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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 11, 2018 

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...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    October 11, 2018 

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...

 

Live alien lights

We saw the light. By 'we' I mean our family unit. Like a scene from E.T. or some other space opera/odyssey from the late 20th Century. A pop-culture invasion. Minus Ringo. As far as we could tell, he...

 

Labor Day sales

Once upon a time Labor Day was celebrated with parades featuring marchers from the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters Union, the Bricklayers Union and my favorite, the one union I belonged to, the Hod-Carriers...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Reflections from a Master Gardener

Last month, the Carlton County Master Gardeners met at the home of local master gardener Doug McLellan. Before offering us a beautiful spread of homegrown refreshments, Doug led the group on a tour...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Dogs and longevity

I once had a Norwegian Elkhound named Jethro. I aptly named him Jethro Bodine after a character on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Jethro could never make up his mind if he was going to be a brain...

 

As easy and difficult as pie

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a lot of tips for young women to stay safe outside. Anything from “Don’t wear your hair in a ponytail, because it’s easier for an attacker to grab it,” to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 23, 2018

The learning curve

It’s been nearly a month since we bought our Tesla. I can count on one hand the number of times I have driven it. I still have five fingers and I think I have been behind the wheel four times. This...

 

Recognizing the humanity in the arts

We all have our own ideas of what 'the arts' means. Some think of symphony orchestras, others picture painted masterpieces and others think of carefully crafted literary works. Maybe you think of...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    August 16, 2018

Ask a Master Gardener

Last week I was enjoying some time with our grandson in his Rochester backyard, inspecting the progress of a small vegetable garden we had planted in early June. We had just discovered the umpteenth...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 16, 2018

Jerry Jeff and a Tesla

Folks, please bear with me for just one more year. You are not alone in the musical world if you love country and don’t know Jerry Jeff Walker. He may be the ultimate singer/songwriter from Austin...

 

Write in Kurhajetz in November for SWCD

My name is Russell Kurhajetz and I am asking for your vote as a board of supervisors member representing District 2 of Carlton County's Soil and Water Conservation District. Because of timing, I am running as a write-in candidate. Sadly this means...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    August 9, 2018

What the jet stream has to do with you

When it comes to the weather, we are currently the lucky ones, because we are in the area covered by a dip in the jet stream, keeping the very hot, humid weather to the south of us. Earlier in July,...

 

School supplies?

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." Moose Lake isn't New York City,...

 

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