A Failed Bishopric: The Servants Strike Back?

Dec 16

A Failed Bishopric: The Servants Strike Back?

Update: With comic good timing, the Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has now been accused of playing patty fingers with the Holy Water…only it’s nothing that amusing. Instead, the Saint Paul police have opened an investigation into an allegation that John Nienstedt fingered a boy inappropriately (there are not really many ways to finger a kid...

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11Years After: Paul Wellstone, Gone But Not Forgotten

Oct 25

11Years After: Paul Wellstone, Gone But Not Forgotten

Paul Wellstone died 11 years ago today, along with his wife, Sheila, and 6 others when their plane went down in northern Minnesota during the final days of an angry, contentious and politically charged election fight against Norm Coleman. Wellstone died, Coleman became a one-term U.S. senator, and Minnesota lost its beating heart. I wrote this for the St. Paul...

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RIP Rod Grams: Once A Senator, Always A Senator

Oct 09

RIP Rod Grams: Once A Senator, Always A Senator

Former U.S. Senator and Twin Cities newscaster Rod Grams has died. In this 2001 story — one of the last informal interviews he gave — Grams rued the loss of his Senate seat to now-Gov. Mark Dayton, and tried to make peace with his past and return to his farm roots. He never seemed comfortable in his skin. From the Pioneer Press: The Summer of His...

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RIP Tom Clancy: He Thought Owning the Vikings Would Be A Public Trust

Oct 02

RIP Tom Clancy: He Thought Owning the Vikings Would Be A Public Trust

Tom Clancy has died, the guy who wrote a book that became one of my favorite movies –”The Hunt for Red October” — and another book that became one of my least favorite films — “Patriot Games.” But the book Clancy DIDN’T get to write is the one that intrigues me most…The story of how he might have run the Minnesota...

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“Redskins” No More? Most Offensive Name In Sports On The Ropes

Sep 25

“Redskins” No More? Most Offensive Name In Sports On The Ropes

Underscoring both the lack of experience and the absence of character in much of today’s media, the recent return of the effort to eliminate the disgustingly racist name of the Washington D.C. NFL team has been treated by many “reporters/writers” as some kind of weird issue that came out of nowhere. Lotsa heads up lotsa butts in the media these...

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