Bob Collins Feature Archive

In a lot of Minnesota -- northern Minnesota, primarily -- it's a lot easier to find a gun store than it is to find knowledge, or so the Washington Post characterizes the situation. (06/18/2014)
Opponents of mining have cited the problems caused by sand trucks hauling the sand to a facility in Winona that currently processes frac sand from Wisconsin. The Winona mine would add 280 truck trips a day to the traffic. (06/16/2014)
From NewsCut: Today is Flag Day in the United States, honoring the day in 1777 when the flag was adopted. It's had a good run, Bob Collins says, despite our best attempts to embarrass it. He and photographer Nikki Tundel share their annual collection of other-than-official depictions of the American flag. (06/14/2014)
Rev. Adam J. Copeland, a member of the faculty at Concordia College in Moorhead, loves Fargo. He just doesn't subscribe to the apparent journalism commandment: "Thou shalt speak no ill of Fargo." (06/12/2014)
No matter what happens the rest of the way, Tracy Adams can well be considered one great mother. She's the mother of the sixth-grader who was standing by the side of the road in Hawick, Minnesota, when the school bus pulled up and this happened. (06/04/2014)
In his veto letter, again posted after business hours on his website, Dayton characterized the Lottery as a "service," rather than the "get rich quick" behemoth that seeks to confiscate as much money as it can from the people most likely to fall for the schemes. (05/31/2014)
Congratulations to Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, who shared the championship of the Scripps spelling bee. (05/30/2014)
Odin Stutrud, 94, survived the rigors of the United States Army from 1942 to 1946, including fighting the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands campaign in World War II. It's some jerks (or jerk) in Wahpeton who have him steamed. (05/30/2014)
Transit officials insisted that once the trains were timed with traffic lights along the route, the travel time would come down. And, apparently they have, but not as much as they'd hoped. (05/29/2014)
If the Minnesota Twins' releasing David Ortiz on Dec. 16, 2002 isn't the biggest blunder in the history of Minnesota sports, what is? (05/15/2014)
These are not happy times for Team Target at the headquarters in Minneapolis. (05/14/2014)
Today is a big day at Union Depot where Amtrak will make its first passenger stop since the time when it was actually a dependable mode of transportation. (05/07/2014)
Take a sport played predominantly by whites and followed by predominantly white fans, add a city with a racist reputation, and mix in some social media and you have the ugly result in Boston this week when the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins began their playoff series. (05/03/2014)
Members of the Health and Human Services Finance Division advanced the measure today on a divided voice vote. Under the amended bill, approved patients would not be able to smoke marijuana for the treatment of medical conditions, but they could vaporize it. (05/02/2014)
What if someone hadn't seen John LaDue go into a storage locker and close the door behind him and think to herself, "that's strange. I should call the cops"? (05/02/2014)