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 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Pallor in Lawler

Pallor: extreme paleness as in fear of death. Recently a wave of pallor cast its shadow over the tiny Minnesota village known as Lawler. Although Dave Wilen wasn't one of its Founding Fathers, he was...

 

An open question

A few months back, I read an editorial which discussed the syntax of our national anthem. The writer, who has made his living as a singer-songwriter, points out that the song actually is made up of...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Raising your garden up a notch

We planted our first garden in Tamarack many years ago. After weeks of breaking through thick grasses, weeds and rocks, hauling truckloads of new soil and hours spent finally planting, we stood back...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    May 24, 2018

An Enemy of the People

Although Henrik Ibsen was a well-known playwright in the late 19th century, little would he imagine that in the 21st century his high-intensity drama “An Enemy of the People” would remain as...

 
 By Robert Benes    Opinion    May 17, 2018

May is Community Action Month

May is Community Action month as proclaimed by Governor Dayton on April 24. Although many people are familiar with their local Community Action Agency by the programs they operate such as Energy Assistance, Weatherization, Head Start or Homeless...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Rich man blues

“I woke up this morning, both my cars were gone. I stumbled past my swimming pool, threw my drink across the lawn. I got the blues. I got those rich man blues.” I first heard this catchy little...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Waiting, waiting, and more waiting

Finally some green - my eyes have been starving! At long last, it is almost garden planting time. Every season, I fight the urge to get my hands dirty and place those tender seedlings in the ground,...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Country Joe

This week I received an email in which the writer pointed out a mistake I had made in a former column. Once in a while, a band will come up with major hit. The lead singer will get all of the credit w...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    May 3, 2018

Time to face our mortality

I enter my office and flick on the radio. An old song from the past is playing. I’m thinking to myself about how ironic the moment has become. This is writing day for me and all morning I’ve been...

 

Reckoning

This past week, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Alabama. It is the first memorial in the United States to be “dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people,...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    April 26, 2018

Summer in the city

In the summer of 1966, the hit that topped the music charts began as a poem John Sebastian penned for a high school literature class. He formed the band called The Lovin’ Spoonful and for three...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    April 19, 2018

An upward trend in MN sports

There certainly has been plenty of weather to write about this year. The same goes for politics. At least for today, I can simply change the subject matter to something more pleasant and write about...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    April 12, 2018

Another brick in the wall

“The last time I crossed the Mexican-U.S. border illegally, Americans were celebrating the Bicentennial, while my wife and I were celebrating our winter employment at the Hilton Inn as 20-something...

 

Ode to imagination

"Imagination! who can sing thy force? / Or who describe the swiftness of thy course? / Soaring through air to find the bright abode, ... / From star to star the mental optics rove, / Measure the...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    April 5, 2018

Where's my wallet?

We’ve all done it! The sinking feeling in the gut happens before you even realize it. It’s a silent scream. “Where’s my wallet?!” I lead with my left. My right arm follows. Hands and elbows...

 
 By Dan Reed    Opinion    March 29, 2018

The struggle of the 'Melting Pot'

I remember in my early school years having teachers proclaim that America is an example of a successful melting pot. They said we are a nation of immigrants, some here only a few decades, some having roots back to Colonial days. In defense of these t...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 29, 2018

News goes on forever

As far as weekends go, last weekend was about as newsworthy as it gets. Last Saturday America awoke to a mass of children, who for once got out of bed before the adults. I expect that for the youth...

 
 By Tim Peterson    Opinion    March 22, 2018

Putting some rumors to rest

It is my hope to address some of the rumors flowing through the area and even impacting local elections. First and foremost, the city of Moose Lake is not looking to annex Moose Lake Township through the process referred to as a “hostile...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 22, 2018

A Texas Lockdown

I opened my computer this morning to a nationwide news headline “Austin in Lockdown.” The headline saw no necessity to state the state. Austin, Minnesota is in an incessant lockdown just to keep...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 15, 2018

And the days go by

The year was 1951 and baby boomers were about to take over the world. It seems surreal to me now as we are almost two decades into the 21st century that I could possibly remember that era. What I...

 

The shade of bittersweet

Last week, Colette closed a chapter here at the Star-Gazette - a bittersweet transition. As she closed a chapter and started a new one, my own life followed suit. With one-day of training and a...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 8, 2018

Dogs: heelers or healers?

If I were a dog therapist, these are the questions I would ask. I’m standing at the head of a classroom teaching a class called Dog Therapy. I cut right to the chase. I don’t ask the 20 students...

 

It's time to take that leap

Wanted: Time machine — a device to travel backward or forward in time. If you know of such a device, please contact Colette Stadin immediately. How I wish such a device existed. On numerous...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 1, 2018

What do we know?

One of life’s most remarkable observations came out of the mouth of a loathsome man, who for the most part, I spent my life detesting. I will, however, grant him this noteworthy quote: "There are...

 

Get up on that bus

When I first arrived in New York City, I was fresh out of the Army. When I told New Yorkers my name was Wick Fisher, I was tagged as “The Fish Man.” Ironically, the same nickname had previously...

 

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