Last week, a government report projected dire consequences for the environment, agriculture, the economy and society by the end of the century as a result of ongoing climate change caused by humans.

The “Christmas season” keeps creeping up earlier. What is too early? In some stores, Christmas decorations were hitting the shelves soon after the Halloween decorations and candy were taken down.

Local musician Chris Kroeze has auditioned for The Voice on NBC. He will be appearing on the show to audition sometime this season. Will you be watching this season of The Voice and supporting Chris?

The Barron County Fair was held July 18–22. Other area fairs include the Polk County Fair on July 26–29, the Washburn County Fair on July 26–29 and the Rusk County Junior Fair on Aug. 9–12. What is your favorite thing at the fair?