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 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    June 13, 2019 

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Summer festivals A fish died and a kid threw up. That’s the most succinct description I can come up with from the weekend. We attended one of those...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    May 23, 2019

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When I was little, and I’d get hurt, soiled or sodden, my dad would saunter toward me, searching around in his pockets. His stroll lacked urgency,...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    May 16, 2019

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Shortly after we brought the new puppy home, I discovered my daughter dresses like an elaborate fishing lure. One of those fancy ones you see...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    May 9, 2019

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Critics of drinking often claim that it doesn’t actually make you happy. “Those kinds of things don’t really make you happy,” they’ll say. ...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    May 2, 2019

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Are you really happy, or do you just think you are? Critics of drinking often claim that it doesn’t actually make you happy. “Those kinds of thing...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    April 4, 2019

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Our narrative species We are a narrative species. Each animal has its own special adaptations that allow it to survive, and sometimes even thrive, in...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    March 28, 2019

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There are people who’ve won the Boston Marathon with less supplemental hydration than most of the kids walking around in America these days. I knew...

 

'Starve the enemy, rather than feed it'--Fighting hatred with compassion

Pardeep Singh Kaleka and Arno Michaelis know where the enemy prowls. They know how it thinks. They know how it grows, and what it feeds on. They know...

 
 By Matt Geiger    News    March 7, 2019

Man accused of burglary in Black Earth

A Mount Horeb man is in jail after being charged with stealing car parts, ammunition, a motorcycle,...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    March 7, 2019

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Baby shoes A bunch of writers are sitting around a table in a bar, debating who can write the most powerful story in the fewest words. They all throw...

 

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When I paid for my clown nose, the woman behind the counter began stuffing it into a noisy little brown paper bag. “No thanks,” I said, waving at...

 

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Cold doesn’t exist. There is no such thing. What we think of as cold, really, is simply the absence of heat. While heat is real, it’s a...

 
 By Matt Geiger    News    February 14, 2019

Erpenbach introduces healthcare bill

Democratic Wisconsin State Sen. Jon Erpenbach last week introduced a 23-page, 7,017-word bill that, if passed, would significantly change health...

 

A look at John Pahlas, artist making sculpture for Great Sauk State Trail

"I had to Google 'the inside of a beaver's mouth,'" laughs sculptor John Pahlas, standing next to...

 

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The door I’ve never enjoyed food quite as much as I do when I’m immersed in the smells of manure and the musky, sweating flanks of large, hooved...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    January 3, 2019

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A swan attacked and killed a grown man, on a pond in Illinois in 2012. The angry bird, which was nesting, tipped his kayak, then pummeled him as he tr...

 

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One form among many… I recently spent an entire morning trying to retrieve a password. After entering my 3,795 most common variations, the email...

 

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Sometimes I want to get into heaven. Not that I’m sure it’s a real place in space and time, not really, but I find myself wanting to be the kind...

 

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I hung up on my grandmother midsentence and turned away from the phone. She’d called the hospital to find out how I was feeling. I had a...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    August 16, 2018

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When I was a kid, I dreamed of being an author. I knew it wouldn’t make me rich, but as long as I could scrounge together enough money to buy some...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    August 9, 2018

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Early this morning, I grabbed my reporter’s notebook, several pens in the hopes that one of them might contain some liquid ink, and a 380-gallon...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    August 2, 2018

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Sometimes my four-year-old daughter throws enormous temper tantrums. Giant, booming, Wagnerian operas of emotion, full of red-faced theatrics,...

 
 By Matt Geiger    News    July 26, 2018

All the information you need to know about August's Partisan Primary

Local voters will head the polls Tuesday, August 14 to take part in one of the most significant Primary Elections in years in Wisconsin. While voter...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    July 12, 2018

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She had a Doc McStuffins sphygmomanometer around her arm when I walked into the room. With her fourth birthday freshly behind her, she’d probably de...

 
 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    June 28, 2018

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I was in the parking lot of a restaurant when I overheard the conversation. “Wait a minute,” said the one man. “You’re a jazz fan?! I’m a ja...

 

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