Enger Tower in Duluth was washed with purple light in remembrance of the rock star Prince who died Thursday, April 21, at the age of 57 at his Chanhassen home. Clint Austin / Forum News Service

If Purple Becomes Minnesota’s State Color, What Should North Dakota’s Be?

Minnesota lawmakers are considering honoring Prince by making the state color purple, which today prompted a colleague to ask what North Dakota’s state color should be. My first instinct was to say it should be blue, even though North Dakota has states on either side that seem to be more into blue–Minnesota itself (the 10,000…
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Fat Girls Can’t Have Pockets; Or, Why Women REALLY Shop So Much

As many of you likely already know, I started swimming again, made changes to my diet and got a personal trainer, all of which has resulted in the loss of quite a bit of fat, several dress sizes, quite a bit of girth and a tiny bit (not much) of weight. So every month or…
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Daredevil’s Season 2 Isn’t As Good As Season 1. It’s Better.

I hesitated a little bit when the second season of Daredevil was released on Friday, thinking it had to be worse than the first season. Some of the people involved behind the scenes have changed, after all, and there was no possible way they could continue zigging when every other show around them zagged, was…
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Reel Bad: Movies For The Strong Of Stomach

Some movies are good. The best of them become legends, cult favorites or classics, and they have enough fans that people still talk about them decades later: “The Godfather,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Princess Bride,” “Casablanca.” Some movies are terrible. The worst of these also become legends, cult favorites or classics, and if…
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A Real Newsman Reaches –30–

I didn’t want to be a reporter, though I do love the work. I came to the newspaper business largely by accident, during college. At the time, I wrote mostly fiction, and although I found creative nonfiction interesting, I never did take a single journalism class. It’s left me with a somewhat unusual writing style (I…
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