Lincoln, Power and Perpich

With another political season upon us, the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm has opened a new exhibit reminding us of times when politics was even more important (and somehow even dirtier). “Abraham Lincoln, a Man of His Time, a Man for All Times” debuted this week, with a localized exhibit highlighting two important Iron Range… Read More →

Hey, wanna buy a bunch of rocks? We’ve got some

“Overburden” is more than just the title of my award-winning book (though principally that’s what it is). Overburden is also a real word that means something “miney.” Miney is my new word for things related to the mining industry. You start saying things like this after a few years of covering the mining industry. Anyway,… Read More →

Thank you, Britt!

Thanks to the Britt Community Historical Society and all the wonderful people I met last night at the group’s annual dinner held in the Sandy Town Hall. I was honored to give the keynote speech and share more of my theories about Range past, present and future, the roots of which are in my book… Read More →

What/where is Britt? Find that and more Sunday

I never signed up to be a historian (an historian? See, I don’t even know) but write a book that tangentially involves history and BAM you be one. The bar is low, but I aim high. That’s why I’ll be the keynote speaker at the Britt Community Historical Society Annual Dinner on Sunday, July 11… Read More →

Get your signed copy of "Overburden" between ballots

If you happen to be at the DFL convention in Duluth this weekend, consider stopping by to buy a signed copy of “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range.” I’m a delegate out of the Itasca County group and will be on the floor. The books probably won’t be on the floor, but I’ll be… Read More →

How iron becomes steel, starring the Range (for beginners)

Video: mxylkaxl by way of History Channel, found via MinnPost. This is the geeky sort of thing that inspired my book “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range,” though I throw in more jokes and talk about my feelings. Related posts: No related posts.

"Overburden" talk in Bemidji on Sunday

Here’s to remind everyone in the Bemidji area to stop by the Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 522 America Ave. NW in Bemidji Sunday morning at 10 a.m. I’ll be the featured speaker for the regular service. After the service I’ll be hosting a book reading at 11:30 where I’ll read some hot new material,… Read More →

What teachers do in Bemidji on Sunday

My book “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range” has been out for 18 months (gack, the time!) but I’ve yet to do an author event west of Grand Rapids. That sad reality ends this weekend as I make my first speaking/book appearance in the great city of Bemidji on Sunday. I’ll be the featured… Read More →

I spill, and pass the savings on to you

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Village Bookstore in Grand Rapids Saturday for the final book signing event for “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range.” I’ll still be doing talks about the book and will be happy to sign your copy if you want, but I’m not going to do another formal… Read More →

Last chance for signed ‘Overburden’ in 2009

Have you finished your Christmas shopping? I’ll be signing copies of my book “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range” at the Village Bookstore in the Central Square Mall in Grand Rapids on Saturday, Dec. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. The book makes a great gift for anyone interested in or befuddled by the… Read More →