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The Keystone XL pipeline suddenly has a math problem— one that could upset the calculus behind the controversial project to pump Canadian tar sands bitumen to the Texas Gulf Coast. First, … more
A socialist, a Muslim and a king walked into a bar, and the bartender said, “Hello, Mr. President.” That joke set me off laughing one day, and for a while everything seemed funny, or at least … more
This past Sunday, the Duluth News-Tribune ran a story on how the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board lost about $280,000 through its investment in Duluth Metals. The story originated with … more
I’m just home from a 10-day stay with friends in New Zealand. The trip actually took 14 days with travel time from Ely to Duluth to Chicago to San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand and then a hop … more
A fascinating new study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press provides valuable insights to one of the stranger dynamics in American politics today. How is it, after all, that … more
One of the more contentious issues of 2014, now bleeding into 2015, has involved wolves, wolf hunting and recently the return of wolves here to full protected status under the Endangered Species … more
We went to Mexico on vacation, and found a community that lives and breathes the concept of doing business locally. That, of course, means we avoided any of the big tourist destinations, like Cancun, … more
President Obama’s decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba seems the right move to make during the Christmas season. It’s an act of reason in the face of that old saying, … more
It didn’t take much to coax a story out of Mike Hillman, and once he started talking there was nothing to do but sit back and revel in the force of his imagination. Mike, who died Dec. 11 at … more
An Ely friend once told me, “Whether you believe it can be done, or believe it can’t, you’re right.” I understood that to mean, pessimism doesn’t deliver positive results, and we should get … more
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