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I’d like to start with a frank conversation about vampires. Vampires come from ancient folklore, but they’ve been a staple of pop culture for almost two centuries. You know the trope. Tall, Transylvanian type. Fangs. Allergic to sunlight. They used to be stuck-up and creepy; now they’re mood…

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As I wake up from my slumber I notice a bear with its beady eyes staring at me. I slowly peek open my eyes and see on the other side of me a pink shoe, an elf and a laughing face. As my eyes come more into focus I spy by my feet a tiger, a duck and an octopus. There’s also a bone, a short co…

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ku’dos, noun 1. fame; honor; glory; prestige; credit; as for an achievement.

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ku’dos, noun 1. fame; honor; glory; prestige; credit; as for an achievement.

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For years I watched my neighbor carry a basket of wet laundry out of her house almost every summer morning, and piece by piece, clip it on the line to dry. And never fail, it conjured up a mixed pot of emotions for me.

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One-hundred and four years ago, the iron mines around North Hibbing ran hot with thawing hematite while the early June weather proved every bit as unpredictable as today’s. The gates to the city seasonal parks swung open in torrential rain, but people still walked through them to sit on the …

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ku’dos, noun 1. fame; honor; glory; prestige; credit; as for an achievement.

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My first job interview took place on a barstool in Eveleth. I was 16, in fresh possession of a driver’s license and itching to make some money. The classified ad read “Pizza Delivery Driver.” I called the number and within hours was sitting next to the owner at his bar watching him taste-tes…

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You’ve probably been hearing it for years now, well meaning people telling you to chase your dreams. Aim high. Never quit until you make it.

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ku’dos, noun 1. fame; honor; glory; prestige; credit; as for an achievement.

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It seems like just yesterday that our family answered a want ad from the Manney’s Shopper for a free dog.

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In the field of suicide prevention, media matters tremendously. Stories of hope and recovery are known to prevent suicide while detailed stories of suicide methods and glorification of suicide can increase risk of suicide. Thank you to Hibbing Daily Tribune, and especially Carrie Manner and …

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It looked good on paper. A small Canadian company would mine copper, nickel and other valuable minerals in northern Minnesota. They vowed an innovative process to meet some of the most rigorous mining regulations in the world. Moreover, this company promised jobs for a rural region that need…

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ku’dos, noun 1. fame; honor; glory; prestige; credit; as for an achievement.

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I just woke up. It’s still dark out. Morning is here, but the neighborhood is quiet.

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Editor's note: This is in response to a letter to the editor written by outreach officer Johnnie Forrest of SD6.

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I'm appalled that Hibbing High School science teacher Dan Gotz would talk to students in a verbally abusive manner.

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I would like to submit onions to Essentia Health Virginia for shutting down the inpatient physical and medical rehab wing and also for not letting the public know. I heard this from a friend and called the hospital to confirm it is closing in June of this year. I have been there twice almost…

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We, the undersigned retirees of ISD 701, stand with Dan Gotz. We believe the person and her attorneys bringing the lawsuit against him have violated his PELRA rights and rights in the ISD 701 contract on right to privacy during an investigation. Her child also violated school policy not only…

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We had better medical care in Vietnam at a MASH Unit than we get here today in local clinics.

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Early in the year, I asked the Spartan Angling class at Nashwauk High School the following question: “What is one species of fish you have always wanted to catch?” There was an excited response. One student yelled, “Sturgeon, I have never caught one of those!” Other students agreed, and the …

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This issue with Chris Horoshak insisting on pressing charges against a medicated elderly woman is ridiculous! I made the initial motion to remove Chris from the SD6 board. The motion was made on my part not because he was running against David Tomassoni. But because Chris has been missing me…

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I don’t go “hiking.” I have, however, been lost in the woods for several hours. You tell me the difference.

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ku’dos, noun 1. fame; honor; glory; prestige; credit; as for an achievement.

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“I’m feeling like my clothes need to be replaced,” one of my besties texted me earlier this week. She said that all of her “go-to” wardrobe staples looked decent from a distance but were starting to look tattered along the seams, and, to be honest some things weren’t fitting that great. “Sau…

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The Hibbing Tribune of Sunday, April 28, had a “police report” and Aaron Brown’s column that were interesting, the skeletonized police report was the street or avenue address and type of incident, but not the names of people charged and what they were charged with. This doesn’t cut it, it se…

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I hate to complain, but I will. What has happened to the wonderful new America that Trump promised us? Our utility bills are much higher; the cost of groceries go up every week; the cost of gas keeps rising; insurance premiums for homes, cars and health care only go up . . . not down; postag…

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I know what you’re thinking. You see my picture over here and you’re saying there’s the very image of a man’s man. A paragon of virility and masculine strength. Hey, guilty as charged. But I’ve got a confession to make.

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ku’dos, noun 1. fame; honor; glory; prestige; credit; as for an achievement.

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For a long time, I didn’t really like United Way. I wasn’t a part of it. I didn’t get into it. I am a blunt, to-the-point guy. I am a bean counter. United Way didn’t seem up my alley. Then I heard about the Buddy Backpack program. It blows my mind and breaks my heart that so many local child…

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The Minnesota Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program has pushed the state to 91-percent penetration toward its goal of universal statewide high-speed internet access for all Minnesotans by 2020. In the next few weeks, the legislature will decide on the level of funding the prog…

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Starting today, the U.S. Travel Association and businesses around the country that cater to travelers mark Travel and Tourism Week. This year’s theme is “travel matters” and like any good theme there are a number of ways to interpret it.

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I’m going to talk about social media. It’s a risky move. Talking about social media outside of social media often makes it sound silly, petty and insignificant. A colossal waste of our collective time and resources. The killer of democracies and the destroyer of reason. And of course, it’s n…

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ku’dos, noun 1. fame; honor; glory; prestige; credit; as for an achievement.

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This spring has had its share of snow and rain mixed with snow. It’s definitely a far cry from the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers.”

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As most readers would be already too aware, a high profile position with the IRRRB was recently filled lacking the full normal due process hiring practices for filling taxpayer funded government jobs. This got attention as it was deemed unfair by some who would have liked an opportunity to c…

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If you walk the halls of power long enough you start to realize how closely they resemble the halls of your high school. Here we find fragile egos, self-absorption and a profound desire for good grades without homework.

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ku’dos, noun 1. fame; honor; glory; prestige; credit; as for an achievement.

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Its thick, furry body moves swiftly as it comes closer. Its beady eyes stare as it works its way toward those who gather. The arachnid’s fangs — let alone its eight hairy legs — have been enough to send grown men and women running and screaming.

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While some subscribe to the idea that all publicity is good publicity, the people of Kraus-Anderson Construction Company believe that if our name is in the paper it ought to be surrounded by facts and accurate depictions of what’s happening and why. Some recent coverage about the constructio…

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We are a local, grassroots resistance group located in the Hibbing area. We are affiliated with the national resistance “Indivisible Guide.”

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So, let’s play some word association. Note your reaction to the following words: damp; moist; squishy; slush; sludge.

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Once upon a time, our world was captured one 35mm frame at at time—whether it was black and white or full color, chances are, it was a well-thought out photo. If the roll of film in your camera only had 24 exposures, you didn’t want to burn them all up on one small part of a major event, on …

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ku’dos, noun 1. fame; honor; glory; prestige; credit; as for an achievement.

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Since my colleague, Judge Mark Munger, retired in January, we have been short-handed at the Duluth courthouse. Case assignments and calendars that used to be divided eight ways are now being split seven ways, and we are starting to feel the strain. We all know that the process of selecting a…

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Recently, 157 Republicans and one Democrat from Minnesota, Rep Colin Peterson, voted against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The law renewal needed to address a major loophole— adding non-live-in boyfriends/girlfriends to the list of domestic abusers banned from owning guns. The new l…

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Kudos to Jack Baratto for his Letter to the Editor making it clear to readers how the state is relentlessly taxing us for road repairs (that never get done) and education (it's always for the kids, isn't it?) that is failing. But the politicians and the teachers union always need more money.…

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When I was 12 my grandparents took me to southern Pennsylvania and western Maryland to meet my grandmother’s family. We toured the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside, including the Sideling Hill Cut near Hancock, Maryland.

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ku’dos, noun 1. fame; honor; glory; prestige; credit; as for an achievement.

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