Tom West

Your intrepid editor likes to expand his knowledge in different ways, and recently I read a book about it — literally a book about expanding the mind. Entitled “The Future of the Mind” by Dr. Michio Kaku, a professor of Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York, the book takes a look at [...]

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The drive-by media has recently been jumping around the state. One week it’s in Little Falls, the next in Waseca, the next in Mankato. It hasn’t been a good month for Greater Minnesota. A few weeks before the Waseca story broke, the Waseca paper reported debris from a small bomb had been found on an [...]

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The Minneapolis City Council was expected to consider a motion Friday, to change the name of “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous Peoples Day.” I don’t have any great affection for Christropher Columbus, but I have long thought that we ought to call our holidays for what they are. That means, call them the way  most Americans [...]

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So there I was, 65 feet above the ground, swaying on the scaffolding just outside the Minnesota State Capitol Building, attending the largest convention of stone carvers in the nation. Or so someone said. The ECM Editorial Board received a personal tour April 10 of the ongoing restoration of “the People’s Building.” When you see [...]

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It’s official. The winter of 2013-14 was the second worst since the winter of 1900-01, 114 years. You can tell your grandkids about this one. This is not just subjective complaining. This is based on the tabulations of West’s Winter Misery Index (WWMI), which, using historical data from the National Weather Service, combines the daily [...]

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I had a bad day recently, dealing with the mysteries that come with the end of life. They got me thinking about how I’d like to check out when the time comes. I know, that’s not anyone’s favorite topic, but I have long admired the way an uncle of mine exited. He had a heart [...]

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In the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to participate in a conference call with Gov. Mark Dayton and also to sit in on a Q-and-A session with one of the Republican candidates seeking his job, Marty Seifert. The conference call with Dayton came while he was in his car returning to the Mayo [...]

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Until a couple of weeks ago, I had never given my full attention to a hockey game between 5-year-olds. However, grandparenting pulls us in new directions — and this one pulled me to Sauk Rapids. This was the first hockey road trip for our grandson, also known as Mr. President. A year ago, he was [...]

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