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COLUMN: The map is dead; long live the map

This is my Sunday column for the Feb. 19, 2012 edition of the Hibbing Daily Tribune. Check back on Tuesday for my analysis of the new redistricting maps in Minnesota and how they’ll affect northern Minnesota politics. It will be a very busy week. The map is dead; long live the mapBy Aaron J. Brown… Read More →

Hello readers! This is the Iron Range blog

The day’s political news is bringing some new traffic to this Iron Range blog today. Welcome! Consider following MinnesotaBrown on Facebook or Twitter or Google+ or plug us into your RSS feed. These things help me keep the blog going in ways that aren’t costly or annoying to you. is the fastest-growing web-log in… Read More →

MN-8: Other DFL contenders may break out of pack

We near the end of my MN-8 series with a look at several people either considering a run or being suggested as DFL candidates to challenge freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN8) in this northern Minnesota district. These posts are subjective analysis from one person, me, a former reporter and political observer from the region in… Read More →

Primary drama, cold winds, hot Iron Range politics flood House 5B special

Open legislative seats on northern Minnesota’s Iron Range always attract drama, and not the sort of snappy, well-timed dialogue like you see in “The West Wing.” No, this drama is sometimes brutal, awkward, but extraordinarily rich, unflinchingly real, spanning generations like a great bridge. Today it begins anew. Seven candidates have filed for the special… Read More →

One if by blog, two if by freelance print arrangement

I’m exploring a few concepts for future blog posts, stories and columns. One is the persistent foreclosure rate in places like Itasca County on the western Iron Range. The rates are improving elsewhere but not here. I’m also going to be looking at the fiscal health of Range (and nearby) towns as they face more… Read More →