Vikings are new favorite

Manitou Messenger - 41 min 28 sec ago
On Aug. 30, Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was immediately placed on injured reserve (IR) with no chance of return after tearing his ACL; the Vikings faced their first major obstacle, and the season hadn’t even begun. Then, on Sept. 18, former MVP running back Adrian Peterson went down with a complete meniscus tear. He was also placed on IR, likely lost for the season. Starting tackle Matt Kalil is out for the season. Star cornerback Xavier Rhodes missed time due to injury. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd has been hurt. Receiver Stefon Diggs, tackle Andre Smith and guard Brandon Fusco have all been limited – the list goes on and on. It seemed impossible that Minnesota could put together a winning season.  However, through the first five weeks of the season they haven’t simply won. They’ve dominated.The Vikings currently sit at a comfortable 5-0, the last undefeated team in the NFL.  Furthermore, they’ve managed this with a brutal early schedule, topping the perennial playoff attendee and archrival Green Bay Packers along with a convincing victory over the Carolina Panthers, last season’s NFC champions. How is it that against all odds a Vikings team missing so many crucial pieces has managed to devour each of its opponents?One major addition has been Bridgewater’s replacement. Four days after their future starter went down, the Vikings traded their first-round draft pick to Philadelphia for unproven quarterback Sam Bradford. The Vikings paid a pretty penny for Bradford, with no shortage of risk due to his history of injury and inconsistency, but their gamble looks to be paying off. Bradford has shined with the Vikings. In four games he has 990 passing yards with a completion percentage of 70, 6 touchdowns and, perhaps most importantly, zero interceptions. His passer rating sits at a whopping 109.8. Even Bridgewater has never paralleled this level of production. Given Bradford’s past, it’s hard to say if he’s simply on a hot streak or finally living up to his potential after being drafted first overall by the Rams back in 2010.  However, if Bradford continues his torrential pace, the Vikings could finish the season as the first seed in the NFC while eyeing a possible Super Bowl run.Peterson has been an elite running back since his rookie season in 2007, so losing him seemed like a devastating blow. But the Vikings have shown in the past that when Peterson goes down, their running production doesn’t slow down. During his suspension in 2014, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata combined for 1,804 rushing yards in Peterson’s absence. Opposing defenses need to prioritize Peterson when he’s in the backfield, thus opening up the passing game, but Bradford hasn’t missed a beat despite this disadvantage. Overall, Peterson’s loss has been quite minor. He gained only 50 yards in his one game this season, indicating that he might be past his prime anyway.However, the most important factor in the Vikings’ success has to be their fearsome defense. Minnesota’s defense has made some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, such as Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton, look lost. They’ve only allowed an average of 12.5 points per game, with a measly 50 total points surrendered on the year. Ever since head coach Mike Zimmer took over in 2014, Minnesota’s defense has improved from 11th overall to fifth in 2015, culminating this season as they boast the NFL’s second-best defense. Zimmer is a mastermind who has gradually built this intimidating defense from the ground up. With his guidance, they should be elite for years to come.The Vikings are firing on all cylinders right now. At this rate, they might be able to take firm grasp of the NFC North for years to come and finally win that coveted, elusive Super
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Golf teams take seventh, eighth at MIAC

Manitou Messenger - 41 min 28 sec ago
St. Olaf golf has experienced a bumpy road this fall to say the least. The men’s team has placed 11th in all three of its major tournaments this season, and while the women’s team has fared better, it still hasn’t placed higher than 9th, coming back on Sept. 4 at the St. Ben’s Invitational. However, in their season finale, the men’s and women’s golf teams shined brightest on the biggest stage, taking eighth and seventh respectively at the MIAC Championships in Coon Rapids, marking their highest placement of the season.Melissa Biessman ’20 led the women’s team with a 76 on Monday, her best individual round of the three-day tournament. Her clutch performance allowed her to finish with an overall score of 239, placing ninth overall in the conference. Also contributing to the Oles’ placing was Meaghan Carney ’17, who tied for 22nd overall with St. Thomas’ Kate Drimel, both shooting a total of 251. Carney began with a concerning score of 88 on Saturday, the first day of the tournament. She responded with significantly stronger rounds on Sunday and Monday, shooting an 80 and 83 to climb back into the top 25.Rounding out the women’s team were  Jane Schlendorf ’20, scoring a 272 and placing 39th overall, Emily Brainard ’20, finishing 42nd with a comparable 279 and Dew Intarachumnum ’20, who posted a 291 total score for 45th place. The trio are all first-years with promising talent who now possess valuable experience at the MIAC’s biggest competition. Their encouraging performances point towards a bright future for St. Olaf women’s golf. By the time those three become seniors, the Oles could be finishing far higher than seventh in conference if they manage to fulfill their promise demonstrated this season.Meanwhile, men’s golf was highlighted by the performance of Hank Grunau ’19, who shot under 80 in all three rounds to finish with a score of 230. He tied for 15th, quite impressive considering he’s still a sophomore. Chris Winge ’17 closed out his final MIAC Championship with another typically strong performance. His first and third rounds each resulted in a score of 75, sandwiching a middle round 81. Winge finished just shy of Grunau with a respectable 231, tied for 17th overall in a stacked tournament.Phillip Boldt ’18, Steve Magagna ’19 and Kristian Woie ’19 rounded out the team with totals of 247, 248 and 250, respectively, helping the Oles along to a 948 team total and an eighth place finish. Those three look to return alongside Grunau next season to build upon their already noticeable improvement.
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Slack achieves St. Olaf volleyball record

Manitou Messenger - 41 min 28 sec ago
Following an eight-match losing streak, St. Olaf volleyball has rebounded with two consecutive wins thanks to a resurgent defensive effort by Abby Slack ’17. Slack is fifth in the conference with 364 digs and now has 1,859 total in her career, surpassing Alyssa Williams ’10 on Oct. 8 against North Central to achieve the second most career digs ever recorded at St. Olaf.
Q: What led you to become a defensive specialist?A: Being 5’6’’, my options were slightly limited when I started playing volleyball at age 13. However, regardless of my height, I would still choose to be a defensive specialist. In my biased opinion, it is the most fun position on the court. I love digging a hard hit ball and picking up setter dumps. Defense is denying the other team a point and setting our hitters up to put the ball down on their side of the net. The point starts with a pass, and I love watching our hitters execute off of a perfect pass. 
Q: How has St. Olaf volleyball impacted you as a person off the court? What does it mean to now have made history with the Oles?A: I’ve learned what it means to fail and to succeed. I’ve learned how to come back stronger and more determined than ever after a loss or disappointment. If St. Olaf volleyball has taught me anything, it’s what it means to never give up. Good things come when you work hard, stay disciplined and remember why you’re fighting. We show up every day at practice because we love the game and love competing alongside each other. I would not have the second most career digs ever recorded by an Ole without the rest of my team beside me. As a defensive specialist, I would be nothing without the block in front of me and the other defenders beside me.
Q: What’s the highlight of your four years with St. Olaf volleyball?A: Freshman year, the older girls embraced me with open arms, welcoming me into the family and supporting me as I found my unique role on the team. I’ve loved watching my teammates grow in their individual skills, and together as a team. We’ve come so far since my freshman year, and I’m lucky to be a part of such an incredible
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Oles falter on the road, drop third straight

Manitou Messenger - 41 min 28 sec ago
Two weeks ago, St. Olaf women’s soccer appeared to be the highlight of an otherwise underwhelming fall sports season. Three consecutive convincing victories against Gustavus, Concordia and Hamline netted the Oles valuable momentum and put them in a great position within the conference, encouraging thoughts of the postseason before October even began. New head coach Rachael Sushner seemed to have ushered in a new era of dominance for women’s soccer at St. Olaf, emphasizing a combination of teamwork and positive reinforcement that transformed a 4-10-4 2015 squad into a perennial conference threat capable of beating any opponent despite even the most unnerving odds.However, since the beginning of October the Oles have looked less inspiring, losing matches this past week against St. Thomas and St. Catherine that extended their recent season-high losing streak to three. St. Olaf remains a fringe playoff contender, but they haven’t been able to manufacture wins against the conference’s more fearsome rivals the way they consistently did in September. These contests were crucial in determining where the Oles stood within the conference and whether or not they could topple the titans of the MIAC. St. Olaf has played competitively through all the losses and their enormous spirit remains, but dropping three conference matches in a row is a harsh blow in the middle of an otherwise optimistic season.Heading to St. Thomas in an attempt to upset the undefeated, conference-leading Tommies is a daunting task for any team, but the Oles almost managed to pull it off when the two squared off on Oct. 5. The contest remained extremely tense through the majority of regulation until St. Thomas’ Brie Bourdage broke the scoreless tie in the 67th minute of play. That single goal would be the deciding factor in the match, more than enough leeway for Tommie goalkeeper Tarynn Theiling, who leads the conference with a .963 save percentage. The Oles tried their best to break past their opponent’s iron defense, attempting eight total shots on goal with seven different players, but they ultimately failed to outgun Theiling, essentially a black hole at the keeper position. St. Olaf played well considering the difficult circumstances, but ended up taking a heartbreaking 1-0 loss against the still undefeated Tommies.Next up was another tough road contest against St. Catherine on Oct. 8, where St. Olaf’s defense faltered late against a relentless offense that managed 11 total shots on goal. After a scoreless first half, the Wildcats finally struck with a goal in the 53rd minute. True to form, the Oles quickly countered with a score of their own by Abby Stets ’18, her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Ole goalkeeper Julie Johnson ’19 performed admirably throughout the match, making nine saves to keep St. Olaf in the match despite being forced to keep their backs to the wall on defense for the majority of the contest. Eventually, one of St. Kate’s seven corners was converted into a goal by Nicole Palsgrove in the 79th minute, the final dagger in an eventual 2-1 loss for the Oles. The defeat was St. Olaf’s fifth on the season and fourth loss by a margin of one goal.Beating either of these opponents would have assured St. Olaf’s place among the conference’s best, but instead they are now left to wonder what might have been. Three straight losses by a margin of one goal hurts the morale of any team, but the Oles had a realistic chance to take the MIAC by storm by shocking St. Thomas or St. Catherine with a monumental upset, making the losses all the more bitter. Still, the Oles have nothing to hang their heads about. They played two talented teams and managed to persistently compete with both of them up until the final whistle; they kept pace with the best of their rivals. Disregarding the losses, that’s something to be proud of, and it encourages optimism for the remainder of the season and beyond.St. Olaf currently sits at 6-5, clinging to the sixth and final playoff spot in the conference. The team will try to regroup at home against last place St. Mary’s this Saturday, a contest that it is favored to win and one that should help to gain back its confidence heading into what’s sure to be a fierce showdown with archrival Carleton on October 22. The Knights are currently seventh in the conference, nipping at St. Olaf’s heels in hopes to swipe away their playoff spot. The fate of that match could very well decide who moves on to the postseason and who gets eliminated early – tensions always run high in the crosstown rivalry, but this match is sure to be an exceptionally vicious contest that is  now practically a must-win for the Oles.
Categories: Colleges

Public opinion must be prioritized

Manitou Messenger - 41 min 28 sec ago
uppose for a moment that you are a financial advisor. A recently married husband and wife consult your services and ultimately decide to trust you to allocate their assets. They only spent a little time researching investment options using the limited resources at their disposal. Nevertheless, they feel confident that they know exactly what you should do with their money in order to safeguard their wealth and provide them with the best possible return. After listening to what they would like, you agree to manage their finances for them.A few weeks later you become privy to some “insider” knowledge suggesting that the future outlook for the couple’s current investments looks bleak. You call the clients, but they never answer. You must decide whether to move their wealth or keep it where it is. In essence, you must choose between two options. Either use your greater knowledge to act in their best interest, or maintain their trust and your position as a reliable advisor by strictly adhering to their wishes even at the cost of their benefit.Although an imperfect metaphor, the choice you encounter in this scenario resembles the type of decisions government officials struggle with on a daily basis. Should government officials always follow public sentiment, or should they be trusted to make individual judgment calls about what would be best for the country?The answer might depend on whom you ask. Political scientists at John Hopkins University conducted a survey of America’s unelected governing elites and found that federal bureaucrats, think tank leaders and Congressional staff members “think Americans are stupid and should do what they are told.” Furthermore, “these political insiders believe they should ignore public opinion” because the public has little to no knowledge about public policy.There are indications that this lack of trust extends both ways. A 2015 Pew Research Center study found that “only 19 percent of Americans trust the government to always or almost always do the right thing.” The public’s trust in government remains incredibly low.The debate over this question is analogous to the differences between the delegate model and the trustee model of representation in a representative democracy. According to the delegate model of representation, elected representatives should constantly act in accordance with the wishes of their constituencies and not on behalf of their own consciences. Conversely, the trustee model of representation holds that representatives should act in favor of the greater common good and the national interest even if this means going against the short-term interest of their own constituencies.All government officials in a representative democracy, even those who are unelected, have an obligation to follow the desires of the general public. Even though the public isn’t always well-informed, I sincerely believe that one of the fundamental tenants of a representative democracy is that government officials must reflect the desires of the people they serve while working in a public capacity.Imagine the potential for abuse if government officials were encouraged to act against the desires of the people, claiming that their conscience demanded it or that they have more knowledge on particular issues. They are perfectly free to act as their conscience dictates in their personal lives, but they should restrain themselves while serving in the public realm of a representative government. Many government officials likely have a better grasp on the many issues facing our country than the average citizen. However, this is a natural result of the tendency for individual workers within a capitalist society to specialize. Is it really surprising that a government official who spends most of their day studying public policy is more knowledgeable of these issues than the average citizen?Instead of encouraging government officials to behave in opposition to the public, trust should be cultivated between the government and the public. The government should be more transparent and provide readily accessible and current information on policy. In turn, the public should accept personal responsibility for seeking out information and becoming informed before taking a position. Cultivating trust on both sides will encourage government officials to act on behalf of their constituencies, and increase the public’s faith in their government. We must work to bridge the gap which currently causes both sides to vilify the other.
Danny Vojcak ’19 ( is from Naperville, Ill. His major is undecided.
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Knights Pull Away From Rival St. Olaf, 2-0

Carleton Sports - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 8:38pm

The Carleton College men’s soccer team triumphed, 2-0, over crosstown rival St. Olaf College on Saturday behind spectacular second-half goals from seniors Riley Phelps and Danny Leal.

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Knights Blank St. Olaf on Senior Day

Carleton Sports - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 7:12pm

It was Senior Day for the Carleton College women’s soccer program, and the Knights celebrated with a 2-0 triumph over crosstown rival St. Olaf College. The Knights received goals from junior Madeline Topf and first-year Nora Mertz and won their third straight over the Oles.

Categories: Colleges

Knights Get Off to an Early Lead but Eventually Fall to Oles

Carleton Sports - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 6:44pm

With possession of the Goat Trophy at stake, crosstown rivals Carleton College and St. Olaf College football teams met for the 97th time in series history. The back-and-forth battle was not resolved until the closing seconds, with the visiting Oles holding on to prevail, 32-25.

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Apollo Sugar Maple


Sugar Maple trees have long been considered the king of shade trees due to  their lovely shape, excellent fall color, versatility in many different soil types, very strong wood / branching and production of sap used to make maple syrup.  Apollo Sugar Maple offers the same great features in a more compact size that is a better fit for modest sized areas in the landscape.

Apollo Sugar Maple has a fantastic mix of yellow, orange and red fall color and matures to a height of about 30 feet tall and width of only ten feet!  Standard sugar maples grow to 50′-60′ tall and 40′-50′ wide by comparison.

As with all sugar maple varieties, plant Apollo Sugar Maple in properly drained soil.  Avoid wet spots as well as sandy soils.  Apollo Sugar Maple can grow nicely in as little as 1/4 day of direct sun, as well as sunnier areas, and even full sun all day long!

The Apollo Sugar Maples are in their full glory right now, with a lovely mix of yellow, gold, orange and red.  Stop in and see for yourself how very nice Apollo Sugar Maple can be for those smaller areas in your landscape!

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Knights Sweep Cobbers as Stevens Eclipses 1,000 Career Kill Plateau

Carleton Sports - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 12:54pm

On an special day for junior Lucy Stevens (Jr./Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal School), who recorded the 1000th kill of her illustrious career, the Carleton College volleyball team dispatched Concordia College in three expeditious sets (25-22, 25-12, 25-17) on Saturday morning at West Gymnasium.

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A "JAZZY" time at the library with Jivin' Ivan and the Kings of Swing-

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 9:36am

Jivin' Ivan and the Kings of Swing 

Listening inside, upstairs and even outside! Some dancing inside too!

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Knights Start Fast, But Blazers Finish Faster

Carleton Sports - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 9:00pm

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Sustainability at Carleton was difficult to discover in the locale of West Gymnasium, as the Carleton College volleyball team started fast but eventually faded and succumbed to the powerful play of the College of Saint Benedict in four sets (20-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-20) on Friday night.

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ELECTION 2016: Dundas City Council

Northfield News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 4:44pm
Two seats are up for the Dundas City Council in 2016, and voters have four choices.
Categories: Local News

School Board approves new charter school policy to limit conflicts of interest

Northfield News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 2:38pm
The Northfield School Board approved a new charter school policy mandated by the state at its Oct. 10 meeting.
Categories: Local News

Harley “Lee” Jefferson III

Laura Baker Services Association - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 1:48pm

Harley “Lee” Jefferson III, a longtime resident of Laura Baker Services Association, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 9, 2016. Services will be held Sunday, October 23, 2016 beginning at 3PM at City of Life Church in Northfield, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church and the burial will be held at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sparta, WI. Memorials can be made out to Laura Baker Services Association. To read more, please view Lee’s obituary in the Northfield News

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A Family Scare: Mill Town Haunt comes back bigger than ever

Northfield News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 1:24pm
Thirteen years ago, as Jim Ingham planned a haunted basement for his family Halloween party, he didn’t think much of what it would eventually become. Now, he’s in the midst of running a 5,000-square-foot, eight-attraction Halloween scare zone with his…
Categories: Local News

Millennial impact: St. Olaf students give take on upcoming election

Northfield News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:04pm
Politics are different for the young and old.
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Today’s news update – Plane crash in Morristown; Public Nuisance properties come before Nfld Council; Northfield Council taps minimal rate hikes

KYMN Radio - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:02pm

Plane crash in Morristown A small plane crash near Morristown sends one to the hospital.  Just before 2 yesterday afternoon, Rice County deputies, Morristown Fire/Rescue and Police as well as North Ambulance were dispatched to the 22000 block of Jackson Ave.  When they arrived 70 year old Delbert Voegele had been helped outside of the […]

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Wayne Eddy Affair | Dina Fesler & Ramiz Allawala, Parts 1 & 2

KYMN Radio - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:00pm

Dina Fesler returns to talk about her world travels and is later joined by Ramiz Allawala. wayneeddy101716 wayneeddy102016 Listen in to the Wayne Eddy Affair every weekday. Monday through Thursday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Fridays from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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Superficial comfort threat to freedom

Carletonian - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:00pm

"The freedom to express oneself is perhaps the most cherished and crucial guiding principle of our modern, liberal society. Embedded within our Constitution is the notion that our liberty to think, write, and say what we want isn’t granted by some arbitrary collection of political leaders, but rather that it is a liberty that exists naturally due to our own inherent humanity."

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