• 0

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.

  • 0

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…

  • 0

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

  • 0

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

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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

  • 0

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…

  • 0

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 …

  • 0

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…

  • 0

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

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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.

  • 0

“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.”

  • 0

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…

  • 0

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…

  • 0

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.

  • 0

I was recently reunited with a glass container that I brought to a potluck event about a year earlier.

  • 0

I just invented the phrase “marshmallow week,” but I think it describes the low-stress, mooshy week between Christmas and New Year’s perfectly. It’s one of my absolute favorites.

  • 0

As a young radio reporter for KUWS in Superior, Wisconsin, my news director Mike Simonson sent me to cover the Hump Day Club across the bridge in Duluth, Minnesota.

  • 0

It’s hard to believe it is the end of December and a New Year is peeking through the “lovely branches” of our festive pine tree – wait, maybe that’s just the family pet.

  • 0

Years ago I was driving down an icy, country road in the dark. As I approached a curve, a deer jumped onto the edge of my lane. Experts and any seasoned Minnesotan worth their lefse will tell you “stay the course, don’t swerve.”

  • 0

It’s time for the holidays. Christmas, yes, and all that comes with it. It’s not really a holiday anymore so much as an economic and cultural event. Like the Roaring 20s, but for our credit card bill. Or like the Great Depression, but in reference to our actual depression.

  • 0

Right about now parents across Christendom receive handwritten notes from their children explaining what they’d like for Christmas. Ostensibly these lists are for Santa Claus, but everybody knows Santa has helpers. Most of them are clerks at a store within driving distance.

  • 0

It was a cold fall evening with a chill in the air. The wind whipped the drizzling rain against any exposed skin. While drinking hot tea, I anxiously awaited his arrival from inside the warm restaurant. I could see from the window that faced the street he had arrived. I quickly got up and pu…

  • 0

It is usually best for people to make their own decisions on matters that significantly affect their lives. In some cases, however, people become unable to do so because of health or cognitive impairments.

  • 0

Last night I hosted my radio show at the newly restored Hibbing High School auditorium. Workers spent months renovating this town’s “castle in the woods. Now it looks as resplendent as when it first opened nearly a century ago.

  • 0

Last night I hosted my radio show at the newly restored Hibbing High School auditorium. Workers spent months renovating this town’s “castle in the woods. Now it looks as resplendent as when it first opened nearly a century ago.

  • 0

Last night I hosted my radio show at the newly restored Hibbing High School auditorium. Workers spent months renovating this town’s “castle in the woods. Now it looks as resplendent as when it first opened nearly a century ago.

  • 0

“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

  • 0

A recent viral video showed a pretty serious altercation at a local high school. Naturally, a lot of parents wanted details.

  • 0

For much of 2018, we labored under the premise that Northern Minnesota’s 8th District might be the pivotal race in all of the nation. This would be the place that single-handedly decided whether Democrats or Republicans would control the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • 0

It can be challenging to explain exactly what a community foundation is and how charitable giving through a foundation can play a major role in strengthening the fabric of our communities.

  • 0

Every day the children board the school bus. Begrudgingly, perhaps, but they go. We drive to work, quickly or slowly, depending on our enthusiasm and/or punctuality. People walk the streets, gathering in coffee shops and gas stations to jaw over the day’s news. At dusk, the parks and trails.…

  • 0

Every day the children board the school bus. Begrudgingly, perhaps, but they go. We drive to work, quickly or slowly, depending on our enthusiasm and/or punctuality. People walk the streets, gathering in coffee shops and gas stations to jaw over the day’s news. At dusk, the parks and trails.…

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.