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The memoir takes place in Wisconsin, in the 1920s and 1930s. The Logan Farm is in the driftless area which is land that the last glacier did not cover. That area is southwest Wisconsin, … more
The place to be on Saturday nights in the late 1940s and 1950s was downtown in Wilton Junction. Farmers came to town, town people gathered. Why? The band was playing, and there was shopping … more
Laura Ingalls Wilder. You hear that name and think “Little House Books.” This book tells you of Laura’s life, which lasted 90 years, beginning in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, … more
What sporting event in 1948 turned Wilton Jct. into a ghost town? Why, the girls’ basketball team while playing for the state title, as one of the Sweet Sixteen.     Supporters … more
Last week we passed a very robust education package dealing with school funding, raising teacher salaries, and the AEA’s. I was very clear about my position on the AEA bill when I wrote … more
This week we took action on two major pieces of legislation – combating illegal immigration and fighting against eminent domain abuse.   Eminent Domain – As a reminder I have … more
A guide to the weird, wonderful and obscure, tells about things and places in Iowa you never knew existed and information for some that you did. This book has colored photos and would be a great … more
This week we passed a substantial bill refocusing and reforming our Regent Universities. Finding skilled labor is one of the most frequent problems I hear about back home and so refocusing our higher … more
In 1865, the attention of the people of Wilton was first called to the importance of building in their village a Seminary of Learning.   Work commenced on the building to be Wilton College. … more
This week I voted for a large increase to our schools. House File 2613 increases funding by 3%. This increase amounts to $146.7 million more dollars than in FY24 and brings our total state investment … more
How can you have it both ways?   That is what Rep. Miller Meeks wants.   She and House Republicans demanded border security measures before funding Ukraine and Israel with arms. They … more
Following the first in series, “A Year on Ladybug Farm,” this book resumes the story of three women, Cici, Bridget and Lindsay, who buy a dilapidated farm and mansion.   Friends for … more
This week we are beginning to discuss legislation to further address school safety. The tragic shooting at Perry High School brought school safety to the top of our legislative agenda. We have … more
This week I will explain my continued opposition to the AEA bill.   Before I get into the why I oppose it, I want to acknowledge an opinion that has been nearly unanimous – there is room … more
August 20, 1874, on a hot and dusty day, a blaze started at Reed and Dow’s grain elevator on Railroad Street.   First a spark and the whole complex began to burn.   The fire was born, … more
Most people will tell you good health is important. Many take good health for granted. I’ll be the first to admit, I was one of those, despite the fact I’ve had a lot of eye problems … more
If you have never read the books by Patrick McManus, you should, and you will laugh out loud sometimes.   He tells of his childhood exploring the mountains, forests and waters of Idaho.   … more
“Why did that happen?” “Something to do with the mail.” “I liked it the way it was.” When the founding fathers prepared to plat our town in 1854, … more
Durant elementary currently has one of the largest kindergarten classes it has seen in years. This is a result of open enrollment into the district, 25 out of the 51 current kindergartners are open … more
"Did you see them?" "No. Is it true?" "Yes, I saw some of them." Mastodon bones were discovered by a farmer, on his land a short distance south of the Wilton corporation line. It was … more
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