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 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 Lois E. Johnson    Opinion    July 10, 2014

Monument commemorates roots of Finnish Methodists in America

A gasp was heard from the nearly 100 people who attended the unveiling and dedication of the monument to mark the site of the Salem First Finnish Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday, July 6. The...

 
 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 Eddie Jane Pelkey    Opinion    June 12, 2014

Moving finger having writ, moves on

The moving finger writes, and having writ Moves on, nor all your piety or wit, Shall take back ere a line, Nor all your tears wash out a word of it. -Omar The Tentmaker What was said in the 12th...

 
 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 Kate Crowley    Opinion    June 5, 2014

Listen to night's amphibious song

There are duels in the dark and the adversaries are trying to out-sing one another — a much more civilized form of settling differences than that practiced by human males in times past. The players...

 
 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 Eddie Jane Pelkey    Opinion    May 29, 2014

Garden of Eden is where we find it

Now that spring has finally arrived, it is possible to sit on the deck or patio and enjoy the emerging floral displays that will soon burst into summer colors. It always strikes me how close we are...

 
 By Superintendent Robert Indihar    Opinion    May 22, 2014

What a journey it's been

What a journey it has been to get to the point where we are today. The issue the school has been dealing with for years is we need to upgrade our facilities. The school board has made four attempts to pass a building bond since I have been in the dis...

 
 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....

 
 By Colette Stadin    Opinion    April 24, 2014

Saying goodbye

It is with a heavy heart that I write this column. Here in the Star-Gazette/Evergreen office we are mourning the death of Howard Thomsen, a fixture in this office since any of us can remember. Howard...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 24, 2014

Easter history, traditions, gifts

"Ishtar" is the name of a 1978 comedy starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman. It was a huge box office failure and if you had to bear watching it like my wife and I, you’ll understand why....

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 17, 2014

The night it rained The Beatles

“The End” is the last song recorded collectively by all four Beatles. The closing line, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” has always been one of my favorite...

 
 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 Kate Crowley    Opinion    April 3, 2014

April 22 marks 44th anniversary of Earth Day

On April 22 we will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. But what does that mean? An entire generation has been born and grown to adulthood since that day, and to them it may be a bit of...

 
 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...

 

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