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Sexual misconduct policies under revision

Manitou Messenger - 2 hours 7 min ago
Much has happened since Madeline Wilson ’16 and fellow activists first donned their gray shirts and launched their web site My College Is Protecting Rapists. Wilson filed a complaint with the Office o
Categories: Colleges

Laughs abound at sold-out INBLACK shows

Manitou Messenger - 2 hours 7 min ago
The sketch show INBLACK has become something of a cultural land- mark here at St. Olaf. The night tickets go on sale, the line to buy them starts in front of the cafeteria and stretches to the Buntroc
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Deep End APO to close season with two outdoor plays

Manitou Messenger - 2 hours 7 min ago
Deep End APO, the student-run theater production company on campus, has two more shows this season, and despite being very different in subject matter, they have something big in common: they will bot
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The joys, struggles of a student-produced theater group

Manitou Messenger - 2 hours 7 min ago
Misswicken. Miss Wiccan. Myswyken. It’s a weird name. We know it’s a weird name. It works out because we’re weird people. Our rehearsals often feature the dulcet tones of bagpipes. Sometimes we sw
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Prez Ball brings high-class to Hill 

Manitou Messenger - 2 hours 7 min ago
On Saturday, April 24, Oles donned their heels and suits for the annual President’s Ball. Held in the Black and Gold ballrooms, students began arriv- ing at 8 p.m. ready to dance and enjoy themselves
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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.05.2016

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:59pm

Today: Robert Garcia, Cinco de Mayo (Kallestad)

Birthdays: Geralyn Sheehan (5/2), Rick Estenson (5/4) and Charlie Cogan (5/6)

Next Week: The Fabulous Troubadours and lunch at Community Resource Bank

Last Week:

Global warming presents tremendous geopolitical challenges in the years ahead, says Tom Hanson, Diplomat-In-Residence at the Royal A. Alworth Institute for International Studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

He said global warming threatens to destabilize vulnerable nation states, limiting their ability to govern. He predicts increasing global instability due to shortages of food and water and the refugee migration that will inevitably follow. By the end of the century, our worldwide population will have grown to 4 billion people; 80 percent will live in China, India and Africa, all of which will need to play key roles if global warming is to be addressed in a meaningful way.

There are some indications the issue is finally being recognized for the threat it is, Tom said. Last December, 196 countries signed on to an agreement reached at the United National Climate Conference in Paris. The goal is to limit global warming to an increase of 2 degrees Centigrade. We are now on track for a rise in the range of 4 to 5 degrees.

The implementation hinges on China delivering on its pledge to turn its emissions around by 2030 and the United States’ pledge to reduce emission by 25 percent by 2025. However, a challenge to President Obama’s plan is currently being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tom said another encouraging development is that the business community is beginning to recognize climate change as a threat and is organizing to address the issue. Henry Paulson, former Secretary of the Treasury, and Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, have founded Risky Business, an organization dedicated to addressing climate change. Most major Twin Cities companies now have a vice president for sustainability, he said.

In addition, young billionaires, such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, are backing the development of an artificial photosynthesis process they believe will be a “magic bullet” for addressing global warming.

And yet, there are worrisome signs that short-term thinking could crowd out long-term strategies. India is looking to coal to fuel its quest to raise living standards for its people, Tom said. A deadly mix of growing populations and the lack of meaningful employment remains an obstacle to combating violent extremism.

Tom said Tibet will play a pivotal role in this unfolding drama. It is the major source of water for all of Southern Asia. It is now under the control of China, but who ever controls Tibet will control the destiny of heavily populated countries such as India and Myanmar, Tom said.

Mini-Classification:
Robert Flaten spent his first 22 years growing up in Northfield, watching his father establish the Art Department at St. Olaf College and graduating from that same school. He spent his professional life wondering the world working in the Foreign Service. He retired as the United States Ambassador to Rwanda.

Special Appeal
Phillip Ehresmann spent a Rotary Youth Exchange year in Ecuador in 2000-2001. He sent this appeal to our club in response to the recent earthquakes in Ecuador.

Hello Ms. Dilley,

My name is Phillip Ehresmann. I was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Ecuador in 2000-2001. I lived in Portoviejo. It was a life-changing experience; it made me the person I am today….I met wonderful people throughout my time with the Rotary program, officers in my patron and host clubs, my fellow exchange, my school classmates, my host families, the Pavons, the Meras, and the Cevallos’, and all the people who are the heart and soul of Ecuador. I feel a little broken inside being so far away from this place that was so special to me and knowing about the terrible misfortune of a shaken earth and wanting to help but not know how. 

 I would like to work with you to organize a donation from the Northfield Rotary Club to help the citizens who are suffering. I have in mind four possible recipients, 

  • http://www.cruzroja.org.ec/index.php/emergencia/759-donaciones-efectivo, 
  • https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-unicefs-earthquake-relief-efforts-ecuador/30257, 
  • http://www.rotarysangregorio.org/index.php/8-historia/2-club-rotario-portoviejo-san-gregorio, 
  • http://handsforhumanity.com/wordpress/tax-deductible-donation/,

and am willing to let those who donate choose as a group.

 I would appreciate input from you on how best to approach the club and organize donations according to your customs.

Thank you to all the Northfield Rotarians who have proven their dedication to a most worthy human exchange of ideas. I look forward to your reply.

Muy sinceremente

Y Attentamente,

Phillip Ehresmann 

Guests: Gunho Park, former exchange student, now in school in British Columbia, and Kathleen Brenton (V. Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: Laurie Williams

 Announcements:
Neil Lutsky has declared Thursday, May 19, Ride Your Bike to Rotary Day. Members are encouraged to saddle up and go green for their transport to and from our meeting that day.

Jake Conway and Ron Linde are organizing river cleanup projects along the Cannon River for Saturday, May 14. Talk to them if you are interested in helping.

The graduation party for our inbound students, Nicole and Carson, will be Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. Details to follow.

Northfield will host the District’s farewell party Saturday, June 11, for 60 inbound exchange students. We need chaperones for this overnight event. If you can help between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. let Jean Wakely know.

The club will pay your entry fee if you would like to participate in the District golf tournament Thursday, May 12. Let President Russ know if you are interested.

Polio Plus night at the Twins-Yankees game will be Saturday, June 18. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness for the campaign.

Richard Collman reports that Sam Carlson is having a great time in Argentina. He recently returned from a trip around South America with other Rotary Exchange students.

Here is a list of our outbound students.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Coming Up

May 19 — Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

May 25 — Graduation party for Carson and Nicole, Estenson Event Center

May 26 — Griff Wigley and Marty Larson, CROCT (Heinemann)

June 2 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification (Estenson)

June 9 —Jennifer Dunn-Foster, Classification (V. Dilley)

Quote of the Day
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”
― Booker T. WashingtonUp from Slavery

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Knights Battle St. Olaf in Annual Rolex Classic

Carleton Sports - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:53pm

The annual Rolex Classic took place on Tuesday as the Carleton College men’s track and field team visited crosstown rival St. Olaf College for a dual meet. The Knights won four events on the day.

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Becich Secures Second MIAC Weekly Award

Carleton Sports - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:10pm

The Carleton women's tennis team pulled off a huge win Saturday to earn a share of the MIAC championship and the top seed in the conference tournament. Senior Kayla Becich won both her singles and doubles matches in the title-winning, 7-2, triumph over Gustavus Adolphus. For her performance, Becich was honored Tuesday with her second MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2016 season.

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Beyond the Open Mic 5/3/16

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 6:30pm

Beyond the open mic is intended to open dialogue about the process and the processors in City Hall; Elected Officials, City Staff, citizen and others.  Your hosts are Donovan McGee and Victor Summa. Opinions expressed are solely those of the hosts and not necessarily those of KYMN.  To contact Victor or Don you can email […]

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Carleton graduate sues college over alleged mishandling of two rapes

Northfield News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 4:45pm
Though Carleton College made major changes to its sexual assault policy after a 2009 review showed a lack of support and options for victims, one former student is alleging the school failed to abide by that renewed policy after she…
Categories: Local News

Northfield Shares' city-wide garage sales enter ninth year

Northfield News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 2:43pm
Entering into its ninth year, the city-wide garage sales, known as "Goods for Good," are scheduled to begin on May 12.
Categories: Local News

Rice County Board of Commissioners looking ahead to 2017 budget

Northfield News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 2:00pm
If you needed a reminder of how quickly the year is going, Rice County’s interim administrator Jack Kemme has one.
Categories: Local News

CVSEC Board and staff consider change in mental health services

Northfield News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:50pm
Faribault and Northfield special services directors are taking a look at the districts’ mental health offerings for special education students, as they prepare to get a new special education cooperative up and running.
Categories: Local News

Library update-

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:33pm
The Northfield Public Library will emerge from its construction cocoon this Saturday, May 7th at 10 andeveryone is invited to the Grand Re-Opening ceremonies beginning at 10 AM with a formal ribbon cutting.  In the meantime the library at City Hall and the 210 Washington site are closed as we move the remaining materials and shelves and to prepare the new space. Thebookdrop is not available during this time, and so please keep your items until we open.
We will have new hours beginning May 9 with Sunday hours from 1-5 pm running through June 5.  New weekly hours are Monday through Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.  
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Library update!

TABleau (Northfield Public Library) - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:32pm
The Northfield Public Library will emerge from its construction cocoon this Saturday, May 7th at 10 andeveryone is invited to the Grand Re-Opening ceremonies beginning at 10 AM with a formal ribbon cutting.  In the meantime the library at City Hall and the 210 Washington site are closed as we move the remaining materials and shelves and to prepare the new space. Thebookdrop is not available during this time, and so please keep your items until we open.
We will have new hours beginning May 9 with Sunday hours from 1-5 pm running through June 5.  New weekly hours are Monday through Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.  
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More Denial of Intervention in Xcel Rate Case

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:25pm

WOW… can you believe??  It’s not just me, it’s not just denial of Intervention of No CapX 2020.  See 20162-118122-01_Denial2_Overland-NoCapX Intervention.

Intervention as a party in this Rate Case is only open to those who sold out to Xcel Energy and it’s “business plan” agenda of e21.

This is the most recent Order in the Xcel Energy Rate Case:

Order Denying Intervention – SunShare & ILSR

Here are their Intervention Petitions:

ILSR_Intervention_20164-120145-01

SunShare_Intervention_20164-120144-01

To see the full Rate Case docket, go to the PUC’s Search Documents page, and search for Docket 15-826.

And the Order… Dig this, parroting Xcel’s objections:

And this, even worse, as if the interests of the “Clean Energy Organizations” who bought into, stumped for, and sat quietly during the legislative hearings about Xcel Energy‘s e21 Initiative are the same as the interests of SunShare and Institute for Local Self-Reliance – ILSR:

This is SO offensive.  There is no consideration that the perspectives are different, only statements that the issues, the concerns, are the same.

The late, great Myer Shark, rate case Intervenor extraordinaire, would spin in his grave at the limitations of participation in this rate case.

Myer Shark, Lawyer Who Fought Utility, Is Dead at 94 In the Matter of the Complaint by Myer Shark, et al …
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Tours of Fort Peck Dam and Garrison Dam!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:10pm

Did you know you can tour dams?!?!  As a kid, we toured Ft. Peck, while visiting Hell Creek campground, the name oh-so-apt.  And Hoover dam, which I remember better, this was SO long ago…  And knowing how I love utility infrastructure, I’m trying to arrange tours.  We shall see!  And SUCCESS!!!!  We get to tour Fort Peck Dam!  Is this cool or what?!?!?

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Today’s news update – Federal lawsuit filed against Carleton College; 6 get stung in Sex-Trafficking case; Staff and volunteer recognition, EDA work session and Fireworks; Northfield Rescue gears up for fundraising efforts

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:02pm

Federal lawsuit filed against Carleton College – UPDATED at 4:40pm with Release from Director of Media Relations Eric Sieger.  See below A recent Carleton College graduate filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against the college.  The victim alleges she was raped twice and the college’s treatment of her caused even more trauma.  In the 49 […]

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Senate lines up backup transportation funds through bonding

Northfield News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 11:45am
Senate Democrats offered their plan Monday to borrow $1.5 billion for a long list of public works projects across Minnesota, devoting a hefty slice to road and bridge repairs in case legislative deal-making for a more comprehensive transportation package remains…
Categories: Local News

Complaint: Four charged following burglary in rural Rice County

Northfield News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 11:28am
Four people have been charged after law enforcement said it responded to suspicious activity in rural Rice County on Monday and found people loading scrap metal.
Categories: Local News

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