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The “Bambino,” Babe Ruth, larger-than-life and the biggest name in baseball then and still, was coming off one of his biggest seasons so far in 1926. He hit .372, drove...
The great Babe Ruth’s career record of 714 home runs, long considered an untouchable feat, stood for 39 long years — and nearly stood decades longer. Would you believe because...
Everything changes when they get outside, out in nature. Children unruly in the classroom find focus. Students missed by traditional teaching suddenly are engaged. And everyone’s learning improves. Research proves...
We’ve more or less made peace with being made fun of for the way we supposedly talk, even if we don’t really talk that way. But some of this other...
It really wasn't a big deal, the Minneapolis police officer insisted after scribbling a note and stuffing it into the pocket of a man who suffered a seizure and passed out behind the wheel. Just part of the job. Except the officer didn't sign his note, prompting the man and his wife to post a picture of it on Facebook. They hoped to find out the identity of the kind stranger who went above and beyond to let them know where their car was after the man was taken out of it and to a hospital. For nearly a week the mystery grew. The post went viral.
Our Christmas tree topper this year is little more than a rolled-up piece of typewriter paper with another piece of stark-white paper stuck to it. It's all masking tape and wrinkles. It sags a bit on one side, and it stands at an angle, like an old man leaning on his cane. It's also the most beautiful tree topper I've ever seen. Our old tree topper was strong and tall and bright red and covered with glitter that caught the twinkle lights at every angle and that captured the glow of the season. It featured an apple-shaped midsection and a proud spike at the top.
Apparently not everyone had a mom like mine who, after taking her children's friends home, insisted on sitting outside their houses until she was positive -- absolutely positive -- they had made it inside safely. Imagine my embarrassment when it was never enough for her to see them pushing their way through their own front doors. My mom refused to drive away until they flashed the front porch light on and off a few times. The light switch was on the inside of the house, so she knew they had to be inside.
For a taste -- even for just a small taste -- of fame, of stardom, of being discovered by Hollywood, we took time off from work and from family, we stuffed ourselves into antique clothing, and we waited hour after long grueling hour, sometimes in frigid cold. For the once-in-a-lifetime chance to step into the bright lights, to see ourselves on the big screen and to grab those 15 minutes of fame they say everyone gets, we eagerly jumped at the chance to be extras in the Disney film "Iron Will." This was 20 winters ago when thousands of us from Duluth and the Northland signed on.
Mark Fredrickson couldn't help but question "Service Motor Company" when he spotted the words in a Sunday Opinion column about Duluth's historic downtown. It was in reference to his building, now the home of his printing services business, Shel/Don. Service Motor Company? Where was that from? That doesn't make sense, he thought. "Why (would) a noted historian refer to our building as the Service Motor Company when its original and most notable use was as the St. Louis County Courthouse?" Fredrickson immediately e-mailed the News Tribune about the Feb.
To hear some talk about it now, two years later, you'd think it was nothing but chaos: wrestling in the aisles; candidates squared off on stage, fists clenched; fire alarms blaring; smoke grenades spewing sickening clouds; and police in riot gear. It wasn't that bad, not even close, that now-infamous, stuff-of-legends candidate forum back on Sept. 18, 2010, featuring entrenched U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and his upstart Republican challenger Chip Cravaack.