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Change is difficult, for people and for communities. It’s especially true in small towns, where, too often, nothing seems to change. That’s been the rap on Tower for a long time even as folks … more
I hope that District 3A Rep. Rob Ecklund will visit Ely, Birch Lake, and the South Kawishiwi in the near future. If he will do that and will talk with homeowners, business owners, and others who have … more
Recently a friend took the time to send me heartfelt appreciation for an earlier column. It’s lovely to receive kudos and helpful just to hear that I’m striking chords and not just throwing my … more
A legislative audit critical of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board could be a turning point for the state agency if lawmakers use the report to address the agency’s … more
Ross Peterson’s letter in the March 12 Ely Echo was a Trump-et call for proponents of sulfide mining to join the Trump side of politics (bombast, exclusion, intimidation and personal attack). It is … more
Can America afford to provide free tuition at public colleges and universities? It’s an idea that’s gained some traction thanks to the campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Yet others, such as … more
The most recent edition of the Timberjay caused me both amusement and bemusement. The front page was highlighted by the gleeful (my interpretation) report that Twin Metals took a major regulatory … more
The leadership of both major political parties in the U.S. should be undertaking some soul-searching in this primary season. After Tuesday’s contests, it appears more likely than ever that the two … more
From World War II to 1980, the American economy worked incredibly well for most of us. Possibly for the first time in world history, rich and poor shared proportionally in the unprecedented … more
It’s nice to have a retreat that isn’t too far away, a place to let your hair down when life gets too routine or you find you are taking it all too seriously. I have a place like that and it … more
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