The Loopy ‘loophole’

Minnesota’s senate race has recently taken on Chinese steel as an issue, starting with Mike McFadden’s comment at Farmfest that he’d be cool with using it in the Keystone XL Pipeline if it were cheaper than American steel. The DFL got a huge kick out of the pipeline soundbite, running it right into the ground…
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Deer, Oil And Mussels

DNR Comissioner Tom Landwehr visited Bemidji last Wednesday to meet with the Forestry Affairs Council, and together with MPR’s John Enger and my boss Dennis Doeden, I interviewed Landwehr in the lobby of the new Hampton hotel. We started out with some relatively softball stuff like the strict deer hunting season ahead and invasive species,…
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Good News From The Library Board

Thought I’d give a quick follow-up on my previous post about rude library patrons: Earlier this week I heard library manager Paul Ericsson talk at a board meeting about the overwhelming positive response the staff has received since news of the outbursts broke. He said people have been coming into the library in droves to…
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Time To Play Hardball At The Library?

After a long string of posts about MN politics, it’s time to go local. I reported from yesterday’s city council meeting about a rash of unruly patron incidents at the library. ¬†Bemidji Public Library manager Paul Ericsson’s reports to the council are usually quaint anecdotes about youth reading programs or new local authors. This time,…
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The Biofuel Bifurcation

I saw a nice piece on the governor primary today from Don Davis of Forum News Service’s Capitol Bureau. Davis is technically my co-worker since we work for the same media company, Forum Communications. In a race defined by how similar the four candidates are, Davis has just found an immense policy difference on an…
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