Getting her own star doesn’t go to Minnie Mouse’s head

After 90 years, a grave injustice has been remedied, and many folks are wondering what took so long. No, someone wasn’t vindicated of a crime he or she didn’t commit. It was more a case of giving someone her just desserts, and in this case, it was cheesecake—heavy emphasis on the cheese. On Monday, Minnie …

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Polar bear plunges bring out newspaper columnist’s frigid personality

How many of you have participated in a Polar Bear Plunge? For those of you who haven’t even heard of the concept, it involves jumping into frigid water in the dead of winter. It’s a tradition in many Wisconsin communities. For those of you who love to participate in the plunge, I’ve got something to …

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It takes some puppets to save a culture

Language is something we use constantly, yet we don’t always think about our words and realize they’re a part of our heritage. What would we do if our language was dying? What would we do if we were losing our cultural identity? For those whose native language is English, there doesn’t appear to be any …

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Dealing with the bizarre affairs of death

I’ve dealt with many people who have lost loved ones, seen how they deal with grief. As a journalist, I’ve occasionally had to step in and ask people in mourning to speak about their loss. I’ve been fairly lucky for the most part. I lost a friend a few years ago, and sometimes I hear …

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Let’s shine a spotlight on bullying like we’re doing with sexual harassment

Over the last couple of months, sexual harassment has dominated the public airwaves. Starting with the fall of Harvey Weinstein and continuing with entertainer-turned-senator Al Franken resignation from public office, a very large and uncomfortable spotlight has been shone on what most of us have suspected for years, that people in power will use that …

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