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Indomitable spirit

Okay, I’m talking about volleyball again; or rather, the things at a volleyball game that don’t necessarily go into the sports articles. If you’ve ever gone to a sporting event, you know that th...

 

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Question: Does the new hands-free law apply to tractors, lawn mowers and UTVs? Answer: The hands-free law applies to all motor vehicles. A motor vehicle would include tractors and lawn mowers on a street or highway. The hands-free law would not apply...

 

Continuing education

I graduated from law school in 1993, completing three years of formal legal education, in addition to my college degree. But for lawyers and judges, learning is always an ongoing process. The law evolves and changes over time, and it’s extremely...

 

A change in policy to combat abuse of the system

If you look to the left of my editorial, you’ll notice a new policy going into effect regarding paid endorsement letters. This decision was made in response to the increase of mass endorsement...

 

Hurricanes and northern lights

Two events happened at the beginning of September that showed us the power of nature and our inability to influence their manifestation. On the southeastern edge of our continent a massive hurricane...

 

Botched border bust

Reynosa has joined the likes of Tijuana, Juarez and Matamoros as Mexico’s most violent cities. But back in the early 1970’s it was little more than the sister border town to McAllen, Texas....

 

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Question: I was told the fine for passing a school bus, when the red lights are activated and the stop arm is extended, had recently increased. Answer: In 2017, the fine for a school bus stop arm/red lights violation increased from $300 to $500 here...

 

Remembering why I love volleyball so much

With the fall sports season upon us, I’ve taken up reporting on volleyball for Moose Lake-Willow River. I used to play back in school and loved it. I made so many good friendships and had a blast...

 

An interesting history of wealth, love, and giants

In the very early 1800s, my great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Fisher had a son whom he named Vit. As is sometimes the case, Joseph and Vit were as different as day and night. Joseph was a very...

 

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Question: As we are ending the motorcycle season I heard of an individual near Rochester, MN who was killed by going off the road and struck a sign head on. He was not wearing a helmet. Being an individual who has been in a motorcycle accident with...

 

A fair day at the Minnesota State Fair

This last weekend I went down to the Minnesota State Fair with my mom and couple of my sisters. I haven't been to the fair in over ten years so I was curious to go back and see what I've been missing...

 

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Question: When turning left on a blinking yellow light, should one pull into the intersection? It seems like a blinking yellow should let at least one car through, but often cars will wait behind the line, negating the ability to move traffic...

 

The "Buddy Effect"

When I first started working at the Star Gazette, I told my coworkers about my dog Buddy and was quickly encouraged to bring him into the office. I never imagined he'd end up becoming the office...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Doggie DNA

I am a fraud. When you see me bent over with a plastic baggie in hand, don’t mistake me for a responsible pet owner who picks up after his dog. As a matter-of-fact, I long ago perfected the art of...

 

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Question: I’m writing to you to ask a question regarding whether or not you might know where the signal that I can only assume is the method to tell current “smarter” cars what the speed limit is on the road or highway they are currently...

 

Obstruction of justice

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s testimony before two Congressional committees generated a lot of discussion about a crime known as obstruction of justice. We all know the common meaning of “obstruction” and “justice,” but exactly what...

 

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Question: I have a 2018 Jeep Wrangler which has a windshield that has the ability to fold down from the factory. I am just wondering if the windshield is properly folded down and strapped as per the factory design if this is then legal to drive on...

 

A matter of motivation

I recently fell into a slump where I didn’t want to do anything. When I went home, all I wanted to do was sit on the couch or in front of my computer. I took a lot of naps and watched too much...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Protecting and promoting our pollinators

Just a few weeks ago on a fine July Saturday afternoon, I had the pleasure of taking part in the Oldenburg’s “Bee Friendly Day.” The event, centered around the importance of pollinators in our...

 

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Question: I have a question about signs along the road. I heard somewhere that people are not allowed to put signs along the roadway for graduation parties, political signs and advertising. I see signs for auctions fairly often. Does this apply to...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    August 1, 2019

Gardens and zucchini

When you read this it will be the first of August (or very nearly so). As I write there is a very welcome, steady and gentle rain coming down. As August arrives everyone starts to wonder how the...

 

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Question: Can you please explain the new law that requires drivers to move to the right lane if they are impeding traffic by traveling under the posted speed limit? Answer: The requirement to move over and allow vehicles to pass in the left lane has...

 

A look behind the curtain

By some miracle, the smothering heat and humidity (mostly) cleared away this last weekend. The end result was decent weather for the Moose Lake Triathlon. This was my first year volunteering with the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 25, 2019

And this is my room

Mom, Dad, and the realtor made a mad dash for the basement. A blood-curdling scream had just emanated from the bowels of our soon-to-be former dream home in Eagan. The premature demise of the...

 

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Question: We live on a gravel road and during the summer months, ATVs and dirt bikes will drive by from time to time. Recently a group of dirt bikes drove by our house going at least 50 mph and one of them was doing a wheelie for probably half a...

 

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