Letters from Home in the Time of COVID

these will be amazing memories ... eventually ... one day ... maybe?

Mike Paulus

How’s it going, Chippewa Valley? I’m fine. Like many of you smart, attractive, industrious people reading this, I’ve been working from home for the past few weeks.

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Issue #406 March 18, 2020

Nest in Peace

cohabitation with some feathered friends

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

I try to see it from the opposite perspective, I really do. I try to sympathize. I imagine myself, snuggled in all cozy upon the couch, doing the things I like to do at home while snuggled upon the couch ...

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Issue #405 March 4, 2020

Blue Sky Over the Kwik Trip

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

Not everyone coming and going from the Kwik Trip holds the door for me, but almost everyone. I always hold it for people. Or at the very least, I lean back outside a little and keep the door open until the next person reaches out ...

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Issue #405 March 4, 2020

Winter Layers

peeling back the accumulation of winter reveals the earth – and ourselves

Katie Venit

In 1996, I was 16 and living in Bethesda, Maryland (January mean temperature: 37 degrees). One ordinary brown January afternoon, my siblings and I went to see 12 Monkeys. While we sat in the dark theater ....

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Issue #405 March 4, 2020

Opening Shot | March 5, 2020

photos by Andrea Paulseth

“THINGS MIGHT GET A LITTLE HAIRY, BUT WE JUST GOTTA PULL TOGETHER.” The Beaver Creek Reserve’s Frosty Frolic features winter fun like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dogsledding, and more. This year’s fourth annual event took place on Saturday, Feb. 29.

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Issue #404 Feb. 19, 2020

Berating Skating

(I don’t care how quintessential it is)

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

No, dammit – I can’t skate. Not on wheels and not on ice. And besides a brief stint as a hardcore thrasher back in the fourth grade, I can’t even ride a ...

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Issue #404 Feb. 19, 2020

Granny Shots

basketball league for “women of a certain age” keeps ladies active and having fun

Luc Anthony

I did not expect to discover I was related to a reigning national champion by going to a family reunion. On a hot and sultry late-August day in 2018, I headed down to ...

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Issue #403 Feb. 5, 2020

The Dark Side of Winter

how loving winter means accepting the gritty parts

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

Let’s get one thing straight, Chuck. I like winter. I like winter a lot. And I think all you Wisconsinites out there who complain about the snow and the cold and the ...

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

Ski Dooing It

aka, the Snowmobile Super Jump Master chronicles

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

Like many of you (the awesome ones), I’m very happy we have plenty of snow this year. I hope we get more. We need it. But not just for our own frosty fun. We need it for an often overlooked, yet crucial ...

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Issue #401 Jan. 8, 2020

Moaning ’Til the Plows Come Home

there’s no good alternative to a snow plow ... or is there?

Mike Paulus

Those of us who grew up here in Wisconsin know the legends by heart. And we know that they are true. Each winter, after the holidays, after the haze of family gatherings and poor eating habits has worn away, once we’ve awoken from our nog-based stupor to find ourselves in January ...

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Issue #401 Jan. 8, 2020

Opening Shot | Jan. 8, 2020

photos by Andrea Paulseth

IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE. The Flying Eagles Ski Club held its annual “Learn to Ski” event at Mt. Washington Nordic Ski Complex – for kids of all ages – on Wednesday, Jan 1. Families were able to check out their ski jumping program and learn a little about downhill or cross country skiing ...

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