Category Archives: nature

Wisconsin’s February and the 2013 Mining Bill

To combat the symptoms of cabin fever that came packaged with this Wisconsin February I got out of the farmhouse and into the woods, an activity dating back to my childhood. My father was its chief proponent. We then lived … Continue reading

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Gogebic Taconite and Our Wetlands

Published in the Green Bay Press Gazette under the headline “Gogebic’s iron mine should be examined from all angles.” A link to the commentary is provided below. Count on the debate over the permitting process that would allow Gogebic Taconite … Continue reading

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Gogebic Taconite: Their Mine, Our Water

Published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, February 18, 2012. A link to the essay appears below. Water. You can’t live with it. You can’t live without it. If water is part of a river, stream or wetland that … Continue reading

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The Boy, the Mine and the Earth

Published in the Duluth News Tribune on Sunday, February 12, 2012 with the headline “Flambeau mine gives us a reason to protect the Earth.” A link to the essay appears below.   I think of the boy frequently as I … Continue reading

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Cancer and the Growth of Wisconsin’s Economy

Published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Saturday, February 4, 2012, under  the headline, “Don’t ignore the malignancies of economic growth.” A link to the essay is provided below. Cancer and economies depend on growth. The dominant belief is that … Continue reading

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On Croutons, Buicks and Taconite

Published in The La Crosse Tribune on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 with the headline, “Scars from mining will never go away.” A link to the essay is provided below. Crouton and Shred Division. That’s the wording of a sign that … Continue reading

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On Gibbsville and Gogebic

Published the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Friday, January 20, 2011. A link is provided below. Two weeks ago I drove through Gibbsville, a village in Sheboygan County north of my hometown of Cedar Grove. Most of the small dairy farms that … Continue reading

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Of Trees, Mines and Our Wisconsin Earth

Published on P. A-11 of the print edition of the Wisconsin State Journal on Thursday, January 19, 2012 with the headline: “Don’t roll dice on environment.” A link to the essay is provided below. One of the most vivid memories … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Winters Can Be Hard on Horses

Published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Saturday, November 12, 2011 On the second Wednesday in November as the season’s first snow graced our farm, I went out to fill the bird feeders and move the food dish belonging to … Continue reading

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The Egos of Time and Place: Rome and the Overture Center

This essay was published in The Wisconsin State Journal on June 25, 2011 as: Of Egos, Rome and the Overture Center. A link to The Wisconsin State Journal page: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/column/article_cc17b176-6592-5326-87a0-27a0790d46f2.html The Egos of Time and Place: Rome and the Overture … Continue reading

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