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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    November 22, 2018 

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....

 

Tripping into the future

For a moment, I felt like a rock star this morning. I’m talking about the one in the commercial who appears on stage in front of 50,000 screaming Cleveland fans and yells into the microphone,...

 

Glimpse into 1918: Armistice Day

Despite a large portion of northeastern Minnesota having been destroyed by a devastating forest fire on Oct. 12, people still rejoiced when the Armistice ending the Great War on the 11th hour of the 1...

 

Attend upcoming facilities forum for ML School

We are excited to say that the building project is now nearly complete. We did however, have some projects on our outdoor facilities that did not get completed with the original construction. The school board is looking at getting input on what we...

 

The big, bad Black Hills bull elk

Monday morning; the one day in the week that I make a vow for myself. I call it deadline at high noon. Although I am unofficially retired, I have never allowed myself the freedom of being obligation...

 

Let us remember "All Soles Day"

We are gathered here today to celebrate those who have passed. This is not a time to grieve. Instead, celebrate relationships that were a perfect fit. Our journeys together have concluded. Companions...

 

We are just temporary stewards of the forests

We are among the fortunate few to own forest land. According to one study, “An estimated 5.5 million acres of woodland 10+ acres in Minnesota are owned by an estimated 114,000 families,...

 

Wick's lyrics, gimmicks and limericks

Some things are best when left unsaid. In my world, “little pitchers have big ears,” meant to watch what you say in front of your young children because at some point it will come back to haunt yo...

 

Fine pieces of performance art

A Broadway play is one of the finer representations of performance art. Cirque du Soleil is performance art at its finest. A person sitting on Broadway and 42nd Street in New York City with a...

 

The theater

My history with theater goes back 55 years when I played the villain in a Chamberlain High School class play. I had the part of an aging night manager at a two-bit hotel. It was a classic...

 
 By Katy Karas    Opinion    October 11, 2018

Suggestions for talking with survivors of sexual assault

Because we do not ever want to speak an incorrect or insensitive word when someone confides in us that they have been sexually assaulted, we immediately become uncomfortable while saying very little,...

 

A time for reflection

History is one of my favorite subjects. I don’t often share that with people, mostly because the inevitable question that follows is, “Which era?” For me, it’s not about studying a certain...

 

Falling into spring

I recently (reluctantly) started the process of winding down the yard and garden for the season. One of the happiest days of the year is filling the hummingbird feeders for the first time in the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 4, 2018

Quitting or retiring?

I have been writing short stories for the United States Postal Service and small hometown newspapers for the past 30 years. Beginning in the 80s, my columns of “Ask the Postmaster” circulated...

 
 By Paul Marvin    Opinion    October 4, 2018

Just try a bite and you might like it

Most kids growing up in the North Country have heard the same line from their parental units. "Just try a bite, you might like it." Stubborn kids like me had attempted not to heed this advice more...

 

Good company

We were standing on a hilltop when I first realized how much I would miss her. She had been here almost five days and would be gone in a few more. We had just exited the St. Paul Cathedral, the one...

 

10 Reasons to consider becoming a Master Gardener

Over the course of the summer, we have talked about the many opportunities, programs and services offered by the Carlton County Master gardeners. It is an outstanding group, and they would like you to...

 

The morning after

Sometimes the morning after is the worst hangover of your life. You swear you’ll never drink again. By that evening it’s “Fill up the glass. It’s my first one today.” Now there’s even a...

 

Glimpse into 1918: Flu epidemic spreads

Editor’s Note: World War I was raging in Europe in 1918 but another threat to human life was starting to rear its head in September. The Spanish Influenza Pandemic started to spread throughout the...

 

Missing slippers found in backyard (obviously)

Not to beat a dead horse of a different color, but we've seen this story before. An especially valuable, not to mention comfortable, piece of Up-North American history goes missing. Stolen. Pieces...

 

Enjoying some winter in summer and fall

It's that time of year when local farmers' markets are overflowing with every imaginable kind of vegetable. Like going to the grocery store when you're famished, shopping at the market can be an...

 

Movin' on

An old cliché I used in my traveling days in the 60s comes from a country western tune. I would say to Bart or Wiggy or one of my many other hitch-hiking buddies, “Like Hank Snow, I’m movin...

 

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