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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 11, 2016 

Bruce, the King of South Dakota

Who knows where the tag came from. When I met Bruce in the early 1970s, he was already known as “The King of South Dakota.” Bruce was born in South Dakota in a little house on the prairie, a...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 4, 2016

My take on the Oscars

Oscar season is upon us. Unlike last year when my wife and I were immersed in a plethora of great Oscar-nominated movies, this year’s lineup consists of as many duds as hits. A different issue has...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 28, 2016

My best day

All 365 days of each year is celebrated by someone as “the best day of my life.” Often that favorite day is your birthday. Sometimes it's a wedding anniversary, a first kiss or the first time Dad...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 7, 2016

Some stuff you can't make up

There’s some stuff you just can’t make up. I know this story to be true because it happened to my son and his fiancé. They took a flight from San Diego, California, to Tampa, Florida, to join...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 31, 2015

Make me the king of 2016

Democracy is highly overrated. Your vote may actually count, but it is counted as small and insignificant. The real powers that run America, and the rest of the world, appear to be...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 24, 2015

Heroes and mishaps of 2015

At the end of each year, I like to give a shout out to ordinary people who may not have done anything more spectacular than simply doing their job. This year I will put a slightly different slant on...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 17, 2015

December dominates holiday season

“Tis the season to be jolly" and December is the month that dominates the holiday season. This weekend we went to four different houses in Eagan and another four get-togethers in Moose Lake. I am...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 10, 2015

The man named Jack

His favorite player was Stan “The Man” Musial, a baseball icon who played for the St. Louis Cardinals. I walked up to the casket in the fully-packed Hope Lutheran Church and took a glance at one...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 3, 2015

I get the window seat

When flying time comes around, I always book a window seat and my wife grabs the aisle. We are rarely in a two-seat row, which means some poor sap usually gets to sit between us. When I approached...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 26, 2015

Post Office Box 'tooth hurty'

The disgruntled postal patron screamed, “I’ve never heard of him!” The poor postmaster had simply asked the recent divorcee if she knew where her ex-hubby’s letter was supposed to go, if not...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 19, 2015

A lovely day in lovely Stillwater

My wife and I were faced with a rarity — we had a free Saturday! There was no need to go “up north.” We had our recent fill of comedy clubs and movie theaters. No “must see” plays were loomi...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 12, 2015

I can't see but I can smell

As the blades in the heater fan ground to a halt, my olfactory senses kicked in. I remembered the smell from a former time in a different Toyota. It also happened in the autumn of the year — a time...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 5, 2015

Get ready, company's coming

Spring cleaning, fall cleaning, or any other seasonal cleanup is no match for the two times when you really have to clean your house. Of course the No. 1 cleaning priority in most families is when...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 29, 2015

Blood money for books

“If I Did It.” There it was. The book I vowed I would never read. As I held it in my hand contemplating if it was worth spending the $1 price tag on a book I felt should never have been...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 15, 2015

Walleye or not?

I realized tragedy had struck when I reached in my pocket and pulled out a single hearing aid. Where was number two? I was in Moose Lake retrieving my dogs from the neighbor and while rushing all...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 8, 2015

San Francisco in a quick sixty

Sixty hours is plenty of time to fill a weekend, as long as you’re in one my favorite American cities — San Francisco. Fifty-nine of those hours were spectacular as usual. But do not under any...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 1, 2015

Seasonal changes in full swing

While listening to David Bowie’s 1971 hit song “Changes” on the oldies station this morning, I reflected on all the changes taking place in my life in the past few weeks. The chorus in...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    September 17, 2015

My definition of a Good Samaritan

Jean was almost home from work when she looked in her rear view mirror and said to herself, “Did that white plastic bag just move?” Roadsides get a certain amount of litter such as white plastic...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    September 10, 2015

A good week

I always admire how the radio show "Prairie Home Companion" sets a positive tone with Garrison Keillor stating, “It’s been a good week in Lake Wobegon.” It not only puts the listener in a good...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 27, 2015

Autumn sting - should have run like crazy

For me, it was Iraq’s “Shock and Awe” all over again. It was the carpet bombing of Hanoi. My apology for using failed wars as a metaphor for what happened to me yesterday, but in the dire...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 20, 2015

Truth, half-truth, everything but truth

The day began hot and muggy at Fort Benning, Georgia. I remember it well. The intensity of Army airborne training was taking its toll on my body and lack of sleep was fogging my brain. But my senses...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 13, 2015

Everything's beautiful now

Christine Albert was singing the last lines of her tribute song to Chris Gage’s mother titled “Everything’s Beautiful Now” when the “blue moon” of July 2015 appeared in the night sky. Her...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 6, 2015

The message of texting

High up in the distant mountains of New Mexico, small villages typically list a population in the range of 23 to 37 on the sign entering town. I spent last week in the valley of one such region where...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 30, 2015

A fine outstanding productive citizen

Following last week's column concerning my disastrous train wreck on an early morning Boulevard in Austin, Texas, I would like to show that, for the most part, I eventually turned into a fine...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 23, 2015

Heinie and the sports car

My wife and I headed for Sioux Falls Friday afternoon hoping to catch Noah Hoehn and his extraordinary one-man band. Noah was to perform at 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the 26th Annual Sioux...

 

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