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NFL protests inequality

Manitou Messenger - 43 min 2 sec ago
“If our brothers are oppressed, then we are oppressed…If their freedom is taken away, our freedom is not secured,” U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in his Flag Day Radio Address in June 1942, when the Second World War was at its darkest moments and the possibility of an Axis victory loomed in people’s minds.Nearly seven decades later, Roosevelt’s words continue to ring; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has attempted to take a stance against racial injustice in America by sitting down during the national anthem prior to football games. Explaining his protest, Kaepernick says that he will not “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Waves of backlash and support have flooded in, from critics who denounce him as a traitor to fellow athletes who have followed his example by kneeling down in solidarity.This debate certainly reflects the time we live in. American philosopher Cornel West refers to this time as the “Age of Obama,” when many Americans believe that the election of Barack Obama as president signifies a historic breakthrough in race-relations in America and that the country has become officially “colorblind.” Despite this claim, the past two terms of Obama’s presidency have also brought the racist tendencies of some Americans out into the open.In Kaepernick’s case, colorblindness is actually a part of the problem rather than a solution. Scholar Michelle Alexander, who authored the book “The New Jim Crow” argues that colorblindness reflects the racial indifference that has become a more prevalent form of racism in America than outright racial hostility. Racial indifference, as Alexander puts it, is a “lack of compassion and caring about race and racial groups.” From this perspective, colorblindness has distracted Americans from seeing the deep-rooted racial and structural divisions that still exist in the country. Unequal educational opportunities, jobless ghettos and general public discourse that excludes African-Americans as outcasts in American society all present contemporary barriers that colorblindness has thus far failed to solve. These problems continue to plague America, so is it really surprising to see a young African-American quarterback take a stand by protesting the national anthem? Some see Kaepernick’s actions as treasonous, claiming that he has brought dishonor to those who have fought and died for his freedom. The obvious question to ask, then, is what have those same individuals contributed to the good of this country? Does wearing a T-shirt with the American flag on it while spouting racially oppressive rhetoric indicate that one has achieved their civic duty as an American citizen?In 2014, a Annenberg Public Policy Center poll discovered that only 36 percent of Americans can name all three branches of government; 35 percent fail to name even a single branch. Furthermore, only 27 percent of Americans know that it takes a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate to override a presidential veto, and 21 percent incorrectly think that a 5-4 Supreme Court decision is sent back to Congress for reconsideration. Despite all this, these same people have no qualms in criticizing those who are being proactive for the betterment of his country. If that isn’t hypocritical, I don’t know what is.  By sitting down, Kaepernick has echoed Roosevelt’s words, screaming out the need for justice to take its stand in America. He’s demonstrating first hand what true patriotism means by displaying a tough love that, as bitter as it may seem, will eventually take the nation forward. It is up to the rest of America whether to continue down this path or to continue enjoying the pleasures, or lack thereof, of blind patriotism, which is rapidly approaching totalitarianism. 
pattin1@stolaf.com
Categories: Colleges

Goldstein impresses as new starting QB

Manitou Messenger - 43 min 2 sec ago
In his first year under center as the Oles’ quarterback Jack Goldstein ’18 is off to an explosive start, currently placing third overall in the conference with 223.7 passing yards per game and second with a total of eight touchdowns. His dynamic presence in the starting roster has led St. Olaf to some surprising early success, most notably a 69-14 blowout victory against Grinnell in which Goldstein led the charge with four touchdowns. 
Q: What’s going through your mind before the snap, and how does that change depending on the situation? 
A: I go through the same progression before every snap regardless of the score of the game. I start by trying to figure out what the defense is going to do by looking at what coverage they are running and if they are sending any pressure. After I have a good idea of what to expect, I think about where the openings will be based on what play was called and if I need to change anything prior to snapping the ball. 
Q: What role models do you follow, or rather who inspires you to keep improving?
A: My parents have been my biggest role models and fans my entire life. They have always been there for me no matter the situation. My teammates are who inspire me to keep improving every day. I want to play my best for them so that we can have as much success as possible on the field. 
Q: What challenges do you still face, and how do you think you can overcome them?
A: There is a challenge every Saturday that we need to overcome as a team. Every person on the team needs to strive to get better each day so that we can have success on Saturdays. It is a difficult task, especially during a long season, to make every practice as important as a game.  Our coaching staff has stressed this each day and it is hard not to notice the strides we have taken on a daily basis.    
seidel1@stolaf.edu
Categories: Colleges

Volleyball down, but hardly out

Manitou Messenger - 43 min 2 sec ago
Saying that the first half of the volleyball team’s season was uneven would be the gravest understatement one could make about any fall sports team thus far. Opening the season with five consecutive victories seemed to inspire confidence and optimism, especially considering four of those wins came in convincing shutout fashion. The Oles seemed well on their way to piecing together their first winning season since the team dominated the conference with a 31-5 record back in 2010. Unfortunately, while the first week of play was the model of consistency, the second has been anything but. Since the hot start, the Oles have fallen into a discouraging slump, losing seven of their last nine contests, including a 0-3 beatdown at the hands of division rival Augsburg. This rough patch has made the early momentum a distant memory; in the blink of an eye, the season has transformed from what looked like a surefire playoff run into a scramble to get back on track before the remainder of the conference leaves the Oles in the dust. And with ten of the final twelve matches coming against divisional opponents, it’s time to do or die.Yet there is still reason to be optimistic. Three of the Oles’ next four matches come against teams with losing records, including Concordia (3-7), St. Benedict (5-7) and Macalaster (5-7), the latter of whom St. Olaf already subdued handily earlier in the season. If they defeat these weaker opponents as they’re projected to, the Oles will sit comfortably above .500 as they did a week ago, once again riding a respectable winning streak that should help restore their mojo just in time for the biggest showdown of the season against conference leader St. Mary’s. Furthermore, though the team as a whole has struggled recently, the headline players have kept their excellent pace, allowing St. Olaf to remain competitive even through the losses. Megan Grimes ’19 has emerged as the team’s top-level offensive threat, currently placing third in the entire conference with 152 kills and fourth with 3.04 kills per set, well on pace to eclipse her already impressive totals from 2015. Lauren Rewers ’20 is right behind Grimes with 144 kills, placing fifth in the conference and making an immediate impact in her debut season. Veteran Abby Slack ’17 has handled the defensive side of things with 241 digs, fourth in conference – impressive for most players, but the norm for her after three seasons of comparable defensive prowess.So though this recent stretch of misfortune may cause some to push the panic button, the reality is that the Oles control their own destiny and have the talent to get back on track. The hole they’ve dug themselves is rather deep, but don’t believe for a second that it is insurmountable. 
seidel1@stolaf.edu
Categories: Colleges

Sushner leads resurgent Oles to success

Manitou Messenger - 43 min 2 sec ago
Last winter, the future of the St. Olaf women’s soccer team was looking bleak; after limping to the finish line with a string of six straight losses, the Oles ended a disappointing season with their second losing record in as many years. Furthermore, head coach Jeremy Driver elected to step down as head coach after ten consecutive seasons leading the team, and with only five members out of the 24-player roster returning as seniors leadership was scarce. Expectations for this fall were low.Evidently, however, nobody seems to have informed first-year coach Rachael Sushner of these obstacles. Against all odds, the Oles and their new leader have silenced all doubters during the first two weeks of the season and are poised to put up their best record in years.Sushner, a former all-region soccer player herself during her undergraduate days at Skidmore College, took the head coaching job in January after serving in assistant coaching roles for Wellesley College, Clarkson University and, most notably, Washington and Lee University. During the last three seasons with the latter, she helped lead the Generals to an impressive 45-8-3 record. Her knowledge and history of success have combined with a strong emphasis on teamwork to make the women’s soccer team a serious contender – a 180-degree turn from a mere season ago.“Our main focus this season is to play as a team,” Sushner says. “This means being organized, defending as a unit, pressuring hard and going at the other team with numbers. We have some really good athletes in our team and we are taking advantage of this... although it’s not always pretty, it’s been effective for the players we have and we feel good about it.” Taking advantage of a cohesive whole rather than relying on a few individuals has been an enormously successful strategy that has helped the Oles topple some of the conference’s mightiest opponents, culminating in a convincing 3-1 victory last Saturday over previously undefeated Gustavus. True to Sushner’s word, St. Olaf divvied up the glory in an honest team effort with three quick goals from Lauren Martin ’17, Claire Bash ’20 and Abby Stets ’18, the latter two of which came off of razor sharp corner kick assists from Grace Bestler ’17. The Gusties later responded with a goal of their own to make it an honest contest, but the Oles were in control from the opening seconds. When the final whistle blew, St. Olaf walked away with its fourth victory this fall, equalling its total for the entirety of the 2015 season a mere two weeks into this one.Sushner notes how a creating a positive atmosphere has contributed to the team’s rapid turnaround. “We try to have an environment where it’s okay to make a mistake and your teammates and coaches will encourage you to be better next time,” she said.Sushner immediately prioritized fostering this air of positivity when she took charge of the team.   “I believe this type of environment is the best way to succeed and walk off the field feeling good about yourself instead of frustrated or lacking confidence,” she said. Beating Gustavus was a great leap forward for the relatively young team, but the real challenges begin on Saturday when Concordia will attempt to halt the Oles’ momentum. The contest is the first of nine straight conference bouts that will define this season as either a true Cinderella story or merely a positive step towards future success. “Every single game we play is difficult because our conference is really tough,” Sushner said regarding the games ahead. “Constantly learning difficult lessons is challenging – it’s exhausting and stressful, but it’s also what makes it so rewarding when we do succeed.” If the first two weeks are any indication, the Oles are going to keep succeeding and feeling rewarded; under Sushner’s guidance of teamwork and positivity, they’ve transformed into a serious threat capable of keeping pace with the conference’s best. 
seidel1@stolaf.edu
Categories: Colleges

Bizarre indie film refreshes

Manitou Messenger - 43 min 2 sec ago
This past summer, a film titled “Swiss Army Man” was released in theaters. Most reading this column have probably never heard of it. The few who have likely only  know it based on the reputation of its tabloid nickname: “the Daniel Radcliffe farting-corpse movie.” Yes, it does star Daniel Radcliffe. And yes, he does play the role of a farting corpse. And surprisingly enough, it is the most touching film I have ever seen.The film, written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (known collectively as DANIELS), tells the story of a young man (Paul Dano) who is apparently abandoned on a desert island until a corpse (Radcliffe) washes up on shore. This corpse begins speaking to the young man, who soon discovers that the cadaver and its natural functions can be used as a sort of tool (hence the title), including: farts used as a flamethrower, his throat to launch small objects machine-gun-style, and of course an erection that functions as a compass. I swear to God this movie is endearing – you’re just going to have to take my word on this.I’m not going to talk too much about the plot of “Swiss Army Man” here though, as there simply isn’t much need. Though a truly original and bizarre movie, it is relatively simple. This simplicity does not weaken the film, however. Rather, it emboldens the heart of its own storytelling as it blends the macabre and the childish to reflect on the nature of loneliness, friendship and love. In “Swiss Army Man,” DANIELS explore the humanity in the insignificant aspects of life that we are often too embarrassed to talk about.Beautiful narrative aside, another reason I love this film is that it so wonderfully highlights what is missing from most other movies. “Swiss Army Man” is a properly cinematic experience, eschewing the pablum of the film industry’s ever-increasing risk of being “spoiled” by the audience simply knowing the bare facts of a narrative. It cannot be boiled down to just a list of events. It is a story that belongs in film and film alone; no other medium could convey it honestly.In a time when Hollywood’s near-refusal to innovate causes many viewers to become jaded amidst the cynicism of trope-ridden adaptations and remakes, the “farting-corpse movie” is a freshly genuine film that reminds us of why we first fell in love with cinema.“Swiss Army Man” is set for home media release on Oct. 4, and I have already preordered my copy.
mayo1@stolaf.edu
Categories: Colleges

Phelps, Knights topple Royals

Carleton Sports - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 9:39pm

On the strength of two goals and an assist—all in the first half—from senior Riley Phelps, the Carleton College men’s soccer team secured a 4-1 win over conference foe Bethel University on Tuesday.

Categories: Colleges

School Board approves letter of intent to implement Q-Comp, will vote on draft plan Oct. 10

Northfield News - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 6:59pm
The Northfield School Board unanimously approved a letter of intent Monday to implement a new salary structure and career development for teachers, while considering the approval of a draft plan to approve at its Oct. 10 meeting.
Categories: Local News

Northfield closing in on new economic development coordinator

Northfield News - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 5:13pm
After seeing its top candidate turn down the position in June, the city of Northfield has regrouped, and again identified a final candidate for the vacant economic development coordinator position.
Categories: Local News

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.29.2016

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:16pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Today: Joe Wakely, Clean Drinking Water in Guatemala (Halverson)

Birthdays: Don Robertson (9/25); Jim Blaha, Chad Hjellming, Hugh Kaste, and Gerhard Meidt (9/27); Laurie Williams, (9/28); Rob Bierman and Kurt Larson (9/29) and Rachel McIves Morey (9/30).

Next Week: Bruce Morlan, Classified.

Last Week:
James J. Hill’s legacy is alive and well.

The legendary “empire builder,” best known for his privately-financed, inter-continental railroad, believed in changing the world by championing entrepreneurialism, said Patrick Donahue, President and CEO of Hill Capital Corporation. Hill helped 19th century settlers become more economically stable by introducing them to new crops and new breeds of livestock. He also established the James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul to provide entrepreneurs the resources they needed to develop business ideas.

In the spirit of James J. Hill and with support from the James J. Hill Center, the Hill Capital Corporation was formed in 2016. Its goal is “economic barn-raising,” Patrick said. Entrepreneurs need access to quality capital. It is especially acute for those whose needs are too big for community banks, but not big enough to attract institutional investors.

Angie’s Popcorn out of Mankato is a good example, Patrick said. When Angie and her husband decided to give up their conventional employment to scale up their business, she was forced to use credit cards to find the capital to buy inputs and pay people. At any point in time, there are thousands just like her, Patrick said.

Hill Capitol is essentially a private-equity, venture capital firm. Its investors are entrepreneurs or retired executives who share a commitment to small business development.

For more information, go to: www.hillcapitalcorporation.com.

Mini-Classification:

Mike Leming gave some background on the upcoming Kevin Kling show Saturday evening, Oct. 28, a fundraiser for Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. Interact is national leader in creating art opportunities for artists with disabilities. In 2010, Mike saw one of their shows and invited the director to Thailand, where he has an ongoing interest in human development.

Over a period of five years, Interact drew from groups with a variety of disabilities to create a community of performers. Their productions inspired the Thai government to build a $10 million therapy facility. Mike encouraged members to attend the Kling show and support efforts to bring hope and joy to our friends in Thailand. Tickets are $25 and are available online at klingnf.org.

Guests: Larry Fowler (S. Richardson), Al Kalter and Rick Istead (V. Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: Chris Weber

Announcements:

Chris Heineman, chair of the DJJD Bike Tour Committee, said a final, final tally on the bike tour is not yet available, but revenue is now at $24,500, not a high water mark, but an increase over last year’s number.

The Turkey Trot Committee is now actively looking for sponsors for this year’s 5K run/walk Thanksgiving morning. Rick Estenson asked that club members think about becoming a sponsor if they own a business. This year, we will pilot a Wild Free-Range Turkey Trot contest for those who will not be in Northfield November 24. We are using social media to invite those with a Rotary affiliation, former exchange students, their families and the like, to sign up and provide a photo or video for our web site the day of the race. We will vote on the best one and provide a prize or assign bragging rights to the most creative “trot.” Spread the word.

Dick Schulte, Fred Rogers, Jean Wakely and Erica Zweifel contributed to the Cannon River cleanup September 17. They worked along the river in Cannon Falls.

We need 40 volunteers to help interview prospective outbound exchange students on Monday, Oct. 24. Your help is needed from 5 to 9 p.m. that evening. There will be pizza and training. Rachel Estrella is expecting 20 students. We need two interviewers for each student. See her if you can help.

Today is the last chance to purchase 2016 Bike Tour T-shirts. They are on sale in the lobby at the discounted price of $8.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson-Bradford, Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

October 13 — Mike Strobel, The Making of Aurora Pharmaceuticals, (Reese)

October 20 — Melanie Freeze, Carleton College, “What’s Ahead in the Election,” (Holden)

October 27 — Breanna Wheeler, River Bend Nature Center’s New Start, (Madigan)

November 3 — Dan Knutson, Classification, (Rich)

Categories: Organizations

Rice County public safety reports for Sept. 26

Northfield News - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:00pm
Below are selected incidents from the media reports for Sept. 26:
Categories: Local News

Historic Preservation in Northfield

Northfield News - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 2:57pm
At the upcoming City Council Meeting on Oct. 4, the Northfield Heritage Preservation Commission will be celebrating the Resurvey of Northfield’s Historic Downtown and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
Categories: Local News

NAFRS holds first discussion on becoming taxing district

Northfield News - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 2:05pm
When Northfield, Dundas and the surrounding rural area chose to join together as Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service in 2014, the idea of converting to a taxing district down the road was always on the table.
Categories: Local News

HPC Open House on the Historic Downtown Survey

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 1:55pm
Event date: October 4, 2016
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Today’s news update – Duck hunters caught up in Cannon; It started in Cannon Falls…; Chief lifts State of Emergency; City seeks election judges

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:02pm

Duck hunters caught up in Cannon Two men can thank Morristown Fire/Rescue personnel for saving their lives.  30 year old Thao Vue and 31 year old Yeng Chu, both of St. Paul, were duck hunting yesterday mornning in the water on the Cannon River when their boat overturned and they were caught up in rushing […]

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Get to know the Sustainability Office Staff for the 2016-2017 School Year!

Categories: Colleges

Community News: Nfld Police Chief Monte Nelson update 9:30am 9/27/16

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 9:36am

Teri Knight talks with Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson.  He updates the community on the Cannon River Watch and where the City is at in terms of clean up and more…  Click below for the full interview: nelson092716

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Dundas City Adm John McCarthy 9/27/16

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 9:10am

Jeff Johnson speaks with John McCarthy after last nights Dundas City Council Meeting, they discuss the agenda and other topics. Listen to the full interview…. mccarthy092716

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Whew… I’m a lot less anxious now

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 9:00am

I’ve been concerned. I’ve been anxious. But much less so after last night’s “debate.” The good news about this election is that, as with all elections, the voting booth is private, and people can vote and there’s no need to report. My hope is that those undecided, and those supporting Drumpf, will consider last night’s “debate” and how unqualified is, that he is crass and flighty, blustery without substance, arrogant, unprepared and ill-advised. How many times did he say “I didn’t say that” when it’s documented that he did, over and over?

This isn’t about Hillary. I’m no fan. That’s public information. But I am assuredly against Drumpf and the view of “great” America he is pushing. It’s antihetical to all I’ve been working for, to my values, to the values and laws of this country, against the most fundamental tenets of Christianity, all those things that are, or should be, the determining factor in our votes. Things like the Constitution. I mean really, he touts “stop & frisk” when it’s been declared unconstitutional? And doesn’t cop to it when challenged? No, this guy has no business being President. Not on my watch.

And yes, after Feelin’ the Bern, this has been a horrible election season.  I don’t want to think about it, yet am drawn to the train wreck.  The prospect of voting for Clinton turns my stomach, there are so many reasons, and it’s disturbing that the Dems do not want to acknowledge the legitimacy of issues many of us have with Clinton, preferring shaming as an election strategy (just STOP it!).  That makes the prospect of voting for Clinton even worse.

Meanwhile, people I know, though not many, are supporting Drumpf.  I’ve been easy on them, really!  Holding back… Just minor interjections now and then, a little reality therapy a la Glasser.

This debate, though, and Drumpf’s performance and lack thereof, to me means that it will be pretty hard to justify a vote for him.  OH… MY… DOG!

And the coverage of this “debate” is so weird:

Words people looked up during Clinton-Trump debate

That people need to look up words like “stamina” and “temperament” is appalling.  Yes, “cavalier” is more than a Chevy… and how about “caprice,” capisce?

 

Categories: Citizens

‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Northfield Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann 9/27/16

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 7:58am

Dr. Hillmann talks with Jeff Johnson about topics from last nights School Board Meeting. Listen to the full interview…. hillmann092716

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Community News: Nfld. Police Chief Monte Nelson ends Emergency Declaration

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 5:05am

Police Chief Monte Nelson ended the Emergency Declaration effective 6:00 p.m., September 26, 2016. On Friday, September 23, 2016, the Northfield City Council approved a Motion extending the Mayor’s original Emergency Declaration regarding the flood conditions in Northfield.  Read more by clicking below: 2016_09_26-press-release-city-of-northfield-ends-declaration-of-an-emergency

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