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  • How old is too old to be president?

    Getting older is quite a fascinating thing. Things change, and we just can’t stop it from happening. Hair gets thinner and gray. Once in-shape bodies tend to get a little on the soft side. Things that used to take little effort now not only take much more effort, but also a little planning.

  • Even if you like winter, this one was too much

    I am pretty convinced that I have mutated. I have never felt like this before, and when I look at myself in the mirror I seem somehow … different.

  • An infusion of new ideas is always good

    We need some new blood in government. And by that, I mean some people who are younger, more enthusiastic, more energetic, more youthful in their approach to our collective problems. And I am not just talking about people like 77-year-old Bernie Sanders, who recently announced he would again seek the office of president. Yes, I personally believe being almost 80 when you take office is too old to run this vibrant country. We have a minimum age, and we should have a maximum age as well.

  • Please don't make winter driving worse

    There are plenty of topics we can disagree about. Life is full of disagreements. Movies, music, food, politics, art, the existence of aliens, religion, wearing pajamas out of the house – we have a list longer than this winter appears to be.

  • Following in my footsteps might not be a great idea

    In case you haven’t noticed, I am certainly not the macho man type. I can’t build anything. I don’t lift weights. I don’t chew tobacco. I don’t punch other guys on the arm when I say something I think is funny.

  • Death of retail giants sad to see

    I just made possibly my last purchase at Sears. It was too good a deal to pass up, but also kind of like picking meat off of a retail carcass. My wife and I bought a new refrigerator from the Sears at the mall in Rockford. That store, sadly, is closing.

  • Mysterious noise puts me on the case

    It was quite the mystery. As we all know, it has been cold the past couple of weeks. Very cold. Some days, even brutally cold. For me, it has been downright torture. I was talking with my dad when it was six below zero here. In my hometown, it was 72.

  • Are we sure this is the best we can get?

    I was actually excited the first time I shaved. I was 18 – pretty old for the first time I suppose, now that I see 12-year-olds with full beards. I was leaving soon for basic training and after a haircut realized I needed to clean up a little. It was pretty exciting, and asked my dad for some shaving tips.

  • Driving can clear my head, or fill it with strange thoughts

    My work day starts with a 30-plus mile drive to work. Sure, I wish it was closer at times, but I don’t mind driving. In fact, I enjoy driving. I like nothing better than driving long distances. It gives me a chance to clear my mind, enjoy the scenery, catch up on the news on NPR.

  • California does get something right

    I know a lot of people love to hate California, and I get it. California has the reputation as liberal bastion full of vegans sporting man buns sipping marijuana infused wine while wearing rainbow colored no nukes T-shirts next to redwood trees while attending save the whales fundraisers.

  • We need to unplug more in 2019

    Here we are in 2019. Honestly, I wasn’t sure we were going to survive 2018. Let’s face it – things have been better in this country. We are so at odds with each other that it makes me a little sick to my stomach. We have broken into political tribes, and spend much of our time simply sniping verbally at each other.

  • 2018 was a bit of a mixed bag

    Get over here, 2018. I want to put you in a headlock. Like many people, I couldn’t exactly say that 2018 was a great year. That is mainly due to the constant political squabbling in real life and on Facebook and other social media. Division might be good in math, but in our country it is taking a real toll.

  • Maybe we should apologize to the Millennials

    Well, apparently Millennials are killing off tuna. OK, more specifically, they are killing off canned tuna. Why? Because they are buying less of it than previous generations. The Wall Street Journal has reported that only 32 percent of consumers between the ages of 18 and 34 bought canned fish or shellfish recently.

  • Changing your reality isn't always an option

    You really have to hand it to Emile Ratelband. Never heard of him? He is the Dutch motivational speaker who filed a lawsuit against his government to change his birth year from 1949 to 1969. That’s right – he wanted to be 49 instead of 69.

  • Winter here? Time to find a hobby

    Winter certainly arrived with a bang, didn’t it? After pretty much no fall at all, we have been pushed face first into a cold, wet mountain of snow. I know a few of you are jumping with joy at this development. You are out riding your snowmobiles, cross-country skiing, making snow angels and generally having the kind of fun that should be reserved for good seasons, like summer.

  • Throwing out my back can only mean one thing...

    I have never had back problems. Sure, it can get sore from time to time after exercise or moving large objects. But nothing out of the ordinary. That changed one recent morning when I tweaked my back putting on my socks.

  • We need election reform badly in this country

    I had to start taking a wheelbarrow to the mailbox. It’s not that I get a ton of mail usually. It’s just that the election propaganda was at a volume I have never seen – especially for a mid-term election.

  • Just a few random thoughts

    Well, Halloween is over and I am not happy about it. I love Halloween and all the horror movies and ghosts and ghouls that come with it. So, this is always a sad time of year for me.

  • 'Live PD' shows the best, and the worst

    I love the TV show “Cops.” It is an adrenaline rush of a show, and one that highlights some of the best police officers and some of the dumbest criminals on the planet.

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Mount Morris Police report 3-11-19

Feb. 20 Citations were issued to Nicole Y. Wingert, 37, Dixon for suspended, revoked driver’s license and for driving under the influence of alcohol. Wingert was transported to the Ogle County Jail.

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Byron Civic Band to perform March 27

BYRON – The newly formed Byron Civic Band will have its spring performance on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Byron Middle School Auditorium.

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Ogle County Sheriff 3-11-19

March 5 Hope Thomes, 52 of Forreston, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County Warrant for Driving 15-20 MPH Over the Limit. Thomes posted the $2,000/10 percent bond and will appear in court on 03/29/19 at 9 a.m.

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Polo Police report 3-11-19

Feb. 20 TIME: 11:08 a.m. REPORT: Melissa A. Alumbaugh, 29, Sterling, was cited for speeding 42 mph in a 30 mphspeed zone. Alumbaugh was released on an I-bond.

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Learn to swim in time for summer

OREGON – Learn to swim this Spring at the Oregon Park District. Morning, afternoon, evening and even Saturday classes are available. All classes start the week of April 1 and meet once a week for 8 weeks.

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Tumbling classes offered

OREGON – Did you know that the Oregon Park District offers quality tumbling lessons here in town? Our classes range from tiny tumblers (toddlers) to intermediate. The park district transforms the gym into a tumbling wonderland each Wednesday evening for three time frames of 4:45-5:45 p.m., 5:45-6:45 p.m. and 6:45-7:45 p.m.

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Learn to play the guitar

OREGON – The Oregon Park District has teamed up with Aireloom Music Studio to bring a new program geared towards adults. Adult Beginner Guitar is for age 14 years and and up.

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Byron High School Band receives foundation grant

BYRON – With the money the Byron High School Band received from the Byron Foundation, high school students in the Symphonic Band were able to learn about classical music from non-western cultures, and hear a performance by a professional musician from India on the Sitar and the Tabla drums.

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Swim lessons being offered

OREGON – Learn to swim this Summer at the Oregon Park District. Morning and evening classes are available. Summer swim lessons begin on June 4.

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