NBC comedians cater to Ole audience

Manitou Messenger - 34 min 16 sec ago
On Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. (well, more like 8:45 – they were late) students gathered in the Pause for comedy duo Dave and Ethan’s College Dating Coaches show. Some in the audience knew them from their on
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International terrorism impacts St. Olaf students

Manitou Messenger - 34 min 16 sec ago
The Friday, Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris shocked the world, and the effects of the tragedy were felt on the St. Olaf campus. The series of coordinated terrorist attacks, which included suicide b
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Not the End

Manitou Messenger - 34 min 16 sec ago
Underneath, we still feel the pain  It’s like fire chewing on wood Yet each morning we hide the flames Acting unlike what we should My home has been destroyed, My priorities have been changed
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Manitou Messenger - 34 min 16 sec ago
There are too many words and yet never enough. Too many roles to reveal But never adjectives descriptive enough A thread fraying with webs And webs fraying with threads As we try to braid them in
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St. Olaf Sentiments: November 20, 2015

Manitou Messenger - 34 min 16 sec ago
By Avery Ellfeldt ’19 A windy day, 68 degrees, my favorite song is playing and a whole lot more than air is swirling around my head. I’ve been at college for approximately six weeks, each one tea
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My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 7:26pm
It’s difficult to convey how exciting it was to stand up in front of two receptive audiences last week—a crowd of about 25 people on Monday afternoon, and nearly 75 in the evening—and read six excerpts from my book-in-progress.

The two readings went as well as I could have hoped. I made people laugh and cry, and in all the right places! And I managed not to cry, myself—a goal I was determined to achieve, and did achieve, thanks to all the reading aloud practice I did in the weeks leading up to the event.

My mom took this photo of me after the 3:15 p.m. reading.My daughter, Louisa, told me later that there was a moment during an emotional scene from Chapter 6 when the evening audience gave a collective exhale. I didn’t hear it, but I did hear the burst of laughter that came a few sentences later, following a line of dialogue by my mom that I personally find quite funny. It was thrilling to know that words I have written—and in some cases have rewritten and rewritten—engaged and moved people, and it was doubly thrilling to observe the reaction by a live audience. There is no better reward than that for an author.

(Oh, sure, money would be nice, too, but if your work doesn’t entertain or move people, it’s missing something important.)

Photos my uncle Bill took during the evening reading.Writing is mostly a solitary experience, and it’s often hard to know how your work is going to be received until you put it out there. I am not the best at promoting myself and explaining what I have been working on for months and months now; I worry that people’s eyes will glaze over as soon as they hear the words “band history,” or that when I say I am writing about my great-grandfather, they will assume I’m writing a work of genealogy that is of interest only to immediate family members.

But last week, I was able to show friends, family and interested community members what the work of memoir and narrative nonfiction is really about, and essentially say: “This is what I’m doing! I think it’s coming together, and I am proud of it!”

Photo my cousin Kristina took after the 7 p.m. reading.I have many people to thank for the success of last Monday’s events. They include: the Northfield Retirement Center (especially Milosha Malecha) for hosting the afternoon event; the Northfield Senior Center (especially Chris Ellison and Patsy Dew) for hosting the evening event; my fellow board members of the Vintage Band Festival (especially president Jan Stevens) for sponsoring the events; Paul Hager of Northfield Community Television for filming the afternoon reading; Northfield High School saxophone quintet members Gus Carlson, Nick Dempsey, Oli Hunter, Brady Malecha and Ben Mohlke for performing before the evening event; NHS band director Mary Williams for coordinating the appearance of the sax quintet and for advertising the event; St. Olaf Band Director Tim Mahr for his assistance in advertising the event; the Northfield News and reporter Kevin Krein for the article about my reading; the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, for awarding me the grant that made the event possible; poster artist Doug Bratland; author/teacher/mentor Kate Hopper, for her editing expertise and enthusiastic support; all my awesome friends and family members; and every person who took the time on Monday to come out and hear me read.

The only photo I took that night, of the sax quintet warming up the crowd.Speaking of awesome family members, it occurred to me after the event that I should have asked someone to take photos during and after the readings, since I was a little busy. Fortunately, my mom, my cousin Kristina Riggs Borsch and my uncle Bill Lowell did take photos and kindly shared them.

I asked audience members at both events to write down the names of music teachers or directors who had inspired them, and I promised to post the names on my blog. I was excited to see how many people participated! I will post the names later this week in a separate blog entry.

Cake photo by my cousin Kristina.G. Oliver’s delicious birthday cake is all gone now, and the next chapters of the book don’t seem to be writing themselves, so ... back to writing I go!
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Fine Tune #301 worry after later… 29 Nov 2015

KYMN Radio - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 7:15pm

Host Wendy Nordquist hosts an eclectic hour of acoustic, Americana, jazz, old-time, roots and world music every Sunday evening from 6-7 p.m. Fine Tune 11-29-15 #301 Leo Kottke / Jesus Maria John Gorka / After Yesterday Tift Merritt / After Today Iris DeMent / After You’ve Gone Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Del McCoury / […]

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Tuesday 12/1 – PPSA Annual Hearing

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 3:40pm

Here we go again, this year’s Power Plant Siting Act Annual Hearing.

Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Docket Number: E999/M-15-785

Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) Docket Number: 60-2500-32901

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Large Hearing Room, 121 7th Place East, Suite 350, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Bad weather? Find out if a meeting is canceled. Call (toll-free) 1-855-731-6208 or 651-201-2213 or visit


Here are some prior dockets (to access the entire docket, individual comments, etc., go to :

2000 Summary of Proceedings

2000 Report EQB

2001 Summary of Proceedings

2001 Report EQB

2002 Summary of Proceedings

2002 Report to EQB

2003 Summary of Proceedings

2003 Report to EQB

2004 Summary of Proceedings

2004 Report to EQB

2005 Report to PUC

2006 Report to PUC – Docket 06-1733

2007 Report to PUC – Docket 07-1579

2008 Report to PUC – Docket 08-1426

2009 Report to PUC – Docket 09-1351

2010 Report to PUC – Docket 10-222

2011 Report to PUC – Docket 11-324

2012 Report to PUC – Docket 12-360

2013 Report to PUC – Docket 13-965

2014 Summary Comments– Docket 14-887

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Where are the “Prayers for _______”

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 11:34am

Methinks cognitive dissonance has people’s minds in a wringer leading to silence.

Whenever a police officer is killed or seriously injured on the job, my facebook feed lights up with “Prayers for _______,” “blue line” memes, and #policelivesmatter hashtags.  Officer Garrett Swasey was killed by a white male terrorist at Planned Parenthood of Colorado Springs, likely one of the first on the scene of that violent attack.  Five other officers, not publicly identified, were injured.  Yet the internet is virtually silent.  The usual many, many comments are not there.  Only two of the many people I know who are usually filling the feed with “Prayers for” comments have offered concern about the fallen officer, and there’s been nothing at all regarding those injured.

There are quite a few comments about this silence…

Here’s a remembrance in the New York Times:

Garrett Swasey, Officer Killed in Colorado, Is Recalled for Courage and Faith


Officer Garrett Swasey was champion skater, church elder

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Damn Immigrants

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 8:56am

Even here at the windswept edge of the prairie, a patriot can find stubborn pockets of unassimilated immigrants.

This crude flag, seen today on an excursion southeast of my home town, speaks volumes about the recondite nature of the immigrants who dwell in the run-down compound of which this building is just one part.

Who knows what un-American spirits animate these immigrants. One can assume they’ve stubbornly retained the surnames they brought with them over the wide Atlantic – names full of ugly consonants and unlikely vowels that confound the American tongue.

Do these immigrants even know our Constitution, or recite our Pledge of Allegiance? Perhaps they – like their countrymen who never fled their rocky homeland – still follow the dictates of their king. Certainly, their farmstead suggests no interest in a Jeffersonian ideal of the citizen.

Whatever their political views, however, we can be sure that these immigrants adhere to the 16th century teachings of a raving Teutonic priest who sought to overturn the social order and who achieved decades of bloody religious warfare. As mute proof of their religiosity, a temple dedicated to this madman’s sect stands but a short distance from the compound, its minaret-like steeple looming over a think line of trees.

And what of more quotidian interests? Judging by the state of repair of the several motor vehicles in the compound, the immigrants can only with difficulty venture to the markets in town. Do they wear our clothes? Do they read our books? Do they eat our food? A patriot might reasonably wonder whether they have ever enjoyed the truest American delicacies such as hamburgers, pizza, or tacos. Until they do, that patriot should fear for the wholeness and unity of the Republic.

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First-Half Dry Spell Dooms Knights at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Carleton Sports - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 11:30pm

The Carleton College men’s basketball team shot a season-low 32.6 percent overall and could not keep pace Claremont-Mudd-Scripps as the Stags shot 54.2 percent in securing a 64-43 result in the finale of the David Wells Classic.

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Sarah Waldfogel’s Late Triple Gives Knights 64-62 Win Over Central

Carleton Sports - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 8:51pm

The Knights capped a fourth-quarter comeback when Sarah Waldfogel drained a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to lift the Carleton College women’s basketball team to a 64-62 victory over Central (Iowa) College on Saturday afternoon.

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Northfield council to vote on final levy next week; two options proposed

Northfield News - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 4:34pm
The Northfield City Council will see two general levy options next week, both of which are near 2 percent.
Categories: Local News

GALLERY: Locals visit downtown during Northfield's 'Small Business Saturday'

Northfield News - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 1:15pm
"Small Business Saturday" kicked off with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, and was followed by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer walking the strip.
Categories: Local News

UPDATE: Power restored in Northfield

Northfield News - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 11:25am
(UPDATE 12 p.m.: This story has been updated after power was restored.)
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Today’s news update – Power outage in Northfield affected over 2300

KYMN Radio - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 11:04am

Power outage in Northfield affecting over 2300 Xcel Energy is reporting 2378 without electricity.  Northfield police report a vehicle struck a pole at 8th and Water street sometime around 7 this morning.  That caused the pole to catch fire which caused small explosions in the equipment on the pole.  There were no injuries.  The traffic […]

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Knights’ Rally Falls Short Against Pomona-Pitzer

Carleton Sports - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:50pm

Tianen Chen scored a team-high 17 points and Kevin Grow notched his third consecutive double-double, but the Carleton College men’s basketball team could not overcome a 16-point second-half deficit and lost for the first time this season, dropping a 72-66 contest to Pomona-Pitzer.

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Knights No Match for Nationally-Ranked Luther College

Carleton Sports - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 9:17pm

No. 20-ranked Luther College used a 13-0 run in the first half to set the tone and pull away from the Carleton College women’s basketball team for a 72-39 decision. Anne Hamilton paced the Knights with 11 points in a neutral-site contest played at nearby St. Olaf College.

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