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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 21, 2015 

Safari at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

It was over in less than four seconds. I had just witnessed a cheetah named Shiley chase a mechanical lure attached to its favorite toy down a 100-meter (330-foot) track. As a member of a litter born...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Seventy looks different depending on one's perspective

The young generation thinks old age begins somewhere around 30 years; maybe 40 for the more generous of our youth. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones once said, “I’d rather be dead than singing...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 30, 2015

It's in the tank

One final screw and the exhaust system would finally be tight. Fritz, one of my Moose Lake mechanics, fit the screw to the drill's magnetic head and hit the switch. The screw entered the metal and...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 23, 2015

South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

I had just received notice that in six hours I was to give an induction speech into the Class of 2015 South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The speech was not about me, Wick Fisher. The only thing...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 16, 2015

A cop named Pete

We arrived home from downtown St. Paul at 9:30 Friday evening after sharing Mexican food and stories with an old friend. Exactly a week ago at this very hour we let Sweet Pea out to potty and...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 9, 2015

Ups and downs

Anyone who has lived life to the fullest, lived the dream, or been a simple working stiff, a homeless panhandler or spent their entire life in a monastery has one thing in common — for each one of u...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 2, 2015

Advances in science and the 'Big C'

Last week I left the Mayo Clinic with a brand new set of hearing aids. Next on my "bionic" list was a pair of glasses. I was already deeply appreciating the wonders of science as I settled into the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 26, 2015

With a little aid I'm hearing again

The days of, “Huh?” and, “What did you say?” are over. I finally listened to my wife and friends who kept telling me I really needed to get hearing aids. I just didn’t think I was the one...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 19, 2015

To recruit or not?

Today a modern day Shakespearian quote would sound something like, “To recruit or not to recruit; that is the question.” That includes most major sports — both men’s and women’s —...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 12, 2015

More to books than cover

I go book hunting three to four days every week and I generally learn something new about the world or something I never realized about myself. Last week I wrote about a baseball book written by...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 5, 2015

Getting the legend's autograph

I guess my first collectable autograph came from my second-grade teacher in Chamberlain, South Dakota. I attended first grade at St. Joseph’s Indian School outside of town where they not only...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 26, 2015

I bought the book by Babe

The weather this week was perfect to go book-buying. It was too cold for outdoor activities and watching television or going to the movies are for the nighttime. Just as popcorn is a mandatory must...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 19, 2015

A fun week at the theater

What a fun week. My wife and I took in two movies and two plays in six days. A few years back we became interested in watching the Oscars when several great movies came out. We enjoyed them enough...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 12, 2015

Must-see movie

There is a very special reason you need to go to the Lake Theater in Moose Lake this weekend. The movie showing is called “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon who has been nominated for an Academy...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 5, 2015

Memories come alive during big game

It’s one thing to not like your opponent. After all, the idea in any sport is to come out a winner. It’s another thing to dislike a team based on their character. In this year’s Super Bowl XLIX...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 29, 2015

Becoming a technologically wise journalist

I have never claimed to be mechanically inclined. Often, it’s not that I can’t fix things or put them together, it’s just that I hate doing it. If it doesn’t work the first time, I tend to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 22, 2015

A visit to The Laura Plantation

It is only proper that as I write, it happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I am writing my column about a plantation tour my wife and I went on during our vacation in New Orleans, Louisiana....

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 15, 2015

Pralines, parties and the Pontchartrain

After a couple long days of driving, we crossed Lake Pontchartrain and headed for our rented six-bedroom mansion. We soon discovered that "the Pontchartrain," as the locals call it, is not really a...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 8, 2015

Return to New Orleans, 43 years later

This month marks the 43rd anniversary since a trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. In 1971 my soon-to-be wife and I had been dating quite regularly at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 1, 2015

Destination holiday: It's in the journey

Nary a cloud in the sky on the road to Memphis. On to New Orleans our memories lent us The journies to our past Destination Christmas Time well spent in the car traveled with us. As we departed our...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 25, 2014

Holiday vacations over the years

So, this is what a typical life of retirement looks like: If you are fortunate, you have all your children grown and out of what has now become "your" house. There is no more mooching off Mom and Dad....

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 11, 2014

Those stories are very real

On November 17, CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” television show focused on my alma mater, St. Joseph’s Indian School located in Chamberlain, South Dakota. My mother spent 38 years at St. Joe’s a...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 4, 2014

Top Golf, new Thanksgiving sport

Taking the red-eye flight home from Phoenix, Arizona, to the Twin Cities is rarely what one would call exciting, fun or comfortable. Although it is generally inexpensive, the best one can hope for is...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 27, 2014

Set an extra Thanksgiving plate

This year I will be setting an extra plate at the Thanksgiving Day table and it will be filled with food. Indigenous people have done this long before there even was such a holiday. The extra plate...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 20, 2014

A holiday drive to New Orleans

Unlike the song “Walking to New Orleans” made famous by Fats Domino, this year we will be driving to New Orleans. The big occasion neither involves a trip to Mardi Gras nor the New Orleans Jazz...

 

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