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November 26, 2020

This Thanksgiving I am, despite the very odd year we have all had, thankful. I'm still here. I have two daughters who came into my life in a non-traditional way, and we're still a family, though we are half a country apart today. Next year for sure. Still, I cannot help but think of the many chairs at the Thanksgiving table that are empty today, some of them permanently.

Live Streaming of School Board meetings to be suspended

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November 12, 2020

Many of our readers have been following the live streams of the Menomonie School Board meetings. We've been providing this live stream because we think that schools are important to the public, and because the school board is one of the very few government entities that has been meeting in person rather than virtually since the pandemic started.

Back to Normal

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November 4, 2020

Normal in this case is referring to the website, not to anything else. Like many of you, I stayed up late last night - just long enough to hear the President of the United States threaten democracy. And to see that the election is going to be with us for some time in the future. I intended to leave the site in election mode until the national elections seemed clear, but that is clearly far off in the future, and there are other things to talk about in the interim.

Happy Halloween and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

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October 31, 2020

It is going to be a Halloween like we've never seen before. Only small stabs at Trick or Treat. No big organized parties. No costume parades. Please try to stay home and be safe tonight even though -yes, it's sad. I am going to watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show Live Stream tonight - last year I went out with friends to have a few drinks and some food, and to dress up a little. There's no denying, life is different and at the moment I don't see it getting better any time real soon.

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October 27, 2020

It has been quite a while since I last wrote a community update. But life has been crazy here, and something else always gets in the way. Today I am fixing this.

WisCommunity Reader Research

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September 14, 2020

We're interested in you, our readers. And we want to know more about what your interests are, and how we can serve the community better. Besides, I'm taking a class and am doing a research project as part of that. I'm asking that you consider taking a little time to help WisCommunity grow and improve. 

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June 20, 2020

Since lately the world seems to have become crazier than normal and I have been caught up in working a lot more than normal, I thought it was time to take a deep breath and let you know what's up with us, and the news, and the future.

How do you think Wisconsin should re-open for business?

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May 14, 2020

In some ways after yesterday's court order this poll is moot. But it is still interesting to see what our readers think. The small unscientific poll results show a very mixed set of ideas about re-opening the state:

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May 8, 2020

So it's like this. It's Friday night and I've spent part of the afternoon coping with the fact that our web provider fell off of the internet intermittently for a lot of the afternoon. And I'm still getting used to the idea that the big pot of money I was hoping for from Facebook seems not to have fallen into the company checking account.

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May 5, 2020

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    This Thanksgiving I am, despite the very odd year we have all had, thankful. I'm still here. I have two daughters who came into my life in a non-traditional way, and we're still a family, though we are half a country apart today. Next year for sure. Still, I cannot help but think of the many chairs at the Thanksgiving table that are empty today, some of them permanently. Even though that is hard, I'm thankful that it looks like we stand a chance to start living normally again by this time next year. 

    I'm thankful that we have a lot better chance as a country to hang together next year. And I am thankful that many of you out there are going to work to make it happen. For those of you who are not willing to let go of grudges, I cannot be thankful for you, but I'll make an effort to love you anyway.

    I'm also thankful for the other adopted families that I have - as someone who is quickly becoming older, these extended families are a comfort.

    I'm thankful that I have a beautiful dinner tonight, even though I am eating it by myself. It is full of healthful food from . I am thankful that I have had the privilege of working to, as we like to say, run a grocery store with my friends. And the co-op has become not only a bunch of friends but also another family. 

    Another family that has come into my life is the . Although I am only a farmer in the most remote way possible, I've met many wonderful people in the Farmers Union and am looking forward to being at the virtual convention with you all soon. It's the best example of participative democracy that I know of, and I'm always happy and proud to meet. Let's hope that we can start being in the same room again real soon now, and have another one of those wonderful harvest dinners.

    Last of all, you readers are another family of mine. I get encouragement and thanks from you and it is always a sweet surprise. Some of you to keep things spinning along here. It's a small family but I am working on making it grow. You'll be hearing a little more about that in the next week. Some days this work is discouraging but at the moment there is actually some money in the company account, and a bunch of plans and hopes and dreams. 

    I have a couple of Thanksgiving traditions, which feel odd without my long-time partner Lori. Ther is music in the house today, which of course is a must. And I'll share two of my other favorite Thanksgiving traditions here since I can with the wonders of modern technology.

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