We’ve always had a special place in this space for people who walk away from whatever chains tie them to the daily routine and walk or kayak or bike across America, often in search of it or themselves.
Perhaps we’re being too romantic because the story of Mark Baumer is frightening. Read more →
There is something astonishing when this tweet draws virtual gasps on Twitter for the courage it took to write it.
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A little early, perhaps, we have reached that time of the year that keeps tow truck operators in the tall clover. Read more →
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There was, apparently, some anger within NPR when two of its journalists — David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna — were killed when their Humvee was hit by heavy weapons fire while they were covering the war in Afghanistan last June.
Why were they in harm’s way? Could their deaths have been avoided.
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Lost in today’s announcement of Oscar nominations was the category of documentaries, which generally are nowhere near as intriguing as the make-believe world of film.
Let’s do something about that by specifically pointing out that Joe’s Violin has been nominated in the category of ‘Best Documentary Short Subject.’ Read more →
Southern Minnesota drug court Judge Larry Collins is retiring with the luxury of knowing he did some good. He knows that because the people who went through his court told him so. Read more →
Of all of the ludicrous, misplaced, and, frankly, chilling criticisms and intimidation of the free press in recent days, none rises to the level of absurdity as the criticism leveled against the Minnesota media overnight for showing images of Gov. Mark Dayton’s collapse during his State of the State address. Read more →
NOAA’s new GOES-16 satellite has given us the clearest high-resolution pictures yet from a geostationary satellite 22,000 miles above us.
The first images — it’s still undergoing testing — were released today. And they’re magnificent. Read more →
A study of baseball players, who spend most of their summers in different time zones, finds that traveling eastward is more disruptive than going west. But it also found that home teams suffer more than visiting teams. Read more →
Today we renew our call that the airline safety briefing include instructions on how to be quiet on an airplane.
In the latest ‘unruly passenger’ video, a woman decides that sitting in an aluminum tube with a couple hundred strangers is a fine time to yell at her seatmate because of his politics. Read more →
The Minnesota Court of Appeals today overturned a lower court ruling that refused to dismiss a class action lawsuit that contends Minnesota’s unclaimed property law is an illegal seizure under the Constitution.
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If you want to see the decline of rural America, look no farther than high school football. As small towns continue to empty out, it’s becoming impossible for schools to continue football programs without significant changes to the sport. Read more →
To find out about America, Politico senior writer Michael Kruse headed for the banks of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin. Pepin County — Stockholm, Pepin, Durand etc. — voted for a Democrat in every election since 1972.
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The Hibbing School Board and the Hibbing Rifle and Pistol Club intended to give a new deal to use the Lincoln Elementary gun range a year’s test.
It lasted not quite two weeks after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported elevated levels of lead at the gun range. Read more →