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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 16, 2017 

March: Time for snow-filled hoops

If you grew up in the Midwest, you learned early in life that March blizzards and state tournaments go together like Ma and Pa Kettle. You couldn’t speak of one without hearing about the other....

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 9, 2017

Lake water bubbling, oxygen flowing

Within the first five minutes of a thawing shoreline, the chances are near certain a dozen geese flying in a military style V-formation will skid across the ice and claim the lake for their breeding...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 2, 2017

'Are you married?' she asked

I will call the new immigration policy for what it really is — the deportation policy. In my opinion, the sole purpose of the “Build That Wall” chant that is the anthem of the latest...

 

There is no 'V' in Spanish

My Spanish teacher stated, “There is no 'V' in Spanish.” “Un momento, “I said. “What about vamoose?” Trying to dig out of the hole he found himself in, he replied, “What I meant to say...

 

Something's bothering me today

I woke up this morning. I’ll take that as a positive. Again, as in the past several months, something just didn’t seem right. I didn’t jump right out of bed like I used to. Lately, that’s...

 

'There ain't no time to wonder why'

So the naysayers have moved the doomsday clock forward by a half minute. The time is now two and a half minutes to midnight. Just what is that supposed to mean to the generations younger than me? I...

 

This is what democracy looks like

I easily could have stayed home Saturday. The Minnesota Golden Gophers mens basketball team had a big game against their rival, the Wisconsin Badgers. I could have watched the thrilling game live. It...

 

Best strategy to get through the year

I can’t predict the weather but I can foresee a turbulent 2017 in America. Like it or not, our country is about to take a sharp turn to the right. Let’s hope it doesn’t fall off the cliff....

 

Closing out old year, opening new one

When you sit down and think about it, millions of people around America probably closed out 2016 in a high state of inebriation, bumbling and stumbling around acting like authentic fools. Some acted...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 5, 2017

The year 2016 according to Wick

I generally finish out each year dedicating my column to worthy people (often local) or major events (often global). I will begin with a few of the many people important to me to whom I said bon voyag...

 

Make miracles, spread good will

If you are reading this, it means you are fortunate to have had one more Christmas. Many other celebrations occur this time of year, but I’ll use Christmas throughout this story, not because it is...

 

Butch: The rest of the story

I’ve been told more than once I leave too many stories hanging in limbo. I am aware of this fact and there is a very good reason for it. Many of my “the rest of the story” idioms can’t be...

 

By his insistence, call him Butch

I met Yvette in the springtime at her annual crawfish broil. She was the technology director at the school where my wife was curriculum director. Yvette was the second real live Cajun I got to know...

 

Goodbye, Monty Lee Wilkes

This fall, Monty Lee Wilkes passed away at the young age of 54. This high school graduate of Barnum, Minnesota, became known as one of the world’s greatest audio engineers. He was a sound man —...

 

When Carole King met Radar the mule

After returning home late Friday night from the highly entertaining “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” we barely had time to sleep before our long-awaited annual Thanksgiving weekend trail...

 

Jake with the slow gait

This year my family will escape the dreaded shopping debacle known as “Black Friday.” I seized the day and assured our family remained mall ineligible by renting seven horses from a ranch near...

 

Motivation to be a better person

The moment I opened the emails for one of my businesses, I could smell the rancorous hatred boiling over on the stove of animosity. “Karen, I just received seven emails from a customer who bought a...

 

Tidbits of tales ­- 1991 blizzard

Gale force winds from a storm wreaked a half billion dollars of havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, from Nova Scotia to Florida, and spawned northern Minnesota’s legendary Halloween blizzard of 1991....

 

A piece of my heart's in Texas

I’ve spent a small amount of time with West Texas cowboys and oil field workers. The most recent is a two-week stay with my sister while she mends her twice-wounded heart. A few months ago, her...

 

A not so boring walk with Tater

“Let’s take a break, Tater,” I told my sister’s Poo-Chin. “We need to get that cocklebur out of your foot.” Tater was the third in a line of our family’s propensity to bestow dogs with...

 

The debate before Columbus Day

I’ve made it an unwritten rule to never write a column in a fit of rage. Whenever I do, it is filled with many regrets and “I never should have said that” moments. Such is the case from the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 6, 2016

Age 74, the new magic number

On my 64th birthday, I realized I had finally, albeit much too quickly, reached the age made renowned by the Beatles song “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Last night as I watched, listened and followed...

 

Locked out, where's my money?

“I want my password and I want all my money back right now!" I yelled into the phone. This conversation had reached the supervisor level and I was having a heated discussion with the poor clerk who...

 

Some things too precious to disappear

Sorting my collection of music reminded me of the game we used to play in youth league at our church. We called it Musical Chairs. I’m not sure if kids today have heard it. I’m not even certain...

 

Closure can become unattainable

As humans, we remember certain events so profound they remain etched in our collective memory. September 11 we remembered all of the events surrounding the collapse of the Twin Towers. We forever...

 

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