Aaron J. Brown 



This year's columns

Starting Oct. 19, 2008 all columns will be archived at MinnesotaBrown.

October 12, 2008
Big picture ignored in nursing home issue -- Read...

October 5, 2008
The season that shall not be named -- Read...

September 28, 2008
A bad idea that got way too big -- Read...

September 21, 2008
The stadium name game
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September 14, 2008
The Hay Days -- Read...

September 7, 2008
Questions spawn stories, stories are life -- Read...

August 24, 2008
Coupon quest -- Read...

August 17, 2008
On boat maintenance and our fathers' mysteries -- Read...

August 10, 2008
Same now as it ever was
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August 3, 2008
Modern Life exposes soft underbelly of human nature
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July 27. 2008
Rummage sale memories
-- Read...

July 20, 2008
Textistential Crisis -- Read...

July 13, 2008
A little less hooey, a little more Huey -- Read...

July 6, 2008
After the fourth -- Read...

June 29, 2008
Seven words I won't forget
-- Read...


June 22, 2008 
The things we learn in a decade -- Read...

June 15, 2008
The parasite debate -- Read...

June 8, 2008
Steel barons of the 21st century -- Read...

June 1, 2008
Evolution of exercise -- Read...

May 25, 2008
Grills, grills, grills! -- Read...

May 18, 2008
Dylan changed the world; so can we -- Read...

May 11, 2008
True knowledge in the North Woods -- Read...

May 4, 2008
Buck up, Dollar! -- Read...

April 27, 2008
Losing mind, one child at a time -- Read...

April 20, 2008

Newseum shows that in journalism, puns reign supreme  -- Read...

April 13, 2008

Blight Me: the unique aesthetics of the Iron Range -- Read...

April 6, 2008
Pre-spring warm-up -- Read...

March 30, 2008
Weathering the economic storm, Range style -- Read...

March 23, 2008
Closing gender gap in Range leadership a worthy goal -- Read...

March 16, 2008
I am a cooking fraud (and almost got away with it) -- Read...

March 9, 2008
Small germs, big impact 
-- Read...

March 2, 2008
Smoky theatrics at Minnesota bars  -- Read...

February 24, 2008
Pardon me, my blog is showing  -- Read...

February 17, 2008
How to date an Iron Ranger -- Read...

February 10, 2008
A toddler, a truck and the theory of relativity  -- Read...

February 3, 2008  

Iron Range stands at modern crossroads  -- Read...

January 27, 2008  
Brace yourselves: 'super' week awaits us  -- Read...

January 20, 2008  
Celebrate National Something Month this month  -- Read...

January 13, 2008  
Baby, you can boot up my car  -- Read...

January 6, 2008  
A 'surge' of 'hybrids' last year  -- Read...

Aaron J. Brown is a writer, college instructor and political organizer from northern Minnesota's Iron Range. He is the founder and editor of MinnesotaBrown.com, a blog covering northern Minnesota news, politics and culture since 2006. His book of nonfiction essays and columns "Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range" will be released by Red Step Press in October 2008. (Check out the "Overburden" homepage for events, reviews and press coverage).

Aaron was born in Hibbing, raised on a family-owned salvage yard just north of the Sax-Zim peat bog along the Iron Range and now lives in Itasca County. He graduated from Cherry High School and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in communication from the University of Wisconsin at Superior.

A writer and journalist
Aaron's first media job came at age 16 when he spun easy listening tunes for  WEVE in Eveleth. Later he would work as a news reporter and afternoon anchor for KDTH-AM in Dubuque, Iowa, and as a reporter and evening anchor for KUWS-FM in Superior, Wis., filing reports for Wisconsin Public Radio.

In 2001, he was hired as a reporter for the Hibbing (Minn.) Daily Tribune and months later was promoted to managing editor. He became the youngest editor in the newspaper's history and the youngest daily newspaper editor in state history. His column, which he still writes weekly, covers politics, community issues, local culture and humor and remains a well-read Sunday staple of the newspaper. He's won dozens of awards from the Northwest Broadcast News Association, Associated Press and Minnesota Newspaper Association. He is a regular contributor to 91.7 KAXE, Northern Community Radio, with weekly essays appearing on "Between You and Me" each Saturday morning and occasional morning show guest hosting and special projects.

In October 2008, Red Step Press of Duluth will release Aaron's first book of nonfiction essays, "Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range."

A teacher
After two award-winning years as a newspaper editor, Aaron opted to pursue graduate school and a teaching career in 2003. Earning his M.A. in just a year, he was hired to teach communication courses at Hibbing Community College. At HCC, he's developed online and traditional courses in communication while becoming an active member of the campus community and faculty union. In 2007, he graduated with the first class of the True North Leadership Academy for professionals in northern Minnesota's community colleges.

A community leader
Aaron is a founding co-chair and media coordinator for Dylan Days, a nonprofit organization that honors Minnesota native Bob Dylan through arts programs and an annual weekend arts event in Hibbing every May. He is also politically active, serving as a director on the Itasca DFL (Democratic Farmer Labor Party) Board of Directors, a past director for the Fifth Senate District DFL and various posts with DFL legislative and state candidates dating back to 1996. In 2006, he was chair of progressive labor Democrat Tom Anzelc's hard-fought and successful campaign for State Representative in District 3A and today continues to run Anzelc's campaigns.

During college, he was program monitor and press agent for the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training summer youth programs. He researched, visited and advocated for job training programs to help at-risk and low income youth in Northern Minnesota. This led to his current position as chair of the Northeast Minnesota Youth Council, which serves in an advisory capacity for youth employment programs in the area. In 2000, he was honored by Independent Gov. Jesse Ventura and again in 2004 by Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty for his work with youth employment programs. Regardless of political party, Aaron works with people to create consensus and action in the communities of Northeastern Minnesota.

Family
Aaron lives in rural Itasca County with his wife Christina, sons Henry, Douglas and George, and dog Molly (aka: MoDog).

Archives
Columns since Aaron became an independent columnist for the Hibbing Daily Tribune in 2003 are listed here. Columns written during Aaron's time as editor of the Tribune are archived at www.hibbingmn.com (fees apply). The current year's columns are listed in the left sidebar.

Read Aaron's 2007 columns.

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