What’s in a name?

Watching the nightly network newscasts this week has me wondering who really won the U.S. Revolutionary War some 235 years ago. Somewhere the ghost of Cornwallis smirks as Americans fawn over the heir to the British throne. A KING! HE WILL BE A KING! Despite our protestations those centuries ago, Americans then and now still… Read More →

Testosterone problems in western North Dakota

This commentary in Sunday’s Star Tribune shows the social strife facing women in western North Dakota as the region teems with male workers in the booming oil industry. Reading this reminds me of the stories surrounding northern Minnesota’s Iron Range in the early 1900s as male immigrants poured into this region, most of them single… Read More →

Sudden heat, wind fuel dangerous Northland fires

This morning a fire service helicopter buzzed just above the treetops over our home in rural Itasca County. The incredible swing from a cold, snowy spring to today’s hot, dry, windy conditions has brought a sudden and extreme fire danger. We were under a red flag warning with yesterday’s high winds. Large fires prompted evacuations… Read More →

Major layoff announced at International Falls paper mill

Boise Cascade is laying off 265 workers, about a third of its workforce, at its paper mill in International Falls, Minnesota. Boise will close two lines to focus on more successful products before the end of the year, according to this story at WDIO. International Falls is a paper town and this will have a… Read More →

And so wily propsectors shall battle the Fightin’ Poes

I feel compelled to say something about the Super Bowl this Sunday. It is the most American of American holidays — billions spent and made on a sport that only Americans understand or enjoy (and, more recently, Canada … but, you know). The San Francisco 49ers, a team named for gold prospectors from a city… Read More →

Local News: The Musical

Here’s what they do for traffic reporting at WKRC in Cincinnati. This is how I want to see WDIO-Duluth’s “This Week in Mining” from now on. I’m talking to you, Renee Passal. (Clip via Mashable) Related posts: No related posts.

Looking back at the Letterman years

Though having kids dramatically reshaped how I watch late night television, I probably logged as many hours watching David Letterman in my teens and early 20s as anyone but the feed managers at NBC and CBS. It was cool to see him honored recently by the Kennedy Center for his work. CBS is re-airing the… Read More →

What is the sound of five accordions playing A-Ha?

OK, time to change up from the seasonal music: That would be A-Ha’s “Take on Me” by five young accordionists from the KUM SONG School, filmed in Pyongyang, North Korea a year ago. (h/t Dan Lewis’s “Now I Know” newsletter, which has more fascinating back story on North Korea’s fondness for accordions) Related posts: No… Read More →

Come on, come on, RUDOLPH … Uh. Uh-huh.

Rapper DMX drops a killer version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” during a stop at a radio station. Safe for work. Safe for everywhere. Related posts: No related posts.

Tired of holiday music? Try some Back Door Santa

Another alternative to traditional Christmas music, an R&B throwback with Mr. Clarence Carter: Related posts: No related posts.