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Welcome back to school!

August is an exciting time, students are enjoying their final weeks of summer and the high school has begun fall activities. The football team began the season with a win over Lancaster. The cheer squad and band entertained the crowd. Volleyball begins their season at the Belleville Invite and cross-country travels to the Darlington Invite.

August 23, 2018 | Jane Wonderling, Fennimore Schools District Administrator | Columns

Don't dismiss, debate!


August 16, 2018 | Erin Martin | Columns

Etc.: Our free press

This week a coordinated effort among the News Media Alliance, a reported 200 newspapers including the Boston Globe, and state newspaper associations including the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, seeks to defend the free press against the verbal attacks of President Trump.

August 16, 2018 | Steve Prestegard | Columns

A look back at the week, 2018 DoIt4Derek

Another year has gone by and another whirlwind of activity here in this wonderful community of Fennimore. This was the 5th year of a baseball camp here in town, and the 3rd year where Steve Woodard and I have teamed up, together, to help provide some quality instruction for kids of this area, in baseball and softball. It has become a staple of the summer here, something many look forward to every year. Every year I worry about the weather and how we will pull this thing off. This year we saw 4 of the most beautiful days of weather ...

August 06, 2018 | Steve Lendosky | Columns

Remember it all

Last week, Gov Scott Walker visited Potosi Schools in a blatant election year event. I say blatant because Walker announced his support of the $100 increase in sparsity aid the week before at another school district, then went to two other schools the same day to tout his support of the increase.

January 19, 2018 | David Timmerman | Columns

Etc.: Stayin’ aliiiiiiiiiive

Ever thought when you saw the 1977 movie "Saturday Night Fever" that it would be relevant 40 years later?

December 15, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Columns

Washington Journal: Health professionals on guns

The following revised Statement on Firearm Injuries was approved in January 2013 by the Officers of the American College of Surgeons and its Board of Regents. Deborah Kuhls, M.D., FACS, FCCM, a Platteville native, chairs the ACS Committee on Trauma's Injury Prevention Committee that wrote most of this statement.

October 16, 2017 | | Columns

Etc.: SOS 1A

Every so often this page includes the text of Amendment I of the U.S. Constitution:

October 02, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Columns

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

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Etc.: On “hate”

Before you read this part of your favorite weekly newspaper, I suggest you read this week's Weekly E-Update of Sen. Howard Marklein (R–Spring ...

January 15, 2019 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


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