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Hello Hillsboro: Town has been watered enough
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 Just five more days and Hillsboro residents will finally be able to turn off the water faucets, in addition to paying their Federal and State taxes.

After hearing some street talk that a decision had been made on the issue at the highest levels, I phoned City Hall and confirmed that the “Watering of Hillsboro” will officially end on April 15.

Around town, parents will resume lecturing their kids to remember to turn the faucet all the way off.

I haven’t seen city crews working on a broken main for quite some time, so I guess we can assume the running water faucet plan was indeed successful. It sure worked well at our house and our family treasurer was sure impressed when the monthly bill didn’t reflect all that water down the drain.

City Clerk Sheila Schraufnagel did a fine job of balancing the bills as promised to the citizenry when the local faucet factor was first announced. Poor Sheila now faces another pile of extra work to assure the same is true on the upcoming bills.


You just can’t come any closer to playing in a championship basketball game than the Badgers did Saturday night, when their last second shot rimmed the basket and bounced into the air,  thus dashing the hopes and dreams of Badger and Big Ten fans everywhere.

Although they were somewhat of a Cinderella team earlier in the year, the Badgers made believers out of everyone by delivering the goods throughout the tournament. They took  it to the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half, thanks mainly to La Crosse freshman Bronson Koenig, who came off the bench and poured in 11 points, along with an assist that developed from a super pass.

Badger fans are going to get used to that because Koenig, who has three more years of stirring Bucky fever, is a magician with the ball whether he’s hitting a three pointer or setting up a teammate.

In addition, four starters from this year’s talented team will be back for another shot next season, along with a coaching machine named Bo, who always spends more time looking ahead with a positive outlook then looking back at the few disappointments in his career.

I’ll bet he already is looking at tape, and liking most of what he sees!


Here are a few more actual comments made by police officers during traffic stops that were taken from police car videos all across the country.

• “You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket!”

• “Yes sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I’m the shift supervisor?”

• “I’m glad to hear that the Chief of Police is a personal friend of yours. That means you know someone who can post your bail!”