The Northland Building in downtown Virginia, Minnesota, faces demolition despite its place on the National Registry of Historic Places. (PHOTO: St. Louis County)

Historic Northland Building faces demolition

The Northland Building in the Iron Range city of Virginia, Minnesota, now faces demolition despite its status on the National Register of Historic Places. St. Louis County is planning a new government services office in Virginia which would pull offices out of their current location in the Northland Building, which county officials deem too expensive… Read More →

Controversy surrounding the future of the Duluth Public Library appears to be a central issue in the city's 2015 election. PHOTO: Duluth Public Library Facebook page

Duluth looking to remodel, not replace library

Last year it seemed the city of Duluth was barreling toward the demolition of its distinctive library building along Superior and Michigan avenues in favor of a new $35 million building. At the time, the consultant hired by the city was saying that it would cost $31 million to perform necessary repairs and remodeling to the… Read More →

The iconic statue of Paul Bunyan in Bemidi, Minnesota (PHOTO: Aaron J. Brown)

Happy Paul Bunyan Day!

I woke this morning to news that it was Paul Bunyan Day. So, Happy Paul Bunyan Day, I guess. I’m afraid I didn’t get you a card. I’m already dressed, so I’m not even wearing plaid. Paul Bunyan is, of course, the American folk giant who worked as a lumberjack in the heyday of the… Read More →

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The Potica Tour: Gov. Dayton to Croatia

Today, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is traveling on an economic, military, and diplomatic mission to Croatia, celebrating the ties between our state and this eastern European nation. “Our partnership with Croatia has produced tremendous benefits over the past twenty years, strengthening national security, enhancing economic ties, and growing civic relationships between Minnesota and Croatia,” said Dayton… Read More →

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Hell on Earth

I heard someone at the gas station say that the world is going to Hell. The shootings. The drugs. The politics. But I don’t believe in a literal Hell. I know a lot of people do. To me, logic dictates that God is a benevolent force, or at least not a malevolent one. A literal… Read More →

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Iron Range Fourth of July 2016

It’s time for another Iron Range Fourth of July in Northern Minnesota. Regardless of economic or political winds, the region always unites for its uniquely exuberant observation of Independence Day, which lasts several days (up to a month) as celebrated in local custom. Below is MinnesotaBrown’s 2016 Iron Range Fourth of July listing for parades, fireworks displays and street… Read More →

The Potica Tour: Gov. Dayton to Croatia

Today, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is traveling on an economic, military, and diplomatic mission to Croatia, celebrating the ties between our state and this eastern European nation. “Our partnership with Croatia has produced tremendous benefits over the past twenty years, strengthening national security, enhancing economic ties, and growing civic relationships between Minnesota and Croatia,” said Dayton… Read More →