News Cut on Campus: Vermilion Community College


The News Cut on Campus Tour moves into Ely today. My every-Wednesday conversation with students on college campuses focuses today on Vermilion Community College. Look for the profiles later today.

Update 10:26 a.m. – I’ve made it, with the last 50 miles minus any blue fluid for the windshield.

10:55 a.m.


I talked to Jeff Swanson, who grew up on a farm near Des Moines, went on to become a Lutheran pastor for a few decades, and then decided his calling is to the woods and the prairie. I’ll be writing about him later today.


11:55 a.m. — I’ve been doing more interviewing than blogging, but I’ll be posting profiles later. I just met a young man from Nebraska who’s living everyone’s dream. He’s in an outdoor leadership program and will have a career working, for example, for Outward Bound, or teaching sea kayaking or any number of things that pop up as answers when most of us say, “if I had to do it all over again.”

Then there’s the man from Australia who came to Ely to play basketball. Ely? Who knew?

12:13 p.m. – – A few weeks ago here, we kicked around positions that are ‘recession-proof.’ I think I’ve identified one. Kristian Gaasland of Hibbing is studying to be in the water treatment plant industry. His story later.

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