Notes from all over

by GDA


There has been a lot of hammering and noise going on at the Cook News-Herald. The sound of people walking on the roof of the paper has been a daily event. The reason is that the flat roof of the News-Herald building is soon to be history and a new, pitched roof is taking its place, thanks to the work of Don Aune and his two helpers. They are up there sawing, nailing, measuring, building, despite the weather. We are lucky that we have people who love to work outside or inside or whatever. No matter what the job, there are people who will do it. I imagine some of them think it would be awful to sit before a computer writing the stories for their weekly newspaper, just as I would hate to be out on the roof in the chilly weather hammering away.
Anyway, the roof will be finished soon, plus we are going to replace the front of the building, getting rid of the glass. We are also having the front west corner raised as it has been sinking due to the fact Cook is really built on a swamp with a ton of trains rumbling through it every day. In a couple of weeks you may have to go around to the rear to get into the paper, but that will only be happening for a week or so.
Of course, the News-Herald is the busiest newspaper I have ever owned or run as far as walk-in traffic. The Tower News is close to that much action, though, especially since so many have to stop in and see our managing editor, Phyllis Burgess. She is a wealth of knowledge of the Tower-Soudan area. I will never have all the friends she has. Our customers will make do, though. The people up north don't really complain over hardships, they just make do. When this is all finished, the News-Herald building will be a big plus to downtown Cook. Just think, the News-Herald is the oldest continuously operating business in Cook having started with the Northland Farmer way back in 1903, the year Cook was started.
Life goes on...
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Minnesota is a great state to live in, but it could be so much better if we would let it be. Our economy could be the tops in the nation if we would take advantage of all our resources. Granted, we have some of the top technology businesses and minds in the United States here, but we also have what the Center for the American Experiment calls in their published report, "Unearthing Prosperity," which describes Minnesota's vast mineral reserve, perhaps the world's richest untapped mineral reserves with a value of hundreds of billions of dollars. Developing just a small portion of Minnesota's copper-nickel, platinum, titanium and cobalt would contribute, according to software conventionally used by economists, $3.7 billion annually which would create 8,500 jobs.
Just think, every smartphone contains cobalt, almost all of which this country has to import. Minnesota is reported to contain 95 percent of America's cobalt supply, none of which is being mined. Instead we import all the cobalt from Africa.
A recent poll called "Thinking America" showed strong support for the mining of our resources statewide, but there are some who oppose it, mainly on environmental grounds. They don't seem to realize that not a single mine that has been permitted since 1990 has had an environmental incident causing it to be placed on the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priority List. We still make it near impossible to start up new mines that would produce jobs. Too many politicians are afraid of the vocal, hard-core environmentalists, many of whom are being paid a paltry amount to protect by billionaire Democrat Socialists.
Maybe Minnesotans should start taking control of their state and if their elected officials don't work for them, replace them.
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Sen. Barry Goldwater, who was the Republican candidate for president in 1964 against Lyndon B. Johnson, who wouldn't seek re-election since he knew he was doomed, had some good attributes. He knew the Congress and spoke out on it.
With the present Democratic members of Congress so stuck on sex assaults and affairs, this comment from Goldwater is one you have to believe. He said, "If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government." Yeah, he made a lot of enemies in government, just like our current president, Donald Trump, is doing.
I have been reading quotes from famous people and I love the ones Benjamin Franklin made. He said, "Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do." Yes, he also said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." And that is the truth.
Of course, the greatest quote is from Patrick Henry, a true patriot, who said, "Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
I can't beat those thoughts, so have a good week. Live the dream!

Some people are depressed with all the political ads on the air - blah, blah, blah Some people just tune them out. I, however, find them rather entertaining.
One of my favorite ones was a few years ago where this energetic candidate, eager to show us all that he's "one of us" and for sure supports our Second Amendment rights, aired some footage with him sporting his orange vest and shiny new shotgun hunting deer! Oh, my! I couldn't help but imagine that this same dude probably hunted ducks with a 30-06. Kill 'em dead with one shot. Heavens, it was good enough to put on "America's Funniest Home Videos."
There's one candidate this fall who doesn't need to resort to these comedian acts; he is Pete Stauber, who is running for Congress in our 8th District. Here is a guy who can stand on his merits without smoke-and-mirror acts to make us believe he's something he's not. For eight years on the Hermantown City Council and six years on the St. Louis County Board as the voice of reason and practical reality, he has the background to know how government works.
I got to know Pete before he was a county commissioner, and I found him to be one of the finest fellows you could ever meet. Patriotic, intelligent, a true family man and a real American all the way. The first time I met him, he had a small size copy of the Constitution in his shirt pocket - and it was even a nicer copy than the one I had in mine! I didn't have to remind him that elected officials are to respect and serve the people they represent - he well knew this already.
Right down the line, Pete is there on all the important issues. Second Amendment Rights - as well as our other Constitutional Rights - he's been supporting already now for years. The proper role of government to serve, to help, to intercede for their citizens instead of cranking on a pipe wrench around the neck of people and businesses to conform to the latest government edict. He gets it.
Probably one of the most important issues he has a grip on, is the economy. You can't have healthy communities and families without having good jobs. In this neck of the woods, and for the good of the whole state, this means mining. Unlike some who sputter and stutter and talk ventriloquist, Pete has said it clearer than all the rest; he supports mining. Period. We do it better here than anywhere else in the world, we're blessed with abundant natural resources, we've been mining here for 130 years, and we still have the cleanest water in the state. And there are some who think giving canoe rides and selling McBurgers is going to give us a raging economy? Is this evidence of the drug crisis we've been hearing so much about?
Without taconite, copper-nickel, and all the businesses up and down the line that support these industries, Northern Minnesota would shrivel up to one big ghost town as desolate as Northern Siberia. More importantly, Pete supports the miners who work in these plants and pits. After all, these are the beneficiaries of these good jobs where these workers can now support their families, schools, local businesses and government.
Actually, I was a little disheartened when I first heard Pete was running for Congress. His absence on the County Board would leave a huge hole in our local government. Worse yet, just imagine what a sight it would be to see some bumbling roundhead trying to clomp around in Pete's big shoes, who might be elected to fill his position.
Never-the-less, if Pete is answering a higher calling, all I can say is, more power to him. God knows the common sense he would bring to Washington is sorely needed. What an asset he would be there, not a bag of hot air from a 'Texas' cowboy who's all hat and no cattle, but really one of us who knows our way of life here in Northern Minnesota and that comes from a working class family. Pete Stauber is cut from the same stuff that made this great country, and he is the one we need to send to Washington on Nov. 6.
Jim Hofsommer,
Colvin Town Board Chairman
(Paid endorsement)


Dear Editor,
I just recently received my snowmobile registration renewal notice a few weeks ago for two snowmobiles I own. One is a 1996 and the other a 1997 (21- and 22-year-old machines). Each is a fee of $111 which is a mandatory three-year fee when using the trails. That is up approximately 30 percent from three years ago!
My issue is why are we required to pay for three years??? No one can predict that their snowmobile or any other recreation vehicle that requires a three-year registration is going to be operable during that period.
In my case I have very old snowmobiles and it is possible they will not last for the next three years. Our riding season seems to be about three months out of the year, which weather and snow accumulations can be a big factor and may be even shorter some years.
I also believe, like vehicle registrations, the older your snowmobile or any recreation vehicle, the fee should decrease throughout the years as they may not be used as often, or not at all!
I do believe this issue needs to be brought to the attention of State Senators, State Representatives and the DNR on having the registration fees issued on a yearly basis and not being forced to pay for three years.
Please join me and speak your voice on this matter.
Holly Abramson,