Returning to the scene of my first login

Here’s me in the yearbook, editing the school newspaper. Note the references to a “dark room” and “chemicals.” Today I will return to my alma mater, Cherry High School. It occurs to me that it’s been about 12 years since I’ve even set foot in the school for my sister’s graduation. They’ve since torn down… Read More →

Minnesota blogger’s family needs help

I heard from Audrey Helbling at Minnesota Prairie Roots last week. She is raising attention and assistance for a Minnesota blogger whose family is in crisis. The husband of Nina Hedin was badly hurt in a snowmobile accident. Nina writes the Adventures of Artsy Nina. Audrey explains at her blog. This family could use help…. Read More →

Our century, the teenager

My Twitter thought on the new year and the state of our politics: Our century is a teenager now. These will be the hard years. #2013 #fb— Aaron Brown (@minnesotabrown) January 1, 2013 Nevertheless, teenagers often grow up. People will figure this out, in time. You can catch more gems like this, occasionally and with… Read More →

Top MinnesotaBrown posts for 2012

Happy New Year from! As we conclude 2012 and approach the bounty of 2013, enjoy my annual roundup of the year’s top posts. This is a comprehensive list of the most popular and my personal favorite writing from the year. Which post made #1? Which northern Minnesota politician owns the northern Minnesota internet? Is… Read More →

This post is a living #humblebrag (I mean, shucks)

In my wildest dreams I could not imagine a story about me as kind as this one, or that such a thing would appear in a publication entitled “Wilderness News.” Aaron Brown could easily be dubbed the Garrison Keillor of the north. He possesses a keen eye for the attributes that make Minnesotans Minnesotan—specifically, Iron… Read More →

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading from

Our boys met Santa Claus at Bentleyville earlier this month. Happy Christmas Eve! I’m not really here blogging on Christmas Eve. God willing, I’m on a sled somewhere, skidding down an unsafe hill with one, two or all three of my offspring. I’m eating pickles wrapped in salami bound with cream cheese, pouring coffee down… Read More →

Another yule blog on the fire

You may have noticed that I’ve been feeling Christmasy. So, for those celebrating, enjoy Porky Pig singing “Blue Christmas,” Clarence Carter’s “Back Door Santa,” and a DMX impromptu rap of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” You might also enjoy my nostalgia-laden series on “Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration” from earlier in the week. We talk about… Read More →

Twitter list is a big deal … you know, regionally

On Monday I’ll be posting details on the next Great Northern Radio Show next Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork. I’m editing the script right now. There’ll be a lot of that next week. So no time for news today, but how about an internet narcissism break? You didn’t… Read More →

MinnesotaBrown hits the million mark

This morning passed the 1,000,000 page view mark. This dates back to the blog’s transition to Google Blogger servers in October 2007, though the blog officially began in November of 2006. Sure, that number includes search bots and various internet goblins. It includes myself, refreshing the blog during updates. I haven’t hit anywhere near… Read More →

On the MinnesotaBrown interview used in attack ads

It’s interesting to watch Rep. Chip Cravaack’s campaign and the American Action Network use footage from my interview with Cravaack’s challenger and former Rep. Rick Nolan last spring in negative attack ads. I had written a couple weeks ago that I was glad the interview was being viewed and that the quotes were being used… Read More →