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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 29, 2015 

Becoming a technologically wise journalist

I have never claimed to be mechanically inclined. Often, it’s not that I can’t fix things or put them together, it’s just that I hate doing it. If it doesn’t work the first time, I tend to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 22, 2015

A visit to The Laura Plantation

It is only proper that as I write, it happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I am writing my column about a plantation tour my wife and I went on during our vacation in New Orleans, Louisiana....

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 15, 2015

Pralines, parties and the Pontchartrain

After a couple long days of driving, we crossed Lake Pontchartrain and headed for our rented six-bedroom mansion. We soon discovered that "the Pontchartrain," as the locals call it, is not really a...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    January 15, 2015

Discover 'sense of place,' appreciate seasons

"Sense of place" is a phrase I think about as we travel. It is the feeling I have whenever we return home. This is where I belong. My dad recognized this soon after Mike and I married and they...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 8, 2015

Return to New Orleans, 43 years later

This month marks the 43rd anniversary since a trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. In 1971 my soon-to-be wife and I had been dating quite regularly at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 1, 2015

Destination holiday: It's in the journey

Nary a cloud in the sky on the road to Memphis. On to New Orleans our memories lent us The journies to our past Destination Christmas Time well spent in the car traveled with us. As we departed our...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 25, 2014

Holiday vacations over the years

So, this is what a typical life of retirement looks like: If you are fortunate, you have all your children grown and out of what has now become "your" house. There is no more mooching off Mom and Dad....

 
 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 Mercy CEO Michael Delfs    Opinion    December 4, 2014

Mercy begins work on financial picture

As many of you will recall, last summer, Mercy Hospital’s Board of Directors began discussing the potential for a tax levy due to the downturn in financial performance of the hospital. I, along with each member of the board, attended every...

 
 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 Colette Stadin    Opinion    October 30, 2014

Let's all be civil

As editor of this newspaper, my world of work has been inundated with election material. I have heard both sides of the hot button issues — and watched tempers flare. I firmly believe in the right...

 
 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 Kate Crowley    Opinion    October 2, 2014

Get into this autumnal bonus

As we begin October we have the same number of daylight hours as we had in the middle of March, but alas, we know which way the sun is going and that the coming weeks will bring only shorter, darker...

 
 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...

 

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