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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 15, 2018 

The future showed its face

The future showed its face last Saturday at 10 a.m. in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Over a year ago, my wife and I gave a thousand bucks to an entrepreneurial genius with the strange name of Elon Musk....

 

Super Bowl: Minnesota style

I had no horse in this Super Bowl race. Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles humiliated our Minnesota Vikings, both on and off the field. It would take a stretch of the imagination to believe I would fi...

 

The coldest fun I ever had

Disclaimer: This story should in no way, shape or form influence the Super Bowl fans that will be flocking to the Twin Cities next weekend for the most over-hyped and overpriced day of entertainment...

 

A melancholy tumbleweed

I’m not sure of my self-diagnosis, but I think melancholy might be the word I’m looking for. On a side note, I’ve been wondering if our president was at bedside when his current wife was born....

 

Lie enough, it becomes reality

Last night our country watched a football miracle. Our beloved Minnesota Vikings, at least for one game, has broken the curse that has kept us from winning a Super Bowl. The 61-yard miracle play that...

 

We have a long way to go

In the early 1950s, I met a man who had moved into my neighborhood. His name was Charlie Geboe. He was the first black man I had ever seen, and although I was rather young at the time, I still...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 4, 2018

Christmas perfect for whale watching

Just for the heck of it, let’s say it’s Christmas Day in San Diego, California and you’re a party of eight people looking for something slightly more entertaining than celebrating the birth of...

 

Creating holiday memories

Sleigh bells ring. Are you listening? Unfortunately, there are few sleighs in St. Paul, although we do have one just a few blocks down our street. The Holz Farm dusts off the seats, waxes up the...

 

Are you starting to get this, guys?

Earlier in life, mostly the decade covering the 1990s, I became the sexual harassment awareness trainer for the United States Postal Service. I covered an area from Hinckley up to Ely and south to...

 

The mind is the hardest to quiet

The mind is not only the hardest, but often the last part of the human anatomy that one can tell to keep quiet. Try to fall asleep after praying the first prayer many of us learn as children, “Now...

 

Need a lift? A ride to remember

I rolled off the makeshift bed and stuffed everything that looked like it may be mine into a carry-on bag. My stuff was easy to identify. It had spent the past 72 hours in the desolate desert north...

 

A holiday for giving thanks

The holiday called Thanksgiving is just what it says; it is a holiday for giving thanks. The first thing I would like to give thanks for is the 45-year relationship my wife and I have shared in which...

 

Thanksgiving: The meal is the holiday

Thanksgiving is the one celebration America commemorates each year where the meal is the holiday. If Thanksgiving doesn’t conjure up images of a bloated belly on the couch, staring blankly at a...

 

'Shrapnel in the Heart' and the Wall

“Thanks Richie, I was really hoping someone would respond to my post. A month ago I wrote my column about kneeling with the NFL players and got pretty reamed out for it when I thought my freedom of...

 

It's time for retirement

A lucky few find their dream job early in life and the concept of retirement never crosses their desk. Then there are many among us who simply want to get out. All too often the average American worke...

 

Difference of opinion

We each have our own opinions. Without them we would simply be a mass of tin soldiers marching to the same drum. No two people on the planet think alike, act alike or even look alike, identical twins...

 

Memories of Halloween past

A small pack of werewolves scurried across the dimly lit street in Moose Lake, but the Nike tennis shoes sticking out from under the costumes belied the true identities as human, not canine. The...

 

Those nasty, wire-chewing varmints

I often hear the phrase, “Autumn is my favorite time of year.” I love sunny 70-degree days and cool 50-degree evenings. The air is crisp when one greets the morning sun and the bright red of the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 5, 2017

We know not why

I turned and looked at the kitchen wall, just in time to see both hands on the clock pointing vertically to the number 12. It was as though they were ordered to stand at attention as if something big...

 

'What, me worry?'

Mad Magazine has been around almost as long as I have. Founded in 1952 by Harvey Kurtzman and William Gaines, this was the magazine that introduced me to satire. It began as a comic book, but soon...

 

Was it worth the trouble?

Dressed in my coolest 50th high school reunion outfit, I saddled up to the makeshift bar at the Sheraton ballroom and asked, “What do you have for N.A.?” The makeshift barmaid replied with,...

 

Place all people, planet first

“Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together try to love one another right now.” -The Youngbloods, 1967. Yeah, well, good luck with that; the '60s saw its attempt at peace...

 

Remembering John O'Neill

Labor Day usually has little to do with labor and a lot to do with the end of summer and the State Fair. It is almost replaced in importance by the upcoming anniversary of what is simply known as "Nin...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 31, 2017

Number One Son's wedding story

This is a story about a wedding. The events are as factual as my memory serves me. In this case it serves me quite well for the events occurred at differing times during the week of August 15-20 of...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 10, 2017

In one form or another, we will carry on

It’s good to say, “It’s been a fun summer.” As usual, my wife and I will agree with that statement. We have traveled and we have also spent our weekends in the garden. We have had many gorgeou...

 

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