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 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    April 1, 2020 

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By Me The ground was covered with a heavy blanket of leaves. Not crunchy, though, the ground beneath them was still soft and damp from the winter snow that had melted recently. With each step acorns rolled beneath our feet. It was impossible to walk...

 

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By Me It has been a little over one year since I finally broke down and opened a Facebook account. Knowing I would be subject to a lot of weird and crazy stuff, the main reasons I gave in were the...

 

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By Me I had the honor of attending a Boy Scout benefit luncheon last Thursday at Sparta’s American Legion Hall as a guest on behalf of an invitation from my mother. She, as I was informed, was in line to receive an award for something. I hadn’t...

 

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By Me Sunday, we spent most of the early afternoon playing with our grandson while his mother took a nap. Artimus Charles is getting to the age when he will actually interact with us. He is crawling and climbing and making eye contact with us when...

 

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By Me A lot has happened over the past 30 years, but if it all had to happen in exactly the same way for Me to be where I am today I would do it all over again. Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the day my wife said “yes”, and while I’ve...

 

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By Me Russell “Rusty” DeWitt, classmate, teammate, high school friend. It is a name I will never forget. In 1984, my senior year of high school, we had a decent basketball team. Not one that was going to win a conference championship, that would...

 

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By Me Just under two weeks ago our jet airplane wheels touched down in Minneapolis after having spent eight days in Mexico, near Puerto Vallarta. That morning was the first time I had pulled a pair of jeans on since arriving in the country. I had...

 

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Special guest ______________________________ Someone told Me once I should put my weekly rants in a book and sell it. I have to admit, it is something I have thought about. But thinking about all the years of Fanning Files, many of which would have...

 

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By Me In a little less than one week, I will be sitting on a beach in Mexico holding a drink in one hand, and Mrs. Me next to Me. It will be the first time in her life that Mrs. Me will have been outside the boarders of the United States, and the...

 

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By Me In the time since our grandson has been born, I think I have only had to change two diapers. And only wet ones… I’m okay with that. It’s incredible that little kids, when they are sick, often times don’t let it stop them from going...

 

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By Me I came across this little gem on FB, and thought it would be fun to share…Thanks mom! 10 FUN FACTS You can’t see your ears without a mirror. You can’t count your hair. You can’t breathe...

 

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By Me My mom keeps a picture of my dad on an end table next to the chair he used to sit in. I know why it’s there. So when she looks from her chair in the direction she looked for so many years she...

 

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By Me While driving home from La Crosse a while back, my wife in the copilot seat, I heard her cry out, “THAT’S JUST NOT RIGHT. WHO DOES THAT?” With my foot ready to slam on the brake, I looked around expecting to see someone riding their bike...

 

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By Me It seems like this time of year I usually get a bit nostalgic. I was remembering our first real family vacation, to Colorado and back through South Dakota, Custer State Park, Wind Cave, Mt. Rushmore and all the scenery that goes along with the...

 

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By Me Sunday afternoon we had settled in to watch the Pack hoping for another win, like we have done every other year. I remember in the past how annoying it was to get a phone call in the middle of the game, only to find out it was a recorded...

 

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By Me I have to admit, I enjoy seeing all the family pictures shared on Facebook of cutting down the Christmas Tree. This will be the third year we have set up an artificial version, but I have many fond memories of our annual family outings from...

 

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By Me Thanksgiving (def.) - an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 and is held in the US on the fourth...

 

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By Me There are no words, there is no comfort, and peace will not come for a long time – Perhaps never completely. We all have scars from our past that never completely heal. A skinned knee from a fall, a cut from a sword fight with tree branches....

 

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By Me Growing up there always seemed to be cousins around. We didn’t very often go anywhere alone, and when we were old enough our bicycles were the typical source of our mobility. We rode to each other’s houses, the park and, during the summer,...

 

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By Me It’s been just over one year since I started the journey down a new path. It has been one that has offered some new opportunities and some difficult challenges. In December of 1998 Mrs. Me and Me took over ownership of the Cashton Record. We...

 

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By Me It’s been two years since I’ve been able to talk to my father, but I have memories that will last a lifetime. He was the greatest man I have ever known. Life goes on, and there is going to b...

 

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By Me I remember when I was much younger, riding my motorcycle on Christmas Day. It was an unusual warm spell that lasted one day. I think that same year I rode on New Year’s Day also. That was not a normal occurrence, but it was fun. I woke up...

 

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By Me Here we are in the age of Facebook and, somehow, we seem to be in danger of reaching the point of no return. The realm of only black and white, where there is no gray. It may be a black hole that we cannot pull ourselves out of if we are not...

 

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By Me I remember my first taste of Sun Drop. It came out of a vending machine at an archery range in Sparta that had been set up in an old warehouse down by the railroad tracks. I was about 12 years old, and the vending machine was the kind where one...

 

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By Me Why it is most of us like to remember back to our childhood? Is it because it was a time in our life that we really didn’t have much to worry about? It’s funny how the farther we look back, the younger we were, and the more free we felt....

 

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