The call goes out on the scanner

What happens before, and what happens after, is a picture of a community in crisis.

We launched a series on overdoses in March to get a closer look at the opioid problem and, hopefully, solutions. Here’s an interactive map I made tracking public overdoses in Duluth since 2017. Thanks to MPR News for having me on to talk about the series recently.

On a similar note, I’ve written a few stories about the power of redemption and the uncanny ability of human beings to remake themselves and change their stories. Like Racheal’s journey from prison to work, or these five recent drug court graduates:

“I see these God-awful comments on newspaper articles about people who ‘should just get locked up, they’re just never going to stop,’ and all the negative things about people who suffer from addiction,” Judge Jill Eichenwald said. “And then I see someone like you. You did it. You changed. You stopped using. And I think it’s incredible.”

I also followed up on our domestic violence coverage and looked ahead at the red-hot housing market to come. (More maps, can’t stop won’t stop.)

Then one recent Monday morning, after carefully planning what I wanted to accomplish that day, a European private equity firm went and scooped up Duluth-based Maurices.

In lighter fare, I wrote about my experience taking a fly-tying class. Because at the end of the day, it’s about telling good stories. And maybe catching some fish.

The author trims hair off of a moose hide as he creates a Royal Wulff dry fly at Duluth’s Great Lakes Fly Shop in January. (Jed Carlson /