MinnesotaBrown on Google+, I think.

Though I still don’t know what I’ll do with it, I’ve entered the Google+ world. You can “+1” this site using the button below or in the side bar. Follow me? Or don’t. It works differently. I will learn it when Twitter dies, which is supposed to be soon I guess. Related posts: No related… Read More →

Summer fun makes for light blogging

I’m easing back into regular blog updates after the July 4 weekend. Decent people would be outside this week, and I am trying to be decent. The state government is still shut down. Local economic development is still as stagnant as it is difficult to understand or describe. We have purchased tickets to see Thomas… Read More →

MN-8: An election that will shape northern Minnesota

My series on the 2012 campaign for Minnesota’s Eighth District congressional district seat is complete. Freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN8) will face off against one of several potential DFL challengers for a race that will say a lot about the demographics, politics and issues facing northern Minnesota’s future. If you missed the beginning, here are… Read More →

MN-8: covering a key northern toss-up

MinnesotaBrown is the only daily news blog operating on Minnesota’s Iron Range (Right? Why not? I’m going with that). As a result, when the conch shell is blown I will cover the closely-watched 2012 MN-8 congressional race. This week I’m posting a series on the state of the race at this early date. I’ve held… Read More →

Summer is here

There are baby woodpeckers out my front door, baby some-other-kind-of-birds out my back door. It hit 90 on the Range today. I got the crisscross pattern into some of the lawn; still working on the rest. The garden is growing. The boys started swim lessons today, including the younger boys for the first time. Summer… Read More →

The merry month of May launches a season of toil

Happy Memorial Day! The blog has enjoyed a busy May. We covered the end of the legislative session, redistricting talk and analysis, the ramping up of the MN-8 campaign, (Bob) Dylan Days in Hibbing, the governor’s fishing opener, the biting of an Iron Range mayor by an “alleged mayor biter,” roller derby, the retirement of… Read More →

Follow MinnesotaBrown’s new Facebook page

Fans of this blog should follow the new MinnesotaBrown Facebook Page. My cool new Facebook real estate is at Facebook.com/ironrange. Until now I’ve offered a Networked Blogs feed for Facebook that many of you follow. I’ll still support that feed but I ask that all of you “like” the new page if you’re a Facebook… Read More →

We’re back

Like most blogs hosted with Blogger, MinnesotaBrown.com was frozen in a Wednesday evening stasis until just this afternoon. It appears that the blog is now functioning normally and, as you can see, I am able to post again. A few items will be forthcoming. No, I am not considering a move to WordPress. I am… Read More →

The week that was

Looking back it was a busy week of writing here at the blog. I reviewed trends in copper mining, shared city services and older mine workers on the Iron Range. I analyzed the proposed redistricting maps from a Range perspective. We took a look at community colleges as the future of higher education. I had… Read More →

No time for politics, a glimpse ahead to my summer of letters

As fires burn across this world, we endure. I have been posting a little less frequently than I’d like but about as often as I can afford right now. Life is busy and as many of you know I have young children and a real job (which is not this). I took some time off… Read More →