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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.…

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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.…

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Thirty years ago I was in second grade at the old Forbes Elementary school on St. Louis County Highway 7. My family ran a junkyard out of a trailer house in Zim, Minnesota. That year I won the Weekly Reader National Invention contest.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

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HIBBING — In the winter of eighth grade, my teacher, Mrs. Brown, asked to speak with me in private.

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The recent confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh have received a great deal of attention, and for good reason.

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I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with game shows. On one hand, I like believing that I’m smarter than people on TV. That’s really the only bar to clear to stay happy in modern society. You just have to stay off those brainiac channels like PBS or Animal Planet.

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A couple days ago, I had the pleasure of refereeing a pair of football games … or at least I thought.

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The youngest parts of the Mesabi Iron Range are the century-old towns spotted along its back like so many pimples. The geology, the nature and even human occupation go back millennia. Nevertheless, most people who live here see “local history” as a mysterious narrative that begins suddenly d…

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I was quite excited to learn that the FBI had located the missing Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz movie.

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We learn in history class about the search for the fabled Northwest Passage. This coveted sea route between the East Indies and Europe promised untold riches to explorers and traders of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries.

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Earlier this month, I celebrated one of those milestone birthdays that people get all excited about — you know the ones that end in a five or a zero and usually come with a bit of good-natured heckling about getting old.

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He looked up at me with his innocent brown eyes from his kennel as fur fell haphazardly over his adorable face.

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