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 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...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 13, 2014

The small town I never knew existed

As I drove by the old "Stone House" in Millward Township, I reflected on the fact that this was the final remnant of a small town once known as Arthyde. If not for this remarkable building that is...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 6, 2014

Escaping winter amongst the palms

The warm, humid air I felt on my face reminded me of the time I entered a Turkish steam bath in Istanbul. I was sporting a thick beard and I hadn’t had a shave or haircut since I landed in London...

 
 By Lois Johnson    Opinion    March 6, 2014

Area schools fill calendar with make-up days

This has been an exceptional winter that has broken records for below zero temperatures and has people dealing with mountains of snow. The European and Asian countries had to deal with the cold and th...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 27, 2014

Make sure you're ready for winter

“The eastern metro could get up to 15 inches of the heavy wet stuff,” announced the man on the radio. “It depends on how soon this stuff changes from rain to snow.” Anytime it rains before it...

 
 By Lois Johnson    Opinion    February 27, 2014

Mom's legacy lives on

Mother. A mother is a foundation, a base. And I and my siblings had one of the best. Since our mother, Olga Torkelson, passed on to her heavenly home on February 8, I have been thinking about all...

 
 By Colette Stadin    Opinion    February 20, 2014

Keep notices in print, maintain transparency

The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) is once again pushing the state Legislature for the passage of a bill (HF1286/SF1152) that could essentially do away with the printing of public notices in...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 20, 2014

Stand up for school, community

By the end of May 1972, the daytime highs were nearing 90 degrees and my wife and I turned north to a cooler part of the Midwest. We had a nice little nest egg stashed away as we pulled into a local...

 
 By Colette Stadin    Opinion    February 13, 2014

Sometimes you have to go for it

Do you ever feel like you’re leaping into the dark when it comes to parenting? You know, you close your eyes real tight and hope for a soft landing? Last week I had that feeling. Throughout my...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 13, 2014

A night with Tree Party

A new party has emerged in Minnesota and it's not about politics. Tree Party is the newest musical group to splash into the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Last Sunday, Tree Party held a CD release concert...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 6, 2014

'Big game' behavior improved, but not entirely

Congratulations are in order to the Seattle Seahawks and their stunning victory over the Denver Broncos in the latest version of America’s most hyped sporting event, the Super Bowl. A petition is...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    February 6, 2014

Birds know when spring is coming

Pity the poor groundhog. All the hopes of the winter weary are pinned on this lowly rodent to tell them winter will end sooner than later. The groundhog, alternatively known as a woodchuck, is in the...

 
 By Moose Lake Schools Superintendent Robert Indihar    Opinion    January 30, 2014

With survey results in, time to move forward

I want to thank the citizens for filling out the survey that I sent to them two weeks ago. We received almost 630 responses back, which is around a 45 percent return rate. (The cost to do the survey was not even close to what was reported in a...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 30, 2014

Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In the early 1950s, I met a man named Charlie Geboe who had recently moved into my neighborhood. As I recall, Charlie was the band director at the local high school. He was also the first black man I...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 23, 2014

Urban legends, satire, propaganda

Urban legends, satire and propaganda all have one thing in common. Since the advent of the internet, and particularly Facebook, the incidents of false and misleading information taken as fact has soar...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    January 16, 2014

Silver lining to cold temps

It’s been nearly 20 years since we have faced this kind of extended cold weather. And I don’t ever recall it being compared with the temperature on the surface of Mars, but apparently there are...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 16, 2014

Looking into presidential quirks

I recently toured the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. Upon reflection, my wife and I both felt it represented a much slanted view of that time in history. Later that evening we held a...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 9, 2014

Texas: The bucket list buster

I hope everyone in Minnesota had as great a holiday season as our family’s at this year’s destination in Austin, Texas. We rented a large, beautiful six bedroom house on Lake Austin that had room...

 
 By Lois E. Johnson    Opinion    January 9, 2014

Don't fall victim to scams

As much as I have written about scams, I was a victim of two of them recently. Fortunately, I was able to catch the problems in time and have them reversed. I always check my credit card statements,...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 2, 2014

Christmas on the river with family

As I stare at the channeled Colorado River that supplies the water for Austin, Texas, my cell phone dings the notification of a text message. It is Santa saying he has delivered all the presents and w...

 

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