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 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...

 

Ask a Trooper

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...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 25, 2019

Tesla Bashers

I stepped on the gas. Wait a minute; my Tesla doesn’t run on gas. So, I pressed the acceleration pedal to the floor. I wanted to see what 0-60 in 3.7 seconds felt like. It took me back to my...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    April 25, 2019

With great enjoyment comes great responsibility

It’s official; ice season is out and open waters are coming our way! Any dedicated water enthusiast is ready to pry their way out the door, itching for their chance to enjoy the season. But with...

 

Ask a Trooper

Question: Why have they not passed a law regarding animals hanging out a driver’s side window, paws on the steering wheel and animals jumping from the front seat to the backseat? I see this so often and most of the time it is elderly people, which...

 

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...

 

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