DULUTH—You may well learn some new words by reading Leif Enger's long-awaited third novel, "Virgil Wander." The title character suffers a concussion and loses part of his ability to communicate. As he recovers, adjectives slowly drift back to him, lending something of the feel of a thesaurus to the 300-page book. Manky. Contrapposto. Mordant.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — It's getting harder to brag about being a hardy Minnesotan. That was the underlying message from a pair of climatologists who spoke at Alexandria Technical and Community College's kickoff to Senior College last week. "We don't get as cold as we used to," said Kenny Blumenfeld, senior climatologist for the DNR. "We are not breaking record lows."
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — The truck driving program at Alexandria Technical & Community College can take up to 20 students. Instead, it's been averaging about 13. "There are a few reasons for that," said Carl Borleis, lead instructor of the Professional Truck Driving Program. "One of the big ones is the economy is doing pretty well so people aren't looking for new jobs."