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

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In the spring of my freshman year of high school I gave in to peer pressure, and it was one of the best things I ever did.

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Recently, my law clerk accepted a new job with a local government agency. I’m very happy for her, but very sad for me. She did great work, and made my life a lot easier for the two years she was with me. I have gone through this sort of transition four times now, and I know the next couple m…

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I have done some very cool things as a pilot. One is my duty of flying fire detection for Minnesota DNR during the spring and fall wildfire season in Minnesota. The reason we are airborne is to protect people and property. That is a microcosm however, of the duties air ambulance pilots refle…

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When love goes unreturned, unrequited, where exactly does it go?

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I’ve cried when people died. I’ve cried when dogs died. Heck, I’ve even misted up when my favorite pen died.

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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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Mike Pence, President Trump's scintillating vice president, has convinced me not to become a socialist. Instead I want to be a total capitalist, or maybe even a fascist, as that is the mortal enemy of a socialist.

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This morning’s edition of the HDT confirms what I have believed for a long time. As stated, Gov. Dayton’s former head of the Minnesota DNR, Tom Landwehr, has taken the leading role of “Friends of the Boundary Waters.” As you probably know, these folks (“Friends”) are against everything minin…

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

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With all of the snow and cold weather we’ve experienced in northern Minnesota this winter, I’m ready to roll out the red carpet for spring.

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With the news of the Hibbing Public Utilities commission increasing its rates by 10 percent, it seems to me that, once again, Hibbing is making it harder than before to get new businesses in our area and houses to buy or sell. My utilities in the winter are as high as a small mortgage paymen…

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Putting on the greatest hits by Roger Miller and listening to him singing to me about “walking in the sunshine singing a sunshine song” is just what I needed to let go of the worries.

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One of the many amazing things about Hibbing is the work that the HPAT-Hibbing Public Access Television- crew does. Ron Wirkkala, Don Slossen and the whole crew at HPAT have recorded and broadcast countless business meetings, sporting events, worship services and music concerts for the peopl…

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It is that we who live in the Zim bog (Meadowlands Township myself) have: avid bird watching people from throughout the world visit us seeking the many species of birds here. I totally support them, except in one area: their total disregard to public and their own safety. To start is the per…

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Nobody likes talking about death. It means we might actually do it ourselves. But it’s important to make plans for when we’re gone. My wife and I have already done this. We’ve considered several contingencies.

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

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It happened again at our house. My littlest guy started it this time around.

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As a family man trying to raise three kids and struggling already with high bills from our PUC, I was extremely disappointed to read that the PUC has now voted to raise our rates by 10 percent. That’s a huge increase, and it’s going to push a lot of people over the edge in meeting their obli…

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The recent Polar Vortex resulted in quite a few calls inquiring whether the courthouse was open for business. We were, and I am very thankful that heated seats were included in my last vehicle purchase. But the decision process for closing a courthouse is probably a little more complicated t…

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As many have heard, United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) will no longer present Rampage at the Ridge. The 5K mud run obstacle course had a five-year run and over the course of five years, Rampage raised $218,000! What many people don’t realize is that UWNEMN thought up the idea for …

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Like a lot of kids who grew up on Northern Minnesota’s Iron Range during the economic crisis of the 1980s and ‘90s I saw plenty of reasons to leave. Many of my friends did. But I’m glad I found good reasons to stay. Many friends did that, too. That doesn’t mean, however, that our lives are e…

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I am a volunteer for AEOA’s Groceries-To-Go program. I first volunteered for this program when I was a teenager with my mom. I loved doing something special and meaningful together, and loved meeting the clients we served.

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Having recently gone through contract negotiations for my place of work, I understand the frustration the Chisholm teachers are going through. First off, purchases of higher ticket items that might be in need or updated are delayed in hopes that the contract would soon be settled. I can’t im…

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They tell you surprisingly little before sending you home from the hospital with your squishy little baby.

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Just when it seemed we’d never get out of the deep freeze, I spied something that gave me a glimmer of hope that spring is on its way.

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

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So I’ve been doing some squats lately. I’ve done squats before. This isn’t new. But I’ve never been afraid of my insides popping out like a tube of crescent rolls before. That is new.

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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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With frigid temperatures and a sharp wind that stings when it touches exposed skin, it may have us wondering why we live in northern Minnesota.

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Recently, a photograph of ski jumping on Pill Hill in Hibbing sparked much discussion. Growing up at the then south end of Seventh Avenue it was merely known as The Dump. Like most neighborhoods, we had a group of playmates. One in particular at very young age became one of the regulars, jum…

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“Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special.”

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

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Growing up, there was always The News. My first “job” was delivering this very paper around my neighborhood every afternoon between 3 and 6 p.m. It was my job to make sure the paper arrived mostly dry and mostly on time every day. It was also my job to make sure the customers on my route pai…

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I have mostly given up on New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I’ve had the same ones for about 10 years running. Notwithstanding the annual attempts at motivation, the bathroom scale’s number is trending upward not downward, and most of those home improvement projects remain in the planni…

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I wasn’t going to make a resolution this year. In the past I’d arrived at New Year’s Eve parties locked and loaded with a few areas of self-improvement to recite when asked.

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

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What a wonderful story by Amelia Javorina concerning the treasure of coal. It brought to mind a story Angelo Fraboni told me a long time ago.

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I hope the Iron Range, the steelworkers union and all Iron Range businesses who were looking forward to a thriving mining community are happy they voted for Mr. Walz for governor. He just appointed Sara Strommen as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner — ex-policy …

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