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Legislative dysfunction appears to have become the rule in St. Paul, and Minnesotans should be outraged. The Legislature had four primary tasks before it when House and Senate leaders convened on … more
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may not be able to achieve his ultimate goal of a single-payer, universal health care system any time soon. But his outspoken support for what he calls … more
Greenwood Township has become a case study in why units of government need to follow the rules, and have consequences when officials ignore policies or the law. At their meeting this week, for … more
Gov. Mark Dayton has the opportunity to put some money behind his apparent belief that Ely’s future lies in a quality of life economy, rather than copper-nickel mining. The governor’s recent … more
Kudos are certainly in order for the many folks who have led the push for the Prospectors Loop Trail, a planned off-highway vehicle trail that would link several communities in our area along with … more
Last month in this space, we argued that area legislators should not be allowed to serve on the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. While the strictly legal concerns focused on the … more
A decision issued this week by the Office of Administrative Hearings raises questions about whether Minnesota’s campaign laws could use some updating. As we report in this issue, an administrative … more
When it comes to economic development, it’s time we better define the boundaries of “the Iron Range.” For too long, we’ve talked of “The Range” as one thing— a region stretching from … more
Change is difficult, for people and for communities. It’s especially true in small towns, where, too often, nothing seems to change. That’s been the rap on Tower for a long time even as folks … more
A legislative audit critical of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board could be a turning point for the state agency if lawmakers use the report to address the agency’s … more
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