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Recognizing the humanity in the arts

We all have our own ideas of what 'the arts' means. Some think of symphony orchestras, others picture painted masterpieces and others think of carefully crafted literary works. Maybe you think of...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    August 16, 2018 

Ask a Master Gardener

Last week I was enjoying some time with our grandson in his Rochester backyard, inspecting the progress of a small vegetable garden we had planted in early June. We had just discovered the umpteenth...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 16, 2018 

Jerry Jeff and a Tesla

Folks, please bear with me for just one more year. You are not alone in the musical world if you love country and don’t know Jerry Jeff Walker. He may be the ultimate singer/songwriter from Austin...

 

Write in Kurhajetz in November for SWCD

My name is Russell Kurhajetz and I am asking for your vote as a board of supervisors member representing District 2 of Carlton County's Soil and Water Conservation District. Because of timing, I am running as a write-in candidate. Sadly this means...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    August 9, 2018

What the jet stream has to do with you

When it comes to the weather, we are currently the lucky ones, because we are in the area covered by a dip in the jet stream, keeping the very hot, humid weather to the south of us. Earlier in July,...

 

School supplies?

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” Moose Lake isn’t New...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Bee friendly

It's amazing how important the little things are. Honey bees and other pollinators are responsible for much of the food we eat. Here in Minnesota, many crops including apple, blueberry, cucumber,...

 

Glimpse of 1918: automobile club is formed

Life 100 years ago in 1918 was progressing, despite World War I raging in Europe. People at home were supporting the troops. More and more people were switching to automobiles, although horses were...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Sharing the road

My favorite scene from the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” appears near the very end when the two bank/train robbing outlaws are perched behind a large boulder. One of them turns to the...

 

It's the small things

As I flipped through pages of the Star-Gazette, eyes peeled for an interesting picture to include in the Historical Reflections section, a headline at the top of the first page caught my eye — “An...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Scotch day

I have never had a problem reconciling the vision of a large red-headed, big-bellied guy with a bottle of Scotch in hand, wearing a skirt in lieu of pants. OK. Technically they are called kilts, as...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    July 19, 2018

The verdict is in ...

... and it's unanimous: the flower pots at the courthouse in Carlton are stunning, beyond a doubt! This is the third summer of the beautification project initiated by the Carlton County Extension...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Liar, liar, pants on fire

One of the things that bothers President Trump’s adversaries the most is his continual stream of lies. In reality, his antagonists, both foreign and domestic, could do themselves a big favor by...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Three of a kind

In the past three weeks, wedding bells were ringing in Brainerd, Minn., Ojo Caliente, N.M. and Lead, S.D. Not for me but for three of our family friends. In poker you could say about these three weddi...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Worthy of observation and appreciation

Bugs. Insects. Creepy crawlies. These are just some of the names used to describe the enormous biomass of living creatures we share the earth with. According to the Smithsonian Institution, the...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Coming soon: the Annual Kettle River Garden Tour

For over 20 years, the Carlton County Master Gardeners, in collaboration with area gardeners, have hosted the Kettle River Garden Tour. The tour is a very popular event, with attendance at about 150...

 
 By Lois E Johnson    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Glimpse into History: Junior Four Minute Men, one-room school houses in Carlton County

Editor’s Note: This year, 2018, is the 100th anniversary of three great events in history: World War I, the 1918 influenza epidemic and the Fires of 1918. Take a glimpse of history of the schools...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Learning, living

Many friends are urging me to tell a very important part of my life story that I omitted last week. I agreed, if only to prove that people can change from heading toward the dark side of life to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Who was Gary Fisher?

I recently received a request from my home town’s newspaper if I would kindly sit for an interview. “Dear Rita, this is my answer to your quest to interview me for your column 'What Ever Happened...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    June 21, 2018

Some dirt on soil testing

Last month I dropped off soil samples at the U of M Soil Testing and Research Analytical Laboratories, and left with a very enthusiastic “Yes!” to a request for information about soil testing....

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    June 21, 2018

A Gavillon wedding

A line of shuttle buses filled to the brim with wedding revelers took a right turn down Gavillon Road until it reached the ranch that could only be described as “a new compound made in the ancient...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    June 14, 2018

A different ESP

There are no psychics in my story. No one will be here to tell your future. The best known version of ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) remains conspicuously absent. There is a lesser used acronym of...

 

Adding to the noise

When I had just gotten out of high school, some pretty big news broke out in my hometown: A teacher was arrested. Reading the article online was a major shock. I really liked this teacher. He was one...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Asking the perennial question

Garden shopping this year raised the perennial question: do I go for the all- summer blooming annuals? Or invest a little more up front (and on the backside) in perennials that will become part of the...

 

A parent's concern

Dear Editor, I am a concerned parent living in the Moose Lake School District, and I want to inform our community about events that happened in our school district over the past few months. On Monday, April 9, 2018 at approximately 2:45 p.m., an...

 

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