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 By Judy Walker    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Bee friendly

It's amazing how important the little things are. Honey bees and other pollinators are responsible for much of the food we eat. Here in Minnesota, many crops including apple, blueberry, cucumber,...

 

Glimpse of 1918: automobile club is formed

Life 100 years ago in 1918 was progressing, despite World War I raging in Europe. People at home were supporting the troops. More and more people were switching to automobiles, although horses were...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Sharing the road

My favorite scene from the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” appears near the very end when the two bank/train robbing outlaws are perched behind a large boulder. One of them turns to the...

 

It's the small things

As I flipped through pages of the Star-Gazette, eyes peeled for an interesting picture to include in the Historical Reflections section, a headline at the top of the first page caught my eye — “An...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Scotch day

I have never had a problem reconciling the vision of a large red-headed, big-bellied guy with a bottle of Scotch in hand, wearing a skirt in lieu of pants. OK. Technically they are called kilts, as...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    July 19, 2018

The verdict is in ...

... and it's unanimous: the flower pots at the courthouse in Carlton are stunning, beyond a doubt! This is the third summer of the beautification project initiated by the Carlton County Extension...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Liar, liar, pants on fire

One of the things that bothers President Trump’s adversaries the most is his continual stream of lies. In reality, his antagonists, both foreign and domestic, could do themselves a big favor by...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Three of a kind

In the past three weeks, wedding bells were ringing in Brainerd, Minn., Ojo Caliente, N.M. and Lead, S.D. Not for me but for three of our family friends. In poker you could say about these three weddi...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Worthy of observation and appreciation

Bugs. Insects. Creepy crawlies. These are just some of the names used to describe the enormous biomass of living creatures we share the earth with. According to the Smithsonian Institution, the...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Coming soon: the Annual Kettle River Garden Tour

For over 20 years, the Carlton County Master Gardeners, in collaboration with area gardeners, have hosted the Kettle River Garden Tour. The tour is a very popular event, with attendance at about 150...

 
 By Lois E Johnson    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Glimpse into History: Junior Four Minute Men, one-room school houses in Carlton County

Editor’s Note: This year, 2018, is the 100th anniversary of three great events in history: World War I, the 1918 influenza epidemic and the Fires of 1918. Take a glimpse of history of the schools...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Learning, living

Many friends are urging me to tell a very important part of my life story that I omitted last week. I agreed, if only to prove that people can change from heading toward the dark side of life to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Who was Gary Fisher?

I recently received a request from my home town’s newspaper if I would kindly sit for an interview. “Dear Rita, this is my answer to your quest to interview me for your column 'What Ever Happened...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    June 21, 2018

Some dirt on soil testing

Last month I dropped off soil samples at the U of M Soil Testing and Research Analytical Laboratories, and left with a very enthusiastic “Yes!” to a request for information about soil testing....

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    June 21, 2018

A Gavillon wedding

A line of shuttle buses filled to the brim with wedding revelers took a right turn down Gavillon Road until it reached the ranch that could only be described as “a new compound made in the ancient...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    June 14, 2018

A different ESP

There are no psychics in my story. No one will be here to tell your future. The best known version of ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) remains conspicuously absent. There is a lesser used acronym of...

 

Adding to the noise

When I had just gotten out of high school, some pretty big news broke out in my hometown: A teacher was arrested. Reading the article online was a major shock. I really liked this teacher. He was one...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Asking the perennial question

Garden shopping this year raised the perennial question: do I go for the all- summer blooming annuals? Or invest a little more up front (and on the backside) in perennials that will become part of the...

 

A parent's concern

Dear Editor, I am a concerned parent living in the Moose Lake School District, and I want to inform our community about events that happened in our school district over the past few months. On Monday, April 9, 2018 at approximately 2:45 p.m., an...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Pallor in Lawler

Pallor: extreme paleness as in fear of death. Recently a wave of pallor cast its shadow over the tiny Minnesota village known as Lawler. Although Dave Wilen wasn't one of its Founding Fathers, he was...

 

An open question

A few months back, I read an editorial which discussed the syntax of our national anthem. The writer, who has made his living as a singer-songwriter, points out that the song actually is made up of...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Raising your garden up a notch

We planted our first garden in Tamarack many years ago. After weeks of breaking through thick grasses, weeds and rocks, hauling truckloads of new soil and hours spent finally planting, we stood back...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    May 24, 2018

An Enemy of the People

Although Henrik Ibsen was a well-known playwright in the late 19th century, little would he imagine that in the 21st century his high-intensity drama “An Enemy of the People” would remain as...

 
 By Robert Benes    Opinion    May 17, 2018

May is Community Action Month

May is Community Action month as proclaimed by Governor Dayton on April 24. Although many people are familiar with their local Community Action Agency by the programs they operate such as Energy Assistance, Weatherization, Head Start or Homeless...

 
 By Wick Fischer    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Rich man blues

“I woke up this morning, both my cars were gone. I stumbled past my swimming pool, threw my drink across the lawn. I got the blues. I got those rich man blues.” I first heard this catchy little...

 

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