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Duo tours local prisons

Manitou Messenger - 39 min 20 sec ago
Nursing homes, hospitals and churches are popular locations for St. Olaf students to share their musical talent off the Hill, but two Oles are adding an unexpected and underserved location to that lis
Categories: Colleges

How To Disappear Completely

Manitou Messenger - 39 min 20 sec ago
The members of Radiohead are masters of the unconventional album release. In 2007, for In Rainbows, they were the first major act to utilize the pay-what-you-want download model that has since been ad
Categories: Colleges

Lyric Theater’s muscial revue recieves positive reviews

Manitou Messenger - 39 min 20 sec ago
diences with their production of the opera Der Vampyr.  Luckily for everyone who left that show wanting more, Lyric Theater is back at it again with their 2016 spring show, Light.  This year’s product
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Myswyken production of Middletown muses on life and death

Manitou Messenger - 39 min 20 sec ago
In the shadow of a town’s insecurities, an awkward but honest quest for human affection and affirmation is laced through with humor and wonder at the stars. Ian Sutherland ’18 directed 10 student acto
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Senior art majors to end year with double-show

Manitou Messenger - 39 min 20 sec ago
On Sunday, May 8, senior art majors will have their final pieces on display throughout Dittman Center during “Lasting Legacy” and “The Senior Art Show.”  There are more featured artists than ever bef
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5 Things A Homeowner Should Splurge On

I get asked all the time, “What can I improve on my house that will give me the biggest return upon selling?”. The answer to these questions is usually, a kitchen or bathroom remodel or an unfinished basement build out.

Look online and you will find articles galore about how homeowners can and should save on various home ownership expenses. It may range from outlet furniture to different types of bargain paint. In this article I am going to discuss 5 key home investments that calls for the fearless side of spending by the homeowner. It’s your home and sometimes you can splurge on yourself. It is a place where you spend so much time, so why not treat yourself for all of your hard work over the years. After all, the following do generally help increase the value and attractiveness of a home.

Yard/Garden Supplies – This point is especially true if you reside in the suburbs and live with just your spouse. A nicely manicured lawn can turn wild in the blink of an eye. We spend so much on the insides of our homes, why not the outside? Attempt to invest in the best organic fertilizers and lawn mowing tools you can lay your hands on. Anything that is efficient will save you a hand full of money in the long term. Even sprinkler systems can be set up to automate this aspect of the maintenance process. Get a cordless weed whip, a leaf blower and maybe get some solar pathway lighting to highlight a flower garden.

Real Estate for Pets – Have you considered giving your pets open access to the outside? I have used quality “doggie doors” over the years with magnetic flaps that keep it closed in high winds. If your yard is fenced and the pets have all of their shots, let them go inside and out on their own leisure. This is a huge convenience and saves you having to “let them out”. Ensure that you invest in a spacious dog house or fenced in kennel. Cats may appreciate one of those carpet tree stands to crawl up on and watch the world go by out a window.

Tool Kits – Not just men need their “man cave” full of high-end power tools. Gather an arsenal of tool kits that include quality screw drivers, hammers, nails, etc and place smaller kits on various levels and areas of your home. I keep a tool box with the basics upstairs where our bedrooms are and another kit in my car trunk. Having multiple next tools within a few steps is so nice, and allows you to more easily install the home improvement items that you purchase for your property. Essentially, anything that may and will come up eventually when you own your home. These can come in very useful if you need to repair the odd leaky tap or even hang a picture frame. Some other essentials include, levels, tape measures, plumbing wrench, power drills, drill bits, pliers etc.

Appliances – To be exact, high quality appliances. These can not only add to your home’s personality but can add to the saleability when it comes time to sell. A homeowner shouldn’t hesitant about putting in the best oven or stove, a grill, or furniture that compliments the home. You say “but I am rent out this property”… well, this is still a perfect scenario for adding features that make the living experience convenient can go the extra mile in attracting the right kind of renter. Aside from appliances, don’t forget proper lighting and energy saving as a way of adding that extra touch for resale.

Security – This is a given, but we have to mention this. Locks and quality entry points are key to not only upping your resale game, but the peace of mind can make the difference while you are living in the home. Replace all of the existing locks and keys if you have to. Especially if you are buying a property that is pre-owned. Do not hesitate to spend big here and on alarm systems too. This is a must for anyone but especially if you have a family. Check the locking mechanisms on each window and be sure to install bright exterior lights. I have a good quality motion light on the front and back of my house. I also found a place to purchase little stickers for the windows around your doors that state you are protected and the house in monitored by some security service. Sometimes it’s ok to bluff like this if you can’t afford the real thing.

And lastly, we’re seeing a trend in wireless home surveillance. I’ve been hearing commercials for a smart doorbell that includes a small HD camera that, when someone rings, will trigger an app or alarm that includes a real-time video of the person outside your front door. The eye-hole “peep through” cameras are also a thing. Hide your passage camera in this location if the doorbell is too obvious.

I’m a licensed Realtor in the state of Minnesota and am eager to get your feedback on this article or better yet, discuss your next real estate transaction. Please text or call me anytime. 507-581-5038.

Tim Freeland
Edina Realty

Categories: Citizens

SCC, Multek combine powers for workforce training program

Northfield News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 2:48pm
A college in Faribault and an engineering company in Northfield are combining forces to develop an innovative work-education program.
Categories: Local News

Garrison Keillor coming to town for Save the Northfield Depot fundraising show

Northfield News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:39pm
Garrison Keillor is set to take the stage of The Grand in Northfield this fall, as he comes to town to support the efforts of Save the Northfield Depot.
Categories: Local News

PORTRAITS: Rebound Development Partners looks to change community gateway

Northfield News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:05pm
The group behind the soon-to-be-standing Marriott Hotel has a vision to enhance Northfield anyway it can.
Categories: Local News

It’s been a year since McIntyre was shot in BC

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:38am

It’s been a year now since this shooting, and still no Investigation Report:

 

Here is an anniversary article, and note that the “investigation” has not been completed — come on, it’s been a YEAR!

‘I will never know what got into him’: One year later, family remembers masked man shot by RCMP

Here’s an article that they “shot wrong man” though I find it bizarre that tipping over tables and tearing maps is a justification for shooting someone:

Police shot wrong man at Site C dam open house, Peace River farmer says

Another:

Police mum on link between police shooting, Anonymous group

And another about James McIntyre, the man who was shot, note from above article, police knew with certainty on Day 2 that McIntyre was not the one who “disrupted” the open house:

Police keep Site C disruptor investigation under raps

Here are previous posts on Legalectric:

James McIntyre ID’d as man shot by RCMP – July 23, 2015

And my Letter to the Editor was published shortly after the shooting:

And in the Alaska Highway News… – August 3, 2015

UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEAVES DEEP IMPACTS

Your coverage of the RCMP shooting of James McIntyre has been thorough in this general dearth of information.

I’ve spent the last 20 years advocating against utility infrastructure in the U.S., and the killing of McIntyre by RCMP is horrifying.  

A big part of my schtick is to stand at the door (not inside where I’d be “interfering”) and enthusiastically greet everyone, hand them a flyer about how to participate, and direct them to the meeting.  Had I been at that open house, I’d be the one they found at the door.  Had they told me to leave, I’d have argued and resisted, as always, ramping up if they pushed.

In my experience, utilities have now and then requested police presence, and when I see it, I let the organizers know it’s offensive and off putting, chilling public participation.  People have a right to speak out against a project, and they have a right to be angry!  I talk to the officers too, find out if I can who wanted them there, and let them know it’s inhibiting and threatening to the public.  I figure they just add me to their list of people to watch.  But this atmosphere of blind fear is not acceptable.  Don’t Canadians have a right to free speech?  Civil disobedience is an appropriate response.  Civil disobedience is NOT a death sentence with law enforcement as judge, jury and executioner.

People are being steam-rolled by utility infrastructure projects such as dams, transmission lines, and pipelines, and no one wants to hear about it.  They want opposition to just go away.  People are losing their land, communities are deeply affected, and those affected are not compensated sufficiently to make it acceptable — and money is not the answer to everything!  

Is the Site C project worth the impacts?  Is generating electricity and profiting from it sufficient reason to inflict these impacts, including this death?  Maybe BC Hydro should think again.

—Carol A. Overland, Utility Regulatory Attorney, Minnesota

 

 

 

Categories: Citizens

Gap year allows students to explore and learn before heading to college

Northfield News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:44am
President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia made headlines when the family announced she will take a gap year before attending Harvard University. But, in Northfield, deciding to postpone college for a year isn’t anything new.
Categories: Local News

Seven spots up for election on Northfield and Faribault school boards

Northfield News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:31am
While the race for the most prominent seat in the country takes most of America’s attention this summer and fall, the little races, like those of the school boards in Northfield and Faribault, should not be forgotten.
Categories: Local News

Knights Earn NABC Academic Excellence Award, Six Knights Named to Honors Court

Carleton Sports - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:27am

The Carleton College men's basketball team earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.43 for the 2015-16 academic year. Seniors John Eckert and Patrick England were named to the Honors Court for the second consecutive year, while juniors, Peter Bakker-Arkema, Mitch Biewen, Beau Smit and Tianen Chen were named to the Honors Court for the first time.

Categories: Colleges

Northfielder brings 'The Wars at Home' to Twin Cities stage this fall

Northfield News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:05am
As a former Air Force pilot, Northfield resident and writer Jay Moad knows that veterans have a moral responsibility to tell their stories.
Categories: Local News

Rice County public safety report for July 25

Northfield News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:45am
For the full log of police calls, visit faribault.com/news/local or northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at faribault.com or northfieldnews.com.
Categories: Local News

UPDATE: Dundas council unanimously approves Meetinghall Brewery ordinance and development agreement

Northfield News - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 8:00pm
(UPDATE July 25: The following story has been updated to include additional information from the July 25 council meeting.)
Categories: Local News

Rice County launches citizen survey as part of 2016 comprehensive plan

Northfield News - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 5:15pm
As representatives from Rice County continue to work on the 2016 comprehensive plan, the county now wants to hear from its residents.
Categories: Local News

PORTRAITS: From dream to reality: The families behind the Dundas Dome

Northfield News - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 3:04pm
What is 420 feet long, 215 feet wide and 75 feet tall?
Categories: Local News

Increased transit, Save the Northfield Depot intersect at Q-Block

Northfield News - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 2:43pm
Six years ago, a few hundred Northfield community members made it clear what they envisioned for a then vacant Q-Block site: a relocation of the historic Northfield Depot, paired with a new pavilion and a new transit hub.
Categories: Local News

Making progress: City staff, Council approve various projects in last year

Northfield News - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 2:19pm
It’s been a busy year for the city of Northfield, as different departments signed off, began or finished a number of projects, some of which will add new features to the city sooner than later.
Categories: Local News

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