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In Memoriam: Jim Oberstar (1934-2014)

Former Congressman and longtime transportation champion Jim Oberstar died unexpectedly Saturday morning at age 79. News outlets are all posting the usual obituaries that one expects for a man of distinction and achievement. He was a giant for transportation, not only in Minnesota, but in the United States. He was a member of the House […]

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Vulnerable Road User Protection Laws

Most of the time, when a pedestrian or cyclist is seriously injured or killed by a motor vehicle, we label it “an accident.” As long as the driver isn’t drunk and doesn’t flee the scene, he or she can expect to pay a minor fine, at most, and will suffer no criminal penalties. It doesn’t […]

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Friday Photo – Rural Minnesota in the 1920’s

I came across this set of old photos from flickr user Ted Sherarts. The description of the set reads: “An old friend and retired newspaper reporter, Lawrence Spears agreed to the posting of these pictures from his collection of family photos. Most were taken in rural Minnesota in the 20’s and early 30’s.” Many of […]

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Canal Park: Duluth’s Holiday Shopping Destination

A late Thanksgiving, along with a few days dedicated to digging out of snowstorms, has left many holiday shoppers in the northland short on time to gather their gifts. Luckily, Duluthians have Canal Park with its diverse collection of homegrown shops. Whether you are looking for time tested camping gear, locally handcrafted art, or anything […]

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Future Best Place in Duluth? NorShor Theatre

My jazz hands are flailing! The NorShor Theatre is coming back! Honestly, I haven’t been a Duluthian long enough to have had the privilege to attend a show or 10 there, but I believe this gem of a venue will soon be a vital piece of the Twin Ports region again. Restore NorShor posters are […]

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Flashback 1970s: Wetlands Protection

In 1970, officials in Freeborn County, Minnesota, informed farmer Bill Bryson that they planned to drain a marsh on his property to make way for a new road. But Bryson was fond of his marsh and didn’t want to see it destroyed. He sued the county under the new Minnesota Environmental Rights Act. Five years […]

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Bicycle Parking

Hooray, Hooray: New Minnesota Bicycle-Friendly Communities Named

The League of American Bicyclists recently named a new round of Bicycle Friendly Communities and businesses. Several Minnesota communities have jumped through the hoops and made this list, including Richfield, Winona and Duluth. Previous awardees include Greater Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester, St. Paul, Bemidji, Grand Marais, and Grand Rapids. Minnesota itself ranks #4 among the 50 […]

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