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A Tosa resident for almost 20 years, Karen is a mom and freelance writer, addicted to playing tennis. When not on the tennis court, she spends the fall and winter in the stands at Green Bay Packer and Marquette basketball games.

Karen is the author of “Grab a Bite,” a dining out column and the former community columnist for the Wauwatosa NOW newspaper.

How To Save Our Daily Newspaper


Apparently, I'm part of a dying breed. I am a newspaper enthusiast. Specifically, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel enthusiast. I get mine delivered, every day of every year. And unless something is awry, I read it every single morning. It's part of my daily routine, along with coffee and feeding Millie, the world's oldest Golden Retriever puppy. (She's almost 7 years old, but nobody has told her that.)

Most of my friends used to be daily Journal Sentinel enthusiasts. Like me, the newspaper was a part of their daily routine. One by one, they're dropping like flies. They all cite similar reasons for either not reading or cancelling their daily paper. I think it's one of the causes of declining readership: Their newspaper delivery is awful.

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Can Restaurants AND Retail Thrive in Tosa?

Restaurants, Tosa Business

There’s been a bit of hoopla recently about new businesses, specifically restaurants, in our village. First there’s Le Reve Patisserie and Cafe which has been going gangbusters since it opened last summer. Then there’s Café Hollander which is due to open in early summer once Zimmerman Design Group moves on.


What hasn’t been mentioned much, maybe because we don’t want to dwell on it, are the small businesses that are gone. First and foremost is Drew’s Variety Store. It’s not an exaggeration to say that if you bring up Drew’s in a conversation, people will talk about how much they miss it.


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