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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 2, 2015 

The fifth annual final party

We will be hosting our “Fifth Annual Final Fourth of July Party” at our Sand Lake home this year. Over twenty years ago we began inviting friends and family to our lake home to enjoy beer, brats...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 25, 2015

Don't let societal ills become game of 'Pete and Repeat'

As members of the human species we have a tendency to keep our minds as busy as the revolving door at Folsom Prison. Take, for example, getting a song or jingle stuck in your mind that simply won’t...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 18, 2015

Get me off L.A. freeway

Guy Clark wrote it and Jerry Jeff Walker made it famous. I’m talking about an outlaw country tune called “L. A. Freeway” that has circled my brain for the past five days. Although my first real...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 11, 2015

The art of winning

Our modern age says it‘s all about winning whether we are talking about sports, elections, wars or the Oscars, Grammys or last night’s Tony Awards. The common denominator here says that you must w...

 
 By Eddie Jane Pelkey    Opinion    June 11, 2015

Herbs, the spice of life

This past week I have been accumulating little pots of herbs for the summer garden. It is impossible to find every herb I want at the same nursery. I don’t know why. I will find great basil at one...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 4, 2015

Not just another graduation

Seven years ago my youngest son graduated from San Diego State University. It seems like only yesterday when our last fledgling flew the coop. A few weeks ago we had the honor to attend one more...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 28, 2015

Did you remember to remember

Did you remember to remember the loved ones who have gone before us? Did you conveniently forget what this holiday is supposed to be about; or did you simply “throw some shrimp on the barbie,...

 
 By Eddie Jane Pelkey    Opinion    May 28, 2015

Eddie asks, 'Are roads wider in Texas?'

Are roads wider in Texas? To answer that question, you will had to have driven in Texas. I can attest to the fact that roads are wider in Texas. No, I don’t mean I got out and measured the distance...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Safari at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

It was over in less than four seconds. I had just witnessed a cheetah named Shiley chase a mechanical lure attached to its favorite toy down a 100-meter (330-foot) track. As a member of a litter born...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Seventy looks different depending on one's perspective

The young generation thinks old age begins somewhere around 30 years; maybe 40 for the more generous of our youth. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones once said, “I’d rather be dead than singing...

 
 By Lynn Vongroven    Opinion    April 30, 2015

Live life 'Grace-fully'

A ray of sunshine left our midst early Sunday. Gracelynn Stadin, 8-year-old daughter of the Star-Gazette editor and her husband, Colette and Paul Stadin, succumbed to injuries from a traffic accident Friday, which happened not far from home, on the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 30, 2015

It's in the tank

One final screw and the exhaust system would finally be tight. Fritz, one of my Moose Lake mechanics, fit the screw to the drill's magnetic head and hit the switch. The screw entered the metal and...

 
 By Eddie Jane Pelkey    Opinion    April 30, 2015

Keeping faith

As many of you know by now, the family of the Star Gazette / Evergreen and the other Franklin newspapers, have suffered a tragic loss. Our editor, Colette Stadin, her husband Paul, and family, are...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 23, 2015

South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

I had just received notice that in six hours I was to give an induction speech into the Class of 2015 South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The speech was not about me, Wick Fisher. The only thing...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 16, 2015

A cop named Pete

We arrived home from downtown St. Paul at 9:30 Friday evening after sharing Mexican food and stories with an old friend. Exactly a week ago at this very hour we let Sweet Pea out to potty and...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    April 9, 2015

April brings anticipation, impatience

Anticipation and impatience are two emotions that inhabit the hearts of Minnesotans in April. One could even suggest the first of the month was given its title for all of us who are fooled over and...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 9, 2015

Ups and downs

Anyone who has lived life to the fullest, lived the dream, or been a simple working stiff, a homeless panhandler or spent their entire life in a monastery has one thing in common — for each one of u...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 2, 2015

Advances in science and the 'Big C'

Last week I left the Mayo Clinic with a brand new set of hearing aids. Next on my "bionic" list was a pair of glasses. I was already deeply appreciating the wonders of science as I settled into the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 26, 2015

With a little aid I'm hearing again

The days of, “Huh?” and, “What did you say?” are over. I finally listened to my wife and friends who kept telling me I really needed to get hearing aids. I just didn’t think I was the one...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 19, 2015

To recruit or not?

Today a modern day Shakespearian quote would sound something like, “To recruit or not to recruit; that is the question.” That includes most major sports — both men’s and women’s —...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 12, 2015

More to books than cover

I go book hunting three to four days every week and I generally learn something new about the world or something I never realized about myself. Last week I wrote about a baseball book written by...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    March 12, 2015

Overwhelming, humbling experience

Bird migration is something I have talked about more than once in this column, but we know that insects (Monarch butterflies) and mammals migrate, too, and the ones I have wanted longest to see are th...

 
 By Colette Stadin    Opinion    March 5, 2015

Know what matters most

Family first. Always. This statement defines me. As I observe others deal with tragedies and struggles, yet band together in the strong bond of family, I am reminded to hold dear to me those who mean...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 5, 2015

Getting the legend's autograph

I guess my first collectable autograph came from my second-grade teacher in Chamberlain, South Dakota. I attended first grade at St. Joseph’s Indian School outside of town where they not only...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 26, 2015

I bought the book by Babe

The weather this week was perfect to go book-buying. It was too cold for outdoor activities and watching television or going to the movies are for the nighttime. Just as popcorn is a mandatory must...

 

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