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Judge's View

Since my colleague, Judge Mark Munger, retired in January, we have been short-handed at the Duluth courthouse. Case assignments and calendars that used to be divided eight ways are now being split seven ways, and we are starting to feel the strain. W...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    April 11, 2019

Help protect our local water

The season of Spring may well be considered the season of new. As the latest models of products like boats, motorcycles, grills, and summer-time recreation equipment begin hitting store fronts, and...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    April 11, 2019

The case for restoring polling place options for all Carlton County voters

Early this year, we had problematic elections in State Senate District 11. In the Carlton County portion alone, 400 ballots mailed to the Courthouse were not received by the primary deadline, January 22, 2019. Over 100 absentee ballots arrived too...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 4, 2019

Trump, Tantrums, and Teeth

It happens sometimes, especially on Monday mornings. My brain is in a state of inattention and I have a noon deadline at the newspaper. I am filled with random thoughts, mostly centering around my...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    April 4, 2019

Going Nature's Way

April can be a difficult month, because we have so many expectations for it. It is a month that is a mix of anticipation requiring great amounts of patience. It is also a month of discoveries, as the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 28, 2019

Relocation Authority Center or Concentration Camp?

Shortly after the United States entered WWII, Relocation Authority Centers were established to house people of Japanese-American descent. Because of their ancestry, politicians felt they could not be...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    March 28, 2019

The Green Guy

We have now officially entered spring! Shouts of "Hooray!" and sighs of relief can be heard from warm weather fans all through the area (I know most of our office at least is team summer). Whether...

 

Women's History Month and empowering women

The second I start talking about women empowerment, I know there is a selection of people that will immediately tune out or even turn away from this editorial with disgust. Some of you may think...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Emergency Room

I’m roaring down I-35 and we are way past breaking the speed limit. This time I’m not the guy sitting in the passenger seat watching my wife enjoy our new Tesla. Actually, I am in the back; the...

 

Do you have a calling?

Growing up on a Holstein dairy farm in central Wisconsin, I wondered if I would follow in my father’s footsteps. My dad, who also grew up in Wisconsin on a dairy farm, left home when he was 18 to seek his fortune in California. He found a job...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 14, 2019

How could I have not known?

One of the few brilliant statements ever to leave Donald Rumsfeld's lips was his quote about unknown unknowns. The quote was used in an attempt to explain away the failures and shortcomings of the...

 

Be the person that makes a difference in someone's life

I recently had the opportunity to attend the robotics competition at the DECC featuring robots created exclusively by high school students. It was exciting and interesting, but more importantly, it...

 

Judge's View

Recently, my law clerk accepted a new job with a local government agency. I’m very happy for her, but very sad for me. She did great work, and made my life a lot easier for the two years she was with me. I have gone through this sort of transition...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 7, 2019

S. S. Badger State

Hop on a cruise ship on the west coast of the United States and take it up to Alaska before heading to Hawaii. Sounds like fun, yes? Then head back to where it all started, to Amtrak, and look for...

 

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us

I haven't been having a very good day. I know that's not a very uplifting opening for an editorial, but it's true. Between the frequent winter storms, wrangling varying aspects of my life, attempting...

 

My friends are in their 70s

I grew up in South Dakota where everything seemed to lag behind the rest of the country. To this day, South Dakotans are proud to claim the distinction of being “stuck in the fifties.” The sixties...

 

Bringing the family together one board game at a time

I consider myself to be a tech enthusiast. I play video games, love movies, build computers, and even worked as tech support for a time. And yet I feel a sense of disquiet when I see young children...

 

Venezuela

I recently acquired some information regarding the very complex situation currently going on in Venezuela. My theory is Trump will invade because of two reasons: #1. It will be a "distraction" which...

 

Will you be my Valentine? I heart you.

When I was initially preparing to write my editorial, I thought I might do something on the history of Valentine's Day considering the date this edition comes out. Upon further research, however, and...

 

Judge's View

The recent Polar Vortex resulted in quite a few calls inquiring whether the courthouse was open for business. We were, and I am very thankful that heated seats were included in my last vehicle purchase. But the decision process for closing a...

 

Waiting for Go

I never could wrap my head around the reason Samuel Beckett named one of his characters Godot. Can’t you picture Mrs. Godot yelling at her husband, “Godot, get this” and “Godot, get that....

 

Going nature's way

It’s the first of February and just flipping the calendar page makes it seem like we’ve leapt forward towards spring time, especially since the temperature soared to 10 degrees ABOVE zero! I hate...

 

Prepare for takeoff

Fasten your seat belts and prepare for takeoff. I fastened my seat belt. Then I prepared for takeoff, my head buried in the current book of the day. Like most passengers I travel with nowadays, I...

 

A fallen warrior's legacy and those left behind

For eight and a half years I worked in a prosecutor's office. Every day I went through police reports, reading what local officers have to deal with on a daily basis. A friend of mine is a K-9...

 

And so it begins...

Big life changes don't come often. At least that's what I used to think based on my own experience. Sure, I had moved a number of times with my family, most of my sisters are now married and have...

 

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