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The repeal of Obamacare has grown increasingly complicated for the GOP Congress and the incoming Trump administration. This week, the Congressional Budget Office released its assessment of the … more
Every November I’m invited to share in the family hunting ritual of pulling the deer in from the woods. Amidst the huffing and puffing, one of us manages to exclaim, “ Well, we just passed our … more
Rep. Rick Nolan’s efforts to reverse the cancellation of mineral leases critical to the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely, are as cynical as they are reckless. In arguing to … more
Sometimes events conspire to expose the senselessness of much of what passes for leadership in Washington these days. In the wake of Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, the U.S. House of … more
The stunning pace at which the norms and ideals that have guided the American experiment for the past 240 years are being upended in Washington, D.C., is both disorienting and disturbing. A country … more
Over the past few months, I’ve been revisiting my youth through the 79 episodes of the one 1960s television show that I never missed— Star Trek. I was hardly alone in my fascination with the … more
A resolution currently making the rounds of Iron Range city councils decrying the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s proposed new sulfate standard exposes the all-too familiar willingness of … more
Around the world, the leaders of great nations have glimpsed the future, and are investing today to be at the forefront of the world’s transition to renewable forms of energy. It’s a competition, … more
When you ask someone why they joined a volunteer fire department, the common response is “to give back to the community.” It was my motivation when I walked into the Town of French Fire Hall … more
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has mostly labored in relative obscurity during her decade as the state’s top lawyer. But the northern St. Louis County native (who grew up near Orr) … more
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