Writings

Nick’s column StarTribune archive

Recent columns:

Boxing Day: At last, a chance to let the season sink in (12-26-10)

Anniversary of a Mass Execution: Time to Consider How to Repair the Past (12-19-10)

Mark and Rudy: If We’re Lucky, Dayton Will Follow Perpich Path (12-12-10)

Will Steger and Antarctica Crew to Reunite and Re-ignite Climate Change Fight  (12-5-10)

Tom Emmer Promises Not to Be Nutty about the Recount (11-28-10)

Stupid Times, Tough Turkey, Still Many Reasons to Give Thanks (11-21-10)

Minnesota Businesses Get The Best Legislature Money Can Buy (11-14-10)

Tony Baloney goes to war vs. the DFL and the TWO MARKS, Dayton & Ritchie (11-7-10)

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Rally to Restore Sanity: Not So Funny, Maybe (10-31-10)

Another Self-immolation: Everything is in Flames (10-24-10)

Minneapolis’ North High School: Not Dying Naturally (10-17-10)

GOP Rep. John Kline: His Lips Are Sealed (10-10-10)

Michele Bachmann: Patron Saint of Good English Talkers, You Bet (10-3-10)

Elections For Sale: How much are we bid? WHO is bidding? (9-26-10)

Where are the Women At? Women’s Issues disappear in Election (9-19-10)

Campaign 2010: Just begun and already a Horror Show (9-5-10)

Nuclear Power proponents trying to go Back to the Future (8-29-10)

GOP video on “ugly” women? It’s all about who they vote for, Baby! (8-22-10)

The Little Bighorn: 124 years later, fight to understand the “last stand” continues (8-15-10)

The national parks: God’s country, with texting (8-8-10)

Bears in the woods: We can’t have it any other way (8-1-10)

Voters Slow-Roasted by Dog Days Primary Season (7-25-10)

Felons Tilting MN elections? If You Live in Conspiracy World (7-18-10)

Cell Phones in the BWCA: Can You Hear Me Now? Damn! (7-11-10)

Target Field: Gorgeous Ballpark Still a Terrible Deal for Taxpayers (7-4-10)

Urban Boatbuilders: Teaching Kids How to Paddle (and build) Their Own Canoe (6-27-10)

Thirty-eight Years late: British Admit Responsibility for that Awful Day, Bloody Sunday (6-20-10)

BP Oil Spill: If It Was the Gulf of China, Not Mexico, Heads Would Roll (6-13-10)

Fort Snelling: Minnesota Historical Society Should Stop Playing Games with Tragedy (6-6-10)

Twin Cities Elections: Huge margins, tiny turnouts, little to cheer about (11-08-09)

About Time: UN comes to Indian Country to inspect US shame (11-01-09)

Bad Idea: Public money to “save” journalism (10-25-09)

Voters Search for Middle Ground while Parties go to Extremes (10-18-29)

Bums’ Rush: Fall Sports Fever Amps Up Vikings Stadium Pitch (10-11-09)

Hunger pains: Food shelves being hit by rising demand as economy sinks (10-04-09)

2009 McCarthy Lecture: GOP renegade Hagel calls for end to the shouting (9-27-09)

Mad As Hell Doctors Want to Tick Us Off, Too (9-20-09)

Pawlenty Fiddles While Home Burns (9-13-09)

The Price of Our Soul: RNC Costs Outweigh The Bucks (9-06-09)

TPAW goes AWOL from Will Steger’s climate change crusade (8-30-09)

Media horde loses grip, goes ape for Brett Favre (8-23-09)

Health Care Debate Proves We Have Enough Nuts (8-16-09)

Charter Schools: Too Many, too many Bad Ones (8-09-09)

How I survived (barely) Summer Vacation (8-2-09)

Millions for New Signs; Not a Nickel For Common Sense (7-26-09)

TEAMSTER REBELLION: How the fireworks started (7-19-09)

“Chief” Bender: Minnesota’s First Nation All-Star (7-12-09)

Norm Coleman tries to exit gracefully. Too late (7-05-09)

In Heaven There Ain’t No Beer. None at the UofM, Either (6-28-09)

Want Honest Work? Start Digging (6-21-09)

World’s Longest Senate Election Now Most Annoying, Too (6-14-09)

Summer in Minnesota a Sanity Saver (6-07-09)

Pawlenty Kicks Poor While They’re Down (5-31-09)

Minnesota’s First Volunteers Need Recognition (5-24-09)

Life lived well ends abruptly in China (2-08-09)

Go, Move, Shift: No Poor Need Stand Here (2-05-09)

Jobless Join the Crowd at Jobless Centers (1-29-09)

Save a Millionaire: Help the Needy (1-25-09)

Minnesota on Trial: Coleman v. Franken recount trial begins (1-27-09)

Plan to end poverty will take little luck, lotta guts (1-22-09)

Budget cuts balance state on backs of the poor (1-18-09)

Moose Leads the Governors to Hockey Town Heights (1-15-09)

Once I was a newspaperman (1-08-09)

Time to end Coleman-Franken Mud Wrassle (1-06-09)

WILF WORLD: A Cure for Everything that Ails Us! (1-04-09)

NEW YEAR’S PREDICTIONS: 2009 (Still good!) (12-29-08)

A life list of ice arenas: 100+ and counting (12-23-08)

Making Friends the Tom Petters Way: Buying Them (12-21-08)

A Salute to My Heroes of 2008! (12-18-09)

Profile of Tim Pawlenty: Man in an Empty Suit (From MSP Magazine, Sept. ’08)