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 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    May 27, 2020 

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By Me We observed Memorial Day this past weekend. It is one of the most meaningful holidays we have in our country, but behind the scenes there are soldiers who struggle with surviving. So, the question becomes after Memorial Day, now what? A few...

 
 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    May 20, 2020

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By Me Anyone wondering how we are viewed across the country, this is who we are. There is nothing misleading about these headlines. It’s pretty much how it went down. Washington Post Headline: After Wisconsin court ruling, crowds liberated and thir...

 
 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    May 13, 2020

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By Me When it rains on Mother’s Day, some say it is happy tears pouring down from heaven from mothers who are looking down and watching. How I used to measure how successful I was at picking out just the right gift for my wife…How much did she...

 
 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    May 6, 2020

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By Me Friday was the first lawn mowing of the year for Me. The old mower started up surprisingly easy, making Me think, for a moment, “Something bad is going to happen.” Luckily, it didn’t. Early in the year, when the trees and shrubs are...

 

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By Me I tugged and pulled. Eventually the thick patch of weeds in the flower bed began to pull away from the fabric liner beneath. As I continued on my knees to pull, I was thankful the mass of unwanted growth was clinging to itself, locked together...

 

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By Me It has been about one month since Mrs. Me and Me hopped on the bike and went for a ride. We’ve been waiting ever since for cycle weather to return so we can go again. Sure, it’s only April and, sure, there have been a few bikers spotted...

 

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By Me The top five songs on the rock charts in 1984 were “When Doves Cry” (Prince), “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (Tina Turner), “Say Say Say” (Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson), “Footloose” Kenny Loggins, “Against All Odds -...

 

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By Me It’s increasingly obvious, and not surprising, that many area businesses are struggling. Based on my email inbox, there are several stores that are asking Me to come shop. People from places I have never purchased anything from, but know I ex...

 

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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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