Trollin’ Nolan And The Hair Force

At first I resisted joining the chorus of Twitterati and writing a blog post about Stewart Mills’ new hairdo. But you people have forced my hand. It all began on Wednesday when former MN08 candidate Stewart Mills tweeted a photo of his new haircut, a consequence, he said, of some singeing due to a grilling…
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Stormy Weather, Inside And Outside

It’s been a week since I started at the Brainerd Dispatch as their politics/government reporter. The idea is for me to take over for Mike O’Rourke, who retired this year after about 30 years of covering the political beat. By comparison, it’s been three years since I graduated from college- so I figure if I…
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Mentally Ill Inmate Bill Makes It To The Big Time

The Minnesota House of Representatives released its omnibus health and human services budget today– and while a lot of the attention focused on the bill’s cuts to MinnesotaCare, there was some news in there for Bemidji, too. Tucked inside the 354-page bill was a provision by Rep. Dave Hancock, R-Bemidji to put $1.5 million in state money toward the…
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The “bull Hockey” Tournament

Earlier today the valiant Bemidji High School Lumberjacks hockey squad had a hard-fought loss against the aristocratic cake-eaters over at Edina in the state tournament. I was the only one in the newsroom for a time, as my coworkers all huddled around some pizza in the breakroom, watching the game on TV. I had fun…
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A-Bakk-alypse Now

So the big Capitol news this week is obviously the fracas between Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Majority Leader Tom Bakk on Thursday over Dayton’s pay increases for his cabinet. Before Dayton said Bakk “connives behind my back” and Bakk obliquely told Dayton through a reporter, “this is not a kids’ sandbox”, I got to…
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