Derrick Knutson

The government shutdown is over? I’m really going to miss the anarchy — fireballs falling from the heavens, hot lava spewing up from cracks in the earth, trees uprooting themselves, walking and then attacking us. Oh wait, I think I’m confusing anarchy with apocalypse. Now that I’ve got those two words figured out, here’s my [...]

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I had just turned on my windshield wipers as the gentle pitter-patter of rain began to transform into a deluge last Wednesday evening on my way back from a Chisago County Board of Commissioners meeting in Center City. After performing that routine task, my brain had a split second to notice something was amiss, but [...]

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When this column goes on the Internet, I think I’ll tag it “weed,” “reefer,” “dope,” “ganja” and just about any other name I can think of for marijuana. Maybe I’ll also tag it “same-sex marriage,” “politics,” “Affordable Health Care Act” and “Roe v. Wade” just to see who might comment on it. Those tags should [...]

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We all know at least one of them — those people who post cat photos all over their Facebook accounts and any other social media sites they frequent. They’d probably even put photos of their cats in newspapers, if they could. I swore I’d never be that type of person, but alas, here is a [...]

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I was in Mr. Anderson’s 10th grade history class when the first plane crashed into the north tower. On the classroom television, we watched the events unfold the rest of the morning, confused about what exactly was happening. Some newscasters said a helicopter had hit the World Trade Center; others said it was a plane. [...]

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As we sat on the top deck of the paddleboat, watching the waves from the St. Croix River lazily lap at its hull, I thought about just how different this day — our one-year anniversary — was than just one year ago. A year ago myself, Jill —my wife — and our friends and family [...]

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