“Pop culture does not let us forget . . .
by Conrad Bascom Lake Mills Graphic
by Conrad Bascom Lake Mills Graphic
by Conrad Bascom Lake Mills Graphic
“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21.
Circulating throughout social media these past few weeks are the faces of numerous young adults—most of them women—who have gone missing and are suspected to be the victims of human trafficking.

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BY CONRAD BASCOM LAKE MILLS GRAPHIC On Thursday, June 28, a gunman harboring a personal vendetta barricaded the back entrance of Annapolis’ local newspaper, strode through the front doors, and opened fire on the newsroom with a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun and flash grenades, killing five of The...
Normally, thank you letters are not published in the Lake Mills Graphic—they are considered ads. However, I am making an exception in this case—one privilege of being the “boss.” Our family is humbled by the overwhelming love, support and concern after the unexpected loss of our beloved husband,...
Dear Dave, I’m retired, and in the past few years I’ve taken up painting. This hobby has begun bringing in more money than I expected. I was wondering at what point I should start thinking about separating my art money from my personal finances, and look at officially starting a little business...
Tragedy is no stranger to our lives. Unfortunately, through the years, we'll each experience it numerous times. Such is the case when I received the call on Sunday afternoon about the passing of Terry Gasper, Lake Mills Graphic owner and publisher. Those words to describe Terry, owner and...
First off I want to give my prayers to the Gasper family before I dive into my memories and thoughts on Terry. They need as much support as possible through this tough time. Sherry is a very strong woman so I know she will be okay but she still needs time to heal and support from everyone. I am...
This past Sunday I received word that Terry Gasper had passed away suddenly. At first, I couldn’t believe the news. How could a guy like Terry be gone just like that? Anyone who knew Terry knew that he was a staunch democrat, but he was a man of his word and what he said, is what he believed....
Dear Terry, I sit here in shock on Monday morning. It is June 25, and I am reading an email you sent me last week while I was out on vacation letting me know posters were ready to be picked up. I have had the pleasure of being able to get to know you and Sherylee a little better over the last...
When a person passes from this world into whatever follows it, their lives and their presence are suddenly thrown into stark relief; mundane memories of passing interactions become mutable, prone to shifting shape in the light of their absence. What previously seemed like an inconsequential...
“Remember, remember always that all Of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” The above is a quote from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in a speech he gave to the annual convention of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Even back in Roosevelt’s...
Dear Dave, My father died recently. He walked out of my life 25 years ago when I was a teenager, and he never wanted anything to do with me after that. His brothers, who have already paid for some of his final expenses, asked if I wanted to pay to have his body cremated. They didn’t ask for money...

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