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In 1973, Orson Welles produced a strange movie called “F is for Fake.” Loosely structured as a documentary about art forgery, the film attempts to explore the notion of what is real and what isn’t. The whole time Orson hovers through the shots, a corpulent, enigmatic shadow of his Citizen Ka…

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I am a bean counter by trade, and because I have those three little letters after my name, (CPA), I am always looking out for how to best use funds and land “in the black”. Listen, I am all about the bottom line. Besides donating money, which, of course, is really important, the next best th…

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Sometimes you hear a certain phrase in reference to Minnesotans. It’s particularly popular among visitors to our great state, but even locals use it once in a while. I’m talking about “Minnesota Nice.”

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One a recent 90 degree day, I received a call from in-laws, telling me they had a house guest.

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Every Fourth of July Americans mark our Independence Day. It’s a day for us to set aside our many differences for several nonconsecutive minutes. We celebrate what unites us.

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

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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Working people with children will tell you that child care is their biggest day-to-day challenge. The logistics are maddening and the cost is overwhelming. The stakes are no less than the well-being of the next generation.

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I’ve forgotten much about life between the ages of 10 and 13. I suppose there’s a psychological reason for that; something something brain development, something something puberty. A lot of it might be self-preservation.

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The landscape of giving is changing. Historically, United Way has been the organization that employers allow in to provide presentations to their employees. We at Hibbing Taconite are proud to continue to provide the opportunity to “Give Where We Live” to our employees.

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The Vietnam War. It is what used to be called “America’s longest war” before the conflict in Afghanistan won that dubious distinction.

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I like to watch old black-and-white movies. In these films you see several scenes involving jobs that no longer exist. People appear very skilled at these jobs. We are led to believe they made a decent living off them. But practically no one makes the same living in the same jobs today. In m…

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Yellow and pink marshmallow Peeps have made their way to a shelf near you. As I saw them the other day at the store, I smiled and thought fondly of my former coworker.

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

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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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