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A button marking the historic cold on Jan. 9, 1977, in Rice Lake. (Photo courtesy of Jack Daniel)

Cold-weather column stirs memories of frigid day

Chris Hardie, Contributor January 23, 2022

Apparently, there’s nothing like a cold-weather story to warm up memories from folks in Wisconsin. Last week, I posted a link on the Facebook group Forgotten Wisconsin to my recent column about Jan....

Darrell E. Brooks appears in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 14, 2022, in Waukesha. [Photo: Derek Johnson / The (Waukesha) Freeman]

Wisconsin debates cash bail changes in wake of Waukesha parade tragedy — as some states ditch system entirely

Clare Amari, Wisconsin Watch Contributor January 23, 2022

Darrell E. Brooks had been out of jail for just five days when he allegedly plowed a red Ford Escape into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin in November, killing six people and...

State tax burden up, but overall burden still falling Wisconsin Policy Forum

State tax burden up, but overall burden still falling Wisconsin Policy Forum

Wisconsin Policy forum , Contributor January 23, 2022

For the first time in a decade, the state taxes paid by Wisconsin residents and businesses in 2021 grew as a share of income in the state. Yet the historically low levels of federal and...

Chris Hardie’s barnyard animals gather at the feeder on a morning when the temperatures were minus 20. (Chris Hardie photo)

The day Wisconsin froze to 60 below zero

Chris Hardie, Contributor January 16, 2022

Old memories become blurry with the passage of time, but a particularly cold Sunday 45 years ago that stands out for me was memorable across western and northern Wisconsin. I’ve written before about...

Vos wants Gableman’s election report by end of February

Vos wants Gableman’s election report by end of February

WisPolitics.com, Contributor January 16, 2022

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he wants Michael Gableman’s review of the 2020 election to be complete with a final report by the end of February. “I’ve been very clear with Justice...

High water and a closed boardwalk are seen at Whitefish Dunes State Park in Door County, on Sept. 23. (Photo: Brett Kosmider / Peninsula Pulse)

Wisconsin state parks battered as Lake Michigan shrinks beaches, smashes boardwalks

Mario Koran, Contributor December 12, 2021

Lake Michigan’s winds and waves have sculpted the landscape of Whitefish Dunes State Park, a must-see treasure along Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula. Water delivers fine sand to a shoreline that supports...

Chris Hardie was trapped on the roof when the ladder fell down. (Sherry Hardie photo)

Stranded on the rooftop

Chris Hardie, Contributor December 12, 2021

‘Tis the season for holiday lights and while I’m no Clark Griswold, I’ve always enjoyed putting up a few exterior decorations. The interior holiday decorating I leave to my far more capable...

Chris Hardie and his 9-point buck and an 18-inch antler spread shot opening day, Nov. 20, 2021. (Ross Hardie photo)

A sweet end to a successful hunt

Chris Hardie, Contributor December 5, 2021

The trees were silhouetted by the light of the waning but still large Beaver Moon as I slowly made my way down the hill toward my hunting spot. It was shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, the opening...

Wisconsin’s drop in tax rank among nation’s largest

Wisconsin’s drop in tax rank among nation’s largest

Wisconsin Policy Forum, Contributor December 5, 2021

In the span of two decades, there may be no state that has seen a greater drop in its tax burden than Wisconsin, which saw its ranking among states plunge from fourth to the middle-of-the-pack. The drop...

Half of this blue hubbard squash is big enough that Chris Hardie could wear it on his head. (Chris Hardie photo)

Bountiful squash, a tire blowout and reader response

Chris Hardie, Contributor November 28, 2021

The garden harvest season is long over, but we’re still enjoying the bounties. Sort of. A few weeks ago, I wrote about harvesting our winter squash, including a couple dozen blue hubbard squash....

Locals give wheel taxes the gas

Locals give wheel taxes the gas

Wisconsin Policy Forum, Contributor November 28, 2021

Collections from local vehicle registration fees in Wisconsin rose rapidly in recent years, with revenues tripling between 2017 and 2021. The trend was driven by new fees approved in Madison as well as...

Chris Hardie’s deer stand is ready for 2021 hunting season that opens Saturday, Nov. 20.

Making scents of deer hunting

Chris Hardie, Contributor November 14, 2021

I learned a new word the other day referring to the desire of hardcore deer hunters to be in their stand as the fall breeding season heats up. Apparently, a “rutcation” is when you set aside...

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