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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
Twenty-five years ago this month, as I watched a piece of newspaper slowly kindle a fire under a brush pile, something caught my eye that changed my life forever. It was a picture of a fellow … more
Since Thanksgiving celebrates the arrival of European immigrants to America and the welcome given by the Indians who had lived here for centuries, I just can’t resist. So many tasty metaphors come … more
We reported last week on a lawsuit surrounding Calgary-based Enbridge Energy’s effort to get around environmental review laws in order to ramp up shipments of tar sands bitumen from Canada through … more
Last week’s announcement that Antofagasta is going to rescue a financially strapped Duluth Metals through acquisition was not a surprise. Duluth Metals had been in a downward spiral since … more
The Morse Township hall on South Central Avenue in Ely was buzzing busy with a waiting line 10 folks long for the five full voting booths when I went in to cast my ballot at 10:30 on Tuesday morning. … more
Seeing and hearing, in person, the President or Vice President of the United States, or a candidate for these high offices, is a rare opportunity for any American. I was in the same room last week … more
I almost fell off my chair the other day while reading Stewart Mills’ comments in the Mesabi Daily News on the subject of single-payer health insurance. He chastised his opponent Rick Nolan for … more
Having an insider’s view of two recent lawsuits that went all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court has been an eye-opening experience for me about the legal process, and it’s unpredictable … more
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