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  • North Hibbing

    Almost everybody who knows anything about Hibbing is aware of the incredible story about ‘The Town That Moved’. It is fact that the expanding Oliver Mining operations realized that the village of Hibbing (a thriving mining hub of nearly 20,000 residents) was situated atop some …

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  • Time Flies

    Recently I attended the wake for an old friend of mine back in my ‘growing-up’ days in Hoyt Lakes (and earlier in the east Duluth neighborhood of Riverside). That evening I visited with folks that I hadn’t seen since my high school graduation. As I …

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  • TWELVE

    After nearly twelve months my new novel TWELVE has been published. Now begins the most arduous journey in a book’s life–the marketing part. Sunday’s HIbbing Daily Tribune did a wonderful story on my new book and published a schedule of my book-signing events. Thanks to …

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  • Teaching

    When I finished my graduate work at the University (MA in Public Administration) there were countless job opportunities from federal agencies and state departments. To the frustration of my program advisors I opted not to interview for any of them. I had taught high school …

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  • The Good Trumps the Bad

    As most of you probably know Hurricane Irma’s eye passed over Naples where I have my winter escape–a small mobilinium in a lovely park called Naples Land and Yacht Harbor. Our community is about three miles from the Gulf of Mexico and so very vulnerable. …

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  • Our World: A Commentary

    Recently I came upon a list of the world’s top corporations–most of which are conglomerates that are umbrellas to a diversified network of other companies and brands. All are highly political major contributors to international causes dealing with everything from the environment to race relations …

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  • Retired Old Men

    It’s not just here in Hibbing but everywhere I’ve been . . . retired old-timers (men, I’ve observed, far more than women) are hard-wired to daily congregate at a local coffee depot. It could be Sporty’s downtown, Hardees, or McD’s here in Hibbing–but in similar …

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  • How Time Flies

    My last post touched upon one aspect in the life of a man in retirement–the needs for companionship, conversation, and the intangible need to get out of the house for a spell. We all dream of retirement and when it finally comes we find ourselves …

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  • THE BIRTH OF A STORY

    I have recently had a meeting with the first of my two ‘readers’ who critique my new stories. Rich Dinter is an avid reader and one of the smartest people I know–his insights are always timely and candid. His first email prior to our meeting …

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  • HIBBING: 2017

    Hibbing remains a paradox to me. In my last two novels I’ve created a character who returns to Hibbing after being away for a decade. Paul Martin is a retired teacher (history) who moved to Chattanooga after his career at Hibbing High School. His observations, …

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