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  • Letter to the editor: Likely’s pursuit of Monroe County Sheriff position is an inspiration

    May 8th, 2018
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    It’s an inspiration when one of our younger generation who also is a lifelong resident of our community decides to pursue a lifetime of being a public servant, helping to improve and protect us while building his own life.


    Letter to the editor: Negative politics plays role in Monroe County Sheriff campaign

    May 2nd, 2018
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    When I decided to run for Monroe County Sheriff, I was fully aware that I would be subjecting myself to both triumphs and challenges throughout the campaign period and beyond.


    Letter to the editor: On anniversary of Logan Ferries’ death, review hunter-safety rules

    May 2nd, 2018
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    Soon we will have an anniversary that brings no joy, but rather a parent’s worst nightmare — the death of a child.


    Book review: Setting of David Rhodes’ novel ‘Jewelweed’ depicts Driftless region

    May 2nd, 2018
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    “Jewelweed” is Rhodes’ second novel following his lengthy absence from publication. Like “Driftless” before it, “Jewelweed” is set near the fictional community of Words, Wisconsin, in the west-central Driftless region.


    Letter to the editor: Mueller vs. Trump, good vs. evil

    May 2nd, 2018
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    President Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 election, are both Republicans. That’s where the similarity ends.


  • Book review: Rhodes’ ‘Driftless’ explores human condition in rural western Wisconsin

    April 26th, 2018
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    “Driftless” is logically enough set in our Driftless region of Wisconsin. As such, you may recognize much of the setting even with fictitious names.


    Letter to the editor: Norwalk’s worth isn’t measured by the quality of its buildings

    April 24th, 2018
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    In response to the Backtalk of the April 5 County Line edition: Thirty years ago this month, I left the big city with its manicured lawns, freshly painted homes, zoning laws and beautiful high-rise office buildings to come to Norwalk and marry the love of my life.


    Editorial cartoon

    April 24th, 2018
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    Book review: ‘The Wonder’ depicts controversy of miracle girl in 17th century Ireland

    April 18th, 2018
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    Donoghue’s novel “The Wonder” is a work of fiction, but it was inspired by reports of similar “fasts.” In the middle 1800s in Ireland, it was reported that an 11-year-old girl had eaten nothing for four months.


    Book review: Logan memoir re-creates time, place, a family

    April 12th, 2018
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    Near the end of his book “Population 485,” Michael Perry writes, “ … I’ve got the sense to keep returning [to] this land, in this place, with these people …. ”


    Letter to the editor: Revoke Citizens United decision

    April 12th, 2018
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    An April 10 article in the La Crosse Tribune reported that the Senate race for Tammy Baldwin’s seat may be the most expensive in history, and that is largely because of “unprecedented” money — more than double the amount spent on any other senate race — coming in from outside of Wisconsin to one of Baldwin’s Republican challengers, Kevin Nicholson.