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Where Have We Been?

You may have noticed that posting here has been sparse lately. I've been on a vacation and have recently returned. You will see things picking back up again over the next few days. I'll have a little to write about from the vacation, notably about Amtrak and where they are going, along with a narrative of taking the Lake Shore Limited, and how that particular train is going.

Looking Inward for Juneteenth Day

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Wisconsin is filled with beauty. Sometimes we take our state’s beauty for granted because it’s very apparent all around us. It’s always the less apparent beauty that surprises us and compels us to look deeper in ourselves and appreciate everything around us.

Where In Wisconsin Do Hardiness Zone Shifts Reflect A Changing Climate?

For centuries, gardeners have depended on tradition and long-honed folk knowledge to inform their spring planting decisions. Although many American gardeners may still prefer to sow their seeds guided by the advice of their forebears today they have another source of information.

Wisconsin LWV - Why We Need Medicaid Expansion and Why Opponents Are Wrong

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The co-chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee have announced plans to reject Governor Evers’ proposal for Medicaid expansion in the biennial state budget. Their politically motivated decision would result in a loss to the state of $324 million over two years, including needed general operating funds.

All Clear for beaches and roads

Weekend Update: Roseanne Rosannadanna on Smoking - SNL

A quick note - the Eau Claire County Beaches are now all open, so let the water skiing and other activities begin. Bacteria levels have finally dropped to acceptable levels.  And the road buckling on Highway 53 is now fixed, so it's all clear on the roads as well.  On the other hand there is the weather to deal with, as the weather bureau has placed the area under an enhanced risk for severe weather tonight. Take it from my friend Rosanne Rosannadanna, it's alway something.

Music, Music, Music

"Dizzy" - Joyann Parker Band - Live Video - Soul Music

It's summer in the Chippewa Valley, which can only mean one thing - Music Festivals.  There will be no Eaux Claires this summer, but that won't mean there's any shortage of music.  Two are coming up in the next few weeks, and they're some of my personal favorites.

The Blue Ox Music Festival runs June 13-15, bringing you some of the best in  Bluegrass and related genres. This year's lineup includes Pert Near Sandstone, Trampled by Turtles, The Del McCoury Band, and a whole lot more.

What does “news” mean to young people? - Guest editorial - Brandi Makuski, Point Plover Metro Wire

In January, students at Pacelli High School completed their J Term projects: presentations to fellow classmates summarizing a nontraditional topic studied by small groups during a two-week period between Christmas and the start of the second semester.

Health, Science and Wisconsin

Dr. Tim Nelson of Mayo Clinic walked the halls of the Wisconsin State Capitol along with UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt. They visited 11 offices in a marathon day of lobbying for UWEC’s new science and health sciences building project in the current budget.

Jeff Smith - Politics or the People’s Priorities?

Senator Jeff Smith

My role representing the 31st Senate District didn’t just start when I was sworn into office on January 7th this year. It began last year when I started talking to voters in the 31st Senate District. I heard over and over from voters that they want lawmakers to work together to support our rural schools and fix our roads.

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