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 By Joe Block    Opinion    December 13, 2018 

Around the Block

You may or may not remember the 43rd issue of the Star News, dated October 26, 2017. I had been a reporter for the newspaper for about 7 months at...

 

From the Pastor's Pen

In Genesis 1:27 it says “God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.” Since God is...

 

Gary Engberg Outdoors

The Bald Eagles are Coming The Ferry Bluff Eagle Council is a local, grassroots organization...

 
 By Joe Block    Opinion    November 29, 2018

Around the Block

I've been on a dog and animal kick recently with my columns. I'm not sure where the idea came from,...

 

The Book Nook

Trying new things If you’re looking to expand your horizons, consider books penned by authors from other countries. It was occasionally frustrating...

 

Gary Engberg Outdoors

The 2018 Deer Gun Season The number of deer licenses sold for the various deer hunting seasons is do...

 
 By Joe Block    Opinion    November 22, 2018

Around the Block

The Black Lab is ubiquitous in Wisconsin. Growing up in the suburbia of Chicago, I never actually sa...

 

Turning back the clock

As we prepare for the holidays and Thanksgiving, an article from the December 2, 1882 issue of the Mazomanie Sickle had the recipes for an entire...

 

Gary Engberg Outdoors

Deer Gun Season Opens and Other Late Hunting Opportunities The Wisconsin Gun Deer season opened for the 600,000 hunters who were out before sunrise ge...

 

Gary Engberg Outdoors

One of the Best Times of the Year A week from this coming Saturday, November 17th, is the opening...

 

The Book Nook

2 Books for Animal Lovers Recently I started a non-fiction called “The Soul of an Octopus – a Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of...

 

Around the Block

My parents expected their retirement to be a time of ease, relaxation, and hobbies, letting time pas...

 

Turning back the clock

This image taken in 1902 shows members of the German-American Freie Gemeinde ("Free Thinkers")...

 

The Book Nook

The Great American Read a win-win for readers AND libraries Today you’ll find 10 suggestions and a way to get 90 more. That’s due to The Great Ame...

 

Gary Engberg Outdoors

Living in Paradise I’ve been an outdoor writer, a photographer, videographer, and the host of a popular outdoor show on radio for over three decades...

 

The Book Nook

Engaging Characters in “Fishy” Historical Fiction When my latest library hold arrived, I was excited because the plot description I’d read was v...

 
 By Joe Block    Opinion    October 25, 2018

Around the Block

The second sentient thing I see just about every morning is a large goat named Junie. Philosophers...

 

Geiger Counter

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...

 

Pastor's Pen

When you get a chance read through Mark 10:17-31. What is standing in the way of your relationship with God? What is it that would make you walk away...

 
 By Joe Block    Opinion    October 18, 2018

Around the Block

I am in a codependent relationship with my dog, and I'm fine with that. My social media accounts are...

 

Gary Engberg Outdoors

It’s the second week of October and many of the trees in the southern third of Wisconsin are just starting to change their colors. The weather that...

 

The Book Nook

Keen-Eyed Coming of Age Novel In “Object Lessons” by Anna Quindlen we meet Maggie Scanlan, a twelve-year-old from an Irish family living in a New...

 

Around the Block

I grew up in what was, back in the late 1800’s, a small farming community with the name of Sarah’s Grove. By the time I was a child in the late...

 

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