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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
Given four years of litigation over the St. Louis County School District’s improper use of taxpayer dollars for political purposes, one might have thought that school district officials would have … more
Could Sen. Tom Bakk’s tenure as state Senate Majority Leader be in doubt? That’s the political buzz within DFL-oriented circles and blogs in the wake of what clearly was not a great session … more
Back in the summer of ‘84, I came upon a phenomenon in the great north woods, which I’d never experienced before. Maybe because I was young and quite sheltered, the events of the summer left such … more
As we report this week, a three-judge panel at the Office of Administrative Hearings fined the St. Louis County School District last Friday for its failure to file a complete campaign finance report, … more
Memorial Day weekend is ahead of us, and perhaps you’ve seen folks taking their cemetery baskets in to greenhouses for filling, or they are buying the flowers to plant themselves. You’ll see a … more
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