It’s hard to believe but today marks the 10 year blogiversary for LFR. It’s been an incredible experience. The first subject that I sunk my teeth into was the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine. These days, there isn’t much in the way of good news coming from across the ocean thanks to our incredibly inept president.

Back when I started, I did lots of writing about world events. After the 2006 election disaster, I started paying attention to state government. In March, 2007, I broke my first news story thanks to a great tip from then-Rep. Steve Gottwalt. It’s still one of my favorite posts:

I just got off the phone with Steve Gottwalt, who had some shocking news from the Capitol. Today, at a committee hearing, Cy Thao told Steve “When you guys win, you get to keep your money. When we win, we take your money.” This was Thao’s explanation as to how the DFL plans on paying for all the spending increases they promised their special interest friends.

The DFL still has the same mindset today as they did in March, 2007.

Bit by bit, I started doing original reporting thanks in large part to frustrated state legislators who were being ignored by the Star Tribune and the St. Cloud Times. In 2008, I started covering the candidate forums. They were quite memorable. I still remember Rob Jacobs telling 2 major groups that he wasn’t an expert on their issues (transportation that Monday, health care the next day) but that he was a good listener. Despite telling everyone covering the events that he was totally unqualified for the job, the St. Cloud Times endorsed him over Rep. Dan Severson. The good news from that fiasco was that the Times had egg on their face when Rep. Severson beat Jacobs by 10 points.

The last 3 years, I’ve spent lots of time being the taxpayers’ watchdog. I’ve scooped the Times so many times that I’ve lost track of how many times it’s happened. Hopefully, I’ll be around when the mismanagement comes to an end. Hopefully, it’ll happen soon.

If you appreciate the reporting I’ve done, feel free to drop a few coins in the tip jar. Thanks for being incredibly loyal followers to LFR.

6 Responses to “A major LFR milestone”

  • Crimson Trace says:

    Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! It is wonderful to read such a reliable newsworthy source when the lame stream media has lost so much journalistic relevance over the years. Their bias would make their forfathers roll in their graves. Keep up the great work, LFR! Given your longstanding history and reliable substantive posts, attacking you as “just another blog” shows they are ignorant.

  • Nick says:

    Best reporting when it comes to higher education!!! Congrats!!

  • Leo Pusateri says:

    Congratulations, Gary–and thanks for all your hard work over this past decade!

    It has been an honor working with you and being your friend!

  • walter hanson says:


    I think it’s easy to scoop the Star Tribune let alone the Times because they don’t work on trying to cover the stories like you do.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    Thanks Walter. That’s quite a compliment.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Leo, the feeling is definitely mutual. I especially loved working with you on Stop Murtha. We definitely broke our fair share of stories there. As I recall, Michelle Malkin cited us a couple times for our work on the Haditha Marines scandal. I even got mentioned by Brit Hume on Special Report after I called Murtha’s office to ask about the Haditha Marines story. As I recall, Murtha’s spokesman hung up on me. That’s what got me mentioned by Brit Hume.

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