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Explaining a Strange Winter

Chris Hardie February 18, 2024

A long, long time ago when I worked in newsrooms far, far away, I liked to tell aspiring journalists my definition of news: it’s what people are talking about.   It was justification and rationalization...

Stitching together the pieces of life

Stitching together the pieces of life

Chris Hardie February 11, 2024

One constant I’ve noticed in myself as I’ve grown older is that I’ve become more reflective. Perhaps that comes with age, but there are times when I see or hear something and it makes me physically...

Chris Hardies frozen face after taking care of a recent snowfall.

It’s snow fooling around

Chris Hardie February 4, 2024

As we settle into winter and the appearance of that four-letter word that is both cherished and hated, I’d like to take a moment to thank J.W. Elliot.   It was Elliot, hailing from Toronto,...

On the road to recovery

On the road to recovery

Chris Hardie, Contributor January 29, 2024

All journeys begin with a step. I thought about that as I ventured outside for the first time since my left hip was replaced eight days ago. Slowly, one foot in front of the other, I walked without...

It’s snow fooling around

It’s snow fooling around

Chris Hardie, Contributor January 21, 2024

As we settle into winter and the appearance of that four-letter word that is both cherished and hated, I’d like to take a moment to thank J.W. Elliot. It was Elliot, hailing from Toronto, Canada who...

Farewell, Cosby sweaters

Farewell, Cosby sweaters

Chris Hardie December 3, 2023

Regular and faithful readers of my meanderings will recall that my name does not come up with the mention of fashion icons. I dress seasonally with the notion that clothes serve a utilitarian purpose to...

Finishing the harvest

Finishing the harvest

Chris Hardie, Contributor November 19, 2023

The big combines of today make short work of combining corn, moving up and down the fields, harvesting several rows of stalks at a time. It’s a far cry from 50 years ago, when my father used a one-row...

A season of rain in one day

A season of rain in one day

Chris Hardie November 12, 2023

I knew the rainfall was heavy when I spotted overflowing creeks while driving home the night of Oct. 24. It was raining steadily as we headed north from La Crosse but nothing like the wall of water that...

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The world of shrinkflation

Chris Hardie, WNA October 29, 2023

Let’s set the record straight – I am not an economist – which the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as “an expert who studies the relationship between a society’s resources and its production...

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Building his own bridge

Chris Hardie October 15, 2023

Back Home by Chris Hardie Download this column as a Word document Download the photos that accompany this story Chris Hardie’s headshot   Last week I wrote about the remaining...

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Covered bridges still part of the landscape

Chris Hardie October 8, 2023

A year ago I wrote about some of the historic or memorable bridges that I have crossed or traveled to – including a few located near my home in western Wisconsin. The topic was a hit with readers,...

Squashing the harvest

Squashing the harvest

Chris Hardie, Contributor October 2, 2023

Did you know that the word squash comes from the Narragansett Native American word askutasquash, which means “eaten raw or uncooked?” And did you know there are more than 100 varieties of squash...

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