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The journey from democracy to dictatorship involves many steps. Some are small, others are large, but few in the last 243 years of American history have had the potential to be as consequential as … more
There’s good news and bad on the healthcare front in Minnesota. First, the bad news— the number of Minnesotans without health insurance increased this year, by about 18,000. For most of these … more
In his classic book, “13 Ways to Kill Your Community,” Doug Griffiths puts “Don’t Attract Business” at Number Two. We all know that attracting new businesses to our small communities is … more
My mind is still spinning after taking part in the International Climate Strike, the brainchild of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden whose special gift is her ability to simply but so … more
Last week’s excellent letter to the editor from Lake Vermilion resident Elaine McGillivray reminded us of how the derogatory term “packsacker” is so regularly misused in our area by those of … more
It wasn’t inevitable that PolyMet Mining’s proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes would face growing skepticism by the courts and by independent government watchdogs. But an environmental … more
Why in the world do people fall for fake news? I have labeled this alternatively as willful ignorance, gullibility, the failure of the public school system, the dearth of critical thinking and civics … more
While the impacts from Hurricane Dorian thankfully passed far from Minnesota, even here in the North Country, we can’t escape the impacts that Hurricane Trump continues to inflict on our federal … more
I dislike spending time responding to the nonsense that regularly appears in the pages of the Tower News, but the defamatory screed from Tower Ambulance Director and Fire Chief Steve Altenburg that … more
The future of the Tower Area Ambulance Service is too important to leave to haphazard leadership. As we report this week, the once highly-profitable TAAS is facing another year of financial … more
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