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Practically every time I finish a column, I feel dissatisfied, regretting what I had to lop off and the parts I never got to in the first place. I reassure myself, “I can always write a Part II,” … more
Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature thought they were being clever when they inserted a provision in the Government Operations funding bill this year designed to force Gov. Mark Dayton’s hand … more
With city officials in Tower beginning to take a closer look at blight in the community, perhaps it’s time they look a little closer to home. Anyone paying attention is no doubt aware that … more
The announcement that the Natural Resources Research Institute has successfully processed high purity titanium oxide from ilmenite ore found on the Iron Range provides an encouraging sign about the … more
When you ask someone why they joined a volunteer fire department, the common response is “to give back to the community.” It was my motivation when I walked into the Town of French Fire Hall … more
Around the world, the leaders of great nations have glimpsed the future, and are investing today to be at the forefront of the world’s transition to renewable forms of energy. It’s a competition, … more
What makes people tick? That question has intrigued me throughout my life, and the longer I ask, the more layered become the answers. Along the way, I have asked, for example, how can people … more
City officials in Tower are wise to hit the pause button on a plan to reshape city facilities for the future— and seek input from residents before committing to a multi-million dollar project that … more
“In the century in which we live, the Democratic Party has received the support of the electorate only when the party, with absolute clarity, has been the champion of progressive and liberal … more
Rep. Rick Nolan’s efforts to reverse the cancellation of mineral leases critical to the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely, are as cynical as they are reckless. In arguing to … more
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