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Chaos Theory reigns in global iron ore war

I must admit, somewhat sheepishly, that I first learned about the mathematical concept of Chaos Theory not from exhaustive graduate study, but from Jeff Goldblum in the movie “Jurassic Park.” To quote his character, the wry Dr. Ian Malcam, always quick with a cynical retort amid encroaching dinosaurs, “A butterfly can flap it’s wings in Beijing and in Central Park you get rain.” Everything affects something else, unpredictably.

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Sunday 03/29/2015
Boston bound
Posted: March 29, 2015

I have written this column in my head more than 100 times, yet have never typed it.

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Saturday 03/28/2015
That's not what I meant to typo
Posted: March 28, 2015

Happy anniversary to you and your loveless wife.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
Finish line approaching on term as president
Posted: March 26, 2015

Whew! I feel like I just ran a marathon.

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Sunday 03/22/2015
Weather gods try to kill us with kindness
Posted: March 22, 2015

From time to time the weather gods gather to make plans for the coming year.

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The forgotten dome city of Northern Minnesota
Posted: March 22, 2015

One of the most compelling aspects of studying history are the “what-ifs” of our past. In our personal lives “what-ifs” can drive us mad — “What if I?” “Why didn’t she? If only he” — but in the abstract “what-ifs” make for enjoyable party talk. Since I don’t go to parties (I have children) I’ll share some with you now.

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Friday 03/20/2015
Getting ahead of myself
Posted: March 20, 2015

The snow that greeted me as I first looked out the window Thursday morning was a harsh dose of reality for someone who had hopes that spring was indeed here for good.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Posted: March 18, 2015

It would be hard to find anyone who has not observed a divorce up close and personal: if not for themselves, then a friend or family member. The process is never easy, and sometimes it can bring out the absolute worst in otherwise good people.

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Sunday 03/15/2015
The wheels on the bus go on your phone
Posted: March 15, 2015

Each morning, out on the dirt road by our house deep in the Northern Minnesota wilds, I wait for the bus with my elementary school-aged boys. It’s a special time for reflection, conversation and encouragement. We build the special bond between father and sons. I wouldn’t trade those first five minutes of the day for anything.

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