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The announcement late last Wednesday that Glencore had agreed to loan PolyMet another $11 million to pay for an update to its definitive feasibility study, was greeted by some as a piece of good … more
My mom was an alcoholic who never admitted it nor figured out the recovery part. She and my dad, when they were still together, had an active social life that revolved around and swam in alcohol. … more
If you want to know how and why the growing inequality of wealth and income in the U.S. is distorting our economy and our politics, consider the game of poverty poker. For those of you unfamiliar … more
Calling all introverts out there in Timberjay land as well as anyone who has a friend or relative who is an introvert. Yes, that would be all of you, thank you for your attention. A common … more
To hear the pundits and political insiders tell it, Hillary Clinton is the Democrats’ safe bet for 2016. Yet their prognostications are routinely undermined by the polls, which show Sen. Bernie … more
Last Friday a number of us revived a Christmas tradition by caroling around Ely. Mark Palser came up with the brilliant idea to put together an impromptu Ely Public Transit choir, advertising that we … more
Last week, we reported again on the sharp difference of opinion between the Department of Natural Resources and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, or GLIFWC, about how much … more
As we are drawn inexorably into the holiday season, my wondering wanders into the complicated maze of traditions, habits and rituals of this part of the year. It is a montage of practices that have … more
Can the U.S. ever get its health care costs under control? While the implementation of Obamacare has coincided with slower growth in health care expenditures the past few years, the rate of increase … more
With the holiday season upon us, we may have Norman Rockwell images of family and friends gathered around a table laden with delicious food prepared with love, everyone smiling, offering prayers of … more
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