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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
A researcher at Arizona State University estimates there is $3.316 billion worth of metal particles in American sewage. No one is suggesting it’s feasible to recover this treasure, but it does … more
In recent weeks, we’ve reported on some of the on-the-ground impacts of a change in state law and Department of Natural Resources policies that requires foresters and other state land managers to … 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
Minnesota’s struggling nursing homes gained some breathing room with the passage of legislation that bases Minnesota’s Medicaid payments on facilities’ actual operating costs. It not only … more
The Tower Farmers Market opens on Friday, June 19, at the usual place and time - the Historic Train Depot on Main Street from 4 to 6 p.m. This is our seventh year of bringing fresh local produce, … more
It’s really too bad that barriers are being thrown in the way of the business re-launch of Sue Schurke’s Northwoods Apparel. It is obvious Sue truly loves what she does and wants to succeed. In … 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
“The worst I’ve ever seen.” That was Rep. Tom Anzelc’s assessment of the lack of transparency in the final days of this year’s legislative session, and it has many legislators, including … 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
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