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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released the 2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations earlier this month and the highlight for me was the announcement that there would be a new statewide youth firearm’s deer hunt in October.

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Editor’s Note: “Their Way” is a regular Sunday column that captures the personal style of the many public officials and other personalities and events covered by former Mesabi Daily News Executive Editor Bill Hanna during his more than 40 years of newspaper reporting, writing and editing.

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Editor’s Note: “Their Way” is a regular Sunday column that captures the personal style of the many public officials and other personalities and events covered by former Mesabi Daily News Executive Editor Bill Hanna during his more than 40 years of newspaper reporting, writing and editing.

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“Summertime!” Gardens are producing their rewards for work and tender care from early spring through fall. The “Touch” offers a few recipes for vegetables we encourage families to eat.

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Editor’s Note: “Their Way” is a regular Sunday column that captures the personal style of the many public officials and other personalities and events covered by former Mesabi Daily News Executive Editor Bill Hanna during his more than 40 years of newspaper reporting, writing and editing.

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Grace Ragle has passed from this earthly life. A year ago last February, when she turned 95, she called and left a message on my phone, and I saved it, typing it into my desktop folder labeled with her name. "I got flowers, she said. "Oh, thank you. You don't know what that means. Everything…

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Upon opening the Mesabi Daily News editorial page on Wednesday I was met with the headline of “Consolidation Controversy.” After completing my read I felt it necessary to debunk the misinformation and how it was presented. If the author had attended even a small number of public meetings, re…

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On May 14, 2019, 57 percent of the Eveleth-Gilbert voters passed a $30 million referendum to build new schools with Virginia to open in the 2022-2023 school year or later. I, like most, have accepted this and hope that it was the correct decision for the E-G community, although many still fe…

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This past Sunday, my column put a face to the area’s childcare crisis and explained what it is like for foster families. Wow, did this get the community talking! I’ve had several people come up and say, “If I was retired I’d babysit for you!”

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While the announcement of the discovery of two dead loons in the northeastern part of the state this summer due to the West Nile virus caused a bit of a stir in the media and online, officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – and those paying attention - have known about …

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For too many years the tough decision has evaded Iron Range school districts — kicked down the road for another election, another board and another generation.

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The numerous legal, rhetorical and legislative probes into how the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency interacted with comments from their counterparts at the federal EPA are being hyped as the impenetrable proof that PolyMet’s permits are somehow illegitimate. Project critics — who have oppo…

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Earlier this month the Loretto, Tenn., Police Department caused quite a stir when they posted a warning on social media that flushing illegal and prescription drugs down a toilet could lead to some serious consequences – specifically meth-gators.

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Republican and Democratic state lawmakers, headed by those on the Iron Range, voiced their support for the proposed PolyMet mining project currently embroiled in a tug-of-war over its permits.

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I successfully didn’t cry at book club! Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to but I looked straight into the restaurant's ceiling fan and Mother Nature dried the tears right out of my eyeballs. Thanks, Ma!

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Editor’s Note: “Their Way” is a regular Sunday column that captures the personal style of the many public officials and other personalities and events covered by former Mesabi Daily News Executive Editor Bill Hanna during his more than 40 years of newspaper reporting, writing and editing.

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It is a story of brothers, not related by blood but through their serving in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. Of their connecting with each other after the passage of the years from 1967 to 2013. And of the Marine who came to Minnesota to pay tribute to the memory of a brother name…

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Word on the street is that this year the Sturgeon River Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association will be holding their yearly banquet in a new location: The Mountain Iron Community Center.

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Another 4th of July has come and gone and has left with us many warm memories of relaxing and enjoyable times with friends and families. We all look forward to good food, entertaining music, parades or time at the lake. Yes, Independence Day is all these things to us, but it is so much more.

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I had planned on writing about Bud Selig and his new book this week, but then something unfolded that prompted me to change course. I decided I couldn’t write about Bud Selig after what I’d just seen.

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A boombox older than me has always sat on dad’s kitchen counter, behind the dishpan. As I did at the same time every week that year, I pulled it out and extended the antenna, flipping the switch to our local NPR station.

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The day felt like summer. The sky was sunny blue, the air a little muggy — and Hansen's farmer's market was open for business. As I motored along Eighth Street last Thursday, I could see their big tomato banner, so I pulled into the armory parking lot to check out the produce.

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July is probably the perfect Month in northern Minnesota if you like to spend any time on the lake. The water is near perfect and the weather is probably as good as it is going to get for swimming.

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About a year ago, on July 11, 2018, the state of Minnesota relented in giving Mesabi Metallics mineral leases critical to the Nashwauk pellet project ensnared in bankruptcy by Essar Steel Minnesota back in 2016.

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