The sign you see when you emerge from the cage at the 27th Level of the Soudan Underground Mine. (Aaron J. Brown)

Lab seeks new science 2,341 feet below ground

The biggest science experiment on the Iron Range ended just a few weeks ago. Workers now dismantle the neutrino detector at the University of Minnesota laboratory at the Soudan Underground Mine while state officials ponder new use for the unusual facility. This was the topic of a Sunday feature by Jenna Ross in the Minneapolis Star Tribune…. 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 →

Cartoon by Douglas W. Brown for MinnesotaBrown.com

Nothing stops viking mauraders, except red tape

By now, many of you may have heard of the woes facing the Norwegian replica longship (aka, viking ship) Draken Harald Hårfagre as it makes its way into the Great Lakes. This ship sails around the world doing exhibitions, and now sails the Great Lakes as part of a tour of historical tall masted sailing ships…. Read More →

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN8) speaks with Gov. Mark Dayton and Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves before a press conference in Nashwauk Township on Tuesday, July 12. (Aaron J. Brown)

Many credit Nolan for steel tariff success

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN8) faces another tough challenge from Republican Stewart Mills in 2016. Earlier this year I described this race as a tossup, possibly the biggest fight of Nolan’s later-in-life return to Congress. That’s saying something. Minnesota’s Eighth District has been treated as a swing district since 2010, when Republican Chip Cravaack ended more… Read More →

A tiny flag marks the future lines that will connect MinnesotaBrown.com World Headquarters to high speed internet. (Aaron J. Brown)

Breaking Broadband: progress in rural Minnesota

  “If I were the hugging kind, I would hug you.” “OK, then.” I had clearly unnerved the surveyor on my township road, but I knew why he was there. He was mapping the route for new fiber optic cables near my home. You can see the little flags all over the Itasca County countryside…. Read More →

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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 →