Now available: Portage County Gazette online!

 

Click here for a brief musical slide show with photos from our Sunday in the park. The sshow is a basic example for my multimedia journalism students.

Click here for a brief musical slide show from our Sunday in the park. The show was a very basic example for my multimedia journalism students.

The Portage County Gazette’s new web site is now up and running.  For at least the time being, it’s available free, including my weekly column.  Here’s the latest one, which is about a trip to Willow River State Park that my son and I recently took. It appeared in the Oct. 29 Gazette.

I had one minor error in the column.  In mentioning the book The Best In Tent Camping: Wisconsin, by Kevin Revolinski and Johnny Molloy, I misstated the name of the publisher, which is actually Menasha Ridge Press, not Menasha Press.  A third edition of this book was released by  in 2013.

My apologies for the error.

 

Reading foreign newspapers brings new perspective

What is wrong with these people? Why do they value education so much?

What is wrong with these people? Why do they value education so much?

On the first weekend in June, we headed over to the border of the Sensible Republic of Minnesota,  spending the night near what is apparently the Breakaway Principality of Hudson, where we visited Willow River State Park and attended the 2015 Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days.

Because I got up at 6 a.m. and the rest of our group was still sleeping, I picked up a couple of newspapers to read while having coffee. It was enlightening to see what the rebellious people outside of Wisconsin cared about.

I say “outside Wisconsin” because Hudson seemed to be in the midst of some action of breaking away from the rest of the state. This was apparent in the concerns expressed in the Hudson Star-Observer.  There were exactly five stories on the front page — three of them focused on education, one on increased funding for a state park, and one on the Heritage Days:

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