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Minnesota’s Iron Range Podcast

I was lucky enough to spend much of the summer of 2011 in northern Minnesota, getting to know the region where the Mississippi begins. Of all the places I went, there were few that grabbed my attention more so than the Iron Range. The unforgiving climate and diverse mix of people devoted to grueling work sure […]

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A Paddle on the Wild Lower Mississippi River

It’s just after noon, the sun is high and hot, and I’m standing at the end of a boat ramp at St. Francisville, Louisiana wearing rubber boots and a cotton hat, a black waterproof shirt, and black waterproof pants. In a few minutes, I’ll be stepping into Grasshopper, a 30-foot voyageur-style canoe built for the mighty waters of […]

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St. Louis Riverfront Gets Little Respect

In St. Louis, the riverfront just can’t get any respect. With the St. Louis Rams positioning themselves to move—or to get the public to pay for another new stadium—St. Louis leaders are pushing a plan to build a new stadium next to the Mississippi River that they hope would convince the Rams that we are […]

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