We are no longer living in the age of Gaylord Nelson

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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  • Labor Day’s meaning has been obscured

    September 5th, 2019
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    It must have been an interesting Labor Day weekend for Chris Rowe and Chris Sexton. They are two of the sometimes up to 100 miners parked on the railroad tracks in Harlan County, Ky., blocking the passage of a million dollars in coal.

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    Should we rethink how we respond to natural disasters?

    August 28th, 2019
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    My personal experience with weather disasters dates to Palm Sunday of 1965, when a series of ferocious tornadoes swept through Wisconsin, striking multiple towns such as Watertown, Jefferson and my hometown, Monroe.

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    Fallout over Bug Tussel towers continues

    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 needs to plan for possibility of more flooding

    July 25th, 2019
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    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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  • 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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    Small towns, too, have become hyperpartisan

    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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    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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