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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 13, 2019 

We're talking baseball

“We’re talking baseball, Kluszewski Campenella, yadda, yadda, yadda, maybe even Bobby Feller.” Although I may not remember the words, I certainly remember the fun. Around my house, I have been...

 

Ethical censorship for judges

Recently, a judge in Utah was suspended without pay for six months. The reason: he made a series of statements critical of President Trump, both in and out of court. As the story circulated on social media, a lot of people were outraged that a judge...

 

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Question: Moped rentals are being considered in my city. Can you talk about the laws and rules that cover moped operations and if insurance is required on them? What is the difference between a moped and motor scooter? Answer: Great question as I am...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 6, 2019

The Long Minnesota Goodbye

I heard a song the other day on one of the Twin Cites alternative radio stations. I was quite amused and intrigued. One of the first things my wife and I noticed when we first moved to northern...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Going Nature's Way

Sometimes in this column, I write about topics that are global in scope, sometimes they are regional, and sometimes they are much closer to home. This month I am focusing on a very local subject and...

 

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Question: In my city, there is a double yellow line on the main roadway and yet some motorists cross both lines to park against oncoming traffic, many at dark with headlights on. Why is this allowed without warning or a ticket? Answer: A crash can...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    May 30, 2019

Managing stormwater runoff

Earlier this month, I was able to attend the two-day Stormwater Practices Inspections and Maintenance Workshop geared towards teaching the best ways to inspect and maintain stormwater green...

 

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Question: I have heard a lot about “click it or ticket” recently, I thought seat belt use was at an all-time high? Answer: Most Minnesotans are making the life-saving decision to buckle up. According to the 2018 Minnesota Seat Belt Survey, 92.4...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 30, 2019

Selling the House

Only yesterday we were selling the home in Moose Lake where we lived and raised our children over the last thirty years. Although we exited the Moose Lake home a few years ago, I never totally cut...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Bitcoin

Was this the moment Bitcoin made us millionaires? The moment being last Sunday at six. For the past half-century, our household had generally reserved this time slot to watch the weekly news show,...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    Opinion    May 23, 2019

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou

I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Moose Lake Public Library for an Author Chat event along with Dean Hovey (author of the Pine County Mystery series) and Eric Bergman (author of Addie...

 

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Question: When on a freeway and an emergency vehicle is approaching from the rear but not the same lane, is it the law to pull over and stop? Stopping on the freeway can be very dangerous. Answer: Minnesota state laws says that upon the immediate app...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Minnesota Movie Stars

Some people are born actors. If the part called for a larger than life, arrogant loud-mouth to play the role of a wrestler turned politician, one need look no farther than Jimmy Janos, better known...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Watch your waste

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but the morning routine outside sure has changed from just a month ago. No more does it seem to be solemn, dark, and still past 6:30 am. Far from it, in...

 

The role of U.S. Attorney General

The role of the U.S. Attorney General has been a hot topic of conversation recently with Attorney General Barr’s testimony before a Senate committee. This debate highlights the unique role of attorneys in the public sector. In the public sector,...

 

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Question: What is the law regarding fastening bike carriers and other items to the back of a vehicle which block the ability to read the rear license plate? Answer: It is illegal if any part of the taillight or license plate is blocked by a bike,...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Dreaming

The moment I saw the four-subject, six-pocket orange spiral Mead notebook, I remembered what it contained; my dream journal. Sometime in the late 80s or early 90s, I recollect a time in life when I be...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Never give up, never surrender

This past weekend I participated in the Moose Run 5K. After a long, trying road of leg pain issues coupled with asthma and brutal seasonal allergies, I feel like I’m finely getting some traction on...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Going nature's way

As I look back at the columns I wrote for May in the previous two years, I see that there is a theme of cold temperatures and even some snow as we enter this most anticipated month. While the snow...

 

Ask a Trooper

Question: Can you please explain the new hands-free cell phone law? Answer: Under the law, you may not hold your phone in your hand and cannot use it at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos...

 
 By Submitted    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Rural MN needs broadband funding

Submitted by Mark Thell, Carlton County Commissioner It’s painful to admit but our area is part of the Not-Served-Nine-Percent of the population in the state that remains unserved or underserved when it comes to having access to reliable,...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Who let the dogs out?

I love dogs. Always have and probably always will. Certain dog owners on the other hand,not so much. Over the last couple of months, I’ve encountered six stray/loose dogs, all of them without identi...

 

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Question: I have a North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) “Class A” permit. But my employer is in the Minnesota area. Can I legally drive on my “Class A” CDL permit in the state of Minnesota if I have a licensed CDL “Class A...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Painted into a Corner

We are ready to sell our home in the City and our contractor has us painted into a corner. Putting an Eagan home on the market is not new to us. We did it exactly six years ago and all went fine. At...

 
 By Submitted    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Community Opinions

Osten Berg, Moose Lake In late 2017, I sent an email to the Superintendent Indihar and the school board members expressing my concern about a lack of access for emergency vehicles to the rear of the school. The only response I received was from...

 

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