Monday, October 13, 2008 By Aaron Brown
First, Steve Berg writes a column about how urban sprawl may have contributed to the housing crisis and deteriorating economy. I read this column this morning and then, just an hour later, talked to a guy from Big Lake who offered that gas prices may have been the straw that broke the camel's back in a lot of these exurban towns where people were taking on massive mortgages to live the commuter's dream.
Second, MinnPost's Catherine Conlan writes about the continued woes in the logging industry of northern Minnesota. Living in Itasca County and running campaigns in District 3A which runs all the way to the border, I'd argue that logging is the most beleaguered industry in the whole state. It's hard work, expensive and there just seems to be no relief in sight for independent operators.
It's hard to find a publication in Minnesota that has a good story about urban sprawl the same day it has a good story about logging. Kudos.