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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


Driving growth via innovation

By Byron McNutt

GOOD TO KNOW: There are radical breakthroughs on the horizon for the world because explosive new technologies are being discovered to solve problems.

This optimistic economic news is important to all of us because America needs to create 15 million new jobs in the decade ahead to help keep the global economic engine running.

Peter Diamandis believes innovation is about to take off and predicts biotechnology is a field where we’re going to see the next $100 billion companies. Diamandis recently identified eight technologies ripe for major growth.

Diamandis is chairman and chief executive of the X Prize Foundation, a nonprofit focused on designing

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 5:31 PM
Six degrees of separation

By Byron McNutt

YOU'VE PROBABLY heard the expression “Six degrees of separation” but do you know how it came about, or who came up with the theory? Well, shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Tom Still gave an answer to those questions in a newspaper column. At the time, he was associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. Today, Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

He wrote: “Some 30 years ago (about 1970), American psychologist Stanley Milgram set out to prove our world is much smaller than we imagine.

“He recruited people in different states and sent each of them a package, together with

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:50 PM
Nothing succeeds like success

By Byron McNutt

FOR YEARS, as a young man, columnist Sydney J. Harris said he could never understand the meaning of the old saw, “Nothing succeeds like success.” He went on to explain, “What it means, of course, is that success carries an impetus of its own, quite apart from the talent involved.”

Harris wrote in a column in 1982:

“There is a story, well attested to, that Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest and came in third. Also, that Heifetz, in the days of his fame, played

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:26 PM
Washington needs an intervention

By Byron McNutt

WE MAY NEED an intervention in Washington. In the next two months, Congress and the White House will be faced with three major “cliff” issues and all indications point to contentious standoffs filled with rancor, acrimony and brinksmanship.

Americans want, and are looking for, leadership, but not getting it. A USA Today/Gallup Poll taken in

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 4:50 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:28 PM )
Barber learns valuable lesson


By Byron McNutt

WE ARE constantly reminded that there is a fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it. With that in mind, you might enjoy this story titled “The Haircut.” It wouldn’t be so funny if it wasn’t true.

The theme throughout this story is “blessed are those that can give without remembering, and take

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 4:29 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:28 PM )
A celebration to remember


By Byron McNutt

A REPORT IS circulating around town about a charity event held recently at an area casino. It was a big celebration and it was a very memorable event for at least two attendees.

This was a masked ball and the wife of one local bigwig went out to get costumes for herself and her husband. When it was time to go to the gala event, she came down with a doozy of a migraine that was the worst ever.

“You go alone, honey,” she said. “I’m going to turn in. You shouldn’t miss this opportunity to have fun with our friends.”

Monday, December 31, 2012 1:37 PM | Updated ( Monday, January 07, 2013 2:46 PM )
Friends rally in tough times

ALBERT EINSTEIN once observed: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Dec. 14, we’re reminded that in every life there are good times and bad times. To survive those ups and downs, we all need a strong support team.

Monday, December 24, 2012 4:52 PM
Tips to manage holiday stress
By Byron McNutt

IT’S THE HOLIDAY season. Along with the joy and anticipation comes a considerable amount of stress and, for some, depression. We just don’t have the time and money to do everything we want to do.

A colleague, John Reiniger of Lawrenceburg, Ind., was at a seminar seven years ago when the presenter, when explaining stress management, raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:53 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:29 PM )
Try walking in my shoes

By Byron McNutt

THE DATE OF this issue of the paper is Dec. 12, 2012, which must mean something? Until we figure that out, here are a few news items I came across the past few weeks that caught my attention. Last week CNBC Closing Bell anchor Maria Bartiromo interviewed Starwood Capital honcho Barry Sternlicht about the fiscal cliff negotiations now going on in Washington, and they came to this conclusion.

In some areas of the country a family making $250,000 a year, with three kids in school, and an average home mortgage, is probably living paycheck-to-paycheck. How do they relate to families living in middle America who have a home mortgage and three kids in school, with an annual income of $70,000?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:25 PM
Let’s support each other


By Byron McNutt

A COMMUNITY IS more than a group of people looking for the best deal; it’s a group of people looking out for each other. Everyone wins when we do business locally.

When small businesses close because big-box wholesalers have made the interstate the new Main Street, we are looking at more than a business trend; we are looking at a societal event that says something troubling about what we mean to each other.

Like the story of the Bouncing Buck that was left behind at a little gift store on Wall Street in Eagle River last week. The people he belonged to decided to trade him in for a Christmas gift for their grandson.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 4:53 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:34 PM )

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