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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
This is the last letter to the editor we received from Tom Rukavina (who over the years submitted many). At the request of a reader, we are posting it on our website.... Marshall, Your editorial … more
Give the Republican establishment credit for strategic vision. While President Trump may use populist rhetoric on the campaign trail, when it comes to his actual decision-making, it’s still the … more
With city officials in Tower beginning to take a closer look at blight in the community, perhaps it’s time they look a little closer to home. Anyone paying attention is no doubt aware that … more
This week’s untimely passing of longtime state legislator Tom Rukavina is a huge loss to both his family and to the Iron Range he loved and fought for throughout his political career. Known … more
While some Democratic leaders in Washington still haven’t learned the lessons of the 2016 election, there are hopeful signs across the country that the next generation of party leadership is ready … more
While President Trump’s recently-announced tariffs on steel and aluminum might seem like good news for the Iron Range at first glance, a closer look suggests that any short-term gains from the … more
Give Jason Metsa credit for starting a debate that most legislators would rather not touch— legalization of marijuana for personal use in Minnesota. Metsa, a Virginia DFLer, is proposing to put the … more
Oh, the poor beleaguered American corporation. To hear GOP leaders, and even a few Democrats, tell the tale, companies in the U.S. are severely overtaxed and it’s limiting America’s … more
We’re rediscovering the boundless energy and enthusiasm of a young dog, and the ways in which dog ownership can reorder our lives. It’s been several months now since we said our final goodbyes … more
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