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 By Bethany Helwig    Opinion    July 11, 2019 

Pleasing the masses and Art in the Park

I’m what you would call a “people pleaser.” I have a constant fear while writing (both my own books and this newspaper) that people aren’t going to like what I have to say. There’s also a na...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Independence Day Again

It’s almost here, the annual holiday that celebrates America’s independence from British rule, the Fourth of July. I’ll never forget the celebration at the Arthyde Community Club Park in the ear...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Going nature's way

On the eve of July, we were sequestered in the house as a series of thunderstorms rolled through the region. At 11 a.m. it was as dark as it is at 7 p.m. Outside thunder was rolling non-stop to the...

 

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Question: What are the laws about fireworks in Minnesota? Can you provide some safety tips for those who plan on purchasing their own fireworks? Answer: Here are some safety tips provided by the Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 27, 2019

The Face of Moose Lake/Willow River Sports

One rarely saw a game in Moose Lake/Willow without Al Rose on the sidelines. As a sports reporter, Al was always talking to the kids. Not necessarily taking sides for the home team, but talking up...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Money really does grow on trees

Ever heard the statement “Money doesn’t grow on trees”? I’m sure at some point or another, especially when just a little tike, all of us had someone make the comment to emphasize frugality....

 

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Question: I recently saw someone pulled over to the side on the freeway with a flat tire. I pulled over also to approach them. Was what I did illegal? Answer: This is legal as you were stopping on the freeway to offer assistance and this would fit...

 

My hero goes by "Dad"

This past weekend my sisters and I went on a hike with my father then later treated him to a movie and dinner for Father’s Day. The whole time he was acting like a dad—wanting to pay for...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    June 20, 2019

The beauty of trees

If you’re like me, late spring and early summer are a favorite time of the year. It’s comfortable to be out of the house and opportunities abound during such a mild season. It’s a treat to get...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 13, 2019

We're talking baseball

“We’re talking baseball, Kluszewski Campenella, yadda, yadda, yadda, maybe even Bobby Feller.” Although I may not remember the words, I certainly remember the fun. Around my house, I have been...

 

Ethical censorship for judges

Recently, a judge in Utah was suspended without pay for six months. The reason: he made a series of statements critical of President Trump, both in and out of court. As the story circulated on social media, a lot of people were outraged that a judge...

 

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Question: Moped rentals are being considered in my city. Can you talk about the laws and rules that cover moped operations and if insurance is required on them? What is the difference between a moped and motor scooter? Answer: Great question as I am...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 6, 2019

The Long Minnesota Goodbye

I heard a song the other day on one of the Twin Cites alternative radio stations. I was quite amused and intrigued. One of the first things my wife and I noticed when we first moved to northern...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Going Nature's Way

Sometimes in this column, I write about topics that are global in scope, sometimes they are regional, and sometimes they are much closer to home. This month I am focusing on a very local subject and...

 

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Question: In my city, there is a double yellow line on the main roadway and yet some motorists cross both lines to park against oncoming traffic, many at dark with headlights on. Why is this allowed without warning or a ticket? Answer: A crash can...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    May 30, 2019

Managing stormwater runoff

Earlier this month, I was able to attend the two-day Stormwater Practices Inspections and Maintenance Workshop geared towards teaching the best ways to inspect and maintain stormwater green...

 

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Question: I have heard a lot about “click it or ticket” recently, I thought seat belt use was at an all-time high? Answer: Most Minnesotans are making the life-saving decision to buckle up. According to the 2018 Minnesota Seat Belt Survey, 92.4...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 30, 2019

Selling the House

Only yesterday we were selling the home in Moose Lake where we lived and raised our children over the last thirty years. Although we exited the Moose Lake home a few years ago, I never totally cut...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Bitcoin

Was this the moment Bitcoin made us millionaires? The moment being last Sunday at six. For the past half-century, our household had generally reserved this time slot to watch the weekly news show,...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    Opinion    May 23, 2019

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou

I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Moose Lake Public Library for an Author Chat event along with Dean Hovey (author of the Pine County Mystery series) and Eric Bergman (author of Addie...

 

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Question: When on a freeway and an emergency vehicle is approaching from the rear but not the same lane, is it the law to pull over and stop? Stopping on the freeway can be very dangerous. Answer: Minnesota state laws says that upon the immediate app...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Minnesota Movie Stars

Some people are born actors. If the part called for a larger than life, arrogant loud-mouth to play the role of a wrestler turned politician, one need look no farther than Jimmy Janos, better known...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Watch your waste

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but the morning routine outside sure has changed from just a month ago. No more does it seem to be solemn, dark, and still past 6:30 am. Far from it, in...

 

The role of U.S. Attorney General

The role of the U.S. Attorney General has been a hot topic of conversation recently with Attorney General Barr’s testimony before a Senate committee. This debate highlights the unique role of attorneys in the public sector. In the public sector,...

 

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Question: What is the law regarding fastening bike carriers and other items to the back of a vehicle which block the ability to read the rear license plate? Answer: It is illegal if any part of the taillight or license plate is blocked by a bike,...

 

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