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 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...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 13, 2014

Military service weighted with sacrifice

I never celebrate Veterans Day, instead, I remember. I consider all wars to be a failure of humanity to peacefully co-existence. There are no winners or losers. What remains from wars are the men and...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 6, 2014

Final fishing trip with friends

I’ve lived a little more than two-thirds of a century. This is what I am noticing more and more every day. I seem to keep creating more memories although it’s more likely that I am simply...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 23, 2014

An autumn week in Wick's World

What a wonderful weather week in Wick’s World. Wherever one was, whether watching the weather or washing the windows, we were warmed with Lake Wobegon’s waters. I spent half of my week at our...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 16, 2014

The old oak tree, an ancient pioneer

Yesterday we said goodbye to an ancient pioneer. Although I had only met him a little over a year ago, I felt I already had a long affinity with the old guy. He was in my back yard by the lake long be...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 9, 2014

Recognizing a truly honorable vet

The first night I met him in the northern woods of Minnesota, Jacob George stood out like a deer in headlights. One hundred men from around the country were gathered in a lodge for their annual get-to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 2, 2014

Back to the Renaissance Festival

Dressed in black from the boots to the hat, I looked like a miniature Johnny Cash walking amongst a village of gypsies. I wore the outfit because I was returning from my friend’s graveside, which I...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    September 25, 2014

A history of near hit nukes

Looking back to the 1950s, what our government was telling us about atomic bombs almost seems laughable. The downplaying of Japanese casualties is not the laughable part. It was the instructions to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    September 18, 2014

Foraging for edible fungi

I returned to the Twin Cities on Sunday afternoon, looked out on my deck and saw a soccer ball sitting on the table. I took a closer look and realized it was a giant puffball, as in edible mushroom....

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    September 11, 2014

Spend a week in 'Wick's World'

I spent two long days at the Minnesota State Fair and helped to usher in the month of September. True to its word, the State Fair marked the end of summer. For the record, I have never before been to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    September 4, 2014

My last earthquake, as I recall

Last week saw another 6.0 earthquake in California’s Napa Valley. My cousin’s wife lamented the huge loss of corked wines that ended up either busted or on the floor. My sister-in-law was...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 28, 2014

From war hero to hoodlum

I’ve long been interested in my adopted hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota, especially the era involving the 1920s and '30s when gangsters freely roamed the streets. While perusing a book about John Di...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 21, 2014

Red Willow Band revisited

Can you imagine returning to the music of your youth? For us in our 60s, coming from the '60s, we have some fond memories of live music and heavy partying. I had the chance to recapture those times...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 14, 2014

A cowboy among hippies

He was a lone cowboy sitting among a crowd of old South Dakota/Texas hippies trying his best to fit in. The common denominator was music - mostly a combination of country and folk music. I knelt down...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 31, 2014

How I became a Mafia fan

"Look out, Chief Bogie - round up your deputies!" Rumor has it the Mafia has become firmly entrenched in Moose Lake. There is no Bonanno or Colombo family, no Gambino or Gotti or Genovese. Not even a...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 24, 2014

Another name on the wall

"Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13. I saw this quote on a blog entry from a woman who had lost a loved one in the Vietnam War. Last...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 17, 2014

Mystery tales from World War II trivia

“I was just thinking about you. I’m glad you’re back. I just shelved a new load of books that came in yesterday,” said the clerk. I routinely stop by her shop searching for new and used books...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 10, 2014

Notable rock band reunions

When the original Whiskey River Band first hit the road 40 years ago, the Riverside Arena in Moose Lake had yet to be built. On Friday, the Fourth of July, Whiskey River packed the place. The highly...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 3, 2014

Back to the 'shack'

I reflected that the mosquito I had just swatted had an ancient ancestor from the same family of varmints that plagued me all those years I was raising my children out in the swamps of Aitkin County....

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 26, 2014

Is anything in life really free?

“We will be giving away free knives near the produce department in five minutes,” boomed the voice coming out of the loudspeaker at Walmart in Pine City. I generally keep my visits to Walmart...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 19, 2014

Always call Dad on Father's Day

Annual holidays are often useful as a point of reference on the calendar. How many times have you said or heard the phrase, “Next Sunday is Mother’s (Father’s) Day?” This becomes especially...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 12, 2014

Passing of Aunt Ann marks end of era

When my aunt, Ann Hoffer Turgeon, died a few weeks ago, it marked the end for the last remaining member of the Jacob and Christina Hoffer family from the little town of Lyman, South Dakota, although...

 

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