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If Gov. Mark Dayton wants to leave a positive legacy for the Iron Range, he should use his next two years in office to advance a restructuring at the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. … more
Greenwood Township residents are rightfully upset by a town board majority that seems to make up new rules as it goes along. That was the case last week when the town board voted 3-2 at the end of … more
Every summer, it’s as if the Fourth of July arrives earlier and earlier. It always seems to be such a harried time as I continue to make long lists of summer projects, which don’t get done as … more
It’s easy in small towns to view arts and cultural events as luxuries. But as a growing number of small communities in the U.S. have discovered, the arts can be a key element in community and … more
Is another northeastern Minnesota school district being led into troubled waters by Johnson Controls? The Grand Rapids School District, which will be taking an estimated $70 million bond measure to … more
REGIONAL—A St. Paul organization, known as Water Legacy, has quietly assembled a devastating indictment of the state of Minnesota and its unwillingness to regulate the taconite mining industry, for … more
Fourth of July is Saturday. I’ll probably make potato salad, calico beans and burgers, but I don’t feel like talking about beans. Do you? Fireworks?  Well maybe, but not the kind you light with … more
A researcher at Arizona State University estimates there is $3.316 billion worth of metal particles in American sewage. No one is suggesting it’s feasible to recover this treasure, but it does … more
In recent weeks, we’ve reported on some of the on-the-ground impacts of a change in state law and Department of Natural Resources policies that requires foresters and other state land managers to … more
Given four years of litigation over the St. Louis County School District’s improper use of taxpayer dollars for political purposes, one might have thought that school district officials would have … more
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