Bob Dylan works in his studio. (MGM National Harbor)

Bob Dylan’s ironwork built to last

Bob Dylan is only a few years younger than my Grandpa Brown. In fact, Robert Zimmerman grew up just down the street from Pops in Hibbing, Minnesota. Pops would have been one of the tough kids revving engines past the Zimmerman place on 25th Street, perhaps prompting young Bobby to look down from his bedroom… Read More →

An iron ore dust-stained mountain bike tire. PHOTO: Aaron J. Brown

Shred some trail on Lookout Mountain

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the U.S. Forest Service and Iron Range Off-Road Cyclists (IROC) will celebrate the opening of the Lookout Mountain Multi-Use Trail system. This new single-track mountain bike trail and recreational area hugs the Laurentian Divide overlook just off Highway 53 north of Virginia, Minnesota. From the U.S. Forest Service press release: Local mountain… Read More →

The brig USS Niagara at the Duluth Tall Ships Festival on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

Teeming masses for Duluth Tall Ships

On Friday, the family and I made the trek down to Duluth for the 2016 Tall Ships Festival, which runs through Sunday. I love history. I love ships. Good times. I won’t lie, this event was considerably more crowded than the previous Tall Ships events we had attended. In fact, we attended our first Tall Ships by mistake. We… Read More →

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie appear on the Today Show (screenshot)

Brangelina blowout happened in International Falls

Normally I strive to break the notion that Northern Minnesota is “flyover” country. We must fight the pervasive notion that we of Middle America only serve as the soft marshmallowy interior for the much more interesting coastal regions. And I’ll resume that campaign in the near future. Meantime, we are learning that the high profile breakup between… Read More →

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban (Steven Rosenbaum, Flickr CC)

Mark Cuban on American automation

One of the more disturbing thoughts about the 2016 presidential election is how little we know about what’s actually going to happen after it’s done. Hillary Clinton could win, but how will she break the congressional logjam that vexed her more popular boss President Obama? No landslide will help her. Donald Trump could win, but how will… Read More →

Hot Off the Press

Mark Cuban on American automation

One of the more disturbing thoughts about the 2016 presidential election is how little we know about what’s actually going to happen after it’s done. Hillary Clinton could win, but how will she break the congressional logjam that vexed her more popular boss President Obama? No landslide will help her. Donald Trump could win, but how will… Read More →