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Elected officials in our region have been consistent in recent years about one aspect of the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely. If the mine can’t be done safely and in a way that … more
While it’s often my tendency to look into the nooks and crannies of experiences and psyches that are more intriguing than the bland, surface niceties, I finished my last column determined to write … more
Copper-nickel mining advocates are urging the U.S. Forest Service to hold a so-called listening session in Ely to hear what Iron Rangers think about the renewal of two critical mineral leases for the … more
This week I’m writing about a man I knew nothing about; when I did become aware of him, I felt sheepish that I hadn’t known of him earlier. We are on the eve on the presidential election as I … more
As recently as the 1960s and early 70s, when residents of places like Tower or Ely flushed their toilets, the waste found its way, more or less untreated, into Shagawa Lake or Lake Vermilion, … more
Every week we get hundreds of press releases from groups and companies around the country, typically sent in the offhand hope that their promotional message will make their way into at least a few … more
Creativity is a topic that is endlessly fascinating to me: how it shows up in our personalities, projects and propensities; how it is nurtured or cultivated; and how it doesn’t show up when you … more
Hey, there’s a guy with a drill hanging honeycomb-cellular-shades in my new living room! I just smiled so broadly as he took down a set of dusty, dark green metal blinds with broken pull cords and … more
While the U.S. House voted late last month to end a two-year study of a proposed mineral withdrawal in the Superior National Forest, the study is likely to continue— and that’s a good thing. … more
One of the perks of reporting on natural resource issues, such as the decline of the region’s moose population, is that, on occasion, those working on the issue will provide you with valuable and … more
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