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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    February 14, 2019 

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...

 

Our Changing World

If I were a news correspondent keeping the world abreast of the daily situation in a place known as “Wick’s World”, this is what I would have to say: “The planet earth we call the world we...

 

Each chapter alters your life

When I was finishing up my time as co-editor at my college’s student-run newspaper, the opinion editor asked me and my co-editor to put pen to page and write something to the student body one last...

 

A new year

Happy New Year to the family of Americans. Just like my personal family, babies were born and people died. The drunken uncle once again appeared at the Yuletide party. Meanwhile, Uncle Sam got drunk...

 

The lessons we learn when dogs enter our lives

Poncho is an excellent example of adaptation to a cold northern climate. Just two months ago, he was wandering the streets of Dallas. His journey north began with a rescue organization driving him...

 

Cowabunga Christmas and a Ninja New Year

If you don’t know much about cartoon Ninja Turtles, here are the facts. Leonardo leads. Donatello does machines. Raphael is cool, but rude. Michelangelo is a Party Dude. A Party Dude is a real-life...

 

Is mental wellbeing on your Christmas list this year?

Has the holiday season ever come with more feelings of depression than excitement and hope? You are not alone - the holidays can be a difficult and stressful time for many. Maybe this is the first...

 

Rebuilding after the fire, pt. 2

Editor’s Note: The devastating forest fire of Oct. 12, 1918, destroyed Kettle River and Moose Lake. The rebuilding process began the following year, as reported in the pages of the Star-Gazette....

 

State of the city of Cromwell

My second year as mayor has been just as busy and exciting as my first year. One big difference was that I didn’t have as much to learn, although there always is a lot to learn. I feel we have made a lot of progress and I want to share that with...

 

Good intentions

“Life is short and if you’re looking for extension, you had best do well. ‘Cause there’s good deeds then there’s good intentions. They are as far apart as heaven and hell.” Source: Ben...

 

Rebuilding after the fire

Editor’s Note: The devastating forest fire of Oct. 12, 1918, destroyed Kettle River and Moose Lake. The rebuilding process began the following year, as reported in the pages of the Star-Gazette. Jan...

 

Kissing trees

Early in the Disney movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, Quasimodo sings a song about the privilege others have of simply being “out there,” meaning outside the bell tower to which he is...

 

I'll be home for Christmas

My family once had one of those tiny and very ugly orange Gremlins in which we were able to pack our three young sons and everything needed to make a full Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa’s. The ...

 

Always go to other people's funerals

In a recent column I presented myself as a longtime fan of malaprops, morphisms, and a general stewing up a pot of words using the English language for ingredients. It was during our annual...

 

Growing up a Boomer

Born in February of 1947. As a matter of fact, I was among the first batch of ‘Baby Boomers’. I grew up on the water in an old ramshackle house that was as close to the Missouri River that the cit...

 
 By Dan Reed    Opinion    November 22, 2018

I remember Harold

This was the second time in my life that I had the police call me about a friend close to me,this time being Harold Haapoja, dying unexpectedly, and they were seeking relatives to contact. I was stunned for a bit. I told the caller to give me a...

 

There's plenty to pass around

My heart needs a healthy dose of thankfulness. When I look into my interior world, it matches that of the exterior — cold, dreary and overall pretty bleak. I could use a defibrillator to jumpstart m...

 

Time for goodbye

This may come off a bit morbid, but I've been thinking a lot about mortality these past few days. I've been thinking of how scared many are of it, how we do almost anything to prevent the inevitable....

 

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