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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 19, 2016 

Story of my life as a dog lover

My life as a dog lover began with a cocker spaniel named Ginger. She ended up a pancake when she got in the way of my uncle’s pickup. Then came Lady, a miniature collie, who ended up a dead dog via...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    May 12, 2016

Water is life; love water as you love life

Today we walked around Lake Superior with our Spanish daughter, Natalia Ruiz. We did it in far less time than we did the first time in 2010, but that’s because we chose Lac Superieur in the Bois de...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 12, 2016

John, Jean, Jerry - old friends, new souls

John, Jean and Jerry — my old friends are now new souls. Of course I am referring to the DeRungs family. Only Jean lived to what is commonly referred to as a ripe old age. You can read a wonderful...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 5, 2016

Flamed out, leaving much too soon

When I heard of the untimely death of a Minnesota icon that once was known as an unnamable symbol and was referred to as the musician formerly known as Prince, my first thought was; we have another...

 
 By Eddie Jane Pelkey    Opinion    April 21, 2016

Reconnecting with a good friend

What would we do without our family and friends? Life would be pretty dismal. I know there are people around who tend to be hermits, but is it really a chosen lifestyle? Is their lonely existence due...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 14, 2016

What about opioids; my simple plan

It’s everywhere and it’s cheap. Oxycodone and similar painkillers are the new heroin; to make matters worse, the old heroin has reared its ugly face, in a much stronger form. The word on the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 7, 2016

Remember a version of the memories

I stopped by the Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce last Friday. After greeting the plastic moose, I went inside and greeted a couple of retirees. One was filling in for the director who was out of...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 31, 2016

The Black Hills and 50-year-old memories

If you let a memory slide too deep into the abyss, it may be gone forever. For some reason unknown to mankind, yesterday my thoughts were wandering somewhere west of the Badlands reaching into the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 24, 2016

In comfort zone among Gophers fans

After sitting in the University of South Dakota fan section at a womens basketball game at Williams Arena last week, I realized living 40 years in the Gopher state had made me a true Minnesotan. Altho...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 17, 2016

Hello, this is the IRS ...

"Hello, this is the IRS calling. We have filed a lawsuit against you. Please call this number immediately. 415-866-4109." (Actual number.) As the call was coming in, the screen read "mobile caller."...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 10, 2016

Sometimes, one vote counts

I went looking for zeal expecting dull. I got both. The caucus began with a traffic jam not limited to Eagan, the Twin Cities or even Minnesota. Lines of cars were winding their way to precincts all...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 3, 2016

Very little middle ground with Trump

A year from now President Trump will have been in office for one month. By then he will surely have himself anointed as king. What remains to be seen is how the story will play out after that point in...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 25, 2016

The acorn of Sesame Street

The fragrance of the lilies overwhelmed the other flora without diminishing their beauty. There were so many plants, cacti, succulents, shrubs and trees in bloom that at times I felt I was in the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 18, 2016

Cooking is all in the magic

I love to cook, I love creativity and I love spontaneity. If this sounds like the ingredients for disaster, yesterday the proof was in the pudding. The day began with one of those rare moments in...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 11, 2016

Bruce, the King of South Dakota

Who knows where the tag came from. When I met Bruce in the early 1970s, he was already known as “The King of South Dakota.” Bruce was born in South Dakota in a little house on the prairie, a...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 4, 2016

My take on the Oscars

Oscar season is upon us. Unlike last year when my wife and I were immersed in a plethora of great Oscar-nominated movies, this year’s lineup consists of as many duds as hits. A different issue has...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 28, 2016

My best day

All 365 days of each year is celebrated by someone as “the best day of my life.” Often that favorite day is your birthday. Sometimes it's a wedding anniversary, a first kiss or the first time Dad...

 
 By Willow River School    Opinion    January 21, 2016

Impersonation or imitation?

In the 19th century, author Charles Caleb Colton stated, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” This quote has been used in various versions ever since. One definition of imitation is “the act of mimicking somebody, or an impression of...

 
 By Willow River School    Opinion    January 14, 2016

El Chapo of Los Mochis

El Chapo could no more escape the Mexican Marines than Adrian Peterson could escape the clutches of Seattle’s icemen of defense in Sunday’s NFL playoff match; or could he hold onto the ball for that matter. Neither could the place kick holder...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 7, 2016

Some stuff you can't make up

There’s some stuff you just can’t make up. I know this story to be true because it happened to my son and his fiancé. They took a flight from San Diego, California, to Tampa, Florida, to join...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 31, 2015

Make me the king of 2016

Democracy is highly overrated. Your vote may actually count, but it is counted as small and insignificant. The real powers that run America, and the rest of the world, appear to be...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 24, 2015

Heroes and mishaps of 2015

At the end of each year, I like to give a shout out to ordinary people who may not have done anything more spectacular than simply doing their job. This year I will put a slightly different slant on...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 17, 2015

December dominates holiday season

“Tis the season to be jolly" and December is the month that dominates the holiday season. This weekend we went to four different houses in Eagan and another four get-togethers in Moose Lake. I am...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 10, 2015

The man named Jack

His favorite player was Stan “The Man” Musial, a baseball icon who played for the St. Louis Cardinals. I walked up to the casket in the fully-packed Hope Lutheran Church and took a glance at one...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    December 3, 2015

I get the window seat

When flying time comes around, I always book a window seat and my wife grabs the aisle. We are rarely in a two-seat row, which means some poor sap usually gets to sit between us. When I approached...

 

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