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Mueller report reprieve becomes Trump's re-election weapon (copy)

President Donald Trump speaks with the media Sunday after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The Justice Department said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

After a long and grueling winter, the feel of warmth in the air is so welcome. The soft chirping of arriving songbirds is a wonderful wake-up call as we start to see bits of green emerging.

It also marked a very important time as the nation awaited the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on alleged Russian collusion, through which Democrats hoped to strike a tremendous blow to President Donald Trump and his administration.

Democrats have long contended Russian interference in the 2016 election was essentially the reason President Trump won. It couldn’t have been that a majority of voters in a majority of states wanted Trump to be president. Those deplorable rubes, those dregs of society in flyover country weren’t capable of engineering such an outcome.

Attorney General William Barr released the “principal conclusions” of Mueller’s report Sunday, and as widely reported, it was much ado about nothing. No further indictments were recommended. According to a Fox News story that day, Barr’s letter stated “the Special Counsel did not find that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with the Internet Research Agency in its efforts.”

Twenty-two months of investigation, more than 2,800 subpoenas, nearly 500 search warrants, and around 500 witnesses. No evidence of collusion. Sorry, Democrats, there’s no “there” there.

We’re reminded of 1986, when Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s “vault” on live TV, expecting to find riches, and instead, found nothing. Let’s hope we can move on as a nation. There are much better ways to spend our days.

Among those better ways, I hope you’ve had the opportunity to shake off the winter blues and start thinking about outdoor activities, and the myriad ways to enjoy our fine state, as the seasons of travel and adventure come upon us all.

What are your favorite outdoor activities? Are you a camper?

America’s Dairyland is home to a wide range of camping opportunities. Around 200 campgrounds across the state are part of the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners, providing for an easy way to shop and compare amenities at campgrounds all around the state. Chances are you have several nice camping options within an hour’s drive from any location that can make for a great local getaway.

It’s easy to experience the outdoors without getting too far from home, and still support local businesses. More than 60 state parks, and numerous other venues offer camping experiences.

Of course, recreational options abound for those who wish to travel a bit farther. Wisconsin’s Door County has many campgrounds, hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and other places to stay as you take in the unique scenery and all the quaint shopping.

The term “up north” means many different things. Portage bills itself as “where the North begins.” Thousands of lakes, and acre upon acre of forests offer a tranquil respite from the rigors of everyday life. Boating, fishing, camping, or just spending time relaxing all are welcomes outlets.

Not a camper, but more of a hiker? Wisconsin has thousands of miles of hiking trails, biking trails and other recreational options across the state. Our state and county parks are loaded with hiking trails. Many cities and villages offer scenic and peaceful places to hike, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll. We’re approaching a prime migration season for Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

Recreation activities also can have a purpose and goal, like fishing, golf, or other outdoor sports. Fishing is a great way to relax and commune with nature, and even can include the bonus of a healthy meal if so inclined.

What better way is there to watch the sun rise in the morning or set in the evening than along a riverbank with a fishing pole? I know not all will agree, but it’s something every kid should experience. The Brewers should be in contention, and your local softball leagues always welcome participants and fans.

There also is a wide range of historical sites, museums, shops and all sorts of urban concerts and other activities to enjoy, and no column of leisure activities in Wisconsin can exclude our waterpark capital, Wisconsin Dells.

Amid all the consternation of concern for our future, and the rigors of everyday life, let this be a reminder to unplug.

Get your kids off their devices, away from technology and get them outdoors. Hand them a fishing rod, a walking stick or even a real book. Make them set up a tent. Whatever your capacity or preferences, take some time to refresh and recharge and seek out what Wisconsin has to offer. Enjoy.

Scott Frostman lives in Baraboo and has roots throughout Wisconsin. He believes anyone can make a difference and can be reached at scfrostman@gmail.com.

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