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Last Sunday over 120 Ely women gathered together to donate thousands of dollars to benefit a local non-profit, and I was privileged to be one of them. This truly imaginative approach to fundraising, … more
I know that “living off the beaten path” means that people have to really want to see us to make the effort to find us. So it is with my family, most of whom are still in the Detroit area, or … more
I’ve always thought it would be a kick to work with wood and even make some furniture and was fascinated with the unique and often whimsical designs of bent willow rustic furniture…traditional … more
A quarter century ago, the liberal, free market democracies of the West were triumphant. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the world’s Western leaders had declared victory in the war of ideas. … more
If you roll a bowling ball down Sheridan Street in Ely, chances are pretty good you’ll hit an artist, and I love that. That is, I’m not really a proponent of using artists as bowling pins, but I … more
Imagine if the President of the United States were willing to order members of his administration to violate the law and the constitution, while offering to protect them from accountability for their … more
When ideas get lodged in our heads, it can be tough to shake them loose, even when there’s plentiful data that argues to the contrary. Take the notion that bigger is better in education. It’s the … more
Sessions of the Minnesota Legislature have gained a reputation in recent years for limited accomplishment. This year, they seem to be outdoing even the low bar they’ve set for themselves. With … more
To my fellow Minnesotans: I recently vetoed a bill that would abruptly withdraw Minnesota from compliance with the 45-year-old federal Clean Water Act, one of the cornerstones of our country’s … more
Supporters of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes have reason to celebrate the release of a draft Permit to Mine by the Department of Natural Resources. It’s a significant … more
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