Occasionally I get a letter from a state or federal prisoner suggesting a column idea. The letters typically share a common theme, namely: "I'm not guilty, get me out of here."
Updated: June 30, 2012, - 11:12 PM
STOCKHOLM, WIS. - The man from the frac sand company stood at the front of the pole barn surrounded by cornfields Monday and made his pitch. He was one of them, he said, grew up just yonder. Went to the University of Wisconsin, where he got his "environmental protection background." He plans to move to town, if residents will approve his sand "transportation facility."
Updated: June 19, 2012, - 08:47 PM
In the moments before he would take the stage to deliver his speech commemorating the U.S. Army's 237th birthday, the soldier jackknifed his gaunt frame into a folding chair and ran a hand across his bony jaw.
Updated: June 19, 2012, - 10:30 AM
This week, it's the state golf tournament. Next week, Kate Lesnar will hold her third annual "All Day Fore Africa" golf tournament at the Worthington Country Club.
Updated: June 13, 2012, - 12:13 PM
Dan Ryan was out working on his farm when he saw a car drive down a dead-end road skirting his property. A woman eventually got out and began to scan the terrain with binoculars. Then she drove onto a private road owned by Ryan.
Updated: June 05, 2012, - 09:54 PM
Psst. Hey kid. You, over there by the basketball hoop. You want some nachos?
Updated: June 02, 2012, - 10:13 PM
When most people drive by the corner of Prior and Gilbert in St. Paul, they see a vacant lot with weeds and a broken recliner.
Updated: May 22, 2012, - 10:03 PM
VIRGINIA, MINN. - He grew up on the edge of an open pit mine that became his playground, and as a young man he cleaned motel rooms and delivered the local newspaper, making enough to loan his dad drinking money. His dad always paid him back, of which he seems quite proud.
Updated: May 19, 2012, - 06:11 PM
When developer Jeffrey Wirth pleaded guilty to tax fraud last week in U.S. District Court for failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars in income, a lot of people across the Twin Cities reacted with shock. One of them was Martin Goff, senior vice president of Unite Here, Local 17.
Updated: May 16, 2012, - 04:40 PM