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REGIONAL—From 1890 to 1910, timber speculators and lumbermen patented most of the valuable pine lands in north-central Minnesota—the homeland of the Bois Forte Ojibwe. By the 1920s, dams … more
I once made up my mind to get a divorce on Christmas morning. My alcoholic husband had not come home. It wasn’t the first time, and Christmas wasn’t his holiday, but this was my Christmas … more
Sen. Tom Bakk spoke the truth at a recent community joint powers board meeting in Ely, and in doing so he highlighted why those concerned with the risks posed by the just-released Twin Metals mine … more
The poohbahs currently populating the establishment media landscape these days have one consistent message about the state of the race for the Democratic nomination— be very afraid of anyone with a … more
Last week’s presentation in Tower on the state of emergency medical services in the region by Virginia Fire and Ambulance Chief Allen Lewis was informative without offering a clear path forward— … more
On the heels of the penultimate snowstorm, I drove the 317 miles to Rochester, on what turned out to be a beautiful day and a delightful drive, much to my surprise. The highways were bone dry, except … more
The federal government is already hiring workers to help conduct the 2020 U.S. census, which officially gets underway on April 1 of next year. Even as federal officials ramp up their efforts … more
Kaboom! A rifle shot splits open the morning silence. It’s just after dawn. A soft lemony sun is hanging low on the eastern horizon. The thermometer outside the window reads a chilling three … more
One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a reapresentative democracy is that you can’t accomplish things alone. Whether you’re trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or to … more
The decision by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to conduct its own environmental review process into the impacts of a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine is a good one, that will … more
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