President Donald Trump thinks if he says something, it must be true. And if he says something long enough and loud enough, he's convinced the American people will think it's true, too. We've seen him do this over and over in his first two years in office. He won't take no—or the truth—for an answer.
The streets are a mess! Vehicles are slipping, sliding and skidding. When you come up to a four-way stop, the odds are that either you or the cross traffic won't be able to stop. You just hope it isn't both at the same time. Crash. A turn signal indicates your intent, but on some of the iciest roadways means you just plain miss the turn ... and the next one. Better that than landing in the snowbank. Crunch. This is ridiculous. Why aren't the roads clear?
You can define polar vortex as an area of low pressure — a mass of swirling cold air once parked over the Arctic that breaks away and migrates down across the Midwest, freezing us solid. Or you can define polar vortex as a high-pressure system that can bring out the best in people. That's just what happened last week when temperatures neared 30 below zero and the wind chill factor was pushing 60 below. Sensible decisions. • School districts closed. Superintendents didn't want to risk children suffering frostbite.
Long gone are the days in which local libraries served solely as places to check out books or study. Today libraries provide wider, varied services—in addition to these essential ones, of course—to an ever growing audience.
Temperatures keep dropping. Snow keeps falling. The season of ice dams has arrived. The trouble — especially with a snow-covered roof in subfreezing temperatures and a partially frozen federal government — is that more ice likely will build up as January heads into February. Eventually, water will start seeping into the House and Senate.
It's been said that a computer keyboard and a degree of anonymity can be a volatile mix. There's a term for making offensive comments over the internet that one wouldn't do in person: keyboard courage. A few years ago we joined other publications in our parent company as well as newspapers around the country and around the world in removing the comment section from our websites. But the conversations continued on Facebook, where we routinely share links to stories.
If you have the "Charlie Brown Christmas" music handy, turn it on now and select "Skating." The Vince Guaraldi Trio's light, joyful tune evokes emotions of how outdoor winter fun is supposed to be ... glide, spin and do it again. And while you perhaps reminisce, resolve to talk with children in your life about ice safety. Ice thickness varies greatly on lakes, ponds and rivers throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Some bodies of water have no ice, others have a thin glaze, and "up north" the ice may appear firmly solid — but ice is never 100 percent safe.
Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving (for most of us) without turkey. Oh, the trimmings and fixings make the meal special and enrich the tradition, but the foundation of the meal is turkey. The Midwest goes a long way in making that possible across the nation. The University of Wisconsin invites you to think twice as you carve the turkey this Thanksgiving, because you can thank University of Wisconsin alum Wallace Jerome, in particular.
Dear Hunter, The outdoors beckon as the Minnesota firearm deer season continues and Wisconsin's begins on Saturday. The air is crisp — just as you like it — and the snowfall should make tracking deer easier. Farmers have nearly completed their harvest, clearing the fields. Sounds as though conditions are just about perfect.
Manufacturing is in a pretty good state in both our states. The one thing almost every local manufacturer needs, however, is workers. Manufacturing accounts for more than 18 percent of Wisconsin's gross domestic product. That adds up to $56 billion annually, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Industry employed more than 461,000 people two years ago and continues to grow.