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Past articles by Tom:

Giving 'Grace': Celebrating Minnesota's state photograph on its 100th birthday

In the roster of state symbols across the nation that mark official state birds, trees, songs and others, Minnesota is believed to be the only state with an official photograph. → Read More

Counter Stories react to Trump's immigration policy

Counter Stories react to President Trump "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which led to parents and children being separated at the U.S border. → Read More

Changing rural narratives: a Ground Level conversation in Grand Rapids

The great outdoors, as we heard at a community conversation at the Blandin Foundation, is a key reason why people choose to live in Grand Rapids. The discussion revolved around why people choose Grand Rapids, what they worry about and celebrate in daily life, and what issues they believe leaders should focus on. → Read More

Miscast 'begging dance' sparks children's book written in Ojibwe and English

A historian and University of Minnesota professor landed on the idea of a lighter children's book from her research into a miscast Native American dance. → Read More

Who's responsible when an obituary seems like an attack ad?

A scathing treatise on one woman's life raises the question of whether one should speak ill of the dead in an obituary, and who's responsible when they do. → Read More

National Lynching Memorial: A jarring, but understandable error to remember Duluth victim

The wrong name was affixed to a jar of soil taken from one of three lynching victims from Duluth in 1920 that's on display at a national museum and memorial in Montgomery, Ala. But there's a reason for that. → Read More

How loneliness may be killing us

Loneliness has serious health implications and could be the next public health crisis. → Read More

Twin Cities provides a tale of newspaper woe and redemption

The region retains two daily newspapers: One, a media darling owned by a Minnesota billionaire who has invested in the paper; the other, owned by a New York hedge fund that industry-watchers contend is more interested in reaping profit than retaining reporters. → Read More

For Native students in Morris, finding ways to excel in a place of trauma

A conversation with Native American students at the University of Minnesota Morris. → Read More

Minnetonka teen has battled brain cancer, will tackle BWCA next

A Minnetonka 16-year-old won an essay contest for a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for herself and three of her friends. She's leaving behind her parents and her cancer. → Read More

One of this year's most memorable Olympic calls came from a Duluth college coach

Maybe it's time to add Chad Salmela of Duluth to the roster of all-star Olympic announcing moments. → Read More

A guy named Loop (honest) is working to save cursive

Loop Haro is fighting to save cursive writing with quarterly meetups. And beer. → Read More

The Super Bowl pop-up shop that isn't

Super Bowl visitors implore one downtown Minneapolis retailer to stay open after Sunday's big game. That, she says, will not be a problem. → Read More

A note from Tom

Tom is stepping away from the host chair. He explains what's up. → Read More

Minnesotan is breaking barriers in the pageant community

Mikayla Holmgren won the Spirit Award and Director's Award in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant last fall. She's a student at Bethel University and an active athlete. She also has Down syndrome. → Read More

Rest easy Minnesotans, your recyclables are not going to the landfill

Recycling plants across the country are turning to landfills because their products are no longer accepted by China. Minnesota and other states have regulations that prevent recyclables from going to the landfill. → Read More

2017 through the eyes of comedian Lizz Winstead

Comedian and satirist Lizz Winstead is back in her home state of Minnesota this week to see family and perform her annual year-end show at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. → Read More

Living legend Cornbread Harris shares stories and songs from his seven-decade career

Cornbread Harris is a living legend. At 90 years old, the rock 'n' roll pioneer (also known as Jimmy Jam's dad) visited The Current's studios to record an in-studio session with Local Show host Andrea Swensson and MPR News host Tom Weber. → Read More

Tax reform for Christmas

The GOP tax bill appears closer to a done deal after Republicans leaders in the House and Senate came to an agreement Wednesday. → Read More

Source: Smith is Dayton's choice for senator

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is Gov. Mark Dayton's choice to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Al Franken, and Smith will run in the special election for the seat next year. → Read More