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One of the best sight gags in the 1978 comedy “Animal House” comes from the image of John Belushi in a shirt that simply reads “COLLEGE.” No specific school. Just “COLLEGE.” We learn in the movie’s closing credits that Belushi’s barely literate character goes on to become a U.S. Senator.

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If timing is everything, then the opening date of the 2019 firearms deer season should work out well for hunters — both casual and hardcore — as it lands right around what is traditionally the peak of the annual whitetail rut in Minnesota.

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In W.P. Kinsella’s novel, “Shoeless Joe,” later made into the movie “Field of Dreams,” the farmer Ray Kinsella builds a baseball field in the middle of his corn. People think he’s crazy. I suppose he is. But the experience heals him.

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As I browsed displays at a craft show recently, I was in awe of the creativity shown by the crafters participating.

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No matter what you say, you’re always wrong. You apologize constantly. You can’t seem to say or do anything right, so after a while, it’s easier to stay quiet. To stay small.

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When I was a child I loved having sleepovers with our cousins that we were close with growing up.

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This time of year the men of my family gather around the big wooden table up at the hunting shack to talk engines and tell stories. I do well with the stories though I struggle with the engines.

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Can you smell it? Amid the scent of decaying leaves and mud, the smell of hunting is in the air. Right now, hundreds — heck, thousands — of hunters could be out in the wilderness in search of wild game. It’s a bad time to be around this area if you’re a duck, goose, grouse, rabbit, turkey or…

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Last year, at least 14 people were killed in Minnesota as a result of violence by a current or former intimate partner. That’s nine women, one man and four people who were bystanders, family members or friends, according to the 2018 Homicide Report put out by Violence Free Minnesota.

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The history of movies, like the history of the world, begins with light and shadows. At first, people recreated reality with shadows on the wall. Film made it possible to capture real images. You could see yourself, or your friend, or a famous celebrity, captured during a moment in time. The…

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Every minute, 24 people in the U.S. are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner. That’s more than 12 million women and men each year, according to data from the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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Those who read “Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity” by Charles L. Marohn, Jr., a new book published by Wiley, might at first be overwhelmed by Marohn’s bad news. America’s cities are insolvent. And though he doesn’t mention them by name, his metrics would cer…

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The misguided passions of youth run strong. It took time for me to mature into an emotionally stable adult. How old am I? About that long. Maybe longer.

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She has stolen our hearts.

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The stages of a year are a lot like the stages of life. Each one has something to teach you. By the end of it, you’re not the same person you were at the beginning. And that’s good. Because otherwise you would get sick of yourself.

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“I’m sorry for what I said and how I acted when my world was falling apart,” my friend confessed to me over the phone the other day.

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We hear it all the time. The abundant rocks and dirt found on the edges of our Mesabi Range towns became the steel that powered modern American manufacturing and infrastructure. And they still do!

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I graduated from law school in 1993, completing three years of formal legal education, in addition to my college degree. But for lawyers and judges, learning is always an ongoing process. The law evolves and changes over time, and it’s extremely important to keep current. There are several w…

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Fall brings the end of the Minnesota golf season, the start of the hunting season, and the kick-off of the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) campaign. This year, it is more important than ever to support our local United Way and all of its agencies and programs.

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A couple weeks ago I traveled to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for research on my book about Victor Power. Power was born in Calumet, Michigan, and raised in Escanaba before moving to Hibbing, Minnesota, as a young man. He became a consequential figure here on the Mesabi Iron Range. More on tha…

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There’s nothing quite like going to the movies. I know people watch more films through television and streaming services now. But the shared experience of gathering around a big screen for an all-new experience still excites me long after I spent the summer of 1997 seeing every movie that ca…

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When we find our people – the ones who lift us up – we should hold onto them tight.

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Can’t Bob Dylan just answer a straight question? Why must his rare public utterances be so cryptic? Why can’t he sing the way they teach at Hibbing High School? Gosh darn it, why did he say he was from New Mexico when he went on Ed Sullivan?

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When change comes to your door, how do you know? Does it comes like a friendly neighbor, or do you find yourself standing at your door, holding a doorknob and everything has gone up in flames? Completely obliviated. Vanished.

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Please excuse me. I’m suffering from the adverse effects of time travel. Disoriented and distracted, I wonder what small action 100 years ago might have created our present condition.

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On behalf of the Range Hybrid Court Team, we would like to thank all of those who contributed their time in making this series including our participants, our colleagues and partners, and those throughout the entire District that interviewed with the Hibbing News Tribune. Sharing your perspe…

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The movie, “The Bad News Bears,” really set unreasonable expectations for under-qualified little league baseball coaches.

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I don’t go to the doctor often. When I do it’s usually for checkups, strep throat or depression. Never anything cool.

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Some relatives from out of state visited us a few weeks ago. New eyes upon the world we know can show us what we miss. One cousin asked how often we used the lake by our house for swimming, fishing and boating. I had to admit that we did more of that during their visit than we had all the re…

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I like to think that I have a pretty sharp memory. My husband might disagree with me about that, but maybe I’ll save that conversation for another time. Like a good novel, I can turn the pages of my memory back and revisit a certain conversation, time or place and remember most if it in vivi…

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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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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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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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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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