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 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...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 5, 2014

Finding the courage to do the right thing

I recognized the Texas number ringing on my cellphone. My old South Dakota buddy, Beegs Branson, was on the line. This was no big surprise as we usually keep in phone contact every few months. This, h...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 29, 2014

Fresh memories from Memorial weekend

Early Friday morning marked the beginning of the first major holiday of the summer. Memorial Day weekend is often celebrated by placing flowers on the graves of loved ones who have long since passed...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 22, 2014

I caught the one that got away

"You have 10 days to get your house listed by the Memorial Day weekend," stated my co-realtor and wife. It's official. You heard it here first. After all the threats, warnings and false prophecies,...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 15, 2014

I went fishing, had great fun

"Do not put catfish heads down the disposal. It can burn out the motor and close the fish cleaning station waiting for parts." (Actual quote) On the last night of our trip I broke a different rule....

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 8, 2014

My 'similarities' with Teddy

My favorite Republican? It's a tie between Honest Abe Lincoln and The Bull Moose, Teddy Roosevelt. After pondering the situation, I gave the nod to Teddy. My hometown has a moose in it, Moose Lake....

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 1, 2014

Falling from the sky

As I woke to the sound of sleet pinging off the deck, I wished it were May flowers instead of April snow showers falling from the sky in northern Minnesota, but I guess we will have to be patient....

 

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