There was no posting yesterday. One of the bugs floating around Minnesota this Winter got me good. If I were always in the shape I was in yesterday, I don't know how long I'd be sustainable.
Today, I'd like to call your attention to information on two other web sites. First, the Brainerd Dispatch, discovered via MPR on Twitter, has what I think is some of the best coverage I've read so far on the PolyMet project issues. If you care about a sustainable future for Minnesota, I'd suggest you read it. It summarizes a Wednesday night panel discussion about copper nickel mining and whether we can do it without trashing our environment. Go read it for yourself. We'll wait, because we're (editorial, not royal) increasingly frustrated that too much of our media coverage these days seems focused primarily on confrontation and conflict and presenting two sides to every issue without vetting the credentials of both sides. We deserve better and when I find it I want to call attention to it.
The other item worth taking a look at is a very information background piece from the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education on the history of the Iron Range and the IRRRB and the continuing (and growing?) need to diversify northern Minnesota's economy. Finally, for today, Joyce Sutphen, our current poet laureate, notes another one of iron's qualities.
I have forgotten the words,and therefore I shall not conceiveof a mysterious salvation, I shallnot become a tall lily and bloominto blue and white. Then whatoracular event shall appear onmy doorstep? What announcementshall crowd me to a corner,protesting an unworthiness,which doubtless shall be believed?
But these are only bells we hear,pulled down by the arms of thedrunken janitor, two fingers missingon his left hand. And we haveclimbed into that tower, its spiralingwooden staircase creaking beneath ourfeet. We have seen for ourselvesthat it is only iron that rings, ironswinging on an iron bar, the rough ropethreading down to the cold ground,no death or holiness inthose hollow shells.
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