SAM COOK: Classy, Don. And classy, Laura. That was the reaction that a lot of folks had when Duluth Mayor Don Ness, with his wife, Laura, at his side, announced at a news conference Tuesday that he would not accept the nearly $20,000 pay raise that the City Council had approved Monday night.
SAM COOK: The other night, when the moon was full, a couple I know looked out their picture window and saw the moon shining down on Lake Superior. They are the kind of people who know how to seize a moment, to really immerse themselves in an experience.
SAM COOK: It was a routine Wednesday evening drive home. November. Dark. I noticed, as I tried to merge into traffic, that a shiny SUV in the nearest lane was veering toward me into the merge lane. I found that a little strange.
Sam Cook column: The hinterland is somewhere far from home, preferably where there is at least a mile between houses as the redtail flies, where the nighttime landscape is dappled with a handful of yard lights below and about a million stars above. And with good people, who still have time to visit.
SAM COOK: The bride is dancing now, dancing with the man she has vowed to spend her life with. She looks beautiful on her wedding night, blond hair spilling down in curly tendrils, blue eyes glinting in the DJ’s lights.
SAM COOK: Sandra Potter realized, years ago, she wasn’t getting enough time in northern Minnesota’s canoe country. Each summer, she would take a weeklong trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with friends.
SAM COOK: What is it about these tall ships? What is it about them that swells our little city to twice its size with visitors? What, exactly, gets up inside of us when we see one of those elegant vessels and all of that cloth sliding under our Aerial Lift Bridge?
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