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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 10, 2014 

No good news in fishing industry

Here’s what I know about fish. It’s like uninvited company. After three days it begins to stink. My problem is that it’s one of my favorite foods. Once in a while my wife and I are forced into...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 3, 2014

Bacteria gone viral, a history lesson

Viruses and bacterial infections have been on the planet as long as there have been humans; actually I should say they have been here much longer than we have and probably will be here long after we a...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 27, 2014

Check value of those vinyl records

My normal Saturday afternoon ritual consists of heading to the Moose Lake Public Library and then over to the Sonshine Closet in hopes of finding new and used books to purchase for my thriving Amazon...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 20, 2014

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

Although I only have a small amount of Irish blood in my DNA, I married a McKenna, which is about as Irish as one can get. That gave me all the excuse I needed to celebrate St. Patrick's Day...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 13, 2014

The small town I never knew existed

As I drove by the old "Stone House" in Millward Township, I reflected on the fact that this was the final remnant of a small town once known as Arthyde. If not for this remarkable building that is...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 6, 2014

Escaping winter amongst the palms

The warm, humid air I felt on my face reminded me of the time I entered a Turkish steam bath in Istanbul. I was sporting a thick beard and I hadn’t had a shave or haircut since I landed in London...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 27, 2014

Make sure you're ready for winter

“The eastern metro could get up to 15 inches of the heavy wet stuff,” announced the man on the radio. “It depends on how soon this stuff changes from rain to snow.” Anytime it rains before it...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 20, 2014

Stand up for school, community

By the end of May 1972, the daytime highs were nearing 90 degrees and my wife and I turned north to a cooler part of the Midwest. We had a nice little nest egg stashed away as we pulled into a local...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 13, 2014

A night with Tree Party

A new party has emerged in Minnesota and it's not about politics. Tree Party is the newest musical group to splash into the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Last Sunday, Tree Party held a CD release concert...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 6, 2014

'Big game' behavior improved, but not entirely

Congratulations are in order to the Seattle Seahawks and their stunning victory over the Denver Broncos in the latest version of America’s most hyped sporting event, the Super Bowl. A petition is...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 30, 2014

Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In the early 1950s, I met a man named Charlie Geboe who had recently moved into my neighborhood. As I recall, Charlie was the band director at the local high school. He was also the first black man I...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 23, 2014

Urban legends, satire, propaganda

Urban legends, satire and propaganda all have one thing in common. Since the advent of the internet, and particularly Facebook, the incidents of false and misleading information taken as fact has soar...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 16, 2014

Looking into presidential quirks

I recently toured the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. Upon reflection, my wife and I both felt it represented a much slanted view of that time in history. Later that evening we held a...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 9, 2014

Texas: The bucket list buster

I hope everyone in Minnesota had as great a holiday season as our family’s at this year’s destination in Austin, Texas. We rented a large, beautiful six bedroom house on Lake Austin that had room...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 2, 2014

Christmas on the river with family

As I stare at the channeled Colorado River that supplies the water for Austin, Texas, my cell phone dings the notification of a text message. It is Santa saying he has delivered all the presents and w...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 26, 2013

2014 bucket list

Having failed to honor every New Year’s resolution for the last several decades, I decided to take a novel approach for the coming year. Instead of losing weight for five days and gaining it back...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 19, 2013

Who took the 'X' out of Xmas?

Many misinformed people are led to believe that the use of the shortened version "Xmas" for Christmas is a secular tool for waging the manufactured “War on Christmas.” It is true that the shortene...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 12, 2013

Why is Old St. Nick so jolly?

I had an after work discussion with Santa last night; the one who is staying in my basement for the 42 days before Christmas. The talk turned to drunken Santas. Make note that the Santa impersonator...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 5, 2013

Our day for talkin' turkey

This year our traditional Thanksgiving meal consisted mainly of a party of three people — myself, my wife and a real live Mall Santa Claus. This was Santa’s only day off during his 42-day run up...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 28, 2013

Black Friday shopping begins Thursday

Eight years ago on Black Friday, I rolled out of bed at 3 a.m. only to arrive in Duluth an hour later to find myself 300 people deep in line at the parking lot at Best Buy in Duluth. As the crowd had...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 21, 2013

Using colloquialisms

Colloquialism is defined as using an informal word or phrase that is more common in conversation than in formal speech or writing. As “a rule of thumb” (an average thumb=one inch), I tend to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 14, 2013

Following a trail of phrases

Historically, the term “Off with their (his or her) head” had been in use in Europe centuries before it appeared in 1592 in the Shakespearean play “Henry the VI, part III” when Queen Mary...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 7, 2013

Reading offers wealth of information

My greatest gift in semi-retirement has been the extra time I have allotted to reading. For the last eight years I estimate I have read three to four books each week or well over a thousand books...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 31, 2013

Living the wandering life of a Gypsy

"The Gypsies are here! Stay in the house," my mother ordered. I was at my grandparent's small farmhouse in the tiny burgh of Lyman, South Dakota. Lyman was located just off old Highway 16, the main th...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 24, 2013

My friend with the double name

He had one of those double names like Jim James or Joan Jones. Dr. Robert E. Roberts was simply Bob Roberts to every soul lucky enough to cross his path. He was Dr. Bob the dentist, a race car...

 

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