4 celebration.

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    Norwalk Village Board wrangles with residents over property lines

    July 12th, 2017
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    Though Tuesday’s Norwalk Village Board meeting proceeded peacefully enough for quite some time, a dispute over property lines soon resulted in flaring tempers and raised voices.

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    Day trip a good distraction from politics

    July 7th, 2017
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    Last week the New York Times ran a 16-question quiz focusing on the first months of the Trump administration.

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