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If Iron Range opponents of State Auditor Rebecca Otto were hoping to deliver a show of strength in their effort to deny the two-term DFLer the party’s nomination this year, they must have been … more
I’ve reached my usual worn-out point in the helter-skelter of summer. My internal battery is flashing “LOW-replace soon.” When guests at Camp Van Vac kindly ask the perfunctory “How are … more
For the past thirty years, America has had a love affair with prisons. It’s a remarkable development for a society founded on the principles of liberty and limited government— since there is … more
Does welfare trap people in poverty and keep them from pursuing gainful employment? To U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, who outlined a new proposal last week that he said is geared to fight poverty … more
The Blueberry Art Festival this week is prime time for creativity in Ely. And the fabulous array of craft items for sale — antler lamps, Hmong art, twig furniture and Barbie tents — this entire … more
There’s a whopper of a story, with global significance, that is suddenly dawning on a lot of people who pay attention to the energy markets. Solar-generated electricity has fallen so dramatically … more
In the spirit of fans being able to create their own fantasy football teams, one might consider a fantasy United States Supreme Court. In light of the recent SCOTUS ruling on the Hobby Lobby case, my … more
It’s sometimes amusing to watch the games people play. And one of the perennial sources of entertainment in these parts is the setting up and beating down of the straw man. In these parts, the … more
July should be a good month for bees in Minnesota. Next week two new laws go into effect that may help put the buzz back into populations of honeybees and bumblebees here. This spring our state … more
It all started with a poem, and a hunt for buried treasure. It was about a year ago that I learned that my little sister Clair had become, well… a bit obsessed with the idea that she knew where a … more