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One advantage of working in the news media, is that we regularly get the chance to talk at length with our various elected officials. Over the years, we’ve frequently talked with Sen. Tom Bakk, … more
Last week, National Public Radio featured a poem created by Kwame Alexander, NPR’s 2022 poet-in- residence that that included submissions from listeners entitled “Who Will Clean Out The … more
Do we really need to add to the division and distrust that already exists in our region over the issue of protecting the Boundary Waters from mining pollution? It’s a question worth asking … more
In the last two columns I have been writing about my trip to the United Kingdom in late March to early April. This is the third and final installment and then I will go back to my regular nonsense. … more
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”George Santayana For Americans in the 21st Century, it can seem at times that we are stuck in an endless loop of tragedy, … more
“An appeal to the people of Tower and Soudan to observe Memorial Day this year in a manner that will pay fitting tribute to the soldier and sailor dead was made by Nelson-Jackson Post No. 245, … more
What if our area communities could play a role in helping residents respond to sharply higher food costs? And what if we could improve the physical and mental health of our area residents while … more
This week Brett Ross gave an excellent presentation on the history and present circumstances of WELY radio with which he has been affiliated since 1998, rarely taking some time out for other work and … more
In St. Louis County, townships that lack a viable government are known as “unorganized.” That might be an apt description of Greenwood Township as well, these days, given that it has … more
In her article entitled, “Taking Care: Our interdependencies, from nursing homes to glaciers,” that appears in the Spring 2022 edition of Orion Magazine, British essayist Daisy Hildyard … more
The law, as it develops over time through court decisions, is like a house that’s built on a foundation. Each precedent-setting decision is like another brick, which forms the base for the … more
Before I get too far into my Great Britain story I have to say... air travel in 2022 is not easy, even within the United States. A few days past Easter, I traveled by car to Missouri to visit my … more
“Creating quite a bit of conflict without stating all the facts.” That was the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board’s take, issued in an official report last summer, on the … more
Minnesota currently has a $9.25 billion budget surplus, a low state unemployment rate, and increasing corporate profits, all indicators the state has recovered strongly from some very challenging … more
Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Will Minnesotans really elect a governor who doesn’t tell us the truth?That’s a legitimate question after the … more
I am sending in this column from the Deep South, a region I have never visited before. I hadn’t seen my brother and his wife for six years, and his health has been poor, so we both felt it … more
On Friday, March 25, I was very fortunate to travel from Minneapolis to Great Britain with my Soudan friend and travel expert, Mary Batinich. Jill Wagoner, also from Soudan, joined in and the group … more
Last week’s healthy discussion by the Tower Ambulance Commission on possible changes in the funding model for the city’s ambulance service was welcome and we hope that it leads to further … more
We recognize that politicians occasionally shade the truth and engage in hyperbole. And a few too many are willing to engage in a bit of demagoguery at times. We all learn to take that with a grain … more
Rarely in my life have the stars aligned so perfectly and yet remained so far out of reach as they have this week in my life at the Timberjay.As luck would have it, this soul so enamored with … more
Too often, school boards are swayed by the sweet promises of lobbyists and consultants who have a financial stake in the seemingly never-ending push for new facilities and consolidation. There is big … more
I have been hearing stories personally and through the media of the anxiety that many people are experiencing with all the unrest and uncertainty in the world following two years of dealing with a … more
Oil companies are not in the business of producing oil. They’re in the business of making money and, as we’re learning these days, that sometimes means producing less oil rather than … more
I wish I wasn’t opening with doom and gloom but if you’re hearing what I’m hearing, humanity is being tested to the max. We can identify a host of serious problems, some that … more
It’s long been acknowledged that challenges also bring opportunity. And the spiking cost of energy, both as a result of COVID-related supply chain issues and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, is … more
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