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  • Ft. ‘Bliss’ wasn’t always so appealing

    Published on February 24, 2021 at 5:11pm GMT+0000 chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    We up here in the north are watching with no small amount of glee the helplessness of southern states as they get a couple inches of snow, a bit of freezing rain, and “below freezing” temperatures. I particularly like that expression: “Below freezing.” “Below freezing,” which, compared to “below zero,” really sounds pretty attractive to… Read More

  • Tale of two friends

    Published on February 18, 2021 at 10:52am GMT+0000 chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor, A week ago I read a letter entitled “Democracy has already gone.” She hit some nails on the head and gave us a break from all the Trump bashing. The election of 2016 changed the inner core of the democratic followers. Disappointment, anger and disillusionment evolved into pure hate directed at President Trump… Read More

  • Breaking out a good old fashioned paper book

    Published on February 18, 2021 at 10:52am GMT+0000 chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    I must first confess that, before I could start this book review, I had to get  some detergent, a scrubby, and some really serious elbow grease to clean the area of the kitchen table where I’m writing this. That became clear to me when the book I just finished was stuck to the table. But it’s… Read More

  • Tackling some of the big issues of life

    Published on February 10, 2021 at 4:32pm GMT+0000 chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Every now and then I feel driven to tackle the big issues in life. No, not politics. Not religion. Or not even why car tires keep getting bigger around and more expensive, but still wear out at the same mileage. The first big issue is: How come tape measures are all marked backwards. First, to qualify this:… Read More

  • Farmers of little means

    Published on February 10, 2021 at 4:31pm GMT+0000 chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    By Tucker Henderson Special to the Dispatch Many families in our area, like most rural areas of the world, come from a line of poor farmers. Some were better off than others, and those who lived under better conditions helped those who didn’t have much. This was especially true in communities of socially-minded Finns such as New… Read More

  • Dispatch receives second place in General Excellence

    Published on February 3, 2021 at 2:10pm GMT+0000 chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    It’s not very often that we toot our own horn and pat ourselves on the back—after all, there are too many deadlines to meet to get the newspaper out each week. Most importantly, I’m not one to be the center of attention anyway’s, so staying in the background and not seeking attention is fine by me…. Read More

  • ‘Banger’ makes snow falls an interesting adventure

    Published on February 3, 2021 at 2:10pm GMT+0000 chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    There are several seasonal subjects about which I have written. Wood ticks. Fishing opener. Deer hunting. Those are just a few. Perhaps it is ego; perhaps it is lack of faith; whatever it is, first columns about those subjects are columns which I don’t think I can improve. Here is another: The first snowfall. With each… Read More

  • More truth is needed in politics today

    Published on January 27, 2021 at 12:20am GMT+0000 chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor, January 6 happened.  The attempted coup incited by Trump is despicable, grievous, hateful, and abhorrent. I watched the horror with sickening fear and disgust. I was further enraged by insurrectionists carrying the American and Confederate  flags, while they attempted to overthrow a legal election and assault Democracy. Now we hear of the death… Read More

  • Staying tuned in to the appliance elections

    Published on January 27, 2021 at 12:20am GMT+0000 chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    The first time I realized appliances could talk to me was right after I got back from Vietnam. At that point, I was hyper “tuned in”  to my surroundings, so when my clock informed me that the refrigerator was poisoning me, and that I should move my bed over to Mr. Lennox the Furnace’s area,… Read More

  • New website was a year in the making

    Published on January 20, 2021 at 6:53pm GMT+0000 chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    If you have visited our website over the past few days you may have noticed a few exciting changes. This is the first time we have updated our website since it was launched nearly eight years ago and was long overdue, at least in my mind. First and foremost, you will notice a new and sleek… Read More

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