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Friday, 20 February 2015 10:31

These hunters keep a keen eye for antlers

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Outdoor living for hunters and anglers is dictated by the season. Glance out at Geneva Lake or any number of frozen waters and you’ll now see dedicated ice fishermen. Fall in Wisconsin is famous for family get-togethers in the northwoods -- tracking deer and telling tales. There is one hunting situation, however, that’s not dependent on the changing of fall colors or snow-covered woods, -- shed hunting.

Long before sight-ins or deer hunters widows’ weekends became popular, graceful bucks were dropping their antlers, signaling a new year in their life cycle. While arguably not offering the bragging rights of big game hunting, shed hunting can provide a scenic, quiet retreat without the worry of tags, bows or bullets.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- For the Rev. Charles Payson, a retired Episcopalian minister, and his wife, Evelyn, who own a home on the shores of Lake Koshkonong near Fort Atkinson, it began with their auditing a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater course about water resources. In the decade since their retirement, the Paysons have audited UW-Whitewater courses that included African-American literature, world religions and ethnic groups that settled in Wisconsin.

“We both enjoy not only the classes, but the university community,” Charles Payson said. “There’s a wonderful intergenerational contact with students and faculty.”

Gov. Scott Walker evidently has embarked on the long road to the White House, and like it or not, the state of Wisconsin will bear the effects. Whether he continues to do what is best for Wisconsin or what is best for his presidential aspirations already has been called into question.

Early indications show he is off to a strong start on the campaign trail. He has led polls in Iowa and New Hampshire and currently ranks at or near the top in several recent surveys of GOP voters.

Jan. 21 marked the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s horrendous decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which is undermining our democracy. We’ve seen its ugly consequences right here in Wisconsin.

DELAVAN -- Mark and Brett Stinebrink remember many lessons they learned from their father when they first started in the grocery business.

"Keep the store full, keep it clean and do anything for our customers," said Brett as he outlined three things his dad stressed as keys to success.  "And he meant anything."

DELAVAN -- The best known taco in Delavan just may be the approximately 5-foot-long fiberglass one atop the van owned by Hernandez El Serape Mexican Restaurant, often easily spotted in area traffic.

"I get lots of comments on that taco," said Rafael Hernandez Jr.

The most prolific incubator for the next generation of entrepreneurs may not be across the country in Silicon Valley, but right around the corner at a neighborhood family business.

I’ve always worked for family businesses.

To me, the successes and challenges that we explore in this week’s Family Business Special Edition are  familiar and certainly not unique.

The 12th annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award is accepting nominations from businesses throughout the state.

Family businesses long have had the support of a variety of programs supported by universities in Illinois and Wisconsin.

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