See, when Mario touches the star he's invincible, but only for a little while. (IMAGE: Game Informer)

Range mines catch a Super Mario star

If Iron Range mines were Super Mario, they’d be blinking while¬†knocking off Goombas left and right. More on that below. This week brought quarterly earnings reports from the two biggest mining companies on Minnesota’s Iron Range, U.S. Steel and Cliffs Natural Resources. Both companies show significant improvement from a dismal 2015. Cliffs posted a profit… Read More →

The Algoma Guardian powers through the Duluth canal being pelted by 90-100 mph winds in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 21. (YouTube screenshot)

Masterful navigation brings in ship amid Duluth storm

Here’s an exciting display of the power of the Thursday morning storm that has many in Duluth still without power three days later. Dennis O’Hara posted this YouTube video of the 729-foot Algoma Guardian entering the Port of Duluth through the canal. This Lisa Kaczke story in the Duluth News Tribune tells the story, but… Read More →

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New bike park planned for Itasca County

A long, long time ago, humans arrived in Northern Minnesota on narrow, bumpy paths that wound through trees and around walls of ancient rock. It’s the future now. People look forward to the next big thing. In the future, what we want is … a narrow, bumpy path wound through trees and around walls of… Read More →

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Inside fundraising in House 6A Range DFL primary

Last week at the blog we dove into a debate over who funds Iron Range campaigns. At the time we didn’t have access to the first major campaign finance reports. Well, the Campaign Finance Board released those reports Tuesday morning. You can view them for yourself here. So let’s explore the fundraising for Northern Minnesota’s… Read More →

The prizes at a recent meat raffle held at the Grand Rapids, Minn., Eagles Club. (Aaron J. Brown)

T-bone fever: Tales from a meat raffle

Though humans evolved as omnivores, many people on earth do not eat meat. Early vegetarianism could be found in ancient Greece. Abstinence from animal flesh has been part of Hinduism and Buddhism since the 7th Century BC. One finds vegetarians in many parts of modern society, many swearing by the health benefits and moral authority… Read More →

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New bike park planned for Itasca County

A long, long time ago, humans arrived in Northern Minnesota on narrow, bumpy paths that wound through trees and around walls of ancient rock. It’s the future now. People look forward to the next big thing. In the future, what we want is … a narrow, bumpy path wound through trees and around walls of… Read More →