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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 11, 2018 

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 Al Rose    Opinion    January 11, 2018 

Springing forward into retirement

Editor's note: Al has a lot to say about reporting on local sports for the last 17 years. Here is part two of two. Yes it is true. I retired, effective Friday, December 22, from the position of Moose...

 
 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...

 
 By Al Rose    Opinion    January 4, 2018

More than just a job to cover sports last 17 years

Editor's note: Al has a lot to say about covering sports here for the last 17 years. Here is part one of two. As many of you have likely gathered from the grapevine, social media or via spotting the...

 

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...

 

Death has no power over love

Editor's note: Longtime Moose Lake Star-Gazette reporter and columnist Eddie Jane Pelkey passed away Monday, December 18. Eddie Jane's memory lives on in her writings, including the books, "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...

 

Butterflies abound

With the recent continuing warm weather and the flowers still blooming, the bees and butterflies continued to visit the blossoms, gathering nectar and pollen like their lives depended on it — which...

 
 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...

 

Each beginning is a new adventure

Autumn is coming and with it comes a new school year and the crisp October football weather. Summer is almost gone and alas it was a cooler than usual season at best. Although the rains kept the...

 

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...

 

Looking forward to Sunday afternoon

Starting on Monday, Sunday afternoons are the time of the week we look forward to. I always associate Sundays as those lazy days of summer when you sit and watch the clouds roll by in the heavens. I...

 

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