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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.


Can we fix that which is broken?
By Byron McNutt

WE ALL KNOW that if you work with something long enough it is bound to break.

Has there ever been a time in recent memory when it seemed there were so many things that are broken?

There’s a lot of talk today about what is broken in America. Are we just being to critical? Is it a lack of patience? Is it a result magnified by the 24/7 news cycle?

Are we looking for excuses as to

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:14 AM
What we learn from our fathers
By Byron McNutt

IT HAS BEEN said: One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters. It is important to have a father in the home for the life lessons he can pass on to his children.

New babies make men out of fathers and boys out of grandfathers. The best years of fatherhood are when your kids are old enough to wash your car but too young to drive it. Many a father works hard to keep the wolf from the door, then his daughter grows up

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:25 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:27 AM )
Insightful observations from 1955
By Byron McNutt

IF YOU’RE AT least 60 years old, you need to share the following with your children and grandchildren. These are comments made by folks in the mid-1950s and are in stark contrast with how we live today.

Sure, times have changed. Young folks today can’t imagine how their grandparents and great grandparents, recovering from World War II and the Korean War, could possibly live and support a family while earning less than $100 a week.

There is a movement today about raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, or as high as $15 per hour. Well, back in 1955, the federal minimum wage was raised from 75 cents per hour to $1 per hour Aug. 12.

I’ve heard people say they think they had more

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:08 AM
Endeavor to make a difference
By Byron McNutt

ANOTHER SCHOOL year is drawing to a close. In the next few weeks there will be words of wisdom offered to this year’s graduates.

Parents, teachers and representatives from all walks of life will provide encouragement as these young men and women take their place in the world.

At a few universities, graduating seniors used social media

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:53 PM
Honor all veterans on Memorial Day

By Byron McNutt

MEMORIAL DAY is a time to honor those men and women who fought bravely and made the greatest sacrifice one can make to defend liberty — their lives.

Too often, we take for granted the ideals for which our ancestors fought. It may be easy to forget because only 6% of Americans younger than 65 have served in uniform.

We must constantly remind ourselves

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:44 AM
What can ruin a good day fishing
By Byron McNutt

HAVE YOU EVER had a fishing buddy that would borrow equipment from you and then never return it? Have you arrived at your favorite “secret” fishing hole only to find two other boats right on your spot?

Every fisherman has a list of things that really bother him or her. You might say they are the Murphy’s Laws of fishing. Since the 2014 inland fishing season opened recently it’s a good time to recall a few irritations that may have happened to you.

This is in no way a complete list but I thought you might find comfort in knowing

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:53 AM
Mothers: Lessons they taught us
By Byron McNutt

“I KNOW EACH and every one of our mothers had faults,” said the Rev. Val Peter.

“Some had many faults and a few were even mean, nasty and cruel. Some were too busy making a living to spend time with their children or to help them set goals. But they still deserve special praise for the good things they did.

“Rejoice on Mother’s Day for what our mothers gave us, which we received in humility and gratitude, lights up our lives. Let us praise the good gifts our mothers gave us, especially their sacrifices on our behalf. And let us thank God for them.”

Peter was executive director of Girls and Boys Town

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:29 AM
Dr. Gumperson’s common life mysteries
By Byron McNutt

GUMPERSON’S LAW accounts for the fact that you can throw a burnt match out the window of your speeding car and start a forest fire, while you can use two boxes of matches and an entire edition of this newspaper without being able to start a fire under the dry logs in your fireplace.

Dr. Gumperson served as a consultant to the armed services during World War II and evolved the procedure whereby the more a recruit knew about a certain subject, the better chance he had of receiving an assignment involving some other vital skill.

The law, stated simply, is that the contradictory of

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:29 AM
I’m proud to be called a square
By Byron McNutt

SQUARE! IT’S another of those good old words that have gone the way of love, modesty and patriotism. It’s something to be snickered over, or outright laughed at, why?

Some of our readers will remember a certain time. It used to be that there was no higher compliment you could pay a man than to call him a “straight-shooter.”

Charles Brower remembers those days and he wrote this essay some 30 years ago in an issue of Masonic Tribune.

But today, a square is a guy who volunteers when

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:32 AM
North offers quality of life
By Byron McNutt

IN PROMOTING THE advantages of living in Northern Wisconsin, what should be our major selling points?

Are our major attributes the same today as they were about 30 years ago?

Has anything changed during that time? Let’s review what futurist Robert Theobald and freelance economic development marketing consultant John Clanton had to say in 1985.

Theobald said we should make our quality

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:05 AM

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