A person’s reach

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,. Or what's a heaven for?" -- Robert Browning I first read this quote in Elmer Andersen's memoir A Man's Reach (with Lori Sturdevant) and it has stuck with me. It applies well to William E. (Bill) Clemens, benefactor of the St. Cloud area, generally, and the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (CSB|SJU), in particular. Clemens … [Read more...]

What’s up with the labor market?

The latest numbers for the national labor market came out this morning and they look good.  The headline figures: 4.9 percent unemployment and 242,000 jobs created in February. There’s lot of detail that gets overlooked in the headlines, so let’s take a look at a couple additional measures; the complete release is available here. Headline unemployment versus other measures  (click to … [Read more...]

Mining and jobs on the Iron Range

Hull-Rust-Mahoning Open Pit Iron Mine, Mesabi Range, 2010 By Chipcity - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21362665   What is the fate of mining in northeastern Minnesota? No one knows the answer but it’s clear that ferrous and non-ferrous mining won’t go away without fights. First, the StarTribune reported, The state signed off Thursday on … [Read more...]