Black Friday contradicts Thanksgiving’s values

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 6:52am
What do you associate with Thanksgiving? Many people cannot think of Thanksgiving without thinking about friends, family, turkey and pie. Thanksgiving in the United States has traditionally been a time to relax, express gratitude and spend time with loved ones. Taking these tranquil associations into account, one cannot help but wonder how the nature of Thanksgiving suddenly devolves into the chaos of Black Friday less than 24 hours later. Incredible amounts of money are spent on Black Friday each year. The most recent Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, generated upwards of $1 billion dollars in mobile revenue. In case you’re curious, the five best-selling toys were Lego Creator Sets, Razor electric scooters, Nerf Guns, DJI Phantom Drones and Barbie Dreamhouses. Alternatively, the best-selling electronic products were Apple iPads, Samsung 4k TVs, the Apple MacBook Air, LG TVs and Microsoft Xbox. No one can deny that the deals on Black Friday make it possible for many Americans to buy expensive products that they may not usually be able to afford. But do these shopping sprees negate the spirit of Thanksgiving? Black Friday contradicts the community aspect of Thanksgiving through people’s obsession with hunting down the best bargains and only benefitting themselves. Millions of people wake up early on Black Friday each year in order to improve their chances of obtaining the items they want at reduced prices. Instead of giving thanks, consumers give each other headaches as they compete to get their slice of the Black Friday pie. The more recent shift to online shopping has only made participation in Black Friday easier. Rather than spending time traveling to a particular store and staking out a spot in what appears to be a never-ending line, consumers can purchase goods from the comfort of their own homes. Why brave the elements when you can snuggle up in a warm blanket, make a cup of coffee, sit down at your computer and purchase what you want online with merely a few clicks? The purpose of Black Friday seems directly opposed to the holiday of Thanksgiving. Nonetheless, many Americans love the concept of the “holiday.” It provides them with a convenient opportunity to save money just in time for Christmas and the holiday season. From a psychological perspective, Americans see the deals on Black Friday to be a reward for their  preparedness and for already knowing exactly what they “need” to buy. Missed out on the opportunity to snag a Black Friday deal? Fortunately for you, there’s still Cyber Monday. “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to convince people to shop online on the Monday following Thanksgiving. This tradition began in 2005, and sales in 2016 started off with $554 million. Much like Black Friday, Cyber Monday has evolved into an annual ritual for holiday shoppers. Even as Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue to encourage us to focus on accumulating material possessions, perhaps there is a better approach to welcoming the holiday season. Many national and state parks across the U.S. offer free admission to visitors on Black Friday. The Minnesota State Parks system offered free admission to all 75 state parks and recreation areas this past Black Friday. This growing initiative that encourages people to spend time in nature instead of at the malls has been dubbed “Free Park Friday.” In another attempt to refute Black Friday, many Americans now participate in Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is an international event developed in response to mass consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season. It’s a movement which encourages people to give back and donate to the charities, nonprofits and organizations they care about on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving has come and gone, the holiday season is only beginning. Whether you are frantically searching for the perfect gift, timing your shopping to take advantage of sales or contributing to the organizations you support, I hope you have discovered how to reflect your values in your activities. In this way you can continue to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive long after the food has been eaten. 
Danny Vojcak ’19 ( is from Naperville, Ill. He majors in environmental studies and political science.
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Happy Holidays!

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 6:52am
Happy Holidays from the Manitou Messenger staff. We appreciate your readership and look forward to seeing you in the spring. Good luck on your finals, Oles!
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St. Olaf Sentiments: Unity

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 6:52am
As winter is slowly easing its way back into my life, I seem to be more nostalgic than I would typically be on a day-to-day basis on the Hill. Particularly, I have been thinking about the exact reasons why I left my perpetually sunny southern California hometown, and ended up at a college with a smaller population than my high school. It was because I found a unfound sense of warmth in the smallness of St. Olaf that I had never felt anywhere else in my life. I think the size of St. Olaf and the proximity of its buildings has a profound influence on the campus and its students. From the start of my freshman year I found enjoyment in the cyclic routine my fellow Oles and I take across campus. It captivated me and made me feel unity with everyone around me. However, this unity has slowly begun to stagnate into a double edged sword. I do not just see the beauty in the unity, I see the hurt. The hurt comes from my experiences being shackled to the very campus itself. The campus has a way of manifesting negative memories through my senses, from mundane things like tripping on ice near Skoglund, to significant moments of heartbreak. These memories are bound to the places where I experienced them, and every day I am thrust back into those moments. To the girl whose smoothie I knocked out of her hand while entering Tomson, I am sorry. To the iced tea I never got to drink because I spilt it all rushing to Great Con last year, I am sorry. To every person I have had an awkward interaction with at the doors entering Buntrock, I am sorry. The very simple act of going to the Caf can boil up such unnecessary anxiety that sometimes I wonder what captivated me about this school in the first place. But the beauty does come in waves as well. Though right now the bad may appear more often to me than the good, the good is often a stronger feeling, bringing me back up from the shadows of melencholy. The past echoes throughout this campus bringing memories of joy. Every time I look up at the stars on an especially dark night I remember stargazing during Week One with people I barely speak to anymore. But the joy is still there. Every time I walk by Holland Hall I remember Professor Taliaferro’s introduction to the philosophy major that completely entranced me. And of course, Ellingson Hall, the shining gem of my freshman year: every time I walk by it I am reminded of the friendships that I made there that continue to flourish this year. These are some of the memories that serve as the rock on which I base all my other experiences on this hill. Like waiting for spring in the winter, I know more good times will come after the bad.St. Olaf is a beautiful beast of emotion and memory. No other place has grabbed me by the heart and thrown me higher than the sky and lower than hell. It is in its walls that I feel the experiences I have had here, and as the highs get higher and the lows get lower, I will continue to battle with its complex unity.
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The Failure of Words

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 6:52am
When you think about it, really hard, it makes no sense.How words fail to do their purpose,Of giving meaning to feelingOf describingNo matter how hard I try, Words will always fail me when I’m describing you.You are so much more than anything, than everythingMore than cute,More than kind,You’ll even always be more than all mineIt’s not just you,But everything about.The things you doThe words you sayHow I think about you every day.It’s always you, but I have no words.I’m more than happy, more than excitedWhen you’re around.More than disappointedMore than saddened,When you have to go.Understanding doesn’t make it easier.I can’t help the way I feel,How my heart still jumps when I see you,How my face lights up.I wish I could tell you all the things you do for me,All you make me feel.But we’d be here forever,And never scratch the surface.You are the reason I break out laughing when no one’s around.Why I seem to smile for no reason.Why some days are better than the weekend.
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Manitou Messenger - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 6:52am
Black tea
White snow
And the earthen rests of each
Make up the scale of this quiet day

Retreating from the cold blowing
Of thoughts titled “Can” and “Can-Not,”
I steeped, then poured
Then sat at the kitchen table
Watching thick flakes fall,
The laggards of the bunch

How simple, this clearing came
Swiped down like a pine
Beneath the axe of some flannel-clad viking
While I can sit here and imagine

The bright warmths are beautiful,
But it is the dark warmths that love
The blanket, the socks,
The ruddy cup of tea
Beating ceramic against my fingers 

I sit here, drinking the dark,
Watching the light fall like stars
And put myself at ease
Between them
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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | “The Other Brighter Side” art project in Northfield

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:25pm

Jeff Johnson speaks with Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven and Northfield Arts Guild Executive Director Alyssa Herzog Melby about their combined efforts to “brighten” Northfield  after election angst, with their idea “The Brighter Other Side” art project.  The pair wanted to turn the negative into a positive with the idea of inviting the […]

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City to share findings on Hwy. 246, Jefferson Parkway intersection

Northfield News - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 12:53pm
Months after initial findings showed Northfield's Hwy. 246 and Jefferson Parkway intersection is one of the most dangerous in the city, engineers will host a public meeting to share full study results.
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Today’s news update – Murder/Suicide in Faribault – Police identify dead man; Nfld. Admin clarifies Council consideration of Sanctuary City status; SBA and FEMA encourage flood victims to register; Snow emergency

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 12:02pm

Murder/Suicide in Faribault – Police identify dead man UPDATE:  Faribault Police confirm identity of child as 8 year old Lynnaya Stoddard-Espinoza.  Perrizo and his late wife, Jodi, petitioned for and received a Temporary Custody Consent Decree in 2012, which granted them sole legal and physical custody as de facto guardians of Lynnaya.   Two bodies […]

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Wayne Eddy Affair | Bill Travers

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 11:28am

Musician Bill Travers performs on the Wayne Eddy Affair and talks with Wayne.  Bill has twice been nominated Best Country Vocalist at the Minnesota Music Awards. wayneeddy121216   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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Forever Home Project in Northfield, MN | Theater Room

Northfield Construction Company - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 11:15am

When Brian and Kay Doughty set out to build their new home there were certain things they wanted to make sure were included in the home they planned to retire in. One example would be to include their love for theater – specifically The Grand Theater. Brian’s dad, Tom Doughty, once owned The Grand and […]

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15 with the Author | ‘Into the Lions Den’ The Devlin Quick Mysteries by Linda Fairstein

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 11:15am

Someone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that’s what Devlin’s friend Liza thinks she’s seen, but she can’t be sure.  On today’s 15 with Author, Teri Knight’s guest is Linda Fairstein.  Her new novel, “Into the Lions Den – The Devlin Quick Mysteries”  is a part of […]

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Rice County court logs for Dec. 10-11

Northfield News - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 8:49am
Here are the court dispositions for Dec. 10-11.
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Rice County public safety reports for Dec. 9-11

Northfield News - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 8:32am
Below are selected incidents from the media reports for Dec. 9-11:
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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Nfld Admin Ben Martig and Police Chief Monte Nelson

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 7:50am

Jeff Johnson speaks with Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig and Police Chief Monte Nelson on the Council meeting tomorrow night regarding Sanctuary City status.  They also discussed the Snow Emergency. Click below to listen to the full interview: Martig121316

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Community News: City of Northfield declares snow emergency

KYMN Radio - Sun, 12/11/2016 - 5:01pm

MEMORANDUM Public Works Department Streets & Park Division Date:    December 11, 2016 SUBJECT: Snow Emergency Date Snow Emergency is declared: 12/11/2016 Date residential streets will be plowed: 12/11/2016 Date all downtown parking lots except 5th & Washington Street are closed: 12/11/2016 Date of downtown snow removal: 12/12/2016 Date 5th & Washington Street lot is closed: […]

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Offensive struggles hamper Knights in loss to Hamline

Carleton Sports - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 7:45pm

Despite the fourth double-double of the season from Kevin Grow, the Carleton College men’s basketball team dropped a 66-54 result to visiting Hamline University on Saturday afternoon.

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Lack of Long-Range Shooting Leads to Loss Against Hamline

Carleton Sports - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 6:32pm

Cece Leone paced the Carleton College women’s basketball team with a 14-point effort and Katie Chavez added 12 points, but the Knights were not able to overcome a 1-for-17 performance from three-point range and dropped a 75-50 result to visiting Hamline University.

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Raider Wrap with Dusty Budd |Boy’s and Girl’s Hockey, Recap of Week

KYMN Radio - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 10:59am

Dusty Budd chats with local high school players and coaches as he wraps up the week in Raider sports. You can listen live to Raider Wrap every Saturday morning at 10am.   raider wrap 12-10-16 Click the arrow to listen!

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2016: The Year in Northfield Poetry

Rob Hardy - Rough Draft - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 7:32am
Sidewalk Poetry. In 2016, nine new poemswere added to Northfield sidewalks as part of the Northfield Sidewalk Poetry project. Reconstruction of Woodley Street between Division and Prairie Streets provided nearly a mile and a half of new sidewalk for poetry. 41 poems were installed along Woodley Street. The 2016 winning poets were Barbara Belobaba, Becky Boling, Julia Braulick, Steve McCown, Orick Peterson, Anne Running Sovick, Lori Stoltz, and Richard Waters.
Poetry Out Loud. In March, Arcadia Charter School student Anna Kochever was one of the top six finalists in the 2016 Poetry Out Loud state championship, held at The Loft in Minneapolis. Poetry Out Loud is an annual poetry recitation competition for high school students, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. More than a dozen Arcadia students participated in the local competition. 
Poem in Your Pocket Day. On April 21, during National Poetry Month, Northfield again celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day. Boxes full of poems were available at local businesses, some of whom offered discounts for customers who shared a poem. In 2017, Poem in Your Pocket Day will be on Thursday, April 20.
TORCH Poetry Slam. The second annual TORCH Poetry Slam took place in December. This year’s winners were Chris Lazaro (third place), Delina Haileab (second place), and Alondra Perez Gonzalez (first place).
Poetry Nights at ContentContent Bookstorehosted nine Poetry Nights in 2016 (January-June, October-December). Poets featured were Susan Jaret McKinstry, Greg Hewett, Kaethe Schwehn, Leslie Schultz, Freya Manfred, Ken McCullough, and the winners of Arcadia’s Poetry Out Loud Competition and the 2015 TORCH Poetry Slam. The June 2016 Poetry Night was a bilingual reading of poems of Pablo Neruda.
New Books. Two Northfield poets published books of poetry in 2016: 
  • Leslie Schultz, Still Life with Poppies: Elegies (Aldrich Press)
  • Kaethe Schwehn, Tanka & Me: Poems (Brain Mill Press/Mineral Point Poetry Series)
Contest Winners. Two Northfield poets won contests in 2016:
Northfield Poet Laureate. In September, the Northfield Public Library selected Rob Hardy to serve a three-year term as Northfield’s first Poet Laureate. In November, the Northfield Public Library received a $9,600 grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) to support the Poet Laureate program. Rob read poems in September at the annual Joseph Lee Heywood graveside service, the dedication of Wheeler Park, and the community celebration of the U.N. International Day of Peace. In November, he read a poem at the opening of a City Council meeting. He also worked with students in several classes at Northfield High School, hosted nine Poetry Nights at Content, and created and administered the Northfield Poet Laureate Facebook page.

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) has provided a grant for this project thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund made possible by the voters of Minnesota.
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Postcard: December 12, 2016

Winona Media (Leslie Schultz) - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 4:42am

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