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Iron Range Fourth of July 2015

The summer got off to a rough economic start for Northern Minnesota’s Iron Range. Still, a bright spot always remains in the region’s uniquely exuberant observation of Independence Day, which lasts several days (up to a month) as celebrated in local custom. Northern Minnesota’s culture sprang from¬†dozens of groups of immigrants building blue collar cities… Read More →

Iron Range Fourth of July 2013

This is an old listing. This year’s schedule is here. Our northern Minnesota culture was founded on dozens of groups of immigrants building blue collar cities just 110 years ago on Ojibwe land. Having fun in the middle of the summer was one of the few things everyone could agree on, and showing patriotism for… Read More →

The writing life at

This is just a reminder that this blog is just one of several ongoing writing projects. You can hear my Northern Community Radio commentaries on the Morning Show and Between You and Me. My column appears every Sunday in the Hibbing (Minn.) Daily Tribune. I write and produce Northern Community Radio’s Great Northern Radio Show…. Read More →

The merry month of May launches a season of toil

Happy Memorial Day! The blog has enjoyed a busy May. We covered the end of the legislative session, redistricting talk and analysis, the ramping up of the MN-8 campaign, (Bob) Dylan Days in Hibbing, the governor’s fishing opener, the biting of an Iron Range mayor by an “alleged mayor biter,” roller derby, the retirement of… Read More →

A partial hiatus and an exciting new chapter

Hello readers. Some changes, most likely temporary, will be coming to this blog over the coming months. You’ll still be able to read my weekly columns for the Hibbing Daily Tribune, news about my book and radio work, and items of interest about the Iron Range, but the posting frequency will be reduced. My political… Read More →