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Lou Martin recalls raising chickens while growing up long ago in city of Ladysmith

Located on East Miner Avenue (now the location of the Miner Theater) was a two-story building which had been the dry-goods store of the F. E. Martin department store. A grocery store was located on East Second Street now, the location of Theater Lounge. In January 1924, a fire destroyed the grocery store area with smoke and water damage destroying the contents of the dry-goods store. However, the building structure was left intact. During the 1930s, a renter used it as a chicken hatchery. Rows of electric heated incubators would lined both walls and when the chicks started emerging it was a noisy and interesting place to visit. Thousands of newborn yellow chicks, without a mother hen to care for them, would be chirping for food and an escape from the confines of the incubator. It was an interesting place for kids to visit on their way home from school.

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
Demands elected officials be more responsive to Earth’s environmental challenges
Posted: April 27, 2016

A couple of days ago, I saw two bald eagles in the sky mating.  Because of the rarity of this sight, I wanted to learn more about our “national symbol.”  My research was both disheartening, yet hopeful.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
Has proud feeling about rewards being earned by Flambeau Elementary students
Posted: April 20, 2016

Four or five Flambeau School buses were lining Miner Avenue by the Miner Theater this afternoon, Friday, April 15.

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Deeply worried about financial health after one Ladysmith School Board meeting
Posted: April 20, 2016

I attended my first Ladysmith school board meeting April 7th, and I left extremely worried about the financial future of the district. I learned our school taxes are the sixth highest in the state, our debt load is too high and a referendum is not possible, we are losing 2 percent of students each year, per student state aid has and will continue to decrease, and we need to cut an additional $343,000 (after school closing savings) this year and another $780,000 next year. I learned that this problem is unique to Ladysmith. I’m worried; I’m thinking you should be too.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Asks residents to remember loved ones during Missing Persons Awareness Month
Posted: April 13, 2016

The month of April is Missing Persons Awareness Month in Wisconsin. This is a month of remembrance and memorial, set up over two years of work by Brown County’s Marsha Loritz, a dedicated daughter whose mother, Victoria Prokopovitz, went missing in 2013. For our family, we remember Tammy Lee Jovagg, who went missing from her Lake Holcombe home, the bright afternoon of June 30, 2015, and is still missing from her home, and our lives, almost a year later. Rumors abound about what may have happened to her, and even that she has been found.

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
Calls for law enforcement to write more speeding tickets on Miner Avenue in city
Posted: April 06, 2016

I live on the corner of east 6th and Miner directly across from the front door of the middle school. The south and west sides of my house are all windows so I have an unobstructed view of the school and the intersection. For 11 years I have been pressing for something to be done about the problems of speeders, illegal parking, and vehicle congestion. And now this is suddenly an issue?

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Wednesday 03/23/2016
Calls for Jump River Electric Cooperative members to be proactive, not destructive
Posted: March 23, 2016

There are a few people who are being very destructive of Jump River Electric Cooperative. These anonymous people are behind the Take Back Jump River Facebook page and are hiding from the public for a reason. Could that reason be that they are being destructive to a point that they have crossed the line between constructive criticism and responsible cooperative membership to destructive libelous slander?

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Endorses Joanne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin State Supreme Court justice
Posted: March 23, 2016

“The system is rigged.”  I hear that phrase in current campaign speeches.  It refers to the unfairness of the economic system we have now, which clearly favors the rich and powerful over the working class. That phrase also sounds like my father talking about corrupt judges.  He was a career law enforcement officer, serving for more than 25 years as a Special Agent of the FBI.

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Oklahoma city mayor expresses gratitude to Ladysmith for tornado relief donation
Posted: March 23, 2016

We received your check today in the amount of $2,316 for tornado recovery.

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Says political observers would find 2016 primaries of great historical relevance
Posted: March 23, 2016

Most astute political observers, regardless of their particular conditioning, would likely agree that the 2016 presidential primaries are of great historical relevance. The undeniable popularity of the Democratic Socialist, Bernie Sanders, and the hypnotic authoritarianism of the Neo-Fascist, Donald Trump, have blasted both the Democratic and Republican political establishments. This political explosion is also forcing consequences upon another American establishment institution; the Church.

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
Lou Martin recalls raising chickens while growing up long ago in city of Ladysmith
Posted: April 27, 2016 - 8:53 am

Located on East Miner Avenue (now the location of the Miner Theater) was a two-story building which had been the dry-goods store of the F. E. Martin department store. A grocery store was located on East Second Street now, the location of Theater Lounge. In January 1924, a fire destroyed the grocery store area with smoke and water damage destroying the contents of the dry-goods store. However, the building structure was left intact. During the 1930s, a renter used it as a chicken hatchery. Rows of electric heated incubators would lined both walls and when the chicks started emerging it was a noisy and interesting place to visit. Thousands of newborn yellow chicks, without a mother hen to care for them, would be chirping for food and an escape from the confines of the incubator. It was an interesting place for kids to visit on their way home from school.

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Demands elected officials be more responsive to Earth’s environmental challenges
Posted: April 27, 2016 - 8:52 am

A couple of days ago, I saw two bald eagles in the sky mating.  Because of the rarity of this sight, I wanted to learn more about our “national symbol.”  My research was both disheartening, yet hopeful.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
Has proud feeling about rewards being earned by Flambeau Elementary students
Posted: April 20, 2016 - 9:25 am

Four or five Flambeau School buses were lining Miner Avenue by the Miner Theater this afternoon, Friday, April 15.

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Deeply worried about financial health after one Ladysmith School Board meeting
Posted: April 20, 2016 - 9:25 am

I attended my first Ladysmith school board meeting April 7th, and I left extremely worried about the financial future of the district. I learned our school taxes are the sixth highest in the state, our debt load is too high and a referendum is not possible, we are losing 2 percent of students each year, per student state aid has and will continue to decrease, and we need to cut an additional $343,000 (after school closing savings) this year and another $780,000 next year. I learned that this problem is unique to Ladysmith. I’m worried; I’m thinking you should be too.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Asks residents to remember loved ones during Missing Persons Awareness Month
Posted: April 13, 2016 - 10:03 am

The month of April is Missing Persons Awareness Month in Wisconsin. This is a month of remembrance and memorial, set up over two years of work by Brown County’s Marsha Loritz, a dedicated daughter whose mother, Victoria Prokopovitz, went missing in 2013. For our family, we remember Tammy Lee Jovagg, who went missing from her Lake Holcombe home, the bright afternoon of June 30, 2015, and is still missing from her home, and our lives, almost a year later. Rumors abound about what may have happened to her, and even that she has been found.

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
Calls for law enforcement to write more speeding tickets on Miner Avenue in city
Posted: April 06, 2016 - 11:54 am

I live on the corner of east 6th and Miner directly across from the front door of the middle school. The south and west sides of my house are all windows so I have an unobstructed view of the school and the intersection. For 11 years I have been pressing for something to be done about the problems of speeders, illegal parking, and vehicle congestion. And now this is suddenly an issue?

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Wednesday 03/23/2016
Calls for Jump River Electric Cooperative members to be proactive, not destructive
Posted: March 23, 2016 - 10:13 am

There are a few people who are being very destructive of Jump River Electric Cooperative. These anonymous people are behind the Take Back Jump River Facebook page and are hiding from the public for a reason. Could that reason be that they are being destructive to a point that they have crossed the line between constructive criticism and responsible cooperative membership to destructive libelous slander?

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Endorses Joanne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin State Supreme Court justice
Posted: March 23, 2016 - 10:13 am

“The system is rigged.”  I hear that phrase in current campaign speeches.  It refers to the unfairness of the economic system we have now, which clearly favors the rich and powerful over the working class. That phrase also sounds like my father talking about corrupt judges.  He was a career law enforcement officer, serving for more than 25 years as a Special Agent of the FBI.

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Oklahoma city mayor expresses gratitude to Ladysmith for tornado relief donation
Posted: March 23, 2016 - 10:15 am

We received your check today in the amount of $2,316 for tornado recovery.

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Says political observers would find 2016 primaries of great historical relevance
Posted: March 23, 2016 - 10:15 am

Most astute political observers, regardless of their particular conditioning, would likely agree that the 2016 presidential primaries are of great historical relevance. The undeniable popularity of the Democratic Socialist, Bernie Sanders, and the hypnotic authoritarianism of the Neo-Fascist, Donald Trump, have blasted both the Democratic and Republican political establishments. This political explosion is also forcing consequences upon another American establishment institution; the Church.

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Supports re-election of Steven Anderson as Rusk County Circuit Court judge
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 10:14 am

I am writing in support of Rusk County Circuit Court Judge Steven Anderson for re-election.

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Supports electing West as Ladysmith mayor, says he will change city for the better
Posted: March 23, 2016 - 10:12 am

This upcoming election is very important to all of us as a community.

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Says people should not have to scrape by because city doesn’t want to change
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 10:12 am

In response to Mayor Reynold’s claim that nothing needs to change in Ladysmith, I would like to bring a few things to his attention.

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Asks why U.S. wants to wall itself in instead of streamlining immigration laws
Posted: March 23, 2016 - 10:09 am

There is no need to increase the amount of wall that already exists between the United States and Mexico. A recent study from the Migration Policy Institute shows the following:

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Wednesday 03/16/2016
Encourages people to vote for JoAnne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court
Posted: March 16, 2016 - 10:54 am

Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg is described as “fair,” “impartial,” “independent,” “intelligent,” and a person of “integrity” in the endorsement from the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin.

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Letter writer endorses Steven Anderson for Rusk County Circuit Court judge
Posted: March 16, 2016 - 10:54 am

I am writing to express my support for reelection of Judge Steven Anderson.

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Letter writer endorses Rich Summerfield for Rusk County Circuit Court judge
Posted: March 16, 2016 - 10:55 am

I feel sorry for the people who live in Rusk County.

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Wednesday 03/09/2016
Says judge Jump River Electric Cooperative by performance, not personalities
Posted: March 09, 2016 - 10:06 am

I hear a local echo of the national anger against politicians inside the Washington beltline. The same “throw the bums out” mentality is leading a group of Jump River Electric Coop member-owners  to petition for the removal of JR’s three executive directors.  The petitioners charge they have been “misrepresented by the coop’s directors,” that directors have misused compensation and expenses paid for meetings and that members don’t have a say in hiring and firing of coop employees or in building projects.

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Doubts recent letter claim about welfare than ever; says country needs Clinton
Posted: March 09, 2016 - 10:05 am

Mr. Anderson is striving to bring to our attention the somewhat paranoid theories promoted by right-wing conservatives regarding President Obama’s dedication to “overloading the welfare system” in order to create an economic crises. He apparently wants us to believe  that President Obama has been subtly promoting socialism during his two terms as president and that the election of Hillary Clinton will continue those efforts towards the “radical left”. Regretfully, there isn’t enough space here to challenge every one of Mr. Anderson’s points, but I feel that I must challenge the last paragraph of his article as it contains many  misconceptions and falsehoods.

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Claims Jump River Electric Cooperative board is overstepping its boundaries
Posted: March 09, 2016 - 10:05 am

As stated by the Jump River Electric Cooperative board president in the March 2016 edition of the Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News magazine, the Jump River Cooperative board “ensure[s] all employees fully understand [policies],” the board “manages a business,” and the board “hold[s] employees to ... standards and principles.”

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Wednesday 03/02/2016
Urges voters to cast ballot for incumbent Steven Anderson in Spring Election
Posted: March 02, 2016 - 11:43 am

Judge Steven Anderson is the better choice for Circuit Judge for Rusk County.

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Says the money the U.S. owes will soon collapse the country’s monetary system
Updated: March 02, 2016 - 11:42 am

When is the Washington spending spree going to be brought under control? The answer to that question is simple. When the American voters start electing people to office in Washington, that actually understand the concept you can’t spend more than you make.

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Says it is time to put roof over heads of homeless people, not spend more on bombs
Posted: March 02, 2016 - 11:42 am

Why is our government so fascinated with bombs?

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Wednesday 02/24/2016
Says his vote for Rusk County Circuit Court Judge will go to the challenger
Posted: February 24, 2016 - 11:03 am

We are voting for Mr. Summerfield for Rusk County Circuit Court Judge on April 5.

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Concerned Clinton will win presidency if more Democrats don’t vote Republican
Posted: February 24, 2016 - 11:04 am

New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, in an interviw with the New York Post, that when Barack Obama, from the time he was 9 years old, was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, a communist. Giuliani then told how Stanley Dunham, the President’s grandfather, introduced young Barack Obama to Frank Davis. In Obama’s 1995 autobiography, “Dreams From My Father” shows that he was profoundly influenced by Frank Marshall Davis.

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Says co-operative opposition group is destroying board, employee relationships
Posted: February 24, 2016 - 11:05 am

Recently the Jump River Electric Board has become under attack by a group of people calling themselves “TakebackJREC.”

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Wednesday 02/17/2016
Sheldon writer hopes to raise awareness of Rare Disease Day on Feb. 29
Posted: February 17, 2016 - 11:19 am

February 29 is the rarest day on the calendar, and I invite your Ladysmith News readership to do something meaningful to mark the day.

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Outraged by new information request form used at Jump River Electric Co-op
Posted: February 17, 2016 - 11:20 am

Members of Jump River Electric Co-op, have you seen the new form your Jump River Electric Co-op board of directors has whipped up to scare you away from requesting information about the co-op?

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Says meaning ‘cooperative’ has been forgotten at Jump River Electric Co-op
Posted: February 17, 2016 - 11:20 am

A group of members are very worried about the overspending and elaborate per diems paid to the board of directors at this cooperative. Check out information on the Internet posted by this group of members. Website can be found at www.takebackjrec.com or Facebook page called Take Back Jump River Electric.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Says Jump River Electric Board favors cronyism in appointing to fill vacancy
Posted: February 03, 2016 - 11:01 am

Cronyism; the unfair practice by a powerful person (such as a politician) of giving jobs and other favors to friends.

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Responds to recent letter to editor using fictitious exchange between fathers, sons
Posted: February 03, 2016 - 11:00 am

I’d like to respond to a portion of Don Anderson’s letter, appearing in last week’s News, by offering an imagined exchange between hot-tempered sons and their father, who, fortunately, in my opinion, and surprisingly, is non-representative of his culture, except in his manner of speech.

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Says learning more about Donald Trump reveals people like him are the problem
Posted: February 03, 2016 - 11:02 am

Supporters of Donald Trump praise his honesty, transparency, toughness, and business acumen. Spouting whatever nonsense runs through your head doesn’t classify as honesty, while many of his business dealings are far from transparent. Within the last year he’s been charged with racketeering and fraud in New York, California and Florida. Financial disclosures left the Federal Election Commission shaking their heads over his shady business deals, and the Securities and Exchange Commission charged him with “false and misleading statements “.

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
Cites Donald Trump’s popularity, stating he would make a good U.S. president
Posted: January 27, 2016 - 9:04 am

Recently 10 American’ sailors were navigating thru the Persian Gulf, when they were attacked and captured by the Iranian navy who claimed that the Americans were invading Iranian controlled waters. The sailors were held captives for a few days, and then released.

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Offers an update on dealings with Jump River Electric Cooperative
Posted: January 27, 2016 - 9:03 am

I received two letters from the Jump River Electric Co-op lawyer denying my request for information about board meeting business. It was stated that since I didn’t put my signature on my request forms, they couldn’t be processed. The letters also stated if I filled out the forms properly with my signature I could get the information I requested. I would have to affirm that I wouldn’t share the information with anyone. If I did share the information with anyone it could result in litigation being brought against me.

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Wednesday 01/20/2016
Calls Love-Light Tree Project a success, calls for more volunteers at hospital
Posted: January 20, 2016 - 10:50 am

Our sincere appreciation goes out to the Bell Family for once again putting the Love Light list in the paper in memory of Donald and Audrey and Mark and May Bell. The Bell Family has always supported and are life members of the Auxiliary.

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Says rebuilding America should begin by looking at nation’s current justice system
Posted: January 20, 2016 - 10:50 am

Donald Trump wants to rebuild America. I hope he starts with our justice system. The current system is the most corrupt, unequal, unjust system in the world.

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Wednesday 01/13/2016
Says a person does not have to belong to ISIS in order to take part in an attack
Posted: January 13, 2016 - 11:17 am

Why is our president and some members of our government afraid to call Islam what is really is? Islam is believing in the Quran; a religion and government that follow the Quran. They are not “radical” Islams. They believe in what the Quran says. In other words they are fundamentalists.

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Wednesday 01/06/2016
Calls for more support of planned new Rusk County Animal Shelter building
Posted: January 06, 2016 - 2:04 pm

There has been a lot of discussion on a new animal shelter building.

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Claims Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature is assaulting local control
Updated: January 06, 2016 - 2:05 pm

Local control has been the bedrock of democracy and is responsive to the needs and health of the community. At an alarming rate, the party in control of Wisconsin since 2011 has been assaulting our rights and freedoms to determine our destiny at the local level.

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Tuesday 12/29/2015
Says the sole purpose of a gun is to kill, suggests we should all follow Buddah
Posted: December 29, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Let’s look the fact realistically in the face.  The sole purpose of a gun is to kill, and to kill easily.  It is the easiest method to kill without skill or strength or propinquity. No need to look the victim in the eye for the gunner can be at a distance and still kill.  He need not have to see the pain or horror. Yet this method of killing is legally allowed and used to create terror, not by so called aliens, but by people within the U.S.A., and many by generational citizens Christian and Muslims.  No need to bomb other countries.  Our danger is here.

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Calls for new employment requirements for U.S. President ahead of 2016 election
Posted: December 29, 2015 - 2:32 pm

Job opportunity. President of the United States.

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Tuesday 12/22/2015
Calls for people to urge elected city, county officials to support new animal shelter
Posted: December 22, 2015 - 10:36 am

The current Rusk County animal shelter is too small and falling apart. Last Monday and Tuesday nights at the Ladysmith City Council and the Rusk County Board meetings, I read a prepared statement in support of a new shelter building. I also praised the accomplishments of the Friends of the Rusk County Animal Shelter. I am not member of the FRCAS group and cannot take credit for all their fundraising efforts. I am a community member who was inspired by their hard work and by the city’s acquisition of land for a proposed new shelter. I wanted to make a real difference and push this project forward, so my husband, Carly, and I became major contributors to the FRCAS fund. We wanted other members of the community to feel that a new animal shelter could become a reality soon.

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Says the U.S. Constitution is being abused, and people have no choice about it
Posted: December 22, 2015 - 10:35 am

The Constitution is being abused.

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Wants a good answer to why the changes to Ladysmith School custodial changes
Posted: December 22, 2015 - 10:35 am

This is in regards to the letters to the editor over a month ago about the custodial shift change that was made without giving any reasoning for it and for the threats and bullying to that person.

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Wednesday 12/16/2015
Says it is hard to understand logic behind call to ban all Muslims from entering U.S.
Posted: December 16, 2015 - 10:44 am

It’s hard for me to understand the logic and reasoning behind banning all people who are Muslims from entering or reentering the United States and requiring all Muslims to register with the government, because of a horrendous attack on unarmed innocent people.  We have had many such attacks on the unarmed in the past 30 years or so, and the racial, national, or religious backgrounds of the perpetrators are as varied as the country of immigrants that we are.  The punishment proposed for the most recent attack is kind of like a teacher banning all children in his or her classroom from going out to recess or eating lunch or taking an anticipated trip because no one owned up to throwing spit wads at the principal’s picture hanging in the hall.

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Asks why have a school board if superintendent is going to make all the decisions
Posted: December 16, 2015 - 10:43 am

Everyday I hear people discussing the politics of the presidential candidates but maybe it’s time for Ladysmith residents to take a closer look at the politics in their school. There seems to be quite a bit of funny business going on .

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Encourages other Jump River Electric Co-op members to seek information
Posted: December 16, 2015 - 10:45 am

Who owns Jump River Electric Cooperative?  If you pay your monthly bill to them, you own it.  You are a member and have rights under their by-laws.  One of those rights is to get the financial information of the cooperative.  Do you realize that every time you ask for information, you will get a long letter from the co-op’s lawyer questioning you and threatening a lawsuit if you share anything?  I’ve received seven letters.  I know others who have received multiple letters too.  What is this lawyer costing us members to write these letters?   And why is the lawyer threatening litigation if we share the information?  The Board of Directors at their discretion can allow me to share the spending information, but apparently they don’t want you to know.

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Says a few disgruntled people spinning facts about Jump River Electric Co-op
Posted: December 16, 2015 - 10:45 am

Certain members of Jump River Electric Co-op are looking to recall members of  the JREC Board of Directors. Why? They claim the board members  have taken large increases in compensation.  The facts are that the Board compensation increases are mainly to cover expenses and daily stipends for attending classes in how to properly  run an electric cooperative. This in the long run will save the cooperative much more money than the education is costing members.

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Says it is time to take back Jump River Electric Co-op, calls for open meetings
Updated: December 16, 2015 - 10:44 am

Back in about 1962 my family bought a small farm in Thornapple township, Rusk County and became members of Jump River Electric Co-op.

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Friday 12/11/2015
Says Jump River Electric Board should better represent cooperative owners
Posted: December 11, 2015 - 9:23 am

I’m a member of the JREC and I’ve been a member since 1993. Let’s say I want to go to a JREC board meeting; in order to do so I have to submit in writing who I am and what my purpose in going to the meeting is. I have to submit this in writing two weeks before the board meeting so it can be approved. If I’m granted approval I can go to the board meeting.

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