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Free press as important as ever

In Minnesota, we understand the importance of a free press. It’s hard to forget in our state — Minnesotans are among the most engaged citizens in the country. Last year we again ranked first in the nation in voter turnout. Minnesotans volunteer...

 

Minnesota Newspaper Week Aug. 13-19

This week, more than 200 newspapers across the State of Minnesota will publish no news on their front pages. This “Whiteout” is taking place during Minnesota Newspaper Week, August 13-19, a part of the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 10, 2017

In one form or another, we will carry on

It’s good to say, “It’s been a fun summer.” As usual, my wife and I will agree with that statement. We have traveled and we have also spent our weekends in the garden. We have had many gorgeou...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 3, 2017

Summertime is vacation time

“Summertime,” where “the fish are jumping and the cotton is high,” conjures up images of sun, swimming and most importantly, family vacations. Everyone needs a break from their routine and an...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 27, 2017

Mister Bojangles came to town

I walked into the room, threw my luggage on the bed and immediately headed out the door. I noticed the room was already cooled enough to beat the hot, humid South Dakota weather. Seeing no need to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 20, 2017

Enjoying wildlife in the city

My wife and I were capping off a pleasurable weekend of working in our large perennial garden, each with our favorite beverage in hand. We were sitting on the deck overlooking the small lake that...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 13, 2017

Make sure you have ability to let go

Ever hear the lawyer joke where the client asks, “What happens if I die?” The lawyer replies, “What do you mean if?” This bad joke came from lawyer and part-time humorist Martin J. Yudkowitz...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 6, 2017

America is resilient; we will survive

It’s almost here, the annual holiday that celebrates America’s independence from British rule, the Fourth of July. I’ll never forget the celebration at the Arthyde Community Club Park in the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 29, 2017

'The election is rigged, folks'

The two-word headline in The New York Times boldly stated, “Trump’s lies.” Although the amount of lies that continually spew from the mouth of President Trump comes as no surprise to anyone,...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 22, 2017

'Sitting on the dock of the bay'

Almost without fail, my daily routine begins with a workout at my newly-joined fitness center. I doubt if I have missed more than two days in two months. My workout goes something like this:...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 15, 2017

Another day in semi-retirement

My wife left for work on Monday — simply another day in semi-retirement for me. It was, however, always the busiest day of my week. There was always a lot of work left over from the weekend, however...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 8, 2017

A typical 'next door' weekend

The weekend that opens the month of June was customarily typical for us. We did the same thing as many Minnesotans, and for that matter, neighbors and families from all over America. We spent the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 1, 2017

Home is still the place I grew up

I have lived in many places, but like many people, home is still the place where I grew up. For me, that town is Chamberlain, South Dakota. After being mostly absent for the past half-century, I find...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 25, 2017

She is 'passing through the veil'

No matter how hard they try, they just can’t get them to look right in the casket. The "they" I am referring to are morticians. There is no fault or blame here. I refer to a loved one lying in the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 18, 2017

What a workout on way to lose weight

A psychic’s reading foretold the promise of better health by following this proclamation: “Taking frequent steam baths will eradicate toxins from your body, resulting in a more healthful condition...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 11, 2017

We'll both have the tipico ...

“We’ll both have the tipico,” my wife told the waitress, who was also the cook and the owner’s daughter at the small bistro where we had our first authentic Costa Rican meal. We later learned...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 4, 2017

Many Costa Rican adventures

Slightly over five hours from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, my wife and I landed in Liberia. No, we weren’t in northern Africa or on a supersonic jet. A few months earlier, my wife and I were...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 27, 2017

Christmas in Nicaraguan paradise?

When Dennis Martinez threw the pitch that hit Kirby Puckett in the face, neither knew that was the last pitch Puckett would see as a Major League Baseball player. Although the Nicaraguan pitcher was...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 20, 2017

Seeing Central America at its best

My adventures that led me to Central America began in 1962 when my uncle took me on a day trip to Tijuana. I left for Mexico once again on the day I graduated from high school, exploring the Pacific...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 13, 2017

The man from Granada, Nicaragua

It sounded more like the edge of an African savannah than a nearby rain forest in Costa Rica. Howler monkeys will do that to you. They greet the sunrise like a pack of angry dogs equipped with a...

 

Remember when

I’ve been going through a lot of memories lately. Certainly, there are a number of reasons. The recent loss of my husband resulted in going through a lot of pictures of our life together. There were...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 30, 2017

A well-known man called Bomb

The advent of Facebook allowed for renewal of friendships that had fallen away over the past 40 years. The post I received today was a reminder I now could celebrate my seven year anniversary as...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 23, 2017

Live to 100, find my passport

I discovered the shortcut to becoming a centenarian. Move to a "Blue Zone." These are one of the places on the planet that have the highest percentage of their residents living to age 100. I figured...

 

Lake Theatre to celebrate 80 years

Some business dreams last more than a generation. The Lower family has been in the theatre business in Moose Lake for five generations. The family first opened The Strand in 1919 and then Lake...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 16, 2017

March: Time for snow-filled hoops

If you grew up in the Midwest, you learned early in life that March blizzards and state tournaments go together like Ma and Pa Kettle. You couldn’t speak of one without hearing about the other....

 

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