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 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...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 26, 2015

Post Office Box 'tooth hurty'

The disgruntled postal patron screamed, “I’ve never heard of him!” The poor postmaster had simply asked the recent divorcee if she knew where her ex-hubby’s letter was supposed to go, if not...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 19, 2015

A lovely day in lovely Stillwater

My wife and I were faced with a rarity — we had a free Saturday! There was no need to go “up north.” We had our recent fill of comedy clubs and movie theaters. No “must see” plays were loomi...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 12, 2015

I can't see but I can smell

As the blades in the heater fan ground to a halt, my olfactory senses kicked in. I remembered the smell from a former time in a different Toyota. It also happened in the autumn of the year — a time...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 5, 2015

Get ready, company's coming

Spring cleaning, fall cleaning, or any other seasonal cleanup is no match for the two times when you really have to clean your house. Of course the No. 1 cleaning priority in most families is when...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 29, 2015

Blood money for books

“If I Did It.” There it was. The book I vowed I would never read. As I held it in my hand contemplating if it was worth spending the $1 price tag on a book I felt should never have been...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 15, 2015

Walleye or not?

I realized tragedy had struck when I reached in my pocket and pulled out a single hearing aid. Where was number two? I was in Moose Lake retrieving my dogs from the neighbor and while rushing all...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 8, 2015

San Francisco in a quick sixty

Sixty hours is plenty of time to fill a weekend, as long as you’re in one my favorite American cities — San Francisco. Fifty-nine of those hours were spectacular as usual. But do not under any...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 1, 2015

Seasonal changes in full swing

While listening to David Bowie’s 1971 hit song “Changes” on the oldies station this morning, I reflected on all the changes taking place in my life in the past few weeks. The chorus in...

 
 By Superintendent Robert Indihar    Opinion    September 24, 2015

Great start to new year

As most of you have noticed, there is activity on the school's County Road 10 property. They have officially started the process of clearing the land for the new Moose Lake Community Schools building. We just received bids for the foundation and...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    September 17, 2015

My definition of a Good Samaritan

Jean was almost home from work when she looked in her rear view mirror and said to herself, “Did that white plastic bag just move?” Roadsides get a certain amount of litter such as white plastic...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    September 10, 2015

A good week

I always admire how the radio show "Prairie Home Companion" sets a positive tone with Garrison Keillor stating, “It’s been a good week in Lake Wobegon.” It not only puts the listener in a good...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    September 3, 2015

See need for change, don't repeat history

As I look outdoors this morning, I find myself wondering whether the sky is really covered with clouds or if it is more high altitude haze coming from the forest fires out west. Several times this...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 27, 2015

Autumn sting - should have run like crazy

For me, it was Iraq’s “Shock and Awe” all over again. It was the carpet bombing of Hanoi. My apology for using failed wars as a metaphor for what happened to me yesterday, but in the dire...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 20, 2015

Truth, half-truth, everything but truth

The day began hot and muggy at Fort Benning, Georgia. I remember it well. The intensity of Army airborne training was taking its toll on my body and lack of sleep was fogging my brain. But my senses...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 13, 2015

Everything's beautiful now

Christine Albert was singing the last lines of her tribute song to Chris Gage’s mother titled “Everything’s Beautiful Now” when the “blue moon” of July 2015 appeared in the night sky. Her...

 

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