About Howie

Howie Hanson, a former three-sport athlete in high school and college all-conference centerfielder and leadoff hitter, has been an independent, full-time Duluth columnist since 1974.

He cut his teeth in community journalism in 1971, writing a weekly sports column for the Cloquet Pine Knot as a high school sophomore — even covering a few of the teams he played for.

“My ‘mates weren’t shy about leveraging me for ink, but they still had to earn it,” Hanson jokes, nearly 50 years later.

He has an undergraduate degree in journalism and is pursuing an MBA at the College of St. Scholastica.

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