Snowy Easter

Snowy Easter I woke up this morning and snow covered our entire lawn.  You never know when it will snow in Minnesota, but I don’t remember snow on Easter morning. That includes Easter Sundays in Warroad, my dad’s hometown. Easter connotes new beginnings. I’m having an Easter dusted with snow as I watch my kids this morning. I remember them hunting Easter eggs (which they still do) but think … [Read more...]

Three-minute masterpieces

Jimmie Blanton, Duke Ellington, and Alexander Gerschenkron This came across my Facebook feed this morning: Happy birthday Jimmy Blanton Posted by Sounds of the Big Bands on Friday, March 25, 2016 The post has since been taken down, probably because Blanton's birthday is in October. However, it got me thinking about Duke Ellington, Alexander Gerschenkron, and three-minute … [Read more...]

Everyone pays for unemployment insurance, not just businesses

Source: Flikr Creative Commons The Minnesota House and Senate passed, and Governor Dayton signed, a 26-week extension of unemployment benefits for Iron Range miners and a reduction in unemployment insurance payments for businesses.  I heard a story about it this morning on MPR and thought I heard something incorrectly.  I went to the transcript and I wasn’t wrong.  Here is what brought me up … [Read more...]