Off The Record
Throngs of people trample over one another in a desperate battle of winning a prize. No, this is not the premise of "The Hunger Games" or "Battle Royal;" this is the jaw-dropping tradition called Black Friday. It is such an frightening day, it sounds literally like the title of a Black Sabbath album.
I have never really participated in Black Friday. I worked retail for years, so when I went to...
November 30, 2013 - 4:24am
I'll be brief.
I don't know what to call it. I don't believe in fate, but if I did, this would certainly be that.
Andy Reed wasn't a saint. Most of the time, in fact, he wasn't even very coherent. But he was a man with a family and friends, a past and a present and, up until he decided to walk out in front of that car, a future.
I'll leave it to you to decide what kind of future that migh...
September 24, 2013 - 10:48pm
Notes from the Northwoods
One year ago today, I walked into Brad Swenson's apartment and found him dead, still in bed, at the age of 57.
There was no indication he knew what was happening; he was lying on his back, his sleep apnea mask still on his face. If he had been in distress, he would have pushed that mask away, because he hated the darn thing. I'm glad he was unaware, because he would have thought dying really s...
July 22, 2013 - 10:00am
Inside the Pioneer newsroom
After more than 2 months in the Pioneer newsroom, we've been through quite a few changes. As a community newspaper, our aim is to provide local, timely information to our readers through the printed version and website.
Sometimes a newspaper's challenge is to cover everything in the community worth publishing. Our goal is to inform, educate and entertain readers, helping them learn more about ...
January 13, 2012 - 8:25pm