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Grandparents’ Day in January

My grandmother is the matriarch of our family. Not only is she the one we can always turn to, she’s the one who holds the family together. Grandma is the glue. She is my last living grandparent- my dad’s mom- and I cherish her more than words can express. COVID worries and living over an…

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Outdoor Truths – January 19, 2022

Taking back supper It looks like we can dust off those doll-flies. The walleye are finding their way upstream to spawn and need a tasty meal. I’m hoping some of them will become a good meal for me. There’s no doubt one of the most savory fish is the walleye. I usually don’t have enough…

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Ridge Runner Chronicles – January 19, 2022

White Tail Deer are Testing Positive for SARS CoV2 By Bill Hoagland When I first saw this headline this past week, I thought it was a joke and would probably provoke some “one-liners” on late-night TV — such as “Maybe we should not have invited those white-tails to the New Year’s Eve party”. But as…

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COVID Blues

By Carissa Sitki Well I am yet to come down with COVID-19 during this recent surge of infections and, for that, I am thankful. With that being said, nearly everyone I know has come down with this nasty contagion. Luckily, I’ve not been a close-contact of anyone who is infected, but, sheesh, it is making…

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Ridge Runner Chronicles – January 12, 2022

Why do dogs roll? Bill Hoagland If you are a dog owner, you have probably wondered about that eternal question—why in the world does my dog roll in something really disgusting when he is off the leash and running free?

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Outdoor Truths – January 12, 2022

Maintaining joyful trust in God As the deer season comes to an end, I’m sure we all have our idea of how it went. Some will consider this the best year ever, some will call it a success, and some will bemoan its disappointment. I fear most will fall into this last category. Even though…

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Ridge Runner Chronicles – January 5, 2022

Changes Are Being Made to Illinois FOID Act By Bill Hoagland Gun owners in Calhoun County and elsewhere in Illinois may be pleased to know that an attempt is being made by the State of Illinois to improve the ability to apply for and to renew the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card, which have been…

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Outdoor Truths – January 5, 2022

The most important things Each morning I walked about three-fourths of a mile to get to my stand. I had cut limbs and bushes out of the way and yet there was one area where I had to navigate around several tree-laps and weeds. I could have gone another way but this seemed to be…

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Nothing Ado About Nothing – December 29, 2021

Christmas memories By CARMEN ENSINGER What is a man, but the sum of his memories? That quote stuck in my head and I tried looking it up on the internet to give credit where credit is due, but apparently, the infamous line came from the character Clay Kaczmarek in the video game Assassin’s Creed. Not…

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Outdoor Truths: Confidence is key

Hunters and fishermen will tell you about the importance of confidence. It is really a major part of the battle when it comes to patience and persistence. For instance, if I know I have always caught fish in a certain area; I will fish that area slower and with a greater awareness of an imminent…

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