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These days we hear a lot about how to deal with our “stuff”: how to declutter, downsize, organize and infuse our houses with space, order and beauty. At the least, to have clear pathways through … more
Will water and potential contaminants from the proposed PolyMet mine flow to the north or the south? It would seem a fundamental question, which we would expect a ten-year long environmental review … more
I see pitchforks. Lots of them, and it reflects the almost seething anger that runs across the political spectrum in America these days. It’s fueling the likes of Bernie Sanders, who is now … more
The first time I met Theda Musgrove was in 1981 when I walked into the laundromat in Delta Junction, Alaska. You could take a nice hot shower there for 25 cents back then. I’d seen the sign posted … more
While the political circus that is the Republican presidential contest has been entertaining self-satisfied Democrats in recent weeks, there are ever-increasing signs of trouble in paradise. The … more
What a week it was up in Ely, where I live!  Summer baseball ended, the annual Blueberry Festival ran its three-day stretch during hot, humid weather, and my brother and I sold our family cabin on … more
If Gov. Mark Dayton wants to leave a positive legacy for the Iron Range, he should use his next two years in office to advance a restructuring at the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. … more
Every summer, it’s as if the Fourth of July arrives earlier and earlier. It always seems to be such a harried time as I continue to make long lists of summer projects, which don’t get done as … more
Is another northeastern Minnesota school district being led into troubled waters by Johnson Controls? The Grand Rapids School District, which will be taking an estimated $70 million bond measure to … more
Fourth of July is Saturday. I’ll probably make potato salad, calico beans and burgers, but I don’t feel like talking about beans. Do you? Fireworks?  Well maybe, but not the kind you light with … more
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