There aren’t a lot of obituaries that end up on the editorial page, but Casey Schwartzmier, who died of a heroin overdose earlier this month, would have wanted it that way. Read more →
Archives for January 2017
The high school in Pine City, Minn., is known more for arts than sports. But that might be changing because of a coach who believes there are only two shots worth trying in basketball: Shots from the paint and beyond the three-point arc. Read more →
Dan Backhaus, a Wisconsin native, would like you to get to know his neighborhood even if you’re the type who doesn’t want to. Read more →
Rod Carew, the beloved former Minnesota Twin, returned home over the weekend, more than a month after his heart transplant. Read more →
The actors, actresses, directors, and producers of entertainment needn’t have bothered with their various statements of opposition to the Trump administration last evening.
The administration’s support comes largely from the portrayal of the creative class as elites who look down upon the common person. Read more →
Winter in the upper Midwest, 2017. Read more →
When we heard NPR’s segment the other morning about why the network didn’t refer to Donald Trump’s repeated assertion that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton, denying him a popular vote victory, a ‘lie’ we figured that NPR’s ombudsman would surely hear about it. She did. And she’s issued her ruling. Read more →
Surely someone would notice if their pig was missing, right? Not, apparently, in Albert Lea, Minn., where police were called to a neighborhood this week when a pig appeared. Read more →
This just in from MPR’s Department of Gross.
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For people who live on the Canada side of the U.S. border, emergency health care can be a horror show. Read more →
For old radio people, there’s plenty to be wistful about in the Alexandria Echo Press’ story today about Dennis Anhalt, the retiring news director at KXRA Radio. Read more →
NPR’s StoryCorps provides a warm update to the journey of Mary Johnson, the Minneapolis woman whose son was murdered by Oshea Israel in 1992, and who came to forgive him — and become friends with him — after visiting him in Stillwater prison. Read more →
Mikhail Gorbachev opines today that the world seems to be preparing for war.
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If you want to troll people in the city, go after their bikes. Read more →
With the announcement this afternoon that President Donald Trump wants to charge a 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for his wall across the country’s southern border, there’s a fair chance of an all-out trade war erupting.
What happens then? Read more →