Autumn brings change, offline and on

Yesterday delivered a beautiful Labor Day in northern Minnesota. Forecasters predict a sunny, temperate early Fall week ahead. Today I waited with our oldest son as the bus came to take him to first grade. He’s first on the route out here in the woods. I saw him pause at the first seat where he sat all last year before going back to what I presume is the first grader section. Change unfolds as it will.

There’s a lot going on these days. I have to admit that the last few weeks of Range politics have been emotionally and intellectually exhausting. No, not unusual. I’ve just let myself get worked up more than I have in some time. With fall now darn near officially here, I focus on more exciting and certainly more useful activities, now listed in order:

  • Fantasy Football draft on Wednesday. (Well, maybe they aren’t all useful).
  • Christina and I will attend the Minnesota Blogger Conference in Minneapolis on Saturday.
  • On Monday, Sept. 19 I’ll speak at the TEDx 1,000 Lakes Conference in Grand Rapids, to be streamed and shared online all over the world.
  • On Saturday, Oct. 15 I’ll host the first episode of the Great Northern Radio Show, a live radio variety program I’m producing for 91.7 KAXE. We’ll broadcast 5-7 p.m. on the stage of the Hibbing Community College Theater as the showcase event of the independent public station’s fall fundraiser.

I’ll blog, of course, but you can see what’s taking up most of my free time these days. Into the fall I’ll resume coverage of the MN-8 congressional race, explore changes coming in political redistricting and, with any luck, report on some good news about the Iron Range.


  1. Looking forward to seeing you at the conference next weekend!

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