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    Fern A. Ferries

    Fern A. Ferries of Ontario passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Tomah Memorial Hospital. 

    Brookwood wrestling wins conference title

    The Brookwood wrestling team brought home its first-ever conference title Thursday. For more, see the County Line's Jan. 26 issue. (Kathy Nelson photo)

    Panthers’ second-half strike extends winning streak

    Brookwood and Royall entered last week’s meeting with a combined 13–1 overall record.

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  • During the strife of inauguration, peruse a seed catalog

    January 20th, 2017
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    In the midst of all this doom and gloom, what shows up in my mailbox but the full-color, 146-page Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog.

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    Legal notices’ role in government transparency

    January 12th, 2017
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    Put it on my tombstone: “The one thing that drove her crazy was battling with governments over legal notices.”

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    Remember Glenn Beck?

    January 6th, 2017
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    It would have been smarter and certainly far more pleasant had I spent my time off last week slathered in sunscreen and wasting away in Margaritaville.

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    Let’s insist on civility

    December 15th, 2016
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    All of us know the classic dilemma faced by the husband whose wife says to him, “Does this dress make me look fat?”

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    State-park management could limit access to the have nots

    December 8th, 2016
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    O ne would hardly expect that Tennessee, not usually thought of as a progressive state like Wisconsin, would adopt a policy of no-admission fee to its state parks.

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  • Elections prove nothing stays the same

    November 17th, 2016
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    I awoke on Nov. 7, 1968, to the news that Richard Nixon had won the presidency. I don’t know why, but I distinctly recall saying to no one in particular that it was an epic disaster and that a country with this evil man at the helm would come to no good.

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    ProPublica reveals mechanisms behind Facebook

    November 3rd, 2016
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    Ah, in just a few more days, the most obnoxious American presidential campaign in history will grind to its merciful end.

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    Presidential campaign has brought new intensity of hatred for media

    October 26th, 2016
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    Imagine, if you will, that your daily job entailed being penned up with a crowd of fellow employees in the midst of a huge stadium filled with angry people.
    You attempt to do the task you are sent to perform, but the speaker has inflamed the crowd, telling them you are the reason for their great unhappiness.

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    Remembering the 1960s: The nation has coped with turmoil before

    October 19th, 2016
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    Hello, yes, this is still planet earth, it is 2016, and in three short weeks, one of the most bizarre election campaigns any of us can recall will grind mercifully to an end.

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    Two rants on transparency, disclosure

    October 13th, 2016
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    I have two rants for this week. Oh, c’mon, you can take a few minutes and listen to my bellyaching.

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