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Sleepwalking - Tending Lawns

Well, it's spring and the grass is green and already I have mowed my lawn several times. That has caused me to reflect upon the old days when I earned my summer pocket money by mowing lawns and delivering newspapers. One was about as important to me as the other but lawn mowing was confined to the summer months, so I was flusher in the summer.

June 01, 2017 | Charlie Sleep | Columns


Etc.: Five weird years

The page 1 story in The Journal May 9, 2012, five years ago Tuesday, began:

May 15, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


Culture Matters - Cultural Unity Celebrated Since 1862

Many Americans believe Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of Mexican Independence from Spain, but nothing could be further from the truth, although marketing executives on both sides of the border are happy to let the misconception soar in the popular imagination so long as alcohol and party sales remain high. It's fitting to explain the reality behind the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The day has significant meaning for every American and ought to be recognized for the service our neighbors to the south performed for themselves and, by extension, for us.

April 27, 2017 | Tony Ruesga | Columns


Sleepwalking - Dandelions

When I was a lad in grade school, it was common for most of the pupils to walk home for lunch. Some brought their lunch to school but most of us went home to eat. Lunch hour in those days usually was most of an hour and provided ample time for most of us to walk home, eat and return to school for some free time before afternoon classes.

April 27, 2017 | Charlie Sleep | Columns


To Hug or Not to Hug

One cultural issue that is ever-so-present between Mexicans and Americans is the issue of personal relationships. This is a cultural difference that is very apparent to members of each respective culture when interacting with people of the other culture. A few things I have noticed are the differences in personal space, physical contact, intensity with which people are greeted, and the expectations that exist when entering and exiting a situation.

April 20, 2017 | | Columns


Birthing Centers

A few years ago the local hospital ceased all birthing and maternity operations. They did this in the face of increasing costs and regulation coupled with dwindling hospital births. This is not meant to question or in any way cast doubts on their decisions. I don't walk in their shoes. But their decision had far-reaching ramifications for young couples planning on enlarging their families. Options as to where to have their children were severely curtailed. It was pretty much like it was when I was born - only more so.

April 20, 2017 | Charlie Sleep | Columns


Etc.: The Band

Readers know that my biggest life accomplishments include five years in the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, and its outside-football edition Varsity Band.

April 05, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


This budget provision needs to go

Five weeks ago I wrote on this page of your favorite weekly newspaper about two terrible bills in the Legislature for those who want to be informed citizens.

April 02, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


Guest opinion: Why I’m running

On Tuesday, the voters of Wisconsin and Platteville have an important decision to make in the future of education in our state.

March 29, 2017 | by Matt Zielinski | Columns


Etc.: PMS’ last day

I got to perform the dual roles of reporter and parent at the first of two meetings about the Platteville Middle School eighth-grade ceremony Wednesday.

March 10, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


The Outdoor Punch - February Madness

With the awesome 60-70 degree weather that has spoiled us lately here in our small corner of Wisconsin, many anglers have taken to the open water. Hopefully it will last, and we can say goodbye to our ice fishing gear and focus on the spring bite! Anglers have reported all kinds of catches these past couple weeks. Sauger and walleye are starting to bite on the rivers, and the panfish are still going mad on the lakes.

March 02, 2017 | by Lucas Risser | Columns


Garden Talk - Early budding

A UW Wisconsin Extension State specialist recently put out a bulletin about our week or so stretch of unusually warm weather. They have received many phone calls and emails asking how the extraordinary weather will affect fruit production this year. The late spring frost of last year is still alive in our memories, and many of us are wondering if the warm weather in mid-February this year might cause early bud break and leave us susceptible once again to a disastrous spring frost event.

March 02, 2017 | by Carol Kranz | Columns


Etc.: Important fine print

On page 3A of your favorite weekly newspaper is a story about the proposed 2017–19 state budget and proposed state aid increases for schools, a subject covered in The Journal last week as well.

February 22, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


Guest opinion: Redevelop the developer agreement

In view of the tight budget the City of Platteville is facing, I have come to the conclusion that the proposed former Pioneer Ford Sales development agreement needs extensive revision to provide more benefits to taxpayers, less risk to the city and to make the apartment complex more inviting as a place to live.

February 17, 2017 | by Ken Kilian District 4 alderman, City of Platteville | Columns


Tricking the Lookers

Every ice fisherman has had a run in with the "lookers". Lookers are the fish that come bolting up towards your bait from the bottom, only to stare at it…then slowly swim away or descend back to the bottom. This can be very frustrating, especially if you're sitting on a pale in the wide open in the cold. There are many adjustments you can make to trick those lookers into biters. Plain and simple, just switch things up. Don't stick to the same patterns just because you slayed your limit in the same spot last week. Sometimes ...

February 16, 2017 | The Outdoor Punch by Lucas Risser | Columns


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