Oracle projects some otter fate in 2019

Pssh. Sploink. Pssh. Sploink. Pssh. Sploink. Pssh. This is unlike any steam boat I’ve ever been on. Come to think of it, I’ve never been on a steam boat. So this is a first. For one thing, the vessel appears to be homemade. Milk jugs keep it afloat. Twine holds it together. And the paddle… Read More →

Walz reappoints Phillips at Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation

After an active search, Gov.-elect Tim Walz opts to reappoint Mark Phillips as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation.

In corporate welfare gone wrong, the end never comes

After 17 years of failure and broken promises, you’d think Excelsior Energy would just go away. But the largest Iron Range economic development failure in history isn’t done rubbing our noses in the grift.

Stauber sworn into Congress for Minnesota’s 8th District

U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN8) took office today with the new United States House of Representatives.

MinnesotaBrown’s Top Posts of 2018

Aaron J. Brown shares the top posts of 2018 at

New Year’s Eve in Northern Minnesota

Can I tell you a secret? I’ve always really wanted to host a live New Year’s Eve show. It has to do with how I typically spend New Year’s Eve. That is, sitting inside of my home watching television. All those years Dick Clark performed a vital community service. He brought the energy and excitement… Read More →

ArcelorMittal will run Hibbing Taconite

Hibbing Taconite will be run by its majority owner in 2019. ArcelorMittal announced this week it would gradually take over management of the mine from Cleveland Cliffs over the next eight months. Cliffs resigned from management of the mine this year. ArcelorMittal is the largest steel company in the world. Hibbing Taconite is the second… Read More →

State OKs Highway 53 upgrades in 2019

Highway 53 between International Falls and Cook to receive $7.2 million upgrade this summer.

Duluth flat flap highlights housing challenges

Duluth housing controversy seems pretty familiar if you’ve seen markets like Minneapolis-St. Paul.

We can save rural, but we can’t stop change

A controversial news analysis from the NY Times asks whether rural America can be saved.