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As we report this week, residents in Tower pay $234 a year more for water and sewer than their neighbors in Soudan, yet both are served by the Tower-Breitung Wastewater Board and pay exactly the same … more
When my phone rang one mid-December evening, I couldn’t have imagined the request I received. I’d assumed my son was calling from Minneapolis to announce that, because of the latest COVID … more
Exactly twelve years ago, the Democrats held 59 seats in the U.S. Senate. That included three of the four Senate seats from North and South Dakota, and both Senate seats from the states of Arkansas … more
When I graduated from high school in 1976, I did so without having taken a foreign language. German and Spanish were available but not required, and there were other electives, like economics, that … more
When political leaders put politics over process and the law, it leaves plenty of wreckage behind. The Biden administration’s decision last week, to cancel the Twin Metals leases in the … more
Abraham Lincoln is one of our most revered presidents, and I’m wondering what he would think of the state of our nation. If asked what they think they know about Lincoln, many people would say … more
The Walz administration issued an eye-popping bonding proposal last week, just ahead of the start of the 2022 legislative session. At a proposed $2.7 billion dollars, it would dwarf any previous … more
“Follow the process,” was a theme that federal officials heard early and often in recent days from opponents of the proposed 20-year mineral withdrawal that would block new sulfide-based, … more
A fresh new year has arrived and with it very little in the way of cheery outlooks for topics we hear about when we turn on the computer, radio or TV. During our annual Timberjay Christmas break, I … more
In an editorial one year ago, in the immediate wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at our nation’s capital, we asked whether the Republican Party would be able to recover from its slavish … more
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