The Ada-Borup game against Cass Lake was supposed to be just a football game. A young man’s death transformed it into something more. Read more →
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
Norma Bauerschmidt, of Michigan, became an online celebrity thanks to her daughter-in-law’s Facebook page, Driving Miss Norma, which started over a year ago after she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Read more →
It is the season of departures in one fashion or another, which leads me to recommend a couple of essays today on matters of life. Read more →
Liam Hollidge, a member of the Minnehaha Academy’s C-squad basketball team, is clearly destined for greatness even if it’s not likely to be as a basketball player. Read more →
None of these will make the news, although they reveal the nature of us. We put one foot forward, then the other, and exhibit a quiet dignity and strength whether we succeed or whether we fail. That alone is uplifting and worthy of our attention and gratitude. Read more →
Oliver Sacks, 81, the neurologist and author, found out he’s dying soon. He writes today about his new outlook on life and wants us to rethink our own lives.
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The day may soon — probably, very soon — come when we tire of KARE 11’s updates of the relationship between an old man and a little kid, but today is not the day. Read more →
Is there anything social networking can’t do? Since he took his own life, C.J. Twomey has sat in an urn in his home in Maine. His mother didn’t want him to remain there so she enlisted social networking sites to spread his ashes around the world. People volunteered to scatter the ashes, and his mother Read more →
I met Siji Saula and his wife in Fargo earlier this summer, and had the opportunity to meet David Saula in Lagos last week. Their ongoing bond is a good example of how leaving your home to start a new life — halfway across the world in this case — can change important relationships. It’s an even better example, though, of how those relationships remain strong. Read more →
Former Kansas City Star sports reporter and SportsInReview.com editor Martin Manley shot himself in front of a police station yesterday morning. He also left a whole website explaining his actions. Read more →
Lessons from summer camp, another side of Tsarnaev, the people who make ‘play ball’ possible, together again in Duluth, and Cheerios’ new ad. Read more →
Today’s dispatch from comes from Nagaland, in the north of India. Mary Roach from the Smithsonian Magazine visited a pepper-eating contest there and reports on the science of eating spicy peppers. First, the video: The contestants here are eating Naga King Chilis, often ranked as the world’s hottest. These guys are pros: Competitors have 20 Read more →
North Dakota: Where there are more bars per capita than there are bars.
Rain is heading toward Boston. It will bring out the flowers, turn the grass green, and tell us it’s time to move on.