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‘Twas the Night Before Halloween

Manitou Messenger - 3 hours 18 min ago

On St. Olaf’s campus ’twas was All Hallows’ Eve; not a creature was stirring, not even editor Steve. All the costumes were hung in the dorm rooms with care, in hopes that 10 p.m. Friday soon would be there. The students were all sleeping restlessly up in their beds, while visions of bio tests satanically danced in their heads. My computer fully charged, and I with my coffee night-cap, had just settled in for a night of studying random crap.

When out on the quad there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bowl chair to see what was the matter. Away to the Adironacks I flew like a flash, tore off my Snuggie and ran into the door with a smash. The moon on my skin – that hadn’t seen sun – made me look like a ghastly ghoul on the run.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature pride with eight tiny lion cubs, oh dear!  With a weird humanistic leader, so furry and anon, I knew in a moment it must be Ole the Lion. More rapid than cross country his coursers they came, and he whistled, and roared and called them by name! “Now PDA! Now, Tha! Now, McDowell and Palmero! On, Kneser! On, Stumo-Langer! On, on Roz and Clay! To the top of Old Main! To the top of the Mohn Hall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

In that moment I wondered if I were asleep; maybe I ate one too many Cage cookies – that wouldn’t be a big leap. So up to the residence hall the lion flew, with a bag full of grades and some dashed dreams too. And then, in a twinkling, I heard in the halls of resident, the screaming and cursing of each little lady and gent. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, down all the chimneys ol’ Ole came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with students’ tears and soot.

A bundle of Fs he had flung on his back, and he looked like the crusher of souls, just opening his pack. His eyes – how they twinkled! His dimples – how merry! His cheeks were like dead roses; his nose like a black cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. The stump of a first year’s head he held tight in his teeth, and its cries of “but I study!” encircled his head like a wreath.

He had a broad face and a little round belly that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly!  He was a a cursed human soul all dressed up, a right deadly, old, demon elf, and I wish I hadn’t laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself! A wink of his eye and a twist of his head soon gave me to know I had everything to dread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, and filled all the Moodle grade books with Fs, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, and giving a nod, down to hell he descended, not rose! He sprang to his paws, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the a post-coffee poop missile. But I heard him exclaim, ’ere he drove out of sight, “Happy Halloween to no one, and to no one a good night!”

Categories: Colleges

St. Olaf falls to Concordia College: Ole volleyball unable to carry momentum past first set

Manitou Messenger - 3 hours 25 min ago

The St. Olaf women’s volleyball team faced Concordia College in a MIAC clash on Oct. 25 at Skoglund Center. Despite claiming the first set in an emphatic fashion, the Oles were unable to maintain control, falling 25–16, 26–28, 18–25, 22–26 in a close encounter.

With the Oles and the Cobbers sitting in ninth and tenth places in the conference respectively, the match was of vital importance to both teams’ playoff aspirations. St. Olaf got off to the perfect start, winning the first set by the comfortable margin of 25–16. The Oles hit .133 throughout the set, with 10 kills on 30 attempts.

The second set was a grueling battle, with both teams having opportunities to prevail. The Cobbers were in control for almost the entirety of the set, at one stage leading 18–13. However, the Oles refused to go down without a fight, levelling the set at 23 points apiece, and then again at 26–26. Ultimately, Concordia managed to win the next two points, closing out the set 28–26.

With the showdown locked at one set each, the third set shaped up to be a defining period of the match. Despite racing out to a 10–7 lead, the Oles were unable to continue their dominance,  losing 11 of the following 13 points. St. Olaf lost the set 18–25, putting the Cobbers in the driving seat to win the battle.

Needing to win the fourth set to keep the contest alive, St. Olaf dominated the early parts of the set. Late in the set, the Oles led the Cobbers 17–12. Unfortunately, the Oles were unable to close the set out, falling 22–25 and losing the match.

St. Olaf (9-17, 2-6 MIAC) and Concordia  (11-11, 4-4 MIAC) each finished the clash with nine blocks. The Oles’ Devon Flohrs ’17 led the team in kills with 11. Abby Slack  ’17 recorded 18 digs in the loss for St. Olaf.

Following a mid–week clash with Saint Mary’s University, the Oles will close out their season at Skoglund Center on Oct. 31, with a match against crosstown rivals Carleton College.

nolans@stolaf.edu

Categories: Colleges

Music on Trial: Andrew Bird strings together an album of covers

Manitou Messenger - 3 hours 29 min ago

Is it just me, or do you hear whistling and singing? A bird? Close! Andrew Bird, violinist, whistler and singer-songwriter released his newest album Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of . . . this past June. The album’s sound hints at Bird’s earlier work with his floaty voice and lively violin, reminiscent of popular albums including The Mysterious Production of Eggs (2005) and Noble Beast (2009). However, as opposed to a majority of Bird’s other work, this album does not feature his original music or lyrics.

The 10 tracks on this new album are Bird’s covers of a selection of songs by the country-bluegrass band The Handsome Family, a group formed in Chicago in 1993 by husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks. Bird, too, began his music career in his hometown of Chicago, where he released his first full album, Music of Hair, in 1996. Because of the overlap in musical styles and shared location, The Handsome Family and Andrew Bird have influenced each other’s work and helped one another continue to develop their respective voices throughout the years.

Bird’s work is extensive, with more than five main albums and a multitude of EPs. The beginning of this musical timeline, as mentioned, is Music of Hair, which mainly focuses on Bird’s violin skills with minimal use of lyrics.

However, his lyrics are now a distinguishing element of his style. Lines including “wearing nothing but a onesie and a veil,” “there will be snacks” and poetic tongue-twisters like “I see a sea anemone” all play a part in Bird’s whimsical, playful and emotive musicality.

A number of EPs dubbed Fingerlings have also been released by Bird over the years. These are a bit like artist sketches – a way for Bird to expose songs to the public that might not be completely prepared or polished, but still serve as a method for practicing and creating fresh music to add to his portfolio.

“You get a lot of songs that might otherwise never see the light of day. Some of the more questionable subject matter that I write for my own entertainment and that might threaten to undermine my integrity as a songwriter,” Bird said of these albums.

Though these are just a few examples of the music Bird has been writing and releasing on his own for 18 years, Things Are Really Great takes a different turn, drawing on the inspiration of The Handsome Family in order to give Bird a fresh perspective as well as a chance to focus on other things and people in his life outside of writing completely original music.

In a recent interview, Bird comments that he couldn’t write his own music at this point in his life because it would distract him too much. He needed to delve into somebody else’s work in his own way to keep practicing certain aspects of songwriting while maintaining the ability to remain present for the people in his life who needed him. Bird does go on to say that after finishing this album, he is ready to write again and has already started more songs.

At a short 35 minutes, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of . . . is easy to listen to in full and gives listeners a taste of Bird’s style, even through another band’s lyrics and music.

Looking for more? The variety and development of Bird’s work offers many enjoyable tunes, whether it is the pure quality of his instrumental violin skills in Music of Hair, the free-flowing, interpretive “Anonanimal” from Noble Beast (2009), the mellow and steady “Tables and Chairs” from The Mysterious Production of Eggs (2005), or the energetic, moving “Pulaski at Night” from I Want to See Pulaski at Night (2013).

Check out these songs and see where they lead you. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself whistling along the way.

brindley@stolaf.edu

Categories: Colleges

Northfield resident Evelyn Folstrom prepares for her 108th birthday

Northfield News - 3 hours 29 min ago
Evelyn Folstrom has seen a lot of change during her lifetime.
Categories: Local News

Costume decisions will not haunt this Halloween

Manitou Messenger - 3 hours 35 min ago

Guess what, kids? It’s Halloween this weekend! With excitement building up all week and pumpkins beginning to dot the campus, what better way to prepare for a Pagan holiday than with some exciting costume ideas? Yeah, maybe you’re too old for dressing up, but it’s a great way to act like a child again instead of binge-watching Pokémon on Netflix. As a leading expert on Halloween costumes, I hope some of my suggestions help make this weekend the best time of your life.

Everybody loves Mario Kart, and Halloween isn’t complete without a group of people roaming around campus as their favorite Nintendo characters. Simply gather your friend group together, buy some boxes, use your artistic skills to paint said boxes, wear the boxes and have at it. It doesn’t matter how good the costume looks, because you simply get to bring the magic of Mario Kart to St. Olaf.

You can always go as a ghost, mummy or witch – but come on people, let’s not overlook one of the most unique costume ideas out there; famous figures in English folklore. Who cares about the rapper Lil’ John? Instead, go as Robin Hood’s right hand man, Little John, or King Arthur or a fire-breathing dragon. Whichever you choose, these costumes are sure to catch the eyes of fellow classmates and will immediately elevate you to legendary status among Halloween enthusiasts. English folklore is the newest fad and it is here to stay, so hop on the bandwagon while you can.

I’ve been talking a lot about what to be, but now it is time to warn you about costumes you should avoid. To be honest, anything scary is immediately off the table. Scary costumes are not only cliché, but they also scare the hell out of me and others around you. If at any point I feel scared on campus by a spooky skeleton or gorilla costume (gorillas terrify me), count on me calling Public Safety; you have been warned. Seriously, people tend to dislike nightmares, and gorilla costumes are one of the primary reasons one loses sleep, along with binge-watching even more Pokémon.

Which brings me to my next point. Don’t ever, ever try to be a Pokémon for Halloween. Not only will you screw up the costume, especially if it is a do-it-yourself, you will also not do Pokémon justice. It’s as if Pokémon is something of a sacred nature – you just do not mess with it. Sorry to those who were considering this costume idea, but I urge you to stop right now and reevaluate your options (just go as a robot or something; that would be pretty cool).

If you are going to dress up, it’s much more exciting to go as a group. Group themes are memorable and tend to draw more attention, which, whether we admit it or not, is the main point of Halloween for college students. Go as a pack of kangaroos, the Cobra Kai Dojo or an assortment of sea creatures. Better yet, go as a group of central figures from English folklore, which will not only look hip and cool, but will impress fellow folklore enthusiasts around campus.

Unfortunately for all who read this, I can’t release to the public what group costume my gang and I will be going as this year, but prepare yourselves for pure wonder.

Now that everybody knows what to wear for Halloween, I’m expecting nothing less than the best this weekend. As the leading Halloween costume expert on campus, all I can ask is that you impress me.

hatzky1@stolaf.edu

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Categories: Colleges

Today’s news update – Get your voter on!; Far gaze into parkland; Rice County not even in the top 25 – and that’s a good thing

KYMN Radio - 4 hours 27 min ago

Get your voter on! 

It may be mid-term elections but there are plenty of offices to vote on.  Aside from Statewide races, local offices include 7 Court of Appeals judges, 7 3rd District court judges and the Rice County Sheriff.  All unopposed.  In fact, in an unscientific poll, no one knew Sheriff Troy Dunn’s seat was up!  For the first time in years the Rice County attorney has a challenger.  Northfield has 3 school board positions open, Councilor-at-large and Wards 1 and 4 seats are up.  There are also open seats for the Soil and Water Conservation Supervisors.  Dundas, Dennison and Nerstrand will be electing Mayors along with 2 Council members each.  Check out kymnradio.net for our series of local candidate interviews.  Scroll down the front page and find the search button where you can type in the name of a candidate.  Also check out  ntv.org and northfield.org.  Other voter information sources include the Secretary of State, Rice County and the City of Northfield website.

Far gaze into parkland

A year ago in July, the City of Northfield acquired 41 acres of tax-forfeited land at Fargaze Meadows for the cost of any special assessments and processing.  They have until 2016 to get a plan in motion or it will go back to Rice County.  SRF Consulting and Paul Miller design are working on a Master Plan for what they’re calling Meadows Park.  They were seeking Council direction.  Mayor Graham said this is “all pie in the sky” ideas right now.  They need to decide if it will be an all programmed park or convert some to prairie.  Graham says this is an incredible opportunity for Northfield to have a large community park rather than the small neighborhood parks.   Some ideas included a destination playground, skate arena, mountain bike trails and/or paved trails.  There are some big decisions to make especially in regard to budget.  They’ll be refining those numbers next Spring.  He added that consultants would like to start construction in 2016.  An option to put in residential housing is also part of the mix.  If Council does use part of the land for housing, then the City would be required to pay Rice County market value.  A neighborhood meeting is scheduled for November 19th at the Northfield Middle School cafeteria.  A time has not yet been determined.

Rice County not even in the top 25 – and that’s a good thing

In the In the early 2000’s Rice County was ranked among the top 10 in the State for impaired driving crashes.  Statistics just released put us at 33rd!  In 1999, Rice County had double digit deaths due to drunk driving.  Last year there was one.  Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster said it’s due to a number of partnerships including Safe Roads Coalition and their Toward Zero Deaths initiative.  They take a 3-pronged approach:  education, prevention and enforcement. Beaumaster credits saturation patrols, sober cab and the social ordinance.  The top 25 counties for dwi’s have added patrols today.  Dakota County ranks 5th in the state.  Expect saturation patrols to continue through the holidays.  The sober cab phone number in Northfield is 507-645 4447.   Use extreme caution as you travel through neighborhoods tonight and watch for trick or treaters.

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10-31-14 news

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Outgoing mail: Northfield letter carrier Tom Kotula retires

Northfield News - 4 hours 29 min ago
"Once you become a mailman, people really get to know you."
Categories: Local News

Drone Aims to Woo Prospies

Carletonian - 5 hours 12 min ago

Carleton bought a drone.
Yes, you heard that right.

Categories: Colleges

McDonald’s Meets McActivism: A nugget size protest

Carletonian - 5 hours 18 min ago

Tuesday afternoon a small group Carleton and St. Olaf students stood outside the Northfield McDonald’s, holding signs that read, “END ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM” and “RURAL DESTRUCTION ONGOING.”

Categories: Colleges

Rice County orchards not wasting apples, continue to make a difference

Northfield News - 5 hours 29 min ago
As the temperatures continue to drop, Rice County orchards have found a way to ensure they aren't wasting any crop. Instead of trashing the apples, they will be donating them to those in need.
Categories: Local News

11-1 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 5 hours 50 min ago
For the full log of police calls, visit northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map on the home page at Northfieldnews.com.
Categories: Local News

Northfield area Scout to commemorate Veteran's Day with retired flag drive

Northfield News - 5 hours 59 min ago
Are you aware of flag etiquette?
Categories: Local News

ArtZany!-Radio for the Imagination | NHS – The Matchmaker 10/31/2014

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 5 min ago

Listen Fridays at 9:00am (replayed on Saturday at 12:00 Noon) to Paula Granquist on ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination

Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes director Bob Gregory-Bjorklund and students from the Northfield High School production of The Matchmaker.

Click here to listen to the show!ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination 10/31/2014

 

Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes director Bob Gregory-Bjorklund and students from the Northfield High School production of The Matchmaker.

The Matchmaker – Wilder’s uproarious farce about love and money, stars the irrepressible busybody, Dolly Gallagher Levi, who inspired the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly! Through Dolly’s subtle machinations, several unlikely couples come together to find happiness in 19th-century New York.

The Matchmaker

Friday and Saturdays, November 7-8 and November 14-15 at 7:30 p.m.

and Sunday November 16, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Northfield High School Auditorium 
1400 Division St S, Northfield, MN 55057
Tickets: $7 adults/$5 students
Reservations: 507-663-0632

Thornton Wilder’s play written in 1937 and titled The Merchant of Yonkers premiered on Broadway in 1938. The play was transformed into The Matchmaker and debuted in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1954, and was already an international success when it opened on Broadway in 1955. A musical adaptation of The Matchmaker entitled Hello, Dolly! starred Carol Channing in the title role and premiered in 1964 on Broadway, and ran for seven years. A film starring Barbra Streisand was released in 1969.

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Community News: “Smishing” – text message fraud from the BBB

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 13 min ago

Scammers have gone smishing – Don’t get hooked!

Burnsville, Minn – October 31, 2014 Ever since texting became standard practice, consumers nationwide have reported receiving unsolicited text messages. Some of these messages are nothing more than annoying spam – shady marketing ploys – but others have led to surprise charges on cellphone bills. In some cases, text messages people have received have even purported to be from their banks or credit unions. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) reminds people to be leery of offers or informational messages received via text, as there may be a hook attached!

Smishing is when scammers attempt to obtain or steal personal information via fraudulent cellphone text communications. These messages are usually designed to get the recipient to follow up with personally identifiable – or sensitive financial – information. The fraudulent messages generally claim there’s a problem with the recipient’s debit cards, credit cards or bank account, and that the accounts in question have been frozen. People are then prompted to call a toll-free number, where they’re instructed to provide their personal or account information, opening the door to identity theft and/or fraud.

To avoid smishing and other text message scams, consumers are advised to:

  • Contact BBB at 1-800-646-6222 if you have concerns about a text message you’ve received. Trained resource specialists are on hand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions from the public.
  • Never provide personal or financial information to unknown parties and don’t click on any embedded Internet links in unsolicited text messages.
  • Unless you’ve signed up for text alerts, don’t respond to text messages allegedly sent by your bank or credit union. Even if you have signed up for such alerts, it’s always a good idea to verify the information you’re given.
  • If you have concerns about your bank or credit card accounts, contact your local branch or credit card provider directly as soon as possible.
  • Stay calm. Keep in mind that if there is a problem with one of your bank or credit card accounts, it can be straightened out. Call or visit your financial institution and speak with a representative.
  • Don’t rely on your caller ID. Scammers can use technology to make it appear as though their calls and texts are coming from legitimate businesses or financial institutions.
  • Check for grammatical errors. Smishers are getting more creative as far as how they attack their victims, but some don’t even take the time to correct simple mistakes like spelling errors.
  • If you receive a spam message containing a marketing offer, monitor your cellphone statement regularly to monitor for unusual charges. Contacting your cellphone carrier to block premium text messages may help prevent unauthorized charges.
  • Report the incident to organizations such as BBB, the FTC and local law enforcement. Spreading the word may help prevent others from falling victim to bogus text messages.

 

Some consumers have also reported receiving text messages saying they’ve won cash prizes or new cars. As with emailed messages of this nature or phone calls you might receive, BBB advises people to apply common sense – does it sound too good to be true? Also be on the lookout for spam text messages that give you an ‘opt-out’ option. In those situations, BBB suggests simply deleting the message, as any action you take tells the sender your number is in use and that could open the door to still more spam text messages.

 

For the latest fraud alerts, marketplace news and free BBB Business Reviews, visit bbb.org.

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10-30 Rice County court log

Northfield News - 6 hours 47 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Oct. 30.
Categories: Local News

‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Joe Gasior – Ward 1 council candidate 10/31/14

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 42 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Joe Gasior running for Ward 1 Councilor.  All local candidates have been interviewed on KYMN – to find their interviews type in their name in the Search button at the bottom of our front page.  Also check ntv.org and northfield.org for more candidate interviews.  For polling information go to the City of Northfield website.

Click below to listen to full interview:

gasior103114

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Time to Fall Back

Our late season hours start on November 1st .

Our garden center will be open until Sunday, November 9th.  Our hours until then are Monday through Friday – 8 am to 5 pm (dark) and on Saturday – 8 to 5 and Sunday 10 to 4.

Starting on November 10th – we will be here Monday through Fridays, from 8 to 4 until Wednesday November 27th.  We will be closed on the weekends.

We will begin the over-wintering of our plant materials on November 10th, however, some potted trees will remain available and our larger balled and burlapped trees will be available until the ground freezes.  The landscape installation crew will continue until late November.

We are  available for site visits and consultations, and have the ever popular Knecht’s Gift Certificates ready for sale for the holiday season!

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Categories: Businesses

Late Fall Color Bursts

By choosing a few plants for your landscape that are among the last to display excellent fall color each year, you can extend the fall color season by two to three weeks.

Shrubs that provide very nice late fall color and interest include the hydrangeas,

Golden Fall Color on the Clethra Grace Smokebush

Emerald Carousel Barberry, Golden Carousel Barberry, Grace Smokebush, Clethra, Grow-Low Sumac and the rusty orange color of the Tamarisk.

 

Limelight Hydrangea Tree

Trees that consistently provide excellent late season fall color include Red Oak, Northern Pin Oak, Red Sunset Maple, Autumn Fantasy Maple, Green Mountain Sugar Maple, Dakota Pinnacle Birch, American Larch , Hydrangea trees and the Grace Smoketree.

The picture here is just two days ago of our Limelight Hydrangea tree in our yard.  It started blossoming in late August and is still providing an incredible visual feast!

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Categories: Businesses

Fall Sale Savings Continue

Fall plantings are very successful, and the 20% off to 50% off savings available on our trees, shrubs and perennials continue now through mid-November —  makes it an even better time to come into Knech’ts Nurseries and choose from our huge selection.

If you have been dreaming of having a sizable tree added to your yard, come in now.  We still have a great selection of our larger trees (balled and burlapped) at great discounts which can save you $$$.

Our installation crew will be planting trees until late November.  If you do not want to plant yourself – you can hire our crews to plant the tree(s) for you!

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An economy that works for everyone

David Bly, We All Do Better - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:17pm

Minnesota is moving in the direction of an economy that works for everyone. Middle class families have a better opportunity to live the American Dream than they did two years ago. There’s a lot more work to be done. Thanks to new policies enacted by the legislature, we’re getting closer to where we need to go.

By working together and across party lines in many instances, state lawmakers restored fiscal stability, made new investments in education, raised the minimum wage, improved laws to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work, made our tax system fairer, expanded access to affordable health care and made a down payment on long overdue improvements to our roads and bridges.

All of those accomplishments are an important departure from the previous decade when government avoided investments in our future. By restoring our commitment to providing high-quality services and ensuring a great quality of life, Minnesota is an even better place to live, work, raise a family and do business.

As we look to the future, we need to focus on ideas and policies that continue growing the middle class.

For example, we froze college tuition for two years and expanded financial aid, but the cost of a college degree is still beyond reach for too many Minnesotans. Many who do go to college are shackled with debt. College affordability and student debt relief must be priorities at the legislature over the next two years.

We made an important down payment on improving our roads and bridges, after years of neglecting our needs, there’s much more to do. Minnesotans deserve a transportation system that can handle the demands of a growing population and economic growth. People need to be able to safely get to and from work. Businesses need to be able to efficiently get their products and services to market. Building a world-class transportation system must be a priority.

We reduced the number of uninsured Minnesotans by nearly half and implemented basic consumer protections that prevent insurance companies from cancelling your coverage when you get sick. However, there are still less than five percent of Minnesotans lacking insurance. Achieving universal coverage must be a priority.

We still have more work to do to assure our waters are clean and safe for drinking and recreation.

We’ve seen employers add tens of thousands of jobs throughout our state, but we need to make sure every single Minnesotan can find a job that allows them to support themselves and their family to the fullest extent possible. Ensuring benefits for employees such as paid sick leave and paid parental leave must be top priorities.

The health of our democracy depends on a thriving, robust middle class. By continuing to focus on educational excellence, living wage jobs, universal, affordable health care, a clean environment and a safe, efficient transportation system, we can work together to build a thriving ‘middle-class economy’ that works for everyone.

If you want to read more about my work on the middle class agenda you can visit: here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. David Bly (DFL-Northfield), serves Minnesota House District 20B. He can be reached by phone at (651) 296-0171, by email at rep.david.bly@house.mn or by postal mail at 559 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.

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