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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...

Records shed light on DNR board shenanigans

Records shed light on DNR board shenanigans

Tony Wilkin Gibart, Contributor November 14, 2021

The Natural Resources Board, an all-volunteer body that guides policy for the Department of Natural Resources, is part of Wisconsin’s tradition of open government. The idea to empower volunteers  —...

The tax credit to pay the salaries of local journalists is back in the budget bill

The tax credit to pay the salaries of local journalists is back in the budget bill

Rick Edmonds, Contributor November 7, 2021

Days after it was dropped from the House version of the budget bill, a tax credit to help pay the salaries of local journalists is back in. The measure still needs to win inclusion in the Senate’s version...

The view from atop Brady’s Bluff in Perrot State Park.

A view steeped in history

Chris Hardie, Contributor November 7, 2021

As we stood atop the bluff some 460 feet above the river, I was struck by the breathtaking vista before us. A few weeks ago, my wife Sherry and I hiked to the top of Brady’s Bluff in Perrot State...

Election 2020 report gives a little something for both sides

Election 2020 report gives a little something for both sides

wispolitics.com November 1, 2021

A highly anticipated new report from Wisconsin’s nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau seems to have given ammo to both 2020 election critics and defenders. The audit bureau found no widespread fraud...

Budget picture brightens considerably for Milwaukee County in 2022

Budget picture brightens considerably for Milwaukee County in 2022

Wisonsin Policy Fourm , Contributor October 31, 2021

Weekly Fiscal Facts are provided to Wisconsin Newspaper Association members by the Wisconsin Policy Forum, the state’s leading resource for nonpartisan state and local government research and civic...

What did 13-year-old Chris Hardie hear while walking through these woods on a late summer evening? (Chris Hardie photo)

Spooky tales of sasquatch sightings

Chris Hardie, Contributor October 24, 2021

Halloween is the season for ghost stories and hauntings, but are there even bigger creatures that go bump in the night? Many people consider the legendary creature Bigfoot — also called Sasquatch...

Federal funds delay hard decisions in Milwaukee city budget

Federal funds delay hard decisions in Milwaukee city budget

Wisconsin Policy Forum, Contributor October 24, 2021

An unprecedented infusion of federal pandemic aid should provide substantial but temporary relief for the city of Milwaukee’s budget imbalance for the next three years, starting with its 2022 budget. But...

Workers feel most valued when their managers trust them

Workers feel most valued when their managers trust them

Beth Daley , Editor of The Conversation October 17, 2021

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Professional workers are more likely to value their own work and feel it contributes to their team’s success when...

WNA Community Newspaper Forum to explore community connections, engagement

WNA Community Newspaper Forum to explore community connections, engagement

Julia Hunter , Contributor October 17, 2021

Running a community newspaper comes with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. During the WNA Community Newspaper Forum, speakers will offer best practices and resources for creating community...

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