Ontario needs to plan for possibility of more flooding

Bad luck, I can say with certainty, is more than just the incident itself. Its effects stick with you long after the worst is past.

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    August 15th, 2019
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    The fallout from last week’s Bug Tussel cell tower story continues to haunt us.

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    Polarization has reached the Kickapoo Valley

    August 7th, 2019
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    Some months back, I received a card addressed only to my first name and address, with no return address on the envelope.

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    Ontario businesses and supporters turn to government for protection

    June 13th, 2019
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    D espite nearly four decades of covering local government meetings, every so often something pops up that makes me exclaim, “Wow, I never saw that before!” The occasion was Monday evening,

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    The hamlet of Avalanche is a study in floodplain challenges

    May 30th, 2019
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    In 1959, a relentless rain pounded down on the west fork of the Kickapoo, sending the stream over its banks and sweeping away 18-month-old Barbara Olson.

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    Humans need bees for survival

    May 23rd, 2019
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    When we first moved to the Kickapoo Valley, I fell under the spell of my neighbor, Fred Mitchell.

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    May 9th, 2019
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    Yes, even small towns have not escaped from the country’s partisan politics and the nearly uncontrolled anger we exhibit toward one another.

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    Norwalk will mark 125 years

    May 2nd, 2019
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    In a recent conversation with Opie Degenhardt, he mentioned that along with this year’s Norwalk Lions Club tractor pull, the village of Norwalk will mark its 125th anniversary.

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    We are no longer living in the age of Gaylord Nelson

    April 25th, 2019
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    Even epic disasters like the August 2018 floods have a bright side, I guess. One occurred last week, when, when the furniture from Ontario’s Palen Park was removed from the slimy grasp of the Kickapoo.

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    The Ontario Community Hall deserves better than demolition

    April 11th, 2019
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    O ne of my favorite stories I gathered when writing the history book on the Ontario Community Hall last year was that of Orv Collins.

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    When crowds convened in Tomah to criticize public policy

    April 3rd, 2019
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    I woke with a start this morning from a colorful dream wherein my husband and I were duking it out over politics.

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    Were measles, mumps and rubella good for the Baby Boomers?

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    “My vision for Kentucky is to be the undisputed center of engineering and manufacturing in America,” says that state’s governor, Matt Bevin, on his website.

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